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How to recover and mistakes in interpreting research
by on Monday, October 13, 2014

This week, I read several interesting things but I think two topics works well for these posts. If you disagree with me, feel free to say so in the comments or contact me via the contact form or any other place you can find me.

For this week, I'd like to focus on two things: recovery and interpreting research. I think recovery is especially an important topic right now as many of us are finishing up our racing seasons and looking toward 2015. A ...

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Nothing new on race day
by on Thursday, October 9, 2014


"Never try anything new on race day."

We've all heard this advice by now and I'm sure we do our best to live by that rule but how well do we do?

Many of us fall short because we don't consider the corollary to that advice. Practice race day in training. Wear the shoes, socks and gear you're going to on race day. If you're running a race that's long enough to require fueling, practice not just fueling but doing so wit ...

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Hill training and sleep
by on Monday, October 6, 2014

A couple things that greatly interested me popped up over the weekend. Here are some quick thoughts on them:

Hill training

We hear all the time about the benefits of hill training. While there are reasons going beyond hill training for it, the name of this site should tell you something about what I think of it. It just works. Runners and coaches around the world know this.

This is a case where the coaches and runners are ahead of the science, though. How many studies have we see ...

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When will we see a 1:59 marathon?
by on Thursday, October 2, 2014

I wrote a little about this Sunday when posting about Dennis Kimetto taking the marathon world record under 2:03 but I don't think I've written a full length post on this so here it is.

Every time the record is broken and, especially, when a "minute barrier" is broken like we saw on Sunday, the discussion always starts: how soon until we see so ...

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Strength training for injury prevention/treatment
by on Monday, September 29, 2014


I've been quiet on my recent Monday and Thursday blog posts recently. Let's call it a late summer break so we could all enjoy some free time. Here's a short one to begin getting back on schedule.

Anyone who has received my advice or been closely following my blogging recently knows that I'm a big fan of treating and preventing injuries using a multi-faceted approach. Specifically, I think both strength training and flexib ...

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Dennis Kimetto: 2:02:57
by on Sunday, September 28, 2014


For those of you who haven't heard, Dennis Kimetto this morning shattered the marathon world record in Berlin with a 2:02:57. That takes 26 seconds off the former world record, held by Wilson Kipsang. With his customary second place finish (his sixth time finishing second at a major marathon) Emmanuel Mutai also went under the former world record.

I see three things with this world record.

[b]First, what an amazing run ...

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Race report: 1st annual Hootie Hustle 5K
by on Saturday, September 27, 2014

I'm always nervous about inaugural events but this is a fundraiser for the scholarship program at my daughter's school district. She will possibly benefit from this program in the future so I kind of felt obliged to make a showing.

Of course, any time I toe the line at a 5K, I'm thinking about breaking 17 minutes. Given that this was an inaugural event and that this is in a town where "flat" is a relative term, though, I was a bit skeptical. As it turned out, the course was about as flat as y ...

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Personal and Team HillRunner.com race report: 2014 Al's Run
by on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

As always, this is one of my highlights of the year. The great people who are willing to sign up to run as members of Team HillRunner.com always amaze me. While our numbers and depth were down a bit this year, the greatness of the people I was surrounded by on Saturday never disappointed.

This year, we definitely had some turnover on the roster. I counted 5 team mebers from last year who were not on the roster when I picked up packets a week before race day. Woody and Laura made it to the rac ...

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Ask me anything: Strains
by on Thursday, September 11, 2014

Some time ago, I posted an "Ask me anything" post, soliciting questions. I'd like to continue doing this on occasion so, if you have any questions, keep an eye out (or ask any time if you don't want to wait). One question I received was about strains:

[quote]During the last year I have tweaked/strained my left calf twice. I couldn't tell you the muscle group but the long and short of it is I have had to ice and park myself for a few weeks and t ...

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Age related performance decline/strength training and mental training
by on Monday, September 8, 2014

So I'm still a bit behind but I'm getting back on schedule. However, I wanted to ensure I didn't rush my writing about these topics.

Interestingly, within my coaching, I wanted to focus on going a little deeper in a few areas next year. Two of those areas are addressed below. I wanted to focus more on strength training and the mental aspect. I'll explain more below but I did find it interesting that, as I was thinking about these aspects of training, I came across these.

First, one of my f ...

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