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Race report: Going for 19 straight years
by on Saturday, October 18, 2014

As those of you who have been reading my race reports for any time know, one of the things I'm very proud of is my streak of going under 17 minutes in a 5K every year since 1996. A little background. For me, going under 17 minutes was a big deal. My early years as a runner were pretty inauspicious. As I first started, a sub-17 5K would seem impossible. Doing it for 19 years in a row? Forget about it. What I did have was the ability physically and mentally to push hard in training and a body that ...

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Post season recovery
by on Thursday, October 16, 2014

ImageMid-October is here. Most of us have probably recently wrapped up our 2014 racing season or are close to doing so. So what do we do now? Most of us know we need some recovery but how much? The answer is probably more than you think.

It's time to give yourself a real break. Not just a down week or two but a month's worth of down time.

I know what some of you are thinking. A month? Are you kidding me? I didn't run ...

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How to recover and mistakes in interpreting research
by on Monday, October 13, 2014

This week, I read several interesting things but I think two topics works well for these posts. If you disagree with me, feel free to say so in the comments or contact me via the contact form or any other place you can find me.

For this week, I'd like to focus on two things: recovery and interpreting research. I think recovery is especially an important topic right now as many of us are finishing up our racing seasons and looking toward 2015. A ...

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Nothing new on race day
by on Thursday, October 9, 2014

Image"Never try anything new on race day."

We've all heard this advice by now and I'm sure we do our best to live by that rule but how well do we do?

Many of us fall short because we don't consider the corollary to that advice. Practice race day in training. Wear the shoes, socks and gear you're going to on race day. If you're running a race that's long enough to require fueling, practice not just fueling but doing ...

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Hill training and sleep
by on Monday, October 6, 2014

A couple things that greatly interested me popped up over the weekend. Here are some quick thoughts on them:

Hill training

We hear all the time about the benefits of hill training. While there are reasons going beyond hill training for it, the name of this site should tell you something about what I think of it. It just works. Runners and coaches around the world know this.

This is a case where the coaches and runners are ahead of the science, though. How many studies have we see ...

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When will we see a 1:59 marathon?
by on Thursday, October 2, 2014

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I wrote a little about this Sunday when posting about Dennis Kimetto taking the marathon world record under 2:03 but I don't think I've written a full length post on this so here it is.

Every time the record is broken and, especially, when a "minute barrier" is broken like we saw on Sunday, the discussion always starts: how soon until we see so ...

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Strength training for injury prevention/treatment
by on Monday, September 29, 2014

ImageI've been quiet on my recent Monday and Thursday blog posts recently. Let's call it a late summer break so we could all enjoy some free time. Here's a short one to begin getting back on schedule.

Anyone who has received my advice or been closely following my blogging recently knows that I'm a big fan of treating and preventing injuries using a multi-faceted approach. Specifically, I think both strength training and ...

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Dennis Kimetto: 2:02:57
by on Sunday, September 28, 2014

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For those of you who haven't heard, Dennis Kimetto this morning shattered the marathon world record in Berlin with a 2:02:57. That takes 26 seconds off the former world record, held by Wilson Kipsang. With his customary second place finish (his sixth time finishing second at a major marathon) Emmanuel Mutai also went under the former world record.

I see three things with this world record.

[b]First, what an amazing run ...

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Race report: 1st annual Hootie Hustle 5K
by on Saturday, September 27, 2014

I'm always nervous about inaugural events but this is a fundraiser for the scholarship program at my daughter's school district. She will possibly benefit from this program in the future so I kind of felt obliged to make a showing.

Of course, any time I toe the line at a 5K, I'm thinking about breaking 17 minutes. Given that this was an inaugural event and that this is in a town where "flat" is a relative term, though, I was a bit skeptical. As it turned out, the course was about as flat as y ...

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Personal and Team HillRunner.com race report: 2014 Al's Run
by on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

As always, this is one of my highlights of the year. The great people who are willing to sign up to run as members of Team HillRunner.com always amaze me. While our numbers and depth were down a bit this year, the greatness of the people I was surrounded by on Saturday never disappointed.

This year, we definitely had some turnover on the roster. I counted 5 team mebers from last year who were not on the roster when I picked up packets a week before race day. Woody and Laura made it to the rac ...

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