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Cross training
by on Thursday, June 19, 2014


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 ...

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Personalized training
by on Thursday, June 12, 2014


For as long as 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 ...

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The Washington Post is catching up
by on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Reported on this last year
Last year, I blogged twice about the latest trends in running shoes. Essentially, that the minimal shoe market was reverting back to the mean and the pendulum was beginning to sw ...

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Race Report: Walleye Run 5 mile
by on Monday, June 9, 2014

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 ...

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Have fun, static stretching and a miracle hamstring exercise?
by on Monday, June 9, 2014

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.

Have Fun!

First, some comments on Losing Weight May Require Some Serious Fun:

[quote]In that pursuit, the researchers first recruited 56 healthy, adul ...

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Ask me anything
by on Thursday, June 5, 2014


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.

Currently, ...

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Announcing the Training Podcast!
by on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Yes, I'm podcasting now. The Training Podcast is now up and running!

In the first episode, I talk with Renatta of the Seattle Marathon about goal setting.

If you use a podcast app, the RSS feed is ready to go for you. If you subscribe to podcasts through iTunes or Stitcher, it's been submitted ...

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Exercise: Good for your brain, not bad for your body
by on Monday, June 2, 2014

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.

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Interview: Goal setting and some marathon training
by on Thursday, May 29, 2014

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.

If you don't want to see that much of my face with ...

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The best coaches (and runners) never stop learning
by on Thursday, May 29, 2014

In the summer of 1999, I got a call that seemed strange to me. My old high school coach, Coach Conway, was asking me to help him write a training plan for the cross country team. I was a college student and runner with not a day of coaching experience. He was a coach with decades of experience and state champion teams and individuals in his past. Just over a year earlier, I was present as he was inducted into the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Why would this very exper ...

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