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Fitness first, details later
by on Thursday, September 15, 2016

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I've recently been writing a lot of Seattle Marathon training plans and a common theme has been coming up, especially for beginning runners or those who have been out of running for a while. The most important first step isn't some magic bullet, it's building basic fitness.

A lot of these plans I've been writing haven't been all that exciting. Some involve workouts only once every two weeks, if at all. Most involve fairly ...

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Relax and let the speed come out
by on Thursday, September 8, 2016

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He knows what he's talking about

If you watched the US Olympic Trials coverage on NBC, you may have noticed Ato Boldon repeatedly say that the fastest sprinters would "relax and let the speed come out". I was hoping he would use that line again in the Olympics but I didn't notice it the way I did at the Olympic Trials.

Why was I hoping for the repeat? Because that advice Boldo ...

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Nothing new on race day?
by on Thursday, August 4, 2016

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Let's be honest: it's a little challenging to practice this, especially with crowds, anywhere but in a race

We've all likely heard the advice. Do nothing new on race day. Generally, that's great advice and I'd encourage you to follow it. Practice whatever race day routines you can in training. Wear the shoes, socks, and gear that you plan to wear for race day in training. If you're running a race that is long enough to warra ...

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Get off the roller coaster
by on Thursday, July 14, 2016

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This kind of roller coaster is fun - the running roller coaster is not

It's theme park month for me. I recently visited Six Flags and have a coming trip to Wisconsin Dells.

Those are fun roller coasters. The running roller coaster? Not so much fun.

What's the running roller coaster?

The running roller coaster is the training routine I see so many people get stuck on and I'd like to encourage you to ...

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Sweating the details? Take care of the big picture first
by on Thursday, July 7, 2016

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Should I do a 15 mile long run or a 16 mile long run this weekend?

Should I do 4 strides or 5 before my workout/race?

Should I be doing my easy days at 8:20 pace or 8:30 pace?

Should I be doing my easy days at a heart rate of 150 BPM or 155 BPM?

Are these questions you find yourself thinking about? If so, stop for a moment.

Before asking those questions, you should be asking yourself the big questions. Are you getting in ...

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June 2016 update
by on Sunday, July 3, 2016

June overall was a decent month - while I had a number of consistency issues they are not nearly as bad as they have been in the past. I missed a total of 5 runs getting 25 runs completed. I ran a total of 216 miles averaging a 7:02 pace for the month. (I need to slow it down some and increase the quality of the workouts.) June's total mileage brings me to a yearly total of 1,283 miles (last year was only 702 miles.)

Looking forward to a great July with two races planned. One in the book ...

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Looking for a shortcut?
by on Thursday, June 16, 2016

You picked the wrong sport.

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Spotlight workout: hilly long runs
by on Thursday, June 9, 2016

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I'm going to begin occasionally spotlighting some key workouts that I believe are important for running success. Given that this is HillRunner.com, it only seems appropriate that I start with something that focuses on hills.

The workout

This is quite simple. I hope you already have long runs in your schedule. Find some quality hills and take the long run to the hills. Ke ...

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Monthly Update for May
by on Wednesday, June 8, 2016

May was overall a pretty good month for training. I only had 24 runs though so my consistency faltered a bit. This was do to the huge re-roofing project my wife and I did by ourselves over the Memorial Day weekend.

I ran a total of 208.50 miles bringing my yearly total to 1,067 miles for 2016 (through the end of May.) My average pace in May was a fairly strong 7:29 per mile and according to suggested training pace calculators, to achieve my goal of sub 30 at Al's, I would need an easy pace ...

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Cooling down and sleep disorders
by on Thursday, May 26, 2016

What's the best way to cool down at the aid stations of races? Do you have trouble sleeping? Read on for the tips.

Drink or pour to cool down?

I and many runners I know have for the longest time liked to pour water from aid stations over our heads at warm weather races. Whether there's benefit or not, it sure feels good.

Well, there's now evidence that [url=http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23328940.2016.1185206#.V0ZFEZErKUk]pouring over your head is more effective for ...

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