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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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Stretching and self-regulation
by on Monday, November 10, 2014

What's really going on when you're stretching?

What does stretching really do?

Well, it apparently may not loosen your muscles and tendons. Did we ever think it did loosen tendons? Anyway, it appears according to this that it may just change the threshold at which we perceive the muscle being elongated too far.

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Seattle Marathon preparation: 24 days to go!
by on Thursday, November 6, 2014

ImageOver the coming weeks, I'm going to focus my Thursday posts on the Seattle Marathoners I'm coaching and who simply want to follow along to get some helpful tips as they go through the final preparations for their big day. The marathon and half marathon are on November 30th, the 5K is on November 29th. Here, I'll primarily be discussing the marathon but my suggestions for the half marathoners would be nearly iden ...

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Barefoot/minimalist running, carb loading
by on Monday, November 3, 2014

This week, I'd like to focus on two topics. One that has been around for years and is dying down and another that has been around for decades and is still going strong.

Is running barefoot/minimalists good or bad?

First, the topic that in recent years has spurred some heated, emotional debate. It has long been my contention that a runner should find the least amount of shoe that specific runner can wear without problems. For some, that means minimalist shoes. For a very select few, ...

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How much will I lose and how long to get it back?
by on Thursday, October 30, 2014

ImageAnother recovery post? The last one...unless I get more questions.

I've noticed a few questions creeping up over the last two weeks that generally revolve around the general question of how much fitness will be lost in this month-long recovery phase and how long will it take to get that fitness back.

Those are great questions and the concern of losing fitness and needing a lot of time to get it back is the bigges ...

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Ice baths and pollution
by on Monday, October 27, 2014

Believe it or not, I didn't feel like I had a ton of great material that demanded a Monday post last week. I have a couple interesting things this week, though.

Ice Baths: We all hear about the benefits of ice baths. It is generally accepted that they are good for you. College teams gather in the training room after practice for team ice baths. The elites regularly do it. I remember when I was in school gathering outside the fieldhouse when the weather was nice to take my turn in the i ...

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