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One question to ask yourself every day
by on Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Just a quick post this week. I want you to ask yourself one question today. Then ask the same question every day from now on.

What am I doing today to make myself better?

Sometimes the answer should be a workout that will accomplish a specific purpose. Sometimes it will be an easy run to recover from a prior workout or prepare for a coming workout. Sometimes it will be a rest day. Whatever the case, you should be doing something every day to make yourself a better runner. I want you to think about that every day and think about how you can best accomplish that.

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When to modify the plan
by on Thursday, August 10, 2017

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You are training for a race that is highly important to you. You have a detailed plan laid out. Month by month, week by week, day by day, you know what you're supposed to be doing.

Then something happens. Do you push through or do you change the plan?

Many times, the answer is that you should push through. There are definitely times when we should push through some lingering fatigue or uncomfortable but not unsafe conditions.

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Focus on one thing at a time
by on Thursday, August 3, 2017

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When you're asked to think about several things before a workout or race, what happens?

If you're like me, you get started and, when the going gets tough, you forget what you're supposed to be focusing on.

What good does that do?

Instead, consider focusing on one key thing. Maybe it's your stride rate, maybe it's a powerful stride, maybe it's running tall. Whatever the case, pick one thing that you think is the most important thing to work on and focus on that.

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Running, your heart, and your bones
by on Thursday, July 27, 2017

We all know by now that running is good for us, right? Well, how good is it for us? Some of us may have heard that runners have higher levels of coronary artery plaques. Is this a concern? It would seem to be. As for the bones, we know running strengthens them. How much running does it take, though?

Running and your heart

Is it true that runners have more coronary artery plaques than non-runners? In short, yes. Is this a concern? The obvious answer would be yes. However, things seem to be a little more complicated. The kinds of plaques runners have are more stable and less likely to break loose and clog an artery.

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Team HillRunner.com: 2017 Al's Run
by on Monday, July 24, 2017

As Double recently noticed, this summer has gotten completely away from me. However, it's not too late to build a strong Team HillRunner.com for Al's Run

The team veterans know the details. For anyone new, here's a quick run down. Join the team and you'll get filled in on all the details.

Al's Run this year is on Saturday, September 16th. The race starts at the usual location on the Marquette campus at 10:30 in the morning. Post-race, I hope most of the team can make it up to my house for a cookout and team social.

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Even on vacation, don't ignore your auxiliary training
by on Thursday, July 20, 2017

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As this post appears, I'm on vacation. I'm on a trip that involves a lot of bike riding and a lot of walking.

Don't worry, I'm still running. I love running while on vacation because I get to explore new areas in ways I find I just can't by any other means.

As of the time I'm writing this, I'm also planning to place a focus on stretching. Why? Because what I call "auxiliary training" matters that much.

Sure, I won't be doing my full strength training routine while on vacation, though I hope I'll get a short routine in at least once while away. However, personally, the stretching matters enough that it will be made a priority.

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Balancing running and strength training
by on Thursday, July 13, 2017

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Following my "Ask me anything" post, I received a great question that essentially boils down to balance of training.

To summarize the questioner's dilemma, she was increasing her running training over the summer. During that time, she was reducing her strength training. She wanted to know if this was a problem. I'd like to explore that topic a bit here.

As I've found myself stating often recently, we can only handle so much stress in our lives. Whether it's running, strength training, or even work or family matters, our bodies and minds can only take so much. Go beyond what you can take and bad things begin happening.

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Please lay off the NSAIDs
by on Thursday, July 6, 2017

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For as long as I can remember, taking some form of NSAID was a popular thing with runners. An ibuprofen late in a marathon to dull the pain or as an anti-inflammatory after a run was pretty much a given. I even admit that, before I knew better, I'd at least occasionally take some ibuprofen, thinking the anti-inflammatory affects might help me recover from races faster.

Some time during my college years, I read an article about anti-inflammatories and how harmful they can be to the kidneys. This article featured a runner who died from kidney failure and, as I recall, included the words of at least a couple medical professionals who explained how harmful ibuprofen and, really, all NSAIDs can be to the kidneys. I went off ibuprofen cold turkey after reading that article.

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Fitness and your health, who needs to be gluten free?
by on Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fitness and your health

You know that your running is good for your health, right? But how good? Is it better to be naturally fit or to train hard? I think a lot of us have believed or maybe hoped that how hard you worked at it would be more important.

Unfortunately:

What this tells us is that exercise is good for you because it increases your cardiovascular fitness. High fitness, meanwhile, is good for you no matter how you acquire it—which is a lucky break for those who happen to have high levels of baseline fitness thanks to their genetics.
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Ask me anything
by on Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Another 6 months have passed and I almost forgot about this! Here's your open invitation to ask me anything.

Within reason, nothing is off limits. Ask about training, racing, my thoughts on any news in the sport. Ask about the site, the coaching service, Club HillRunner.com or anything else that's going on.

If you want to ask publicly, you can do so in the comments, on Facebook or you can tweet at HillRunner.com (or tweet at my personal account). If you want to ask more privately, you can use the contact form or, if you're friends with me on Facebook or you know my email address, you can reach me through those options.

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