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Ice baths: The cold or the water? Blister prevention tip
by on Thursday, April 28, 2016

We know ice baths help us recover, right? Is it the cold helping us or the compression from the water, though? That's a good question.

Also, what's a good way to prevent blisters? There are a lot of ideas out there. Some might work, some actually are counterproductive.

The cold or the water?

To be honest, I've long suspected both. The compression of any water has been shown to reduce blood pooling and aid in recovery. At the same time, we know cold does the same.

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Race report: 2016 Autism Awareness 5K
by on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Last year, I was looking for a local 5K to shake up the legs and get my running back into a rhythm after a vacation. I found a 5K relatively close to home at just the right time. It happened to be in its first year but I wasn't really concerned about anything other than getting in a hard effort in a race day atmosphere. So I did it.

While the people were good, I didn't have a whole lot of interest in returning to the event. The people seemed to care but the event was nothing special. Then, th ...

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What's going on at HillRunner.com?
by on Thursday, April 21, 2016

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A lot of things are happening all the time at HillRunner.com. Some are big enough to warrant their own blog post to cover, such as the recent return of more widespread ads (also covered below). Others are small enough to not warrant their own blog posts.

I'd like to occasionally round up some of the recent changes that are big enough to mention but not big enough for their own blog post. Here's my first attempt at doing so.

[b]Training lo ...

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Racing in bad conditions
by on Thursday, April 14, 2016

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Craughwell AC - Winter Marathon - December 2013 by Peter Mooney, on Flickr

The 2002 Lakefront Marathon was run on a day with 25-30 mile per hour winds gusting to 50 miles per hour.

The recently run Cherry Blossom 10 miler was run on a day with wind gusts exceeding 50 miles per hour.

Over its ...

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Consistency matters
by on Thursday, April 7, 2016

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This past weekend, I completed what I would consider my 2016 base phase. Looking over it, I accomplished the following:

7 weeks of 70-72 miles
4 weeks of 66-69 miles
2 weeks of 50 miles (cutback weeks)
1 week of 40 miles (ill)

I can sum up these results in one word: consistency. And I'm feeling very good about where my 2016 racing season will be going for that one reason.

I hope you're accomplishing the same thing.

It's no ...

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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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