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Does caffeine help? A way to prevent overeating after a long day at work?
by on Thursday, June 30, 2016

Does caffeine help? It depends...

Many years ago, I played around with caffeine before a couple of low key races. The results were not good. I just wasn't myself on the course and couldn't really seem to push. I didn't know what was wrong but I never tried caffeine again. I figured maybe I had done something wrong but, even if I did, the stated benefits just weren't worth it for me.

Well, [url=http://www.runnersworld.com/sweat-science/caffeine-speeds-some-slows-others]maybe I didn't ...

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Monthly Update for May
by on Wednesday, June 8, 2016

May was overall a pretty good month for training. I only had 24 runs though so my consistency faltered a bit. This was do to the huge re-roofing project my wife and I did by ourselves over the Memorial Day weekend.

I ran a total of 208.50 miles bringing my yearly total to 1,067 miles for 2016 (through the end of May.) My average pace in May was a fairly strong 7:29 per mile and according to suggested training pace calculators, to achieve my goal of sub 30 at Al's, I would need an easy pace ...

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Cooling down and sleep disorders
by on Thursday, May 26, 2016

What's the best way to cool down at the aid stations of races? Do you have trouble sleeping? Read on for the tips.

Drink or pour to cool down?

I and many runners I know have for the longest time liked to pour water from aid stations over our heads at warm weather races. Whether there's benefit or not, it sure feels good.

Well, there's now evidence that [url=http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23328940.2016.1185206#.V0ZFEZErKUk]pouring over your head is more effective for ...

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Ice baths: The cold or the water? Blister prevention tip
by on Thursday, April 28, 2016

We know ice baths help us recover, right? Is it the cold helping us or the compression from the water, though? That's a good question.

Also, what's a good way to prevent blisters? There are a lot of ideas out there. Some might work, some actually are counterproductive.

The cold or the water?

To be honest, I've long suspected both. The compression of any water has been shown to reduce blood pooling and aid in recovery. At the same time, we know cold does the same.

Well, [url=ht ...

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Ditch the ice bath for hot baths? Ditch beet juice for dark chocolate?
by on Thursday, March 24, 2016

I'm having some computer problems at home and I have a backlog of articles I've wanted to write out. So, as I'm in the process of ditching my old computer for a new one, it seems fitting that I write about a couple things runners may soon consider ditching.

Ditch the ice bath?

Who likes ice baths? I'm going out on a limb and guessing nobody. Those of us who use them don't do them because they are enjoyable. We do them because they help us recover.

I do question whether that's alw ...

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Slowing down
by on Thursday, March 17, 2016

We don't want to slow down, right? Unfortunately, we all know that there are those things that do slow us down. Two of those things? The hot sun and starting too fast. Well, here's some information on how much the sunlight can slow us down as well as why fast starts slow us down.

How much does sunlight slow you down?

Answer: pretty much when it's already hot outside.

This probably isn't surp ...

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What do we know about injuries?
by on Thursday, February 18, 2016

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Ask science and injuries are still in many ways a black box. We don't really know what causes them. We have some ideas but there is no concrete evidence. Some will tell you heel striking causes injuries. Others will tell you midfoot or forefoot striking causes injuries.

The truth is that different injuries have different causes. What we don't know is that there are some overarching causes that apply across the board. ...

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January Update
by on Sunday, January 31, 2016

Wow what a month! January - even with its very cold days and a bunch of ice and snow gave me some great numbers. I had my highest ever weekly mileage total at 62.89 miles. I also had my highest ever monthly total at 245.17 miles besting my previous high of 229 miles. Unfortunately, I missed one scheduled run of seven miles. The route that I have been using has a number of good hills in it so I got some great hill training as well. Even though the pace was slow at a hair under eight minute ...

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Sometimes we just don't know
by on Thursday, January 28, 2016

It's been a while since I've done a recap post. Here's one in a slightly different format than we're used to.

I've long believed that anyone who says they don't have the answer to everything probably knows more than the self-proclaimed "expert" who claims to know everything. Let's be honest, it's impossible to know everything about every topic that can come up, even in a field in which you're an expert.

For most questions, you can find an answer. However, sometimes there simply isn't an an ...

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2015 in Review
by on Thursday, December 31, 2015

Well December was a letdown of sorts but better than last year. I ran 23 times missing out on four planned runs. I only had a total of 160.2 miles and 20.46 hours of total time running. Last December was “zero” runs - so way ahead of last year. Also, December was the third best month of 2015 for total miles. I averaged a 7:39 pace through December as well. A good strong pace.

2015 overall was a pretty good year. Started out very poor with no miles in January/February and only 40 m ...

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