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Spotlight workout: hilly long runs
by on Thursday, June 9, 2016

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I'm going to begin occasionally spotlighting some key workouts that I believe are important for running success. Given that this is HillRunner.com, it only seems appropriate that I start with something that focuses on hills.

The workout

This is quite simple. I hope you already have long runs in your schedule. Find some quality hills and take the long run to the hills. Keep the distance at what you wanted. Your pace will slow down some but, as I will mention below, you shouldn't worry about that.

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Monthly Update for May
by on Wednesday, June 8, 2016

May was overall a pretty good month for training. I only had 24 runs though so my consistency faltered a bit. This was do to the huge re-roofing project my wife and I did by ourselves over the Memorial Day weekend.

I ran a total of 208.50 miles bringing my yearly total to 1,067 miles for 2016 (through the end of May.) My average pace in May was a fairly strong 7:29 per mile and according to suggested training pace calculators, to achieve my goal of sub 30 at Al's, I would need an easy pace of 7:34 per mile, so I am on target for that goal.

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Ask me anything
by on Thursday, June 2, 2016

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Another 6 months have passed. Here's your open invitation to ask me anything.

Within reason, nothing is off limits. Ask about training, racing, my thoughts on any news in the sport. Ask about the site, the coaching service, Club HillRunner.com or anything else that's going on.

If you want to ask publicly, you can do so in the comments, on Facebook or you can tweet at HillRunner.com (or tweet at my personal account). If you want to ask more privately, you can use the contact form or, if you're friends with me on Facebook or you know my email address, you can reach me through those options.

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Cooling down and sleep disorders
by on Thursday, May 26, 2016

What's the best way to cool down at the aid stations of races? Do you have trouble sleeping? Read on for the tips.

Drink or pour to cool down?

I and many runners I know have for the longest time liked to pour water from aid stations over our heads at warm weather races. Whether there's benefit or not, it sure feels good.

Well, there's now evidence that pouring over your head is more effective for cooling down than drinking.

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Trust your training
by on Thursday, May 12, 2016

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run by brett lohmeyer, on Flickr


When race day comes, do you have confidence in your preparation?

When you read a magazine or an online article and see an interesting workout, do you instantly start figuring out how to fit it into your training schedule?

If you are doing the work you need to be doing, you should have the confidence you are well prepared on race day and you shouldn't always be chasing the newest workout idea.

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There is no magic workout
by on Thursday, May 5, 2016

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Track Workout Jan 4_0046 by Nathan Atkinson, on Flickr

Have you ever felt you just needed one workout to get to the next level? Do you know someone who insists that one specific workout must be done or that runner simply isn't prepared?

Most of us have been there at some point and know others who still are there.

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Race report: 2016 Deer Run 5K
by on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

After tuning up two weeks earlier at a small local 5K, I stepped up my game and showed up at the Deer Run. Pre-race, I told myself if I improved by 20 seconds over the prior race (17:43) I'd consider it a good race. If I improved by 30 seconds, I'd consider it a great race. If all the stars aligned, maybe I could even take a crack at sub-17, though a 44 second improvement in two weeks seems like a tall order.

I could begin to see early in the week that the stars wouldn't align. Monday, we had a significant hail storm that caused damage to our home. That meant, instead of a relaxing and restful Wednesday I had planned to recover after a very busy prior weekend, I got to spend all day talking with contractors and insurance people about getting the house fixed. I got to follow that up with another Friday evening discussion. Not the most restful way to spend a race week but some things need to get done.

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April Update
by on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

April was, overall, a good month. I got in some hard training but yet, some inconsistency and a great race. Out of the 30 days I ran 26 days and missed four days. I had wanted to average at least 200 miles per month this year. I did that Jan, Feb and March in April I ran 199.18 miles – yes that’s right, less than 1 mile shy. That’s ok because the quality of the 199.18 miles was very good. I averaged a 7:48 per mile pace for the month and ran a total of 25 hours and 45 minutes.

This training set me up for a race on the last day of the month. A race that was well executed and netted me a new PR in the 5K. My new 5K PR is down to 18:16 – not bad for a 45 year old with adult onset running disorder.

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Race Report - Deer Run 5K
by on Sunday, May 1, 2016

I like to be pretty early to my races so when I was leaving 15 minutes behind schedule I was a bit anxious but I still had plenty of time. I arrived on-site and walked to check in and pick up my race packet. I asked if Ryan Hill had checked in yet and they stated that he had. I went back to my car to pin on the race bib and noticed only two pins in the packet. Its a good thing I always have at least eight pins in my car at all times. After pinning on my race bib I went to find Ryan. I knew where he liked to park at this race so I headed over there and sure enough he was there.

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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.

Well, now I have a study to back up my suspicion.

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