One of the reasons I write this blog and share so freely of myself in other ways is because I want you to learn from my experience.
I had the great fortune early in my running life to learn from some very smart and very experienced runners and coaches. I know not everyone has been that lucky, which is why I feel a responsibility to share so freely of myself. Others have shared a wealth of knowledge with me, I feel the need to pass on that knowledge, as well as the lessons I’ve learned myself along the way.
A few weeks ago, an article was going around on sunscreen. On the chance you haven’t seen it, I thought it would be worth sharing here, as well as one other link on Vitamin D.
Also earlier this month, I wrote a post about nutrition, where I was especially harsh on restrictive diets. As I was writing that but a little too late to shoehorn it in, an article came up in my newsfeed that I felt was a good fit for that post. I’ll share it here as an end of month addendum.
Over the past few years, I’ve been focusing more on the little things that I thought would help me maintain a level of performance I’m happy with. Over this time, I was seeing my performances slide and last year, when I pulled my calf, I realized something needed to change.
So I went back to the basics. After taking some time to return to health, I broke everything down and went back to the fundamentals. While I built up more quickly than any beginner would, I went toward treating my training like a beginner’s. Nothing fancy, just lay a good base with a bunch of easy miles, occasionally running faster than on other days and about once a week going longer.
Now that we’re a little past the annual fad diet craze, let’s have a serious discussion about good nutrition. While I’m gearing this toward runners, a lot of it applies to non-runners. Why? While runners have some unique needs, good nutrition is good nutrition.
To be clear, I’m not going to offer specific advice. I’m going to speak in generalities. This is because I am not a nutritionist or registered dietician and I won’t pretend to be a nutrition expert. If you want specific diet advice, see someone who is qualified and don’t get your advice off the internet.
I didn’t get the usual month end post up last week due to the holidays. But I do have one link I want to share this week instead because it’s a topic that I feel very strongly about and I believe there is a lot of bad advice on it.
It’s that time of the year. Racing season is over for most of us. We may have a few winter races on the schedule but, generally, we’re looking at least a few months out before our next important races.
It’s again time for one of my favorite things to do. Once again, it’s time for me to invite you to ask me anything you would like!
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. Continue reading “Ask me anything”
This seems like the appropriate time of the year for this reminder, as we are meeting with family and friends who always want to remind us that we work out too much. The common refrain is that staying in shape is good but too much is bad.