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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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Life happens
by on Thursday, December 10, 2015

During the holidays, our lives can get hectic. Traveling, family events, the weather (in some areas, including here in Wisconsin). Many things can get in our way this time of the year.

What do you do when life gets in the way of your running plans? How do you respond?

Most of the time, we can probably find a way to get our runs in. However, there are exceptions. When these happen, don't beat yourself up if you have to cut a run short or even miss a run.

No single workout will make or br ...

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October and November Updates
by on Monday, December 7, 2015

October and November were nothing to write home about but this is a blog and not home – so . . .

October and November were about recovering from the racing season and getting back into running because I love to run. There was no structured training or pressure to get out the door. October saw 22 total runs and only 122 miles in a total of 974 minutes or 16.25 hours at an average pace of approximately 7:31 per mile. November was even lower with 17 runs and 97 miles in 739 minutes or 12.3 ...

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Ask me anything
by on Thursday, December 3, 2015

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It's already been another 6 months. 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 ...

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