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September's Monthly Update
by on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September was a mixed month. I started out great having recovered well from an injury running the first seven days. On the eighth day I had a great workout but then tore my calf in the cool down period two miles from home. Hopped and limped home for two full miles. I was just 10 days out from my big goal race of the year – not good. Had five days with no running and then little slow two milers to feel out the calf. Race day was, in my opinion, a poor performance of where I should have be ...

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Bouncing back from a bad race
by on Thursday, September 24, 2015

I know I'm still as fit as when I ran 17:15 without the perfect race, if not fitter

Those of you who know me probably know I don't often run back to back bad races. When I have a bad race, it usually is followed by a very good race. Sometimes, after a bad race, I surprise myself with what I do next.

After having a rough day at Al's Run, someone emailed me asking about this. Essentially, the question was how do I ke ...

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Al's Run 2015
by on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I was the first of Team Hillrunner to arrive but I always like to be early for races – I get anxious if I am not. As always, I also have a lot of nervous energy before a race and usually pace around like a caged animal. So this time I made sure that I drank water, used the facilities and then meditated. I concentrated on my breathing to relax myself. Eventually, three of our team members showed up; Josh Jackett, Gerald Cameron and Dave Dehart. We chatted and I pinned the bib on my Team Hi ...

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Personal and team race report: 2015 Al's Run - battling adversity
by on Monday, September 21, 2015

Al's Run is, of course, always the big Team event of the year. This is the 13th year we've entered a team under the banner. As always, I'm very touched and honored by the great group of runners who agree to run under the banner.

This year was a struggle from the start, though. Due to injuries and other issues, a handful of recent Team members were unable to make the race this year. While this hurt the team's depth, I still felt we we ...

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Mindfulness training
by on Thursday, September 17, 2015

This is going to be a short post. I'm busy getting myself and Team ready for Al's Run and with a few other projects. I do have a longer post in the works but it's not ready for today. Hopefully, I'll have it ready for next week. It's one I'm excited about.

This week, though, I came across this interesting article about mindfulness training.

While I haven't always thought of it in ...

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Eating disorders
by on Thursday, September 10, 2015

I've encountered a few instances recently that have made me realize how prevalent in the running world eating disorders are.

One of these instances that spurred this post was this article, written by Jenny Scherer. Another was an article on Suzy Favor Hamilton, who also had to overcome eating disorders.

I just wanted to address this topic not because I think this post alone w ...

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Monthly report for August
by on Monday, September 7, 2015

Other than a great race performance August was a terrible month for my running. The month started off while I was camping in the woods - still hadn't figured out the logistics of running and getting cleaned up after the run (got it now). So I did not run the first nine days of August. Then on the 19th I twisted my ankle and needed time off.

Ten days and five runs later I had a phenomenal race (see the race report.) I earned a new PR that was 52 seconds faster than the previous PR and in ...

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Run without limits
by on Thursday, September 3, 2015


Ed ran a 52 second PR in a 5K this past weekend! 52 seconds in a 5K, that's insane! Over 15 seconds per mile improvement off a respectable time for a runner of his age and background.

How did he do it? Well, a lot went into it.

However, I'd like to point out one factor right now. He didn't limit himself. To be honest, I would have ...

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Race report: 2015 Hootie Hustle 5K
by on Monday, August 31, 2015

My second of two race reports from August races.

the Hootie Hustle is a second annual event supporting the scholarship fund at the school district I live in so I feel an obligation to show up. Besides, last year I discovered that it's a pretty nice course overall and it had better competition than I was expecting. Plus, this year, I'm unable to make it to the Jamie Block Alumni Meet at UW-Stout so it's the perfectly timed replacement for that as a final Al's Run tune-up.

As I mentioned, th ...

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Race report: 2015 Hank Aaron State Trail 5K
by on Monday, August 31, 2015

I'm a little behind on race reports. It's been a hectic summer. So I'm going to be posting two race reports in fairly short order.

First up, the Hank Aaron State Trail 5K. As seems to be the case every year recently, I find myself at some point questioning whether I should run this race. This time, as mentioned, I had a very busy summer. The weekend before this race, I was in Illinois going through an RRCA coaching certification course (which I'll write about when I get a chance). 2 days, 8-9 ...

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