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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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Summer running
by on Thursday, May 19, 2016

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Summer is here! Or so we hope here in Wisconsin. It's time for vacations, beach time, camping, and all kinds of outdoor fun!

It's also time for the summer racing season, big workouts to prepare for those races while working through the heat and humidity, and all the other running considerations.

We all think of winter as the challenging and dangerous season for runners but there are challenges and safety consider ...

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Trust your training
by on Thursday, May 12, 2016

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run by brett lohmeyer, on Flickr


When race day comes, do you have confidence in your preparation?

When you read a magazine or an online article and see an interesting workout, do you instantly start figuring out how to fit it into your training schedule?

If you are doing ...

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There is no magic workout
by on Thursday, May 5, 2016

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Track Workout Jan 4_0046 by Nathan Atkinson, on Flickr

Have you ever felt you just needed one workout to get to the next level? Do you know someone who insists that one specific workout must be done or that runner simply isn't prepared?

Most of us have been there at some point and know other ...

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