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What makes a champion?
by on Thursday, May 7, 2015


Last year, I listened to a TED Radio Hour podcast episode titled Champions. I wanted to write about it at the time but never got around to it. That episode ran again last week and I'm not going to let it slip by again.

In the podcast, the host interviewed three speakers, two athletes and a sports jour ...

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Eau Claire Half Marathon
by on Monday, May 4, 2015

If anyone wants to run a really well organized race, I would recommend this highly. I had the chance to run it on Sunday with my daughter. She had been trying to get me to run this throughout her tenure as an undergrad at EC, and we finally got it done. She wanted to run under 2 hours and I thought that was doable. Several things were against us though. It was unseasonably warm for NW Wisconsin, with a high of 83. Added to that was the fact I wasn't the greatest pacer, and her lack of training d ...

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Lactate is NOT that bad, more on carbohydrate mouth rinses
by on Monday, May 4, 2015

A couple interesting things I want to point to today. One on that old boogeyman, lactate. Another on the idea of rinsing your mouth with a carbohydrate drink after exercise.


For decades, lactate has gotten a bad rap. While some of us have known for years that lactate isn't the boogeyman that it's been made out to be, it can actually be used as a fuel for one thing, it still has that bad rap.

To be clear, when your muscles are sore the day after a hard workout, that has no ...

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Larry Rawson's weight comments at the Boston Marathon
by on Thursday, April 30, 2015

Lightweight? Yes. Also and more important: powerful, extremely fit, amazing stamina.

Did Larry Rawson do a disservice to young and likely not so young runners across America? In my opinion, yes.

I didn't see the coverage live. I saw a lot about the topic as it was happening via Twitter, though, and it reminded me of previous races I did see live where Rawson constantly focused on the weight of the elite fema ...

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by on Tuesday, April 28, 2015


I have been very consistent with my trainig, but my diet is terrible, i am 192 pounds and when I ran my best times I was about 155-160 pounds, so I think the only way that I ll run that fast again is in that weight.

Could you please put an example of the food and snacks that you eat on a daily basis, do you eat junk food here and there?

Thanks a lot ...

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Become a writer
by on Monday, April 27, 2015

Just one link this week but I think it's a very good one.

We've probably all heard by now about the importance of keeping a training log. I hope we all are keeping a training log.

In addition, have you considered writing before a race about not just your training but also your upcoming race? Especially if you're nervous about the race, it could be helpful.

This article about writing about your running makes a good case f ...

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by on Sunday, April 26, 2015

This is the largest road race in Wisconsin, with 10,000 runners. There are some similarities and differences to Al's Run. They're both 8k races, with large fields and plenty of competition. The main difference is Crazylegs has a wave start, based on predicted time. Waves of 200 runners go off every 30-45 seconds. My estimated finish time of 38 minutes put me and my son in wave G. On the one hand running around a bunch of slower runners in waves that went off earlier was a bit frustrating, and it ...

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Do you understand what's being said?
by on Thursday, April 23, 2015

"If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself." - Albert Einstein

We all know the person who knows it all. This person has no trouble talking your ear off with big words and scientific names. You're blown away by this person's knowledge. You can't keep up with all the terminology. Unfortunately, a lot of what this person has to say is lost on you because you simply can't follow along. ...

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Running and knee osteoarthritis, pre-run static stretching
by on Monday, April 20, 2015

Two studies in this post that remind us to keep an open mind until the science is settled.

Running and knee osteoarthritis

If there is one health factor for which it seems running may be bad for us, that would be knee osteoarthritis. Do we essentially wear our knees out by running? Possibly.

Or, possibly, not.

[quote]These results, the team says, suggest that regular running does not raise the risk of knee osteoart ...

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2015 Boston Marathon prediction contest
by on Thursday, April 16, 2015

Win some cool gear!

It's Boston Marathon time! You know you're already thinking about who will win and how fast the winning times will be. Why not win something with your predictions?

We'll have two winners, one each for the men's and women's races.

How to enter:

- Pick the top 3 for each race
- Pick the winning time for each race
- Get them to me, via comments, [url= ...

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