Because I didn't post on Monday last week due to a weekend trip with the family, I have two weeks worth of reading to catch up on. Hopefully, that means what I'm picking will be the best of the best. Twice as good? We can hope.
Cramps and Gatorade
I never thought I'd be linking to Deadspin but here you go (warning: some use of "adult" language included).
I had a couple conversations recently that made me realize that some of my past statements about cross training may have given a false impression of my current opinion on it. I'd like to take a few moments to clear up any misconceptions and to explain where I believe there is value in cross training and where there isn't.
First, though, a little on the history of my views on cross training. I think maybe my history will shed ...
For as long as HillRunner.com has been around, I've been asked why there are no training plans posted on the site. You know the type people are asking about, your "12 weeks to a 5K" plan that you can find in many books and on many websites. My usual answer is "Cookie cutter plans work for cookie cutter people and I have yet to meet a cookie cutter person."
Getting a little more personalized, these days you have these in ...
Ever since my last race, things haven't gone quite to plan. In that race, I had to make a last second maneuver to make a left turn as the lead bike nearly led me off the course. To make that turn, I had to plant my right foot hard. Two days later, I got chased by a kamikaze goose that actually took flight and was aiming right at my head. Once again, I planted my right foot hard to turn around. The next day, my upper ankle/lower shin were hurting. Based on everything I heard of high ankle sprains ...
It appears I'm borrowing heavily from the New York Times Well blog this week. No conspiracy, it just happened to have a couple very interesting things in it that I'd like to share and, for the first, expand on.
I've decided to open the discussion up a little every once in a while. I'd like to do this at least twice a year, possibly more frequently if it becomes popular. So here it is, your chance to ask me anything.
If you have a simple, quick question, I can answer in the comments. If you have a question that needs a more comprehensive answer, I'll probably spin it off into a separate blog post for the near future.
I read three interesting articles over the past couple of weeks pointing out the value of exercise for keeping your brain in good shape. Add to that an article pointing out that "extreme" exercise isn't bad for the body and the message is clear: keep running!
I think the benefit of exercise for the brain is a very fascinating topic. Given that we used to think brain decline was inevitable as we age, it's fascinating to see that we can improve our brains as we age - and the key is exercise.
Last week, I joined Renatta from the Seattle Marathon on a Google Hangout to discuss primarily goal setting, though we also touched some on training.
You can view the talk here if you'd like:
Please be gentle. This is the first public speaking I've done in quite a few years. I do think I loosened up around 25 minutes, though, and had some fun with it. I also don't think I stumbled over myself too badly.
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