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A couple new additions to the blogs this weekend
by on Sunday, February 22, 2015

I just wanted to point out a couple new additions I made this weekend to the blogs.

The most significant is the new addition of Categories. You'll see available categories listed near the top of the right sidebar, as well as under the "Blogs" section of the navigation menu at the top of every page on I categorized some recent posts and will continue going back through history to get posts into their proper categories.

Parallel to this change, I also updated what you will see in the preview screen when you're writing a new post (remember, I'm not the only one who can start new blog posts - anyone who is registered is welcome to post). As you're making your post, you can schedule your post to appear "Now" (as soon as you click the "Publish Post" button) or "Later" (at a date and time of your choosing). Also, you can select one or more categories for your post to appear under.

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Finally, The New York Times is catching up
by on Friday, February 20, 2015

Reported on this shoe back in 2013

Back in 2013, I posted twice about the pendulum swinging from "minimal" shoes to "maximal" shoes.

In 2014, The Washington Post caught up.

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Obstacles to honesty
by on Thursday, February 19, 2015


Last week, I posted about the importance of being honest with yourself. The runner I mentioned at the end of that post emailed me a few thoughts on that post. I think they were very good points and I'd like to address them here.

[S]ome runners won't want to admit to the start of an injury if they think their coach will severely curtail their workout.
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Things that make you faster: bacteria and cursing
by on Monday, February 16, 2015

What? Yep, it's true.


Alex Hutchinson has another good blog. This time on how your body's "friendly" bacteria appears to make you faster.

A little of what was seen in mice:

So in this case, having "normal" gut bacteria is the best option; having all your gut bacteria wiped out is the worst option; and having at least one gut bacteria is better than nothing. Why? The researchers focus on the possible role of gut bacteria in enhancing the body's antioxidant response, and they do indeed show that antioxidant activity was reduced in the germ-free mice.
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Be honest with yourself
by on Thursday, February 12, 2015

Maybe "toughing it out" is worth it if you're in your goal race

When you're not feeling the greatest, what do you do? Do you just plow through? Or do you give some serious thought to how you're feeling and, if you feel necessary, adjust your training? At what point do you switch from just plowing through to adjusting? How long do you give yourself to return to normal training? Until you're feeling 100%? 90%? 80%? Less?

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Kinesio tape, how social distress affects physical pain
by on Monday, February 9, 2015

Kinesio tape

I've written before about how Kinesio tape likely helps athletes.

I think it's also important to understand how it likely does not help athletes. On that front, we have a study looking at how Kinesio tape affects strength in fatigued muscles. Rugby players but, presumably, fatigued muscles are fatigued muscles. Whether you're running a race or playing a rugby match, fatigue acts in similar ways.

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Running "too much" or "too fast" (probably) won't kill you
by on Thursday, February 5, 2015


I was thinking of doing what would look more like a typical Monday post today with some content from last week. However, this week, some bad analysis of a study that's been around for a while began appearing.

You may have seen the headlines: Fast running is as deadly as sitting on couch, scientists find or Too much jogging 'as bad as no exercise at all' or Stop that binge jogging! Three times a week is best for you... and too much is as bad as doing nothing

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2015 Visitors Survey
by on Wednesday, February 4, 2015


As I'm sure the regulars have figured out, I'm mostly interested in building a site that will be useful to you. I want to build what you want and need to make the most of your running, whatever your goals.

In the past, I've always done that by asking what tools would help me make the most of my running. Some generous people have helped me along the way with requests or suggestions but it's been largely myself just deciding what would be helpful.

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Timing matters, we're all individuals
by on Monday, February 2, 2015

Quite a few interesting things popped up in my reading list this week. So many that I'm considering another post of this style for Thursday so I don't have to throw out so many interesting things. We'll see how it goes.

As for now, here are a couple of my favorite from the past week:

Race time matters

More specifically, given that we don't usually get to choose the time of the day that we race, being a morning person or a night person matters depending on the time of the race you're running.

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How necessary is winter racing?
by on Thursday, January 29, 2015


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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