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Improving stride length
by on Thursday, October 13, 2016

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Long stride? Check.

Last week, we covered the fact that speed can be broken down into two factors: stride length and stride rate.

This week, I'd like to discuss stride length and how we can improve it.

There are essentially two phases of your stride to think about when increasing stride length. One is very limited, the other is technically unlimited but practically there obviously is some kind of limit.
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Speed = stride length * stride rate. Period.
by on Thursday, October 6, 2016

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This guy has both parts of the equation covered

Some time ago, I heard a very good coach who I greatly respect say there are three factors that go into speed. Stride length, stride rate, and ground contact time. I've heard a lot of similar comments from other runners and coaches.

I'm sorry and it pains me to say this about some people who I greatly respect but they are wrong. It's even more simple. Speed, if ...

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Recovery aids and racing shoes
by on Thursday, September 29, 2016

Once again, some of the best things I've read this month have come from Alex Hutchinson's excellent Sweat Science blog. The two I'll share this month are one on Curcumin as a recovery aid and how the weight of your shoes affects your performance.

The Curcumin Cure for Muscle Soreness?

I used to take antioxidants nearly daily to aid in recovery. My belief, supported by the best knowledge at the time, was that enhanced recovery would allow me to train harder. That would allow me to ge ...

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Deal with the little issues before they become big
by on Thursday, September 22, 2016

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Have you ever found something not feeling quite right and ignored it? What was the result? Chances are you ended up injured not too long after.

Pay close attention to these things. It's true that we can't always cut back our training every time something is a little off or, especially as we age, we'd never be training at full capacity. However, we can and should at least pay attenti ...

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Fitness first, details later
by on Thursday, September 15, 2016

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I've recently been writing a lot of Seattle Marathon training plans and a common theme has been coming up, especially for beginning runners or those who have been out of running for a while. The most important first step isn't some magic bullet, it's building basic fitness.

A lot of these plans I've been writing haven't been all that exciting. Some involve workouts only once every two weeks, if at all. Most involve fairly ...

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Relax and let the speed come out
by on Thursday, September 8, 2016

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He knows what he's talking about

If you watched the US Olympic Trials coverage on NBC, you may have noticed Ato Boldon repeatedly say that the fastest sprinters would "relax and let the speed come out". I was hoping he would use that line again in the Olympics but I didn't notice it the way I did at the Olympic Trials.

Why was I hoping for the repeat? Because that advice Boldo ...

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Hootie Hustle - 5K
by on Thursday, September 1, 2016

The weather for race day seemed like it wouldn’t be very promising to set a PR. Ryan and I had discussed this and I decided that, like Ryan said, we don’t need to worry about time just place. I figured I would do my best to get and stay ahead of as many people as possible and then pass as many as I could while gutting it out to the end.

My wife Debby came out to support me and that was nice to have her drive (and be there for me) so I could refocus my race day nerves and anxiety. She h ...

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Race report: 2016 Hootie Hustle 5K
by on Thursday, September 1, 2016

I'm cheating a little bit and this week's blog post will be my race report. At this point, I don't intend to make this a regular thing but I simply have too much going on right now. Hopefully, things will settle in over the next week or two and I'll be back on a regular routine.

My lead up to this race wasn't ideal. It's been a very busy summer in general, then it turns out the Hootie Hustle happened to be exactly 3 months before the Seattle Marathon, which meant I spent the 2 weeks before th ...

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About those muscles
by on Thursday, August 25, 2016

This post will be all about the muscles. I have an interesting article on some muscle research I've been holding on to and another one just popped up yesterday that I think has some interesting results for those of you who might deal with seasonal allergies.

How much protein do you need?

First, how much protein do you need as a runner? Many runners underestimate what we need. After all, we're runners, not bodybuilders.

The problem with that is that, while we're not be bodybuilder ...

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Overstriding and cadence/injury risk
by on Thursday, August 18, 2016

Because I'm busy watching the Olympics and writing Seattle Marathon training plans this week and because I have a backlog of interesting research I've wanted to write about, I'm going to do a recap post this week. There will still be another one on the usual schedule next week.

I have two related topics for this post. Often, people talk about increasing cadence as a method to reduce overstriding. So I have a topic on each. First, what is overstriding? Second, what is the relationship between ...

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