This month, I guess I am doing an Outside Online appreciation post. All three links I’m going to share go to Outside Online.
We have an explanation of why it matters how you think about pain, a discussion of what happens to your body on no sleep, and psychological considerations of heat exhaustion. Continue reading “Monthly roundup: April 2018”
To some runners, this is all that matters. To others, this doesn’t matter at all.
What matters to you? What would you consider a win or loss?
These are things that we should keep in mind when we plan our running.
Continue reading “How do you keep score?”
Some time ago, I was listening to a podcast on running and I heard the quote I just paraphrased in the subject.
What does this mean?
Continue reading “Nervous? Wait for the gun to go off”
I’m off enjoying spring break with the family this week. The good news, though, is that I read so many good things in March that I felt it was a good time to share a bonus roundup.
In this bonus roundup:
Why you should eat a big breakfast.
How strength training makes you faster.
Don’t just tell yourself to avoid a bad habit. Replace it with a good habit instead.
Continue reading “Bonus roundup”
I’ve been reading a lot of good things this month. So much, in fact, that I might give you a bonus roundup next week.
For now, though, I have three interesting topics to share. First, we know caffeine is a performance booster but does it work for everyone? Second, who should we be modeling our running mechanics after? Third, how well do we do at monitoring our hydration during workouts?
Continue reading “Monthly roundup: March 2018”
Recently, I pulled a hamstring avoiding a homicidal driver of a pickup truck who decided stop signs are optional and people in crosswalks want to die.
This week, I came down with a cold.
The past month has been rough.
Continue reading “Plans change”
A coach I follow and greatly respect says there’s a big difference between a coach with 20 years of experience and a coach with 1 year of experience repeated 20 times.
I believe this also applies to runners.
But what does it mean and why does it matter?
Continue reading “Evolve”
Last week, I wrote about why I (generally) assign effort based workouts.
Notice what I did? I hedged because there are definitely cases when I do assign workouts based on pace. These are infrequent but they do happen.
When do I assign these workouts?
Continue reading “Why and when I assign pace based workouts”
I drive the runners I coach crazy at times. Why? Well, I’m sure there are many reasons but one of the big reasons is because I assign workouts by effort. I don’t make it easy for them, saying something like mile repeats at 7:00 or half mile repeats at 2:50. Instead, I say mile repeats at 10K effort or even something more vague like slightly faster/harder than half marathon effort.
Why do I do this? Believe it or not, I’m not just trying to be difficult.
Continue reading “Why I (generally) assign effort based workouts”
This month, as usual, I read many interesting things. Among them, a topic near and dear to the hearts of northerners this time of the year as well as some insights from top marathoners and insight on what running will do to your strength. Continue reading “Monthly roundup: February 2018”