Ask me anything

It’s once again that time. As I always mention, this is one of my favorite things to do every year. It’s your opportunity to ask me anything you would like.

Almost nothing is off limits. Feel free to ask me about training, racing, my thoughts on the news in and around the sport, what’s going on at HillRunner.com. This is my invitation to you to ask whatever you would like.

As usual, you can reach out to me however you feel most comfortable. If you want to ask something publicly, you can do so in the comments, on Facebook, you can tweet at HillRunner.com or my personal account. If you want to ask in a more private setting, you can use the contact form or, if you are friends with me on Facebook or know my email, you can reach me through those methods.

As has become tradition, I’d like to ask you something also. I truly hope to get some feedback because I want to make sure I’m creating the best experience possible for you.

With HillRunner.com recently turning 20 years old, it’s been around the block a few times. In doing so, it’s picked up a lot of great people but also quite a few spammers. I’ve been working hard to clean up spam attempts and keep the spammers at bay but wanted to know if this is affecting you.

Have you encountered any issues using HillRunner.com? I’ve put some pretty aggressive tools in place. From what I can see, they haven’t been blocking anyone other than spammers but I want to make sure that’s the case. If you have been running into any issues, please let me know so I can resolve any issues. If I don’t hear from anyone and don’t see any signs of problems, I’m going to assume only spammers are being blocked and that’s not something I want to do if anyone who is legitimate is also being blocked.

5 Replies to “Ask me anything”

  1. Do you think that if you come back to training two times per day and running 90-100 miles per week , you could get back to 15 mins 5k, 32 mins 10k and 73 mins half marathon?

    1. César,

      No. That ship has sailed.

      First, I’m not in my 20s any more. I don’t think I could hold up to 90-100 miles a week, much less the training I was doing that led to those times. At 42, my body just isn’t as resilient as it was 15-20 years ago.

      Second, I know I’m at a point in my life that, even if I could hold up to that training, I wouldn’t want to.

      Third, even if I did want to do that training and my body would hold up to it, I’m in my 40s now. That worked when I was in my 20s but wouldn’t produce the same results now.

      I sometimes get a little nostalgic about those days when I was in that kind of shape and everything seemed to come so much more easily than it now does. However, I’ve accepted where I am in life. Those days are forever in the past.

  2. For older runners is it better to train for Al’s with a bent towards longer tempo workouts (8k – 10k) plus 800s during the week, or shorter tempo workouts (3k – 5k) plus 800s another day of week? I understand one could mix, just which would you favor on 45 miles a week? It’s Double and I’ll be 58 at Al’s.

    1. Double, I feel like I should be asking you for training advice. Maybe I wouldn’t have screwed up my calf last year or my hip this year if I asked for and listened to some of your sage wisdom.

      That said, maybe because I’m gun shy after screwing up my hip largely by trying to get too aggressive with some half mile repeats, I’m actually leaning toward shying away from 800s myself. I’m looking toward longer tempo runs and mile repeats with short to moderate recoveries (1-3 minutes) and using strides to work the turnover.

      1. I do need to start incorporating strides. It’s almost a full workout now however. So be it. The sun don’t shine on the same dog’s rear end everyday.

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