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Ask me anything
by on Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Another 6 months have passed and I almost forgot about this! Here's your open invitation to ask me anything.

Within reason, nothing is off limits. Ask about training, racing, my thoughts on any news in the sport. Ask about the site, the coaching service, Club HillRunner.com or anything else that's going on.

If you want to ask publicly, you can do so in the comments, on [url=http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hillrunnercom/130 ...

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Why running slow on easy days matters
by on Thursday, June 15, 2017

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I find myself repeatedly talking about the importance of running your easy days slow enough. There's a two part reason for that.

1) It really is that important.

2) Most runners don't run slow enough on their easy days.

Why is it really that important? Let's think about building your running fitness like building an engine. You want both a big engine that can produce a lot of power (aerobic capacity) and one tha ...

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Race report: 2017 Walleye Run - righting a wrong
by on Saturday, June 10, 2017

Last year, I got a little bored with always showing up to the Walleye Run 5 miler and finishing in the top 10. So I decided to try adding a challenge: the 2 mile, which starts 75 minutes after the 5 mile starts.

It didn't go so well. Between not great preparation and ridiculously warm weather, the wheels came off in the 2 mile.

Pretty much before I finished the 2 mile, I knew I would be back this ...

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Warm weather racing
by on Thursday, June 8, 2017

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Summer is here! School is out, family vacations are planned, and the summer racing season is firing up!

The summer racing season is a fun time. All runners, from high schoolers to masters, come together at the same races. We're all out of season as the younger runners are thinking of the upcoming cross country season and the older runners are planning out their fall marathons or other fall plans. However, we're all ...

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We are all individuals
by on Thursday, June 1, 2017

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Where are the training plans on HillRunner.com?

I get asked this frequently. My answer? I hate pre-canned training plans and will never place one on HillRunner.com.

Ok, hate is a strong word. Maybe I don't "hate" them. I just strongly dislike them. Never is a long time. I guess I can't completely rule out the possibility. But don't count on it.

Why do I so strongly dislike pre-canned plans? Because those plans ...

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Pre-race stress and yogurt better than milk?
by on Thursday, May 25, 2017

We all know that pre-race stress is not good for our race performances. But why? Well, there are a lot of reasons. We now have another.

We all also know that calcium is important for our bones and dairy is a good source of milk. But what if one type of dairy is better than others?

Pre-race stress

You already know to avoid pre-race stress because it's not good for your race performance, right? You might even know some of the reasons it isn't good, right?

Well, [url=http://www.r ...

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Summer running
by on Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Summer is here! Or so we hope here in Wisconsin. It's time for vacations, beach time, camping, and all kinds of outdoor fun!

It's also time for the summer racing season, big workouts to prepare for those races while working through the heat and humidity, and all the other running considerations.

We all think of winter as the challenging and dangerous season for runners but there are challenges and safety consider ...

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Thoughts on the Breaking 2 project
by on Thursday, May 11, 2017

As I'm sure most of you are aware, Nike had its Breaking 2 run this past weekend. Three runners were given every advantage (some that broke IAAF rules, making the run record ineligible) to see if someone could break 2 hours in a marathon.

The final result? Eliud Kipchoge came closer than many, myself included, expected by running 2:00:25. The other runners ran 2:06 and 2:14. Outside of Kipchoge, the results had to be seen as disappointing. Kipchoge, though, proved how great of a marathoner he ...

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Race report: 2017 West Bend Autism Awareness 5K
by on Saturday, May 6, 2017

I first ran this event two years ago. It happened to be its first year but I was just looking for an early year (it was in April at that time) 5K to shake the rust out. The following year, it moved to a location just a few miles from my home and I couldn't pass up a race so close to home.

This year, again, I wanted a race ideally this weekend and this one so close to home was too hard to pass up. My goal for this was mostly just to test my fitness. I feel like I'm rounding into sub-17:30 shap ...

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Take chances
by on Thursday, May 4, 2017

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Recently, I wrote about running practice races. This is incredibly important for many reasons. One of the reasons: taking chances.

Wait, what? Aren't we supposed to be practicing how to do things the right way? Aren't we supposed to be practicing what we want to do at our goal race? I don't want to take chances and risk all my ...

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