Monthly roundup: December 2017

Another month, another large number of articles read. A couple especially that caught my eye were a comparison between fresh, frozen, and canned vegetables and the benefits of lifting weights, not just for your running but for your health in general.

Is there a difference between fresh, frozen, and canned vegetables? Well, yes but not quite what you would expect. In the end, the best thing you can do is eat whatever will get you eating the most vegetables.

We know pollution is bad for us. We know exercising is good for us. So what has the bigger impact? Well, don’t let pollution stop you from exercising. Sure, avoiding pollution while exercising is ideal but exercising in pollution is better than not exercising at all.

We’re runners. We know that running can prolong our lives, right? Well, do you know that strength training can also prolong your life? For the record, size (muscle mass) doesn’t matter. Strength matters. Based on the numbers, it almost looks like being small but strong is actually better than being big and strong (though the most important thing is being strong and the difference between the small/strong and big/strong might fall within the margin of error).


The Forums are back!

It’s been a while since the Forums has felt like a place to be. That’s about to change.

Given some of the changes at, it felt like the time to bring the forums back. I received a small but enthusiastic response when I asked about bring the forums back earlier this month and it just felt right to me so I started looking into it.

So here it is. The return of the Forums! I started a couple topics over there to kick things off, feel free to start more topics yourself or respond to mine. Hopefully, we can get that same close community feeling that we had when the forums were active before.

I still have some work to do so don’t be surprised if the dust doesn’t settle for a while. That said, one of the non-running lessons I’ve learned this year is don’t wait until things are perfect to put them out in the world. The forums are functional and generally good, though not perfect, so I figured why keep everyone waiting?

Ask me anything

Another six months have passed, which means it’s that time again. This is one of my favorite things to do. 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, including the major changes we’ve recently seen, the coaching service, Club 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 (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?

Winter running


You CAN run through the winter!

We had a good taste of winter here in Wisconsin just last week when we got wind chills, if not temperatures, in the single digits. Winter is on its way. That means, for many of us in the northern hemisphere, the joys of winter running! Yes, I mean that with a minimal amount of sarcasm. Sure, there are struggles but there are a lot of good aspects to winter running. Now, though, I’d like to dispel a few myths about running in winter and discuss how we can make winter running in the great outdoors as safe and comfortable as possible. Continue reading “Winter running”