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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 problems before they became major or persistent problems.

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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 their most recent posts and comments.

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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 a sharper focus versus thinking about a "race in fall" in such generic terms.

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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. That will surely work and, if available to you, may be the best option for the next day or two.

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Modern shoes don't need to be broken in
by on Sunday, March 3, 2013

I've been trying to think of the "perfect" topic for my first blog post. If I keep waiting for that, I'll never post on here so let's set the bar low.

When I first started running, I always heard that your running shoes wouldn't feel great straight out of the box. You need to break them in before they would feel great. Then, I found the perfect shoe for me. It felt great right out of the box and never lost that great feeling, even after far more miles than you're "supposed" to get on a pair of shoes. I'd even buy a new pair, take them straight out of the box and lace them up for a long run. Yes, the first time my shoes would go on my feet, I'd be heading out the door for 90+ minutes of running. Ahh, high school days. Back when you could get away with naivete. This is something I don't do any more but I still know if I've found the right pair of shoes for me as soon as it comes out of the box.

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Welcome to the HillRunner.com Blogs
by on Friday, March 1, 2013

I'd like to welcome everyone to the new HillRunner.com Blogs. About time we got some blogging going on over here, right?

Well, I hope I can make the wait worthwhile. As you can see, there isn't much here now. However, in the next few months, several enhancements will be added. Most notably, everyone who is a registered member will be able to have their own blog. If you ever wanted to start a running-centric blog on a running only website, you just found the place to do that!

Of course, I'll also be blogging here. My target is at least one post per week but I won't force the issue just to post content that I don't think will be useful. What will the posts be about? I'm sure most will be about training. Different concepts I'm exploring, common problems I see people encountering, topics I'm working through in my own running or with the runners I coach that I think would be beneficial to others, most likely even some occasional results personally or of the runners I coach. In addition, I will post my thoughts on stories in the running news world. Elite results, topics affecting the sport at both elite and non-elite levels, whatever I see in the news that interests me and prompts a post. I'll surely also find other random running-related topics to post on from time to time.

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