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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 runn ...

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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 con ...

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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 mor ...

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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 y ...

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New study on the benefits of foam rolling
by on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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Foam rolling has become very popular for runners. As soon as I got a roller last year to attempt to rehab some hip tightness, I was convinced. Combined with stretching, it took less than a week to relieve the persistent tightness I had been experiencing for quite some time. In the intervening time, it's helped me quickly handle relapses in the hips, as well as work through calf tightness, hamstring tightness and various other minor ...

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New features added to the blogs - and more coming!
by on Monday, March 11, 2013

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I've added some new features to the HillRunner.com Blogs over the weekend that should make it more robust as the blogs grow. Some of what you will see now:

Profiles: You can now update your profile (if you're logged in) or view profiles (here's mine). You'll also notice that, when viewing someone's profile, you will also see t ...

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Fall Half Marathon
by on Friday, March 8, 2013

I have registered for a fall Half Marathon. The Chicago Monster Dash on October 20, 2013. This looks to be a very flat out and back course. I am hoping to run a PR there. My current PR in the half marathon is 1:27:00. I am aiming for 1:22:00-1:23:00 (or better of course.)

I have a lot of work to do if I am going to hit that goal. But I am willing as well as able. Hard days ahead but the prize will be worth it all.

I am glad I have Coach Ryan to guid me along! ...

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Getting back into the habit
by on Thursday, March 7, 2013

Anyone that knows me, knows I have a history of being very inconsistent when it comes to solid training.

The best way to break that inconsistency is to make the daily run a habit.

I am motivated to have some great performances this summer and fall. I have two main goal races for the year and I have realized that sometimes the thought of the goals is not enough on my bad days. I am going to put up a sign by my alarm clock that simply says "Sub 30!" I am hoping that this will help with ...

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Running through a snowstorm
by on Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Here in southeast Wisconsin, we dodged a bullet with this week's storm. We got snow but not like Minnesota, Illinois and other parts of Wisconsin did or the mid-Atlantic region is expecting. That said, we've got our fair share this year. I, for one, appreciate the reprieve this time.

For those of you in the mid-Atlantic who may not be used to running in storms like this, what should you do? Well, the easy answer is to take it inside. Hit the treadmill, find an indoor facility, whatever works. ...

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