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Your Acute-to-Chronic (A:C) training ratio
by on Thursday, March 23, 2017

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By now, I'm sure most of you know my thoughts on the "10% rule". It's far too simplistic. That said, there is such a thing as building up too quickly, right?

Of course there is. It's just not as simple as this week should always be no more than 10% more distance than last week.

Ideally, we listen to our bodies to know if problems are creeping up but what if we had cues to tell us when we may need to pay closer attention or take concerns more seriously?

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Restraint
by on Thursday, March 16, 2017

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Spring is on the way! While many of us already had some summer like weather this year, we've also faced some challenging winter weather. Things will be taking a turn soon if they haven't already begun taking a turn where you are.

It's so easy when the weather gets better in the spring to get a little too excited about training in good weather and try to do too much. Be careful not to fall into this trap.

After working your way through all the bad winter weather, the last thing you want to do is get yourself hurt when the weather is turning nice, especially since your racing season is likely also just around the corner.

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"Bad" workouts happen
by on Thursday, March 9, 2017

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This week, we had serious wind on Tuesday, my workout day. It was brutal, I was being blown all over the place and my splits during the first half of the workout, when running into the wind, were horrible.

Earlier this year, I had a workout where I could just feel things weren't going well. It wasn't the conditions that time. My body just wasn't responding. It wouldn't go no matter how much I wanted it to.

Whether due to the conditions or due to it just not being our day, we all have workouts that just don't go so well. Bad workouts happen. What should you do about it?

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Be your own best advocate
by on Thursday, March 2, 2017

This past weekend, someone sent me this article. It's an important reminder and I'd like to make a few points that I see often referenced but just as often ignored:

- If something doesn't seem right, something is likely not right. We all have to struggle through fatigue and aches at times but most of us have a sense of what is "normal" and what just doesn't feel right. Trust your gut. In this individual's case, he knew something wasn't right when his paces dropped off rapidly. That's a telltale sign that something is wrong. At the very least, you're not going to get more out of your workout when you're fading like that for no clear reason so don't push your luck.

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There are no non-responders, how to cool in hot weather races
by on Thursday, February 23, 2017

There are no non-responders

We've all seen those people. Maybe some of us are those people. It seems like they work so hard and they just don't respond to the training. They just don't get more fit. It's so frustrating to see that person who works hard and doesn't get results. What do you tell that person?

Well, maybe it's not the answer we want but it looks like the answer may be step up your training.

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Racing: a skill that requires practice
by on Thursday, February 16, 2017

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This time of the year, we likely have our goal races in sight. We may already even be registered for them. However, do you have some other races on your schedule? This is a good time of the year to pick some secondary races to fill out your schedule and make sure you're race sharp when your goal races come around.

Many runners seem to not worry about this part of goal race preparation. They figure they will train themselves into the best shape possible and take advantage of that fitness. So why do these other races matter?

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Who do you learn from?
by on Thursday, February 9, 2017

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I've been thinking about this topic a lot recently. Then I read this post by Seth Godin and I felt I had to discuss it.

I'll try to learn from Seth and keep this short.

A lot of people think they can only learn from those who are more experienced, have a more comprehensive formal education, or some combination of the two.

For my whole life, I have always wanted to learn from everyone around me. I still take that approach. If you can't learn something from everyone around you, then you're not trying hard enough.

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Motivation and injury, in competition fueling strategies
by on Thursday, February 2, 2017

I'm feeling a little under the weather and low on energy this week so, instead of a regular weekly post, I'm going back into my archives to find some research that I never got to post in a monthly recap post. There are some good ones out there, here are a couple that jumped out at me.

Motivation and injury

You're heading into a race. You have a goal that you set for yourself and you're highly motivated to get that goal. Does this make you more or less likely to get injured on race day? Before reading this study, I could have guessed you might be more susceptible. If you're motivated to get your goal, you might push through some things you wouldn't with less motivation.

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LCHF charts, stress fracture warning signs
by on Thursday, January 26, 2017

LCHF charts

I've written about low carb, high fat (LCHF) diets previously (see here and here for examples of what I've written before, there may be more). However, people still question me about this. Can't you teach your body to burn enough fat to never have to worry about running out of fuel.

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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 and just get in an easy run.

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