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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 effort the best way to train.

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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 muscle fatigue and two commonly held explanations for that muscle fatigue.

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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 24 second improvement.

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Barefoot running: It's about how you run more than what you run in
by on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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Another study on barefoot running is out. I find this one to be of particular interest because it's asking a question I would like to see asked more often: is the benefit of barefoot running due to what you're running in (nothing or next to nothing) or how you're running (eliminating the heavy heel strike)? I have my opinion on this answer but I'd like to see science back it up.

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Birthday races
by on Monday, March 25, 2013

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A less serious topic, just because (and it's not even my birthday, this was spurred by a conversation with another runner who recently celebrated a birthday).

I have often been asked why I don't celebrate my birthday with a race. Maybe it's because I'm not a huge fan of racing in Wisconsin winters, which complicates things with an early February birthday. Maybe it's because, while I've always thought of myself as a competitive runner, I'm a runner first and competitive second. Racing is an incredible experience and my running life would have a huge hole in it if racing wasn't a part of it but I don't run to race. I race because it's a part of the running experience for me. I sometimes enjoy a relaxing long run through nature even more than I do a race.

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Thoughts on GPS watches after 6 months with one
by on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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It's been just over 6 months now since I began using my Garmin Forerunner 410. My first run with the Garmin was September 8th. As any of you who know me well know, I've long had concerns about using GPS devices for training. I have to say that some of my concerns have been proven correct through my own experience, while others have been allayed. At the same time, I've found some benefits to using GPS.

First, to go over my primary concerns and what I've found through personal experience:

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Revival
by on Saturday, March 16, 2013

With a new team for the new year, I am once again wanting to blog more. I have committed myself to a seasonal summer focus on middle distance (800m-5000m) and leading up to that will race 5K-21K on the roads. The ideal is to be ready to compete in either 1500m or 5000m at Masters Track Nationals in mid-July in Kansas. I will likely be blogging more about my own training than I have in the recent past, hence reviving the blog I had used for that in the distant past.

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The year so far -
by on Friday, March 15, 2013

My feelings are a bit diametrical regarding my running so far this year.

On one end I have placed my distance goal of 2,013 miles for the year in jeopardy because of a bad Januray and bad February. As of tomorrow I should be hitting about 414 miles for the year so far to be on the correct pace. I am only going to be at 202 miles for the year. That is a differnce of 212 miles! That is a lot of ground to make up.

On the other end I am way ahead of where I was last year at this point. Last year at the end of March I had 62 miles and this year I will be close to 300. So I have a great shot at achieving my race goals of cutting my times down significantly and placing well overall as well as in my age group.

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