Ask me anything

It’s that time again! Your chance to ask me anything you would like. As I always seem to mention, this is always one of my favorite things to do.

Almost nothing is off limits. Feel free to ask me about training, racing, my thoughts on training and racing as race calendars begin to fill up, 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 I’m trying to make into a tradition, I’d like to ask you a question:

What topics would you like to see me write about on the blog? Anything you think I should address? Feel free to suggest a specific topic or to suggest a type of post I should do more (such as the featured workout posts I’ve done a few of but I’m thinking right now I should do more).

Finally, just a reminder. As I’ve done in the past, I’m going to go into a “summer schedule” for blog posts. That means I’ll be posting every other week. Next week, there won’t be a post and we’ll be on an every other week schedule until after Labor Day weekend.

4 Replies to “Ask me anything”

    1. Sorry for the late reply Cesar.

      I don’t know that there is a typical day but I’ll try. With working from home, some things have definitely changed but I’ve also tried to keep some consistency. Breakfast and lunch tend to be sandwiches (one sandwich per meal), mostly because I can quickly make a relatively healthy meal. I’ve been trying to keep junk food out of the house because, working from home, it’s just too easy to snack on junk. Instead, I’m trying to keep some easy to grab and snack on fruit always on the table. Right now, it’s cherries. I also like berries, grapes, things that are easy to just grab a handful of and pop into my mouth as I walk by. Unless I’m having a severe craving, I try to stick with fruit for any snacking. I remember a very smart person saying they never heard of someone getting overweight by eating too many fruits and veggies.

      Dinner is whatever, a lot of variety. The main thing about that meal is that most people overeat. They eat until they are stuffed. I don’t always get it “right” but I do try to make sure I’m eating until I’m satisfied, not stuffed. If I need a snack later, so be it.

      To tell the truth, I’m not as lean as I was 20 years ago. I’m probably about 5-10 pounds heavier. How have I maintained at that level, though? Well, my focus on most of the time not overeating and most of the time eating healthy. Not 100%. That’s as unhealthy as anything. However, overall, I do those things more often than not. Also, I try to be active in some way every day. I think back to last year as a good example of that.

      When work from home started, I told myself I can’t just lock myself away in the house so I set a goal. I would get myself out the door and do some activity every day for at least 30 minutes until I’m back to working in the office. If I can’t run, I can still walk or ride bike or do something active outside. Of course, this is when I thought it would be weeks or maybe a month or two working from home. Now, it looks like it’s going to be permanent. As of now, just about 15 months in, I have met the goal. However, at some point, I know I won’t. Whatever brings this to an end, it will be one day. I will still target 6 days a week or 27 days every 4 weeks or whatever.

      We need points of rest and recovery but ask yourself if rest and recovery means nothing. Can it mean a walk? A casual bike ride? I do believe the body was made to move every day. We just need to figure out what kind of movement can qualify as recovery, which can be a very individual thing and can even change over time. I used to consider two hour long easy runs a day recovery and that was at the time. Now, a 30 minute walk might be what I need to adequately recover.

  1. Thanks for the answer! what do you put in those sandwiches? A sandwich is not too little for a lunch? ( if its two slices of bread)

    1. To be honest, I wouldn’t be picky as long as there is a source of protein and some good carbs. Recently, I’ve been doing peanut butter and banana.

      With a few handfuls of fruit through the afternoon, sometimes more than a few, one sandwich seems to be sufficient for me at lunch these days.

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