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Beet juice, kinesio tape & have athletes gotten better?
by on Monday, May 5, 2014

Here we go, I'm going to give this a shot. This week, we have a study on beet juice, a study on kinesio tape and David Epstein giving a TED Talk on whether athletes have gotten better over the years.

Beet Juice

For those of you who haven't been following recent research into beet juice, studies have been showing that the nitrate in beetroot juice appears to improve performance by reducing the oxygen cost of exercise. Unfortunately, more recent studies in more well trained cyclists h ...

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Interested in seeing more studies?
by on Friday, May 2, 2014

I'm looking for some feedback. Off and on, I've posted on a few studies that have caught my eye. However, I see a lot that I don't share. I've been thinking of coming up with a way of posting these more often.

As you have probably figured out by now, I usually plan one blog post a week, to appear on Monday mornings. There's no guarantee of a post every Monday but, more often than not, there will be. I'd like to propose expanding to two posts a week. On Monday mornings, I'd like to post a reca ...

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Race Report: The Deer Run 5K
by on Saturday, April 26, 2014

As always, one of my goals for this year is to extend my streak (currently at 18 consecutive years) with a sub-17 5K. As this streak has grown, so has the importance in my mind of the streak.

As I've mentioned before, I decided for various reasons to go through a 5K season in the spring this year. This was attempt #2 and would be finish #1 after being directed off course in my last attempt.

I arrived plenty early, found a good parking space, then went over to pick up my packet. On my way out f ...

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Admin note: Updated server software
by on Friday, April 25, 2014

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I just wanted to throw out a quick update. Some system software on the server HillRunner.com runs on is getting updated. I have some time right now where I can run HillRunner.com on either the old software or the new software. I'm choosing to test out the new software now while we can roll back to the old as I troubleshoot if any issues come up.

My initial tests show everything working fine but, if you see anything that doesn't appear ...

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What numbers matter to you?
by on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Recently, I was out on a recovery run the day after a pretty hard-run long run. I was originally hoping for 10 miles in order to complete a 70 mile week. However, while my legs didn't feel horrible, they were flat and my pace was definitely off. Deep down, I knew I should stick with 8 miles, get in my hour's worth of running and not push the distance given how I felt. However, that 10 mile run and 70 mile week was definitely in the back of my mind and I was looking for any reason possible to go ...

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Live blogging the Boston Marathon
by on Thursday, April 17, 2014

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For those of you who can't watch the Boston Marathon live, I'll be watching the live stream and posting updates along the way. Check in on the comments of this post Monday morning and don't forget to refresh frequently to see the latest updates.

Elite women start at 9:32 Boston time (estimated finish around 11:55 Boston time)
Elite men start at 10:00 Boston time (estimated finish around 12:05 Boston time) ...

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What can you do now?
by on Monday, April 14, 2014

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I hear a lot of people say "if only I had more time" or "when my life eases up, I'll worry about my running goals". That's all good and well...if your life is ever going to ease up. However, what are you doing in the meantime?

Most of us have very busy lives. We have jobs, families, social commitments and many other things that make getting in the "perfect" training impossible. To paraphrase Voltaire, the perfect is the ene ...

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"Not a race" report: Germantown Soccer Club "5K"
by on Saturday, April 5, 2014

I was looking for a low key 5K to kick off the 2014 season after not racing for nearly 6 months. This weekend worked out to be the perfect time to race, which will set me up well for the Deer Run 5K 3 weeks from now, the Run the Bay 5K 6 weeks from now and Walleye Run 9 weeks from now. Perfect rhythm to settle into.

It appeared I had two choices for a 5K. Drive all the way into Milwaukee for a lakefront 5K or stay close to home for what appeared to be a low key 5K just an easy 15-20 minute dr ...

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15 years of HillRunner.com!
by on Saturday, April 5, 2014

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Wow, it's hard to believe. 15 years ago today, I registered the domain HillRunner.com. I was just looking for a place to host my personal running page that had outgrown the student page I was previously using. Over the years, it has turned into much more.

Things have changed quite a bit since the beginning and things will continue to change as time goes on. It feels very appropriate actually that, just earlier this week, I was able ...

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Announcing an exciting partnership with the Seattle Marathon
by on Monday, March 31, 2014

I'm very excited to announce that HillRunner.com will be partnering with the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon to provide their runners with the opportunity to receive personalized training plans or online coaching.

Seattle Marathoners will have the opportunity to sign up for the full service online coaching that is available to everyone at HillRunner.com or a streamlined "Plan Builder" option for those who want some help designing a training plan but don' ...

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