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The talent/practice debate and altitude
by on Monday, November 17, 2014

Sorry this is a little late. About 2 hours before I intended for this post to appear, I came across one of the links included in the altitude portion that caused me to rewrite part of this. I didn't want to post without it, though, as I felt it gives a more complete picture of the topic.

Talent vs. practice

We all know the debate and we probably have our opinions on it. Is success at the highest level a matter of innate talent or "deliberate practice"? Malcolm Gladwell, with his 10, ...

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Seattle Marathon: 17 days to go!
by on Thursday, November 13, 2014


Here we are, only 17 days to the Seattle Marathon! It's hard to believe all the work that has been done, all the miles run by the thousands of runners who will be lining up just 17 days from now to take on the streets of Seattle. If you're one of those runners, though, this is a tricky time. So what should you be doing?

Some of you might have already run your longest run and are just resting up now. Some of you mig ...

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Stretching and self-regulation
by on Monday, November 10, 2014

What's really going on when you're stretching?

What does stretching really do?

Well, it apparently may not loosen your muscles and tendons. Did we ever think it did loosen tendons? Anyway, it appears according to this that it may just change the threshold at which we perceive the muscle being elongated too far.

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Seattle Marathon preparation: 24 days to go!
by on Thursday, November 6, 2014


Over the coming weeks, I'm going to focus my Thursday posts on the Seattle Marathoners I'm coaching and who simply want to follow along to get some helpful tips as they go through the final preparations for their big day. The marathon and half marathon are on November 30th, the 5K is on November 29th. Here, I'll primarily be discussing the marathon but my suggestions for the half marathoners would be nearly identical ...

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Barefoot/minimalist running, carb loading
by on Monday, November 3, 2014

This week, I'd like to focus on two topics. One that has been around for years and is dying down and another that has been around for decades and is still going strong.

Is running barefoot/minimalists good or bad?

First, the topic that in recent years has spurred some heated, emotional debate. It has long been my contention that a runner should find the least amount of shoe that specific runner can wear without problems. For some, that means minimalist shoes. For a very select few, ...

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How much will I lose and how long to get it back?
by on Thursday, October 30, 2014


Another recovery post? The last one...unless I get more questions.

I've noticed a few questions creeping up over the last two weeks that generally revolve around the general question of how much fitness will be lost in this month-long recovery phase and how long will it take to get that fitness back.

Those are great questions and the concern of losing fitness and needing a lot of time to get it back is the biggest stum ...

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Ice baths and pollution
by on Monday, October 27, 2014

Believe it or not, I didn't feel like I had a ton of great material that demanded a Monday post last week. I have a couple interesting things this week, though.

Ice Baths: We all hear about the benefits of ice baths. It is generally accepted that they are good for you. College teams gather in the training room after practice for team ice baths. The elites regularly do it. I remember when I was in school gathering outside the fieldhouse when the weather was nice to take my turn in the i ...

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Why such long recovery?
by on Thursday, October 23, 2014


Last week, I wrote about how to recover after your final race of the year. However, I kind of glossed over why. I mentioned the physical and psychological demands taking a toll on anyone but I didn't delve into these issues. I was privately called out on that so here it is. Why spend a month recovering, even if your race was shorter than a marat ...

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Race report: Going for 19 straight years
by on Saturday, October 18, 2014

As those of you who have been reading my race reports for any time know, one of the things I'm very proud of is my streak of going under 17 minutes in a 5K every year since 1996. A little background. For me, going under 17 minutes was a big deal. My early years as a runner were pretty inauspicious. As I first started, a sub-17 5K would seem impossible. Doing it for 19 years in a row? Forget about it. What I did have was the ability physically and mentally to push hard in training and a body that ...

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Post season recovery
by on Thursday, October 16, 2014


Mid-October is here. Most of us have probably recently wrapped up our 2014 racing season or are close to doing so. So what do we do now? Most of us know we need some recovery but how much? The answer is probably more than you think.

It's time to give yourself a real break. Not just a down week or two but a month's worth of down time.

I know what some of you are thinking. A month? Are you kidding me? I didn't run a mara ...

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