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We will overcome
by on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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I know everyone is writing about this and I have no doubt some are far more eloquently than I will. Still, I can't help but add my own thoughts.

Yesterday's events at Boston have shaken the running community. There is no denying that. Never, as far as I can recall, has an act of terror so directly attacked the distance running community. There have been acts of terror targeting the Olympics and that, obviously, affects the runnin ...

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Terrorist attack at Boston Marathon
by on Monday, April 15, 2013

I'm still catching up myself on what is going on in Boston right now. It appears two bombs detonated near the finish line. Initial pictures I've seen are not looking good. I won't post pictures here for those who don't want to see them. If you do want to see what seems to be the most commonly used photo, see the link below:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/15/two-explosions-boston-marathon/

I'll update here as I'm able and as I get updates. Mixed messages now but it ...

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A Tale of 2 Tempos
by on Sunday, April 14, 2013

I am excited for tomorrow morning as I get to track four friends racing Boston. This definitely brightens up what has been a very gray couple of weeks. All of them are prepared to run great races and I will be so happy to watch them do so from my computer screen. Plus I think that either Shalane or Kara will come through in a big way. Hopefully there will be lots of me cheering like a freak all morning.

Last week was a very good week of running with an excellent tempo run of 6 miles @ 6:3 ...

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Doping with thyroid medication?
by on Thursday, April 11, 2013

This Wall Street Journal article prompted a lot of discussion yesterday about whether or not our sport has a new doping problem in the form of thyroid medication.

It's always tough when medication for a genuine medical condition can also be a performance enhancing medication, as some people think this thyroid medication could. As I began reading this, I instantly thought of the fact t ...

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Tragic story out of Sun Prairie, WI
by on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Some of you have probably already heard about this story. In short, a woman named Maureen Mengelt from Sun Prairie was out on a training run Sunday afternoon when she was hit by a drunk driver. She was taken to a local hospital but died at the hospital.

I was informed this morning that she was a long-time runner who had run the well known Syttende Mai 20 mi ...

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Running by effort
by on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I think I sometimes drive the runners I coach crazy talking about efforts. Easy, 10K effort, 5K effort, half marathon effort. These are common phrases in discussions.

Just this past week, I've had discussions with three runners I coach on what exactly these efforts mean and/or why I prefer training by effort over other methods, such as pace. I may explore this topic further in a future post but I'd like to share some high level thoughts on a few key points that I believe make training by effo ...

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Effect of weight loss (dehydration) and muscle break down on performance
by on Friday, April 5, 2013

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Writing about another study (I promise this blog won't become all about reviewing studies but this will be a part of it). This time, a study of how weight loss as a proxy for dehydration and myoglobinuria as a proxy for muscle breakdown are related to reduction in muscle power. Essentially, the idea of this study is to determine what the correlation is between late race muscl ...

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Starting a running blog
by on Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Yes, I have been drinking tonight and that has spurred my desire to start a running blog. I would never do this out in the blogosphere as I just don't think I have thick enough skin to take some of the negativity or drama that I sometimes see targeted at some of the bloggers I follow. I really don't want any of that in my life. As for the blog I just plan to post my weekly mileage and any random thoughts that I have about running or life in general. I am always trying to improve at both.

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This year compared to last
by on Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Just wanted to put it out there that this year while inconsistant is leaps and bounds over last year at this point.

Last year 1/1 through 4/3 I had only run 22 times for 83.83 miles and I still had a pretty good racing year.

This year 1/1 through 4/3 I have run 40 times for 258.63 miles.

I know I should have had nearly 500 miles so far but I have plenty of time before my goal races to step it up and work extra hard. Looking forward to the five races I have planned for the year. ...

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Breaking news: Hill repeats are good for your 5K
by on Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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Hill repeats will of course help if you're racing here

Well, maybe not exactly breaking but a recent study backs up what we've known for some time. It also adds to the picture a bit.

This study found that hill repeats of any kind improved a runner's 5K performance by about 2%. That's a pretty significant number. For a 20 minute 5K runner, 2% would be a 2 ...

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