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About those muscles
by on Thursday, August 25, 2016

This post will be all about the muscles. I have an interesting article on some muscle research I've been holding on to and another one just popped up yesterday that I think has some interesting results for those of you who might deal with seasonal allergies.

How much protein do you need?

First, how much protein do you need as a runner? Many runners underestimate what we need. After all, we're runners, not bodybuilders.

The problem with that is that, while we're not be bodybuilder ...

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Overstriding and cadence/injury risk
by on Thursday, August 18, 2016

Because I'm busy watching the Olympics and writing Seattle Marathon training plans this week and because I have a backlog of interesting research I've wanted to write about, I'm going to do a recap post this week. There will still be another one on the usual schedule next week.

I have two related topics for this post. Often, people talk about increasing cadence as a method to reduce overstriding. So I have a topic on each. First, what is overstriding? Second, what is the relationship between ...

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Olympic Track and Field is here!
by on Thursday, August 11, 2016

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It's what we've all been waiting for. Once every four years, our sport gets center stage of the sporting world. Tomorrow, track and field's time starts.

A few things to keep an eye on with a couple of notes. First, no field events. I'll be honest, I don't know enough about them. Second, this is a bit American heavy and I'll skim over a few events that I don't know a lot about.

Men's 100: Can Usain Bolt continu ...

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Nothing new on race day?
by on Thursday, August 4, 2016

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Let's be honest: it's a little challenging to practice this, especially with crowds, anywhere but in a race

We've all likely heard the advice. Do nothing new on race day. Generally, that's great advice and I'd encourage you to follow it. Practice whatever race day routines you can in training. Wear the shoes, socks, and gear that you plan to wear for race day in training. If you're running a race that is long enough to warra ...

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Team HillRunner.com: 2016 Al's Run
by on Sunday, July 31, 2016

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I feel like I'm running behind this year but it's that time again! Al's Run is just around the corner!

Al's Run will be on September 17th this year. The start is on the Marquette campus in downtown Milwaukee at 10:30. After the race, I will invite all team members to my house as has become tradition to have a cookout and celebrate.

As has also become tradition, anyone who joins the team can get a HillRunner.com t-shirt or ...

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A couple timely reminders
by on Thursday, July 28, 2016

It's hot out there. Here in Wisconsin, it's been unseasonably hot for a while now and it's not letting up yet. To the east, the heat has been settling in and, if what we've experienced in Wisconsin is any indication, I'm sorry to report that you might have a while to go.

So what do we do in the heat? Well, the usual things apply. Slow down, drink plenty of fluids, try to run during the early morning or late evening hours. What else should we keep in mind?

Well, for one thing, [url=http://m ...

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Get off the roller coaster
by on Thursday, July 14, 2016

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This kind of roller coaster is fun - the running roller coaster is not

It's theme park month for me. I recently visited Six Flags and have a coming trip to Wisconsin Dells.

Those are fun roller coasters. The running roller coaster? Not so much fun.

What's the running roller coaster?

The running roller coaster is the training routine I see so many people get stuck on and I'd like to encourage you to ...

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Sweating the details? Take care of the big picture first
by on Thursday, July 7, 2016

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Should I do a 15 mile long run or a 16 mile long run this weekend?

Should I do 4 strides or 5 before my workout/race?

Should I be doing my easy days at 8:20 pace or 8:30 pace?

Should I be doing my easy days at a heart rate of 150 BPM or 155 BPM?

Are these questions you find yourself thinking about? If so, stop for a moment.

Before asking those questions, you should be asking yourself the big questions. Are you getting in ...

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Kenosha YMCA Firecracker Run 5K
by on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Was not planning on this race at all it came up as a last minute opportunity so Coach Hill and I fit it into the schedule. Had a little something to eat about 2.5 hours prior to race start time as that worked very well for the Hootie Hustle last year and the Deer Run this year. The family and I left early as it was a long drive from Port Washington to Kenosha. I tried some meditating to ease my pre-race anxiety and nerves.

We got there in plenty of time, I registered and eventually warme ...

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June 2016 update
by on Sunday, July 3, 2016

June overall was a decent month - while I had a number of consistency issues they are not nearly as bad as they have been in the past. I missed a total of 5 runs getting 25 runs completed. I ran a total of 216 miles averaging a 7:02 pace for the month. (I need to slow it down some and increase the quality of the workouts.) June's total mileage brings me to a yearly total of 1,283 miles (last year was only 702 miles.)

Looking forward to a great July with two races planned. One in the book ...

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