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Racing: a skill that requires practice
by on Thursday, February 16, 2017

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This time of the year, we likely have our goal races in sight. We may already even be registered for them. However, do you have some other races on your schedule? This is a good time of the year to pick some secondary races to fill out your schedule and make sure you're race sharp when your goal races come around.

Many runners seem to not worry about this part of goal race preparation. They figure they will train them ...

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Who do you learn from?
by on Thursday, February 9, 2017

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I've been thinking about this topic a lot recently. Then I read this post by Seth Godin and I felt I had to discuss it.

I'll try to learn from Seth and keep this short.

A lot of people think they can only learn from those who are more experienced, have a more comprehensive formal education, or some combination of the two.

For ...

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Motivation and injury, in competition fueling strategies
by on Thursday, February 2, 2017

I'm feeling a little under the weather and low on energy this week so, instead of a regular weekly post, I'm going back into my archives to find some research that I never got to post in a monthly recap post. There are some good ones out there, here are a couple that jumped out at me.

Motivation and injury

You're heading into a race. You have a goal that you set for yourself and you're highly motivated to get that goal. Does this make you more or less likely to get injured on race d ...

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LCHF charts, stress fracture warning signs
by on Thursday, January 26, 2017

LCHF charts

I've written about low carb, high fat (LCHF) diets previously (see here and here for examples of what I've written before, there may be more). However, people still question me about this. Can't you teach your body to burn enough fat to never have to worry about running ...

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Be flexible
by on Thursday, January 19, 2017

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Last week, I had a workout planned for Tuesday. Then we had an ice storm. Conditions were so slippery I found myself a couple of times thinking I might have been wise to run on a treadmill. Anyone who knows me knows that means they were very bad.

Why does this matter? Because I made a decision I would hope any one of us would have made without hesitation in conditions like I was facing. I chose to skip the workout a ...

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Spotlight workout: treadmill hill progression
by on Thursday, January 12, 2017

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Crank it up!

It's the time of the year when our best intentions to run outside can sometimes be scuttled. Maybe the roads are dangerous due to snow or ice and drivers who aren't being as careful as they should be. Maybe we just need a break from running in the snow or extreme cold. It's definitely possible for most runners to run safely through most winter conditions but not all. Regardless, sometimes we just ...

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Treadmill Pace Conversions FAQ
by on Thursday, January 5, 2017

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The Treadmill Pace Conversions chart is the most commonly visited page on HillRunner.com. It's also the page that, by far, I receive the most inquiries about. I'd like to take some time here to address some of the most common inquiries. Below, in no special order, are the most common questions I receive about the chart and my answers.

[b]What is the source of ...

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A sub-2 hour marathon in 2017?
by on Thursday, December 29, 2016

A bit of a different post this month. Earlier this month, Nike announced that they will be fielding an attempt to break 2 hours in the marathon in the spring of 2017. Shortly later, Adidas announced that they had a similar initiative in the works. Both have apparently been working on this for years.

I've written about [url=http://blogs.hillrunner.com/?subject=when_will_we_see_a_159_ ...

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Reflecting on 2016
by on Thursday, December 22, 2016

Last week, I mentioned that this is the time of the year that we think about what we want to do next year.

It's also the time of the year when we reflect on the year that has passed. I'd like to take a moment to reflect on what 2016 has held for HillRunner.com and maybe look a little forward to what 2017 may hold.

2016 was a very busy year for me personally, which means I didn't have as much time as I'd like to work on HillRunner.com. Ok, I'll be honest. Even in the best year, I never get ...

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Goal setting
by on Thursday, December 15, 2016

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I love this time of the year! Not necessarily for the weather but because it's the time when so many runners dare to dream. It's the time when we decide what we're going to do in the upcoming year and what our goals should be. We dare to think big and be optimistic about the possibilities.

But what happens if we think too big or get too optimistic? What happens if we fall short of our goals? For some people, this c ...

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