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Running vs. sitting, abdominal bracing
by on Monday, July 28, 2014

This week, no deep insights into how to race faster but I think some interesting research/thoughts on how to be more healthy.

Running vs. sitting

We all know running is good for our health and spending too much time sitting is bad. How do the two counteract each other, though? For a long time, people believed running would be like a bullet proof vest, protecting us from the harmful effects of being too sedentary. Then sitting became the armor piercing bullet that could negate all th ...

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Phasing out ads
by on Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ads have been on HillRunner.com for a long time. Most of us have probably just grown used to them and don't even notice them. I had them around just to help cover costs and they served that purpose for a long time.

However, now with the coaching service offered, costs are covered. I think the ads take away from the site and the financial benefit just doesn't seem significant enough to make them worthwhile anymore. So I decided it's time to do away with them and save everyone's eyes from that ...

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Leucine for recovery and endurance vs. speed
by on Monday, July 21, 2014

I'm writing this before heading out for a camping trip. I'll be packing up my tent for the return trip home when this appears so sorry if I seem a little short this week.

Leucine

We all know by now that taking in a protein/carbohydrate combination as soon as possible after a run will improve our recovery, right?

Well, now we know that leucine also plays a role.

First, what is leucine? In short, it's an essent ...

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Summer training, fall results
by on Thursday, July 17, 2014

ImageTeam HillRunner.com before an early fall race in 2013

What are you doing now to win this fall?

What you're doing now will determine how your racing season goes this fall. Whether a "win" for you means winning a race, placing in your age group or reaching a time goal, the work you get in during the summer will go a long way toward determining whether you get that "win".

We all know distance running isn ...

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Fascia, drafting as a placebo, dangers of tapering
by on Monday, July 14, 2014

Another interesting batch of links this week in my opinion. Let's jump right in.

Fascia

Most of us probably don't think about our fascia short of that one well known part of it that runs along the bottom of our feet. However, it is extremely abundant throughout our bodies and important in so many ways.

Running Times had a good primer on it that I came across this week. I'd consider this a ...

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It's Not Quality vs. Quantity
by on Thursday, July 10, 2014

Note: This is an article I first wrote at least a decade ago for the articles section of HillRunner.com. As I'm in the process of retiring that section, I'm moving all articles to the blog in their original form. This is the final one. I would likely write this somewhat differently if I were to rewrite it today but I want to keep it in its original form.

Over and over again, I see the debate come up. What is more important? Quality or quantity? Is it that simple, though? Can we really ...

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July 4 Race Report
by on Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ok, so I don't race as much as I used to. But at age 50, with injuries and very inconsistent training the last 6 years,I'm glad for the last 6 months of pain free running where I've run 3 out of every 4 days during this time. Most of these runs have been on the dreaded treadmill, which has been much more forgiving on my knees. I had planned to run the Milton Independence Run on 7/4, but had no idea what to expect. All my treadmill runs were btw 7:45 and 8:15 pace, and my longest run was just 7 m ...

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Seeing blue, keep your arteries healthy and marathon battle of the sexes
by on Monday, July 7, 2014

I read a lot of interesting things this week but much didn't really seem to fit into a blog post well. Here are three that I thought might be interesting for the blog.

Seeing blue

I've long been a fan of the color blue. I think it shows in this site.

Well, maybe my next pair of sunglasses should have lenses that match my blue HillRunner.com gear.

[quote]The findings of this research suggest that exposure to t ...

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Why Yasso 800s Are Overrated
by on Thursday, July 3, 2014

Note: This is an article I first wrote around the 2002-2004 timeframe for the articles section of HillRunner.com. As I'm in the process of retiring that section, I'm moving all articles to the blog in their original form. I have one more to move after this. I would likely write this somewhat differently if I were to rewrite it today but I want to keep it in its original form as I know this one, especially, has gained some popularity (and been copied without reference by some other sites). ...

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Heat, stretching and warmups
by on Monday, June 30, 2014

In an ironic twist, a day after my post on summer running went live I came across a study on what about the heat affects us. Also this week, pre-exercise static stretching and a better way to warm up?

First, what is it about the heat that affects our running? For the longest time, we've been told it's that our core temperature rises to near dangerous levels and our bodies shut down to protect themselves.

Well, [url=http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24956952]what if that's not the c ...

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