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Be flexible
by on Thursday, January 19, 2017

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Last week, I had a workout planned for Tuesday. Then we had an ice storm. Conditions were so slippery I found myself a couple of times thinking I might have been wise to run on a treadmill. Anyone who knows me knows that means they were very bad.

Why does this matter? Because I made a decision I would hope any one of us would have made without hesitation in conditions like I was facing. I chose to skip the workout a ...

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Spotlight workout: treadmill hill progression
by on Thursday, January 12, 2017

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Crank it up!

It's the time of the year when our best intentions to run outside can sometimes be scuttled. Maybe the roads are dangerous due to snow or ice and drivers who aren't being as careful as they should be. Maybe we just need a break from running in the snow or extreme cold. It's definitely possible for most runners to run safely through most winter conditions but not all. Regardless, sometimes we just ...

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Treadmill Pace Conversions FAQ
by on Thursday, January 5, 2017

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The Treadmill Pace Conversions chart is the most commonly visited page on HillRunner.com. It's also the page that, by far, I receive the most inquiries about. I'd like to take some time here to address some of the most common inquiries. Below, in no special order, are the most common questions I receive about the chart and my answers.

[b]What is the source of ...

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A sub-2 hour marathon in 2017?
by on Thursday, December 29, 2016

A bit of a different post this month. Earlier this month, Nike announced that they will be fielding an attempt to break 2 hours in the marathon in the spring of 2017. Shortly later, Adidas announced that they had a similar initiative in the works. Both have apparently been working on this for years.

I've written about [url=http://blogs.hillrunner.com/?subject=when_will_we_see_a_159_ ...

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Reflecting on 2016
by on Thursday, December 22, 2016

Last week, I mentioned that this is the time of the year that we think about what we want to do next year.

It's also the time of the year when we reflect on the year that has passed. I'd like to take a moment to reflect on what 2016 has held for HillRunner.com and maybe look a little forward to what 2017 may hold.

2016 was a very busy year for me personally, which means I didn't have as much time as I'd like to work on HillRunner.com. Ok, I'll be honest. Even in the best year, I never get ...

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Goal setting
by on Thursday, December 15, 2016

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I love this time of the year! Not necessarily for the weather but because it's the time when so many runners dare to dream. It's the time when we decide what we're going to do in the upcoming year and what our goals should be. We dare to think big and be optimistic about the possibilities.

But what happens if we think too big or get too optimistic? What happens if we fall short of our goals? For some people, this c ...

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Running while ill
by on Thursday, December 8, 2016

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The holidays are here. We're traveling and visiting people we don't see on a regular basis. Students are spending more time inside and more letters are coming home to parents about various illnesses spreading through schools.

This is the time of the year where it's hard to avoid catching some kind of virus. While the best thing to do is to avoid getting ill, that's at times easier said than done. So what do you ...

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Ask me anything
by on Thursday, December 1, 2016

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Another 6 months have passed. Here's your open invitation to ask me anything.

Within reason, nothing is off limits. Ask about training, racing, my thoughts on any news in the sport. Ask about the site, the coaching service, Club HillRunner.com or anything else that's going on.

If you want to ask publicly, you can do so in the comments, on Facebook or you ...

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Sugary fruit can lower your blood sugar? When to take ice baths?
by on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Coming to you a day early so we can all enjoy our Thanksgiving.

Sugary fruit can lower blood sugar?

Even though most Americans get way more sugar than we should, we all know the importance of reducing sugar intake to lower our blood sugar and reduce our risk of chronic diseases.

What if some sugary foods actually lowered our blood sugar levels, though? That doesn't make much sense, does it? Well, [url=https://examine.com/nutrition/did-you-know-sugary-fruit-could-help-regula ...

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Winter running
by on Thursday, November 17, 2016

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You CAN run through the winter!

It's hard to believe today, when it's in the 60s here in Wisconsin, but winter is on the way. That means, for many of us in the northern hemisphere, the joys of winter running! Yes, I mean that with a minimal amount of sarcasm. Sure, there are struggles but there are a lot of good aspects to winter running. Now, though, I'd like to dispel a few myths about running in winter and discuss ho ...

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