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Don't trust your GPS on the race course
by on Thursday, August 13, 2015

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If you rely on your GPS device to determine your race pace and don't build in a buffer, you will almost certainly fall slightly short of your goal.

Do you run races with a GPS device? Have you noticed that your GPS usually measures the races as longer than the advertised distance? Your last 5K was 3.2 or 3.3 miles, your last 10K was maybe 6.4 miles? Heck, your last marathon was probably at least 26.5 miles, very possibly 27 miles.

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July's Update
by on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I know this is a bit late but I was camping deep in the woods for the first week of August.

July was an amazing month. Not only did I run my highest ever monthly total miles but also had my fastest average pace. I did not even have a race in July to bump that average.

July had a total of 28 runs for 229.29 miles and a total run time of 27 hours and 6 minutes. I averaged about a 7:20 per mile pace.

I am also about 8-9 pounds from my goal racing weight (down from 15.)

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"Push" weeks
by on Thursday, July 16, 2015

The runners I have coached for some time can probably think of times where I said something like feel free to challenge yourself because next week is a cutback week. I don't say it often and I've been saying it even less often recently (maybe I should increase my frequency again).

One of the runners who I know I've told this to sent me this link that does a nice job of explaining the concept behind what I was getting at with the idea of challenging yourself with the cutback week coming up.

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Monthly Update
by on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Instead of a daily or weekly blog post I will do a monthly update instead.

After all that time off from running I am finally getting back into good shape. I started running again on 03/10/2015 and here is a simple breakdown of each month through the end of June.

March - 16 runs - 39.66 miles - 2.48 miles per run (average) - 5 hours 17 minutes - 7:59 average pace per mile

April - 26 runs - 113.79 miles - 4.38 miles per run (average) - 14 hours 34 minutes total - 7:41 average pace per mile

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What makes a champion?
by on Thursday, May 7, 2015

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Last year, I listened to a TED Radio Hour podcast episode titled Champions. I wanted to write about it at the time but never got around to it. That episode ran again last week and I'm not going to let it slip by again.

In the podcast, the host interviewed three speakers, two athletes and a sports journalist. All had some interesting comments on what makes a champion. I highly recommend listening to the whole episode but I'd like to highlight a few points raised.

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Nutrition
by on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Hey,

I have been very consistent with my trainig, but my diet is terrible, i am 192 pounds and when I ran my best times I was about 155-160 pounds, so I think the only way that I ll run that fast again is in that weight.

Could you please put an example of the food and snacks that you eat on a daily basis, do you eat junk food here and there?


Thanks a lot

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Priorities
by on Thursday, April 9, 2015

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I've seen more of this than my running shoes over the past few days

I'm purposely scheduling this to appear while I'm on a family vacation. I'll have spent 3 days at Disney parks with my wife and 7 year old daughter by the time this appears. I have no idea what my training will have looked like during those 3 days or in the days following as I'm spending time in airplanes and visiting family I see very infrequently. You know what? I don't really care what my training looks like. I hope I can get out for some runs but I'm not worried about what those runs will consist of.

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Going to the track? Ignore the GPS
by on Thursday, April 2, 2015

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It doesn't take much to create very poor measurements on a track

Last week, one of the runners I coach decided to take her workout to a track. Personally, I think this was a good idea as there are advantages to the track that she could benefit from. However, she decided to still keep track of her pace using her Garmin. With her permission, I'd like to share some of her experience because I think she got caught in a worst case scenario of what can go wrong with GPS devices at the track.

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Measure what matters
by on Thursday, March 26, 2015

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How useful are lab tests?

Would you believe that I, a competitive runner of 25 years, have never taken a VO2max or lactate threshold test?

It seems like everyone has taken one or both of these tests. I've been asked what my test results are and people are shocked when I say I haven't taken them.

The question I'd like to ask, though, is what we get out of these tests. What do they tell you that will help you become a better runner? We now know that training right at VO2max and lactate threshold isn't necessary. In fact, it's better to train at a range of paces around but not necessarily directly at those paces.

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Remember cooling vests? How about ice baths after workouts?
by on Monday, March 23, 2015

It looks like this is going to be a chilly post...

Do you remember cooling vests? I seem to recall them first coming to prominence around the time of the Athens Olympics in 2004. With the hot marathons, the American marathon teams used them with good results. Were the results pure coincidence or was there a connection? Likely, some of both.

I still see them being used at times in pre-competition settings, especially when it's going to be warm during the competition. The theory makes sense. Lower your core temperature and you'll perform better.

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