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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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Why running slow on easy days matters
by on Thursday, June 15, 2017

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I find myself repeatedly talking about the importance of running your easy days slow enough. There's a two part reason for that.

1) It really is that important.

2) Most runners don't run slow enough on their easy days.

Why is it really that important? Let's think about building your running fitness like building an engine. You want both a big engine that can produce a lot of power (aerobic capacity) and one that is fine tuned so it performs at its best (fine tuning for speed).

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Race report: 2017 Walleye Run - righting a wrong
by on Saturday, June 10, 2017

Last year, I got a little bored with always showing up to the Walleye Run 5 miler and finishing in the top 10. So I decided to try adding a challenge: the 2 mile, which starts 75 minutes after the 5 mile starts.

It didn't go so well. Between not great preparation and ridiculously warm weather, the wheels came off in the 2 mile.

Pretty much before I finished the 2 mile, I knew I would be back this year to do it right. I couldn't let the experience end that way.

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Warm weather racing
by on Thursday, June 8, 2017

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Summer is here! School is out, family vacations are planned, and the summer racing season is firing up!

The summer racing season is a fun time. All runners, from high schoolers to masters, come together at the same races. We're all out of season as the younger runners are thinking of the upcoming cross country season and the older runners are planning out their fall marathons or other fall plans. However, we're all together giving it all we have in the summer.

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We are all individuals
by on Thursday, June 1, 2017

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Where are the training plans on HillRunner.com?

I get asked this frequently. My answer? I hate pre-canned training plans and will never place one on HillRunner.com.

Ok, hate is a strong word. Maybe I don't "hate" them. I just strongly dislike them. Never is a long time. I guess I can't completely rule out the possibility. But don't count on it.

Why do I so strongly dislike pre-canned plans? Because those plans assume everyone will benefit from the same things. In short, they assume we're cookie cutter people. We're not.

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Pre-race stress and yogurt better than milk?
by on Thursday, May 25, 2017

We all know that pre-race stress is not good for our race performances. But why? Well, there are a lot of reasons. We now have another.

We all also know that calcium is important for our bones and dairy is a good source of milk. But what if one type of dairy is better than others?

Pre-race stress

You already know to avoid pre-race stress because it's not good for your race performance, right? You might even know some of the reasons it isn't good, right?

Well, here's another way:

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