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Live blogging the Boston Marathon
by on Thursday, April 17, 2014

ImageFor those of you who can't watch the Boston Marathon live, I'll be watching the live stream and posting updates along the way. Check in on the comments of this post Monday morning and don't forget to refresh frequently to see the latest updates.

Elite women start at 9:32 Boston time (estimated finish around 11:55 Boston time)
Elite men start at 10:00 Boston time (estimated finish around 12:05 Boston ...

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What can you do now?
by on Monday, April 14, 2014

ImageI hear a lot of people say "if only I had more time" or "when my life eases up, I'll worry about my running goals". That's all good and well...if your life is ever going to ease up. However, what are you doing in the meantime?

Most of us have very busy lives. We have jobs, families, social commitments and many other things that make getting in the "perfect" training impossible. To paraphrase Voltaire, the perfect is ...

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"Not a race" report: Germantown Soccer Club "5K"
by on Saturday, April 5, 2014

I was looking for a low key 5K to kick off the 2014 season after not racing for nearly 6 months. This weekend worked out to be the perfect time to race, which will set me up well for the Deer Run 5K 3 weeks from now, the Run the Bay 5K 6 weeks from now and Walleye Run 9 weeks from now. Perfect rhythm to settle into.

It appeared I had two choices for a 5K. Drive all the way into Milwaukee for a lakefront 5K or stay close to home for what appeared to be a low key 5K just an easy 15-20 minute dr ...

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15 years of HillRunner.com!
by on Saturday, April 5, 2014

ImageWow, it's hard to believe. 15 years ago today, I registered the domain HillRunner.com. I was just looking for a place to host my personal running page that had outgrown the student page I was previously using. Over the years, it has turned into much more.

Things have changed quite a bit since the beginning and things will continue to change as time goes on. It feels very appropriate actually that, just earlier this week, I w ...

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Announcing an exciting partnership with the Seattle Marathon
by on Monday, March 31, 2014

I'm very excited to announce that HillRunner.com will be partnering with the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon to provide their runners with the opportunity to receive personalized training plans or online coaching.

Seattle Marathoners will have the opportunity to sign up for the full service online coaching that is available to everyone at HillRunner.com or a streamlined "Plan Builder" option for those who want some help designing a training plan but don' ...

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Be the hawk
by on Monday, March 24, 2014

ImageTwo miles from the end of my long run Saturday, I saw a hawk on a fence post about 20 feet away from me with a roughly 3/4 eaten carcass of what I believe was a rabbit. For the next 1/4 mile, I found myself wondering, did I look more like the hawk or the rabbit?

Then, I thought to myself I don't care which I look like. I'm out here to become the hawk. I want to be the powerful predator, not the helpless prey. Whether or ...

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What's happening at USATF?
by on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

ImageI've been wondering for over a week what happened in the meeting between USATF and TFAA to discuss the disqualifications at the USATF Indoor Nationals meet. After an initial announcement that there was going to be a meeting between USATF and the TFAA to discuss procedures and possibly push for some form of athlete representative overview/review of the process, there became nothing but a lot of silence.

It turns ...

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A little now or a lot later?
by on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Just a quick post this week. It seems like a lot of people right now are getting sick or a little dinged up as winter is hopefully in its final throes.

If you're one of those people, always keep this in mind: Do you want to miss a couple of days now, when your illness or injury is minor and can be overcome quickly, or miss weeks or months later?

Take care of yourself now. Missing a few days or backing off for a week now won't set you back. Missing much more later could put all the hard wor ...

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Amazing story: Kayla Montgomery
by on Monday, March 10, 2014

I just got done listening to this story (MP3 link, another podcast and can't find a page for it) of Kayla Montgomery and had to share immediately. Kayla was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis but continued running, even though she finishes races with no feeling in her legs. Not only did she keep running but she kept running fast! Just listen to the story if you want to hear an amazing story about ...

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Jargon
by on Monday, March 10, 2014

I was listening Friday to a TED Radio Hour podcast and an engineer was on there, describing prosthetic technology straight out of science fiction movies. He developed this technology. He was obviously an extremely intelligent person.

When being interviewed for this podcast, he didn't need to use all kinds of big terms that would just confuse almost every listener. He was able to describe our nerve connections and how they attach and communi ...

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