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The athlete's brain
by on Thursday, July 30, 2015

A few weeks ago, I came across this 5 year old article on athletes and their brains. Interesting topic. How is an athlete's brain different than a non-athlete's?

It should not be surprising if you think about it that it takes less processing power to perform a skill that you've been practicing for some time. You just know how to do it. It turns out that's the case. There is far less brain activity required to ...

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Running and life expectancy
by on Thursday, July 23, 2015

Does sports participation give you a longer life?

That's what this article asks. The result?

[quote]The data here seems to suggest that participation in aerobic activity has a positive impact on overall life expectancy. Further, participation in these activities may delay the development of heart disease. While this is encouraging, more research should be done on the subject to detail if this ...

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"Push" weeks
by on Thursday, July 16, 2015

The runners I have coached for some time can probably think of times where I said something like feel free to challenge yourself because next week is a cutback week. I don't say it often and I've been saying it even less often recently (maybe I should increase my frequency again).

One of the runners who I know I've told this to sent me [url= ...

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Move over beet juice
by on Thursday, July 9, 2015

I'm sure we've all heard about beet juice as a performance enhancing supplement. Well, we may now have a more tasty (in my opinion) alternative.

Watermelon juice appears to have similar benefits:

[quote]The increase in time-to-exhaustion in a test that lasted about 10 minutes was 12 percent, which might correspond to a time-trial improvement of a bit less than 1 percent. There are many, many unanswered ...

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Protein before bed and compression socks
by on Thursday, July 2, 2015

I'm leaning heavily on one of my favorite blogs this week. Alex Hutchinson's Sweat Science blog is always a good one. This week, two of my favorite reads came from there.

Protein before bed

We've known for some time that it's best to spread your protein intake out across the day. Your body can only process around 20-25 grams at one time. If you take more, it doesn't really do anything for you.

So, would getting an extra dose of protein right before bed be beneficial or do things ...

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Monthly Update
by on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Instead of a daily or weekly blog post I will do a monthly update instead.

After all that time off from running I am finally getting back into good shape. I started running again on 03/10/2015 and here is a simple breakdown of each month through the end of June.

March - 16 runs - 39.66 miles - 2.48 miles per run (average) - 5 hours 17 minutes - 7:59 average pace per mile

April - 26 runs - 113.79 miles - 4.38 miles per run (average) - 14 hours 34 minutes total - 7:41 average pace per mi ...

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Antioxidants and fitness vs. efficiency
by on Thursday, June 25, 2015

A long lasting debate and an important reminder this week.


First, the reminder.

Back when I was a relatively new runner, everyone believed antioxidants were very good for runners. The belief was the more, the better. Antioxidants would help you recover from your training faster, which would allow you to train harder.

Conceptually, this makes great sense. In fact, upon a recommendation from a doctor who was also a good runner, I took mega doses of antioxidants for ...

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Benefits of massage and adapting to burn fat as fuel
by on Thursday, June 18, 2015

This week, I have an interesting roundup post on the benefits of massage and adapting to burn fat as fuel.

Benefits of massage

We all know massage feels good, right? But does it do anything physiologically to actually make us better runners?

It appears so.

We've already known that inflammation is reduced and mitochondria (the "power plants" of the muscles) growth is increased when muscle ...

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Race report: 2015 Walleye Run 5 miler
by on Sunday, June 14, 2015


I haven't given many updates on how my running has been going here for a while. Before I get to the race, I'll offer a quick overview.

The winter went well. I thought my volume was a little off but my intensity was better. When I checked this year compared to last, my volume was nearly identical. If my intensity was better, then I was having a very solid winter.

In retrospect, my intensity was good but possibly not as w ...

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The Nike Oregon Project/Alberto Salazar story
by on Thursday, June 11, 2015

Alberto Salazar

By now, I'm sure anyone reading this post knows about the story. At first, I didn't want to write about it. As the story goes on, though, I think it's important enough to the sport that I should write about it. Not because I'll write a better piece than the many great authors who have written on this but because I want to offer a place for you to find some of the best links and expand with my thought ...

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