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What's the deal with the ads?
by on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

I think it's been well established that I hate ads on HillRunner.com as much as anybody.

That said, I have to pay the bills somehow and I don't think it's fair to ask Club HillRunner.com members to carry the full burden. So, as much as I hate ads, I'm bringing them back.

As you may (or may not - I'll explain below) have already noticed, ads have returned to some of the most heavily visited parts of HillRunner.com. They will return to more areas as time goes on. However, not everyone will s ...

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Progress is not linear
by on Thursday, March 31, 2016

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What a typical runner's progression might look like

In the spring of 1996, I lowered my 5K PR from 17:06 to 16:08 in two races. Afterward, I could consistently run in the low 16s. However, lowering that PR just wasn't happening for the remainder of that track season or the 1997 season.

Then, after a year away from track for reasons that had nothing to do with running, I returned in the spring of 1999 and progress ...

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March Update
by on Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hello one and all,

March was a pretty good month overall. While I only got 26 runs in for the month it was my fourth highest monthly total mileage ever. I ran a total of 212.90 miles in a total time of 28 hours and 13 minutes. That is some serious base training (for a recreational competitive runner.)

I had a minor injury issue that took me out of running for three days and I had a cold that made it tough for four days. Both of my calves were experiencing a lot of pain right where they ...

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Ditch the ice bath for hot baths? Ditch beet juice for dark chocolate?
by on Thursday, March 24, 2016

I'm having some computer problems at home and I have a backlog of articles I've wanted to write out. So, as I'm in the process of ditching my old computer for a new one, it seems fitting that I write about a couple things runners may soon consider ditching.

Ditch the ice bath?

Who likes ice baths? I'm going out on a limb and guessing nobody. Those of us who use them don't do them because they are enjoyable. We do them because they help us recover.

I do question whether that's alw ...

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Slowing down
by on Thursday, March 17, 2016

We don't want to slow down, right? Unfortunately, we all know that there are those things that do slow us down. Two of those things? The hot sun and starting too fast. Well, here's some information on how much the sunlight can slow us down as well as why fast starts slow us down.

How much does sunlight slow you down?

Answer: pretty much when it's already hot outside.

This probably isn't surp ...

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A very late February update
by on Friday, March 11, 2016

Despite a slight injury February was a very good month.

I ran a total of 24 runs missing four planned runs due to a sore meniscus and had one planned off day. I logged a total of 202.24 miles in slightly over 26.5 hours for an average pace of 7:53 per mile.

I felt very good for most if not all of those miles even though the route was pretty hilly. Got some great training done.

In comparison to last year -

Jan - Feb 2015 = 2.86 miles, yes less than three miles.

Jan - Feb 2016 ...

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"Altitude training" masks - worth it?
by on Thursday, March 3, 2016

I've recently seen several people ask about "altitude training" masks. Recently, I was asked by a runner I coach. Because this seems to be a hot issue, I thought I'd cover what I've seen as of now.

What is an altitude training mask?

First, what is an altitude training mask? This is the one I've come across in discussions. Maybe you've seen them around. I've never yet seen someone running with one but I have seen a couple peop ...

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Administrative note: registration and forums
by on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

I hope it has mostly gone unnoticed to most of you but there has been a rash of attempted attacks by spammers over the past few days.

Largely, the spammers have been trying to do their thing over at the forums. There have been a few attempts on the blogs also but, as of now, those have not gotten through.

In order to combat these attacks, I made a few changes:
[li]Registration (which goes through the forums) will now require email confirmation. Your account will not be active until you co ...

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Luke Puskedra's baby has cancer
by on Friday, February 26, 2016

On February 13th, I thought the worst news Luke Puskedra could face was that he finished 4th at the Olympic Trials.

It turns out he faced much worse news not long after when he found out his daughter Penelope has Neuroblastoma. The word right now is that her prognosis is good but she does face a long and expensive recovery.

If you would like to help the Puskedra family financially, a friend of the family set up a GoFundMe page. ...

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When should I run my first marathon?
by on Thursday, February 25, 2016

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Shortly before the finish of my first marathon in 2002

This is a question posed by many new runners. It seems like such a straightforward question. Unfortunately, the answer is not as straightforward and, honestly, not what most beginning runners want to hear.

First, there is the question of what your goals in running are and may be in the future. Very few people run a marathon in their first few years of runni ...

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