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"Fatigue" is not a four letter word
by on Thursday, February 4, 2016

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Are you base training right now?

Are you experiencing some fatigue?

Are you concerned about the fatigue?

In many aspects of our lives, we are told to avoid extremes. Even in running, some will tell you to avoid fatigue. A little tired after a hard day, fine. Relatively constant fatigue? You're risking overtraining.

I disagree. Fatigue is simply a result of training hard and a sign that you're applying stimulus fo ...

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January Update
by on Sunday, January 31, 2016

Wow what a month! January - even with its very cold days and a bunch of ice and snow gave me some great numbers. I had my highest ever weekly mileage total at 62.89 miles. I also had my highest ever monthly total at 245.17 miles besting my previous high of 229 miles. Unfortunately, I missed one scheduled run of seven miles. The route that I have been using has a number of good hills in it so I got some great hill training as well. Even though the pace was slow at a hair under eight minute ...

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Sometimes we just don't know
by on Thursday, January 28, 2016

It's been a while since I've done a recap post. Here's one in a slightly different format than we're used to.

I've long believed that anyone who says they don't have the answer to everything probably knows more than the self-proclaimed "expert" who claims to know everything. Let's be honest, it's impossible to know everything about every topic that can come up, even in a field in which you're an expert.

For most questions, you can find an answer. However, sometimes there simply isn't an an ...

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Cutback weeks
by on Thursday, January 21, 2016

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When you're in hard training, do you ever get to the point where you're just dragging? You're dead tired and nothing you do can get you feeling good again?

While sometimes we need to work through fatigue in order to come out the other end stronger, we also need to be careful to not get too deep into this fatigue tunnel. This is why I believe most runners benefit from cutback weeks.

What is a cutback week?

A c ...

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My experiences with an activity tracker
by on Thursday, January 14, 2016

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On December 15th, I got a new watch. The watch I chose (Garmin Forerunner 225) includes an activity tracker, something I didn't necessarily need but thought would be interesting to experiment with and learn more about. Now that I'm almost a month in, I'd like to share my initial experiences.

As for the watch as a running device, I'll offer a review once I use it a little more.

This post is focusing on the activity t ...

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Engine and chassis: a quick runner's primer
by on Thursday, January 7, 2016

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Engine? Chassis? Are we talking about cars or runners?

A lot of coaches and experienced runners say things like the engine adapts faster than the chassis, make sure your engine doesn't break down your chassis.

Obviously, this is an analogy to cars but what does it mean to the runner?

The Engine

The engine is the power source. It's your heart and lungs. Your heart and lungs adapt to training and their cap ...

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Looking back at 2015, forward to 2016 at HillRunner.com
by on Thursday, December 31, 2015

A new year is just about here. It's time to reflect on our accomplishments, running and otherwise. As a part of doing so, I wanted to offer a quick review of what I view are the key changes to take place in 2015 and what, as of now, I would say to expect in 2016.

Looking back at 2015

2015 may outwardly not have looked like a real big year. The biggest change, both visibly and internally, would be the addition of Club HillRunner.com. This is some ...

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2015 in Review
by on Thursday, December 31, 2015

Well December was a letdown of sorts but better than last year. I ran 23 times missing out on four planned runs. I only had a total of 160.2 miles and 20.46 hours of total time running. Last December was “zero” runs - so way ahead of last year. Also, December was the third best month of 2015 for total miles. I averaged a 7:39 pace through December as well. A good strong pace.

2015 overall was a pretty good year. Started out very poor with no miles in January/February and only 40 m ...

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Happy Holidays from HillRunner.com!
by on Thursday, December 24, 2015

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I'm off enjoying the holidays with my family right now as I hope you also are. I just wanted to wish you a wonderful holiday season and the best for 2016. ...

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Fundamentals: the key to success in basketball and running
by on Thursday, December 17, 2015

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Bo Ryan, the recently retired fundamentals coach

I'm a fan of Wisconsin basketball. Not just because I'm a Wisconsinite, though that plays a role, but also because I like the Bo Ryan way of doing things (thanks Andrew for sharing the link with me). Fundamentals first and foremost. In basketball, those who practice fun ...

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