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Enjoy the holidays
by on Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Santa Run by meetminneapolis, on Flickr

As the runners I coach should know by now, I don't have many hard rules but one of those I do have is family comes first. No matter how important running is to you, there is nothing more important than family. For many families spread far and wide, the holiday season is the one time a ...

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Fitness and sweating, muscles support the arch
by on Monday, December 15, 2014

A lot of interesting things to read this week but I'm going to focus on an old myth that I bought into myself and another old myth that I never truly understood.

Fitness and sweating

First, the one I believed. I remember a long time ago being told that out of shape people sweat more than someone of average fitness but then the trend turns as you gain higher levels of fitness. One of the adaptations of becoming more fit is that you sweat more to moderate body heat.

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Ask me anything
by on Thursday, December 11, 2014

ImageAbout 6 months ago, I posted an "Ask me anything" topic and said I would do so on occasion. So here it is again, an open invitation to you to ask me anything.

If you want to ask publicly, you can do so in the comments*, on Facebook or you can tweet at (or [url= ...

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Shoes: injuries and running economy
by on Monday, December 8, 2014

I'm going to focus this week on research involving running shoes. Exciting, right? Well, here it is:

Why aren't shoes preventing running injuries?

Good question, explored here.

A change in footwear can affect the amount of impact the body absorbs during running, but it doesn’t change the fundamental stress of the activity.

I would change ...

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Placebo doping? Foam rolling and DOMS
by on Monday, December 1, 2014

This week, I'd like to focus on two interesting studies I've seen in my feeds recently.

Placebo doping?

ImageI've wondered for some time how much doping really helps athletes and whether there's some placebo effect going on. It would only make sense really that there is some placebo effect.

Well, along comes a study to test this:

[quote]Compared to control, ...

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Seattle Marathon: 4 days to go!
by on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ImageThe time is here! Only four days to race day! The work is done, you've been resting up and you're probably bursting with energy right now. Don't you wish the race was tomorrow?

Well, it's Sunday. So what do you do between now and then to best be ready to go?

First and foremost, you don't over think the race or spend too much time stressing out about it. Believe me, the weather forecast isn't going to chang ...

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Shoes and forces of running, strong calves to fend off age related decline?
by on Monday, November 24, 2014

This week, a couple bloggers I follow posted some interesting things that I definitely would like to comment on.

Shoes and forces of running

First, Pete Larson at Runblogger had this interesting post about a study of rocker-soled shoes and forefoot pain.

I'd especially like to focus on what Pete says here:

[quote]I’m a believer that different shoes modify how forces during ...

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Seattle Marathon: Just 10 days to go!
by on Thursday, November 20, 2014

ImageIt's getting close! Are you getting nervous yet? Checking the weather forecast every hour?

I often say this time the hardest time of marathon training for many runners. You're used to working hard. There is a certain level of comfort that comes in doing the hard work. Now, that's being taken away from you. You're not working hard anymore and, after months of consistently working hard, you're being asked to re ...

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The talent/practice debate and altitude
by on Monday, November 17, 2014

Sorry this is a little late. About 2 hours before I intended for this post to appear, I came across one of the links included in the altitude portion that caused me to rewrite part of this. I didn't want to post without it, though, as I felt it gives a more complete picture of the topic.

Talent vs. practice

We all know the debate and we probably have our opinions on it. Is success at the highest level a matter of innate talent or "deliberate practice"? Malcolm Gladwell, with his 10, ...

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Seattle Marathon: 17 days to go!
by on Thursday, November 13, 2014

ImageHere we are, only 17 days to the Seattle Marathon! It's hard to believe all the work that has been done, all the miles run by the thousands of runners who will be lining up just 17 days from now to take on the streets of Seattle. If you're one of those runners, though, this is a tricky time. So what should you be doing?

Some of you might have already run your longest run and are just resting up now. Some of y ...

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