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A cure for muscle cramps? Sugar and running
by on Thursday, October 22, 2015

In this past week, I came across two articles I just have to share.

Cure for muscle cramps on the way?

Muscle cramps are probably one of the most annoying but least well known problems runners can face. We don't really know what causes them. We thought it might be dehydration but that appears to not be a significant, if any, factor. Same for sodium and potassium. All three of those things might make a difference but, if they do, the difference isn't significant. We thought it might ...

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Numbers vs. Perception
by on Thursday, October 15, 2015

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Modern technology is amazing, isn't it?

We have devices these days that can measure all kinds of things. You can get a single device that can measure your heart rate, stride rate and a close approximation of your pace at any moment in your run.

While not running, it's not nearly as hard as it used to be to get a VO2max or lactate threshold test.

You can get an approximation of your body fat percentage in your own bathroom. ...

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Mindfulness training
by on Thursday, September 17, 2015

This is going to be a short post. I'm busy getting myself and Team HillRunner.com ready for Al's Run and with a few other projects. I do have a longer post in the works but it's not ready for today. Hopefully, I'll have it ready for next week. It's one I'm excited about.

This week, though, I came across this interesting article about mindfulness training.

While I haven't always thought of it in ...

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Monthly report for August
by on Monday, September 7, 2015

Other than a great race performance August was a terrible month for my running. The month started off while I was camping in the woods - still hadn't figured out the logistics of running and getting cleaned up after the run (got it now). So I did not run the first nine days of August. Then on the 19th I twisted my ankle and needed time off.

Ten days and five runs later I had a phenomenal race (see the race report.) I earned a new PR that was 52 seconds faster than the previous PR and in ...

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Choosing the right shoes and isometrics for tendon pain
by on Thursday, August 6, 2015

Taking a break from the always good to read Sweat Science blog, I have a couple links here that go into topics I find very interesting.

Choosing the right shoes

For some time, I've been a fan of choosing shoes based on what feels good. Some recent evidence backs me up on this. However, the consensus is still motion control for heavy pronators, cushion for under pronators and something in the middle for neutral runners.

Well, [url=http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/05/choosing- ...

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The athlete's brain
by on Thursday, July 30, 2015

A few weeks ago, I came across this 5 year old article on athletes and their brains. Interesting topic. How is an athlete's brain different than a non-athlete's?

It should not be surprising if you think about it that it takes less processing power to perform a skill that you've been practicing for some time. You just know how to do it. It turns out that's the case. There is far less brain activity required to ...

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Running and life expectancy
by on Thursday, July 23, 2015

Does sports participation give you a longer life?

That's what this article asks. The result?

[quote]The data here seems to suggest that participation in aerobic activity has a positive impact on overall life expectancy. Further, participation in these activities may delay the development of heart disease. While this is encouraging, more research should be done on the subject to detail if this ...

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Move over beet juice
by on Thursday, July 9, 2015

I'm sure we've all heard about beet juice as a performance enhancing supplement. Well, we may now have a more tasty (in my opinion) alternative.

Watermelon juice appears to have similar benefits:

[quote]The increase in time-to-exhaustion in a test that lasted about 10 minutes was 12 percent, which might correspond to a time-trial improvement of a bit less than 1 percent. There are many, many unanswered ...

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Protein before bed and compression socks
by on Thursday, July 2, 2015

I'm leaning heavily on one of my favorite blogs this week. Alex Hutchinson's Sweat Science blog is always a good one. This week, two of my favorite reads came from there.

Protein before bed

We've known for some time that it's best to spread your protein intake out across the day. Your body can only process around 20-25 grams at one time. If you take more, it doesn't really do anything for you.

So, would getting an extra dose of protein right before bed be beneficial or do things ...

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Monthly Update
by on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Instead of a daily or weekly blog post I will do a monthly update instead.

After all that time off from running I am finally getting back into good shape. I started running again on 03/10/2015 and here is a simple breakdown of each month through the end of June.

March - 16 runs - 39.66 miles - 2.48 miles per run (average) - 5 hours 17 minutes - 7:59 average pace per mile

April - 26 runs - 113.79 miles - 4.38 miles per run (average) - 14 hours 34 minutes total - 7:41 average pace per mi ...

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