Ask me anything
by on Thursday, June 22, 2017  (11 comments)

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Another 6 months have passed and I almost forgot about this! 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.

So what have you been thinking about and wanting to ask?

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cesar

Hey Ryan, There is a way that I can follow your training like in the dailymile days? no strava account?

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Ryan

Cesar, the two places I share my training currently are Garmin Connect and Strava. I don't share publicly, though, so you would need an account.

I've also been having issues with my Garmin so it sometimes takes days (weeks?) for runs to get logged. Trying to get answers from Garmin support but they don't seem to have any yet.

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Double

What's more important for a distance runner. Weekly miles or the weekly long run?

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Ryan

Double, you do know how much I hate "what's more important" questions, right? Is that why you're asking? ;)

While both are important, if I were to pick, I'd say weekly miles because the overall volume supports the long run. Try running a 20 mile long run on 40 miles a week and try on 60 miles a week. Then try running 40 miles a week without a long run and try running 60 miles a week without a long run. You'll quickly realize which side of the equation is more important to the other.

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Double

Thanks for the reply. You share my thinking. If I was to run 70 miles a week with nothing longer than 12 miles as a long run, and someone else ran 45 miles a week with steady 20 milers, my belief is the 70 mile week is much better in terms of finishing time for the marathon. Sure there are exceptions, but the 25 extra miles a week is huge. Plus collapse point would be in range.

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Ryan

Absolutely. While I would not recommend running a marathon on nothing longer than 12 miles for a long run, the daily grind of the 70 mile week will have you pretty well hardened. A steady diet of 20 milers on 45 mile weeks is probably going to break you down and leave you in pretty rough condition even before the marathon arrives.

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cesar

How can I find you on Strava?

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cesar

I sent you a follow request on Strava.

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WhatToDo

Hey Ryan !! fan of you. I really enjoy ur stuff. I am also a blogger so can you feature me in your next video. My blog address is solithere,blogspot.in

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cesar

Hey Ryan, at what time do you eat your meqls and snacks? I seem not to lose any weight and its affecting my running.

What is your take on intermittent fasting(skipping breakfast)?


Thanks

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Ryan

Sorry for the late response Cesar, I'm on vacation right now.

My eating varies based on the day. When I'm at work, I'll typically eat breakfast around 8am, lunch sometime between noon and 1 after I'm done running, have a snack when I get hungry in the afternoon, then dinner around 6pm. On the weekends or pretty much any day I'm not working, I won't eat anything or will just have a light snack before running. Then I eat breakfast after my run, have a light lunch (if I'm hungry) in the early afternoon, and dinner again usually around 6pm.

I've heard of several different definitions of intermittent fasting. I have a coworker who lost about 50 pounds on plan of 4 days a week eating one low carb meal a day, then on the other 3 days eating whatever he wants. A former high school teammate of mine seems to like eating only during a fairly short time window (I believe somewhere around 4-6 hours a day). Personally, I've realized I actually fit into one definition I've seen of intermittent fasting. I often go over 12 hours between dinner and breakfast.

What do I think of these? If it works, you find it sustainable, and it's not unhealthy, good. In the end, whatever diet you use, it needs to meet those 3 requirements. Different plans work for different people.

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