Recent Posts in Training
How necessary is winter racing?
by on Thursday, January 29, 2015

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After my recent "Ask me anything" post, I received an email, asking the following:

I've been told I need to race over the winter to be ready for my spring races. What do you think of this? It seems like you don't race much during the winter and you seem to be able to get a good start to the spring. Do you race incognito? I hate racing in the winter!
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Brain training
by on Monday, January 26, 2015

It's seemed like a bit of a quiet week. Maybe I am just getting behind this week with things going on. Whatever the case, only one topic today but it's one that I'm really fascinated in.

I've blogged before about the idea of training your brain to handle fatigue more effectively and how that might make you a better runner.

Well, here's another one. This time, the participants were doing mentally demanding activities during their exercise.

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Keep at it
by on Thursday, January 22, 2015

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Recent running sights by Adam Piotrowski, on Flickr

I've seen some notes from several runners in the past couple of weeks, expressing frustration as they push through this winter's training. I know the feeling, I've been experiencing the challenges myself.

Winter training is tough. You're probably facing both weather challenges and, at times, traction challenges with snow and ice. If you're like me, you're not racing as much if at all during the winter months so the motivation of an upcoming race isn't driving you. Depending on your "running personality" you might feel that the base training you're likely doing is dull and boring. Combined with the fact that you're base training, not peaking for a race, you're also running slower than you recall running this past fall when you were nearing your peak.

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Sleep matters and compression gear: not so helpful?
by on Monday, January 19, 2015

Sleep matters

We all know sleep matters, right? While there is no absolutely right amount of sleep that I can tell you everyone should get, generally, more is better. We can all accept that, right?

Well, charts of injury rates based on sleep have been floating around. The latest is posted on the Runner's World Sweat Science blog:

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