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What I learned from 878 days
by on Thursday, September 14, 2017

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Oops, not that kind of streaking…

Recently, I was out on a planned 10 mile run when, about 3.5 miles in, the driver of a truck decided to play chicken with me. With no shoulder and no safe place to go off the pavement, I got as close to the edge of the pavement as I could and hoped the driver wouldn't be homicidal. Fortunately, he wasn't.

About a half mile later, while running downhill, I felt something in my ankle. Just one step, like I stepped wrong, so I kept going. Shortly after, it came back and was there for every step. I stopped at 4.13 miles.

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When should I run my first marathon?
by on Thursday, September 7, 2017

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Shortly before the finish of my first marathon in 2002

This is a question posed by many new runners. It seems like such a straightforward question. Unfortunately, the answer is not as straightforward and, honestly, not what most beginning runners want to hear.

First, there is the question of what your goals in running are and may be in the future. Very few people run a marathon in their first few years of running and go on to reach their ultimate racing potential.

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Don't sit all day, don't stand all day...
by on Thursday, August 31, 2017

Just one topic this month because it's a topic that is a personal peeve of mine.

We all know by now that sitting all day is bad for our health, right? That's why we have standing desks. But what if standing all day is worse than sitting all day?

Here's a thought: all things in moderation. Some standing, some sitting, some walking, some running.

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Major changes coming in September
by on Thursday, August 24, 2017

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I'm going to attempt to explain what will be going on without getting into too many technical details. Hopefully, this won't sound intentionally vague. Sorry if it does.

HillRunner.com has been around for over 18 years. In that time, I've always built upon what has already existed, not wanting to rock the boat or even temporarily take away things that you have become used to having available unless absolutely necessary.

Unfortunately, that leads to a lot of old code that I wish I could clean up but, without major disruption, feel like I can't. It also leads to problems in other behind the scenes ways, meaning I spend more time on maintenance and less on either writing for HillRunner.com or developing new features.

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One question to ask yourself every day
by on Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Just a quick post this week. I want you to ask yourself one question today. Then ask the same question every day from now on.

What am I doing today to make myself better?

Sometimes the answer should be a workout that will accomplish a specific purpose. Sometimes it will be an easy run to recover from a prior workout or prepare for a coming workout. Sometimes it will be a rest day. Whatever the case, you should be doing something every day to make yourself a better runner. I want you to think about that every day and think about how you can best accomplish that.

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When to modify the plan
by on Thursday, August 10, 2017

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You are training for a race that is highly important to you. You have a detailed plan laid out. Month by month, week by week, day by day, you know what you're supposed to be doing.

Then something happens. Do you push through or do you change the plan?

Many times, the answer is that you should push through. There are definitely times when we should push through some lingering fatigue or uncomfortable but not unsafe conditions.

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Focus on one thing at a time
by on Thursday, August 3, 2017

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When you're asked to think about several things before a workout or race, what happens?

If you're like me, you get started and, when the going gets tough, you forget what you're supposed to be focusing on.

What good does that do?

Instead, consider focusing on one key thing. Maybe it's your stride rate, maybe it's a powerful stride, maybe it's running tall. Whatever the case, pick one thing that you think is the most important thing to work on and focus on that.

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Running, your heart, and your bones
by on Thursday, July 27, 2017

We all know by now that running is good for us, right? Well, how good is it for us? Some of us may have heard that runners have higher levels of coronary artery plaques. Is this a concern? It would seem to be. As for the bones, we know running strengthens them. How much running does it take, though?

Running and your heart

Is it true that runners have more coronary artery plaques than non-runners? In short, yes. Is this a concern? The obvious answer would be yes. However, things seem to be a little more complicated. The kinds of plaques runners have are more stable and less likely to break loose and clog an artery.

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Team HillRunner.com: 2017 Al's Run
by on Monday, July 24, 2017

As Double recently noticed, this summer has gotten completely away from me. However, it's not too late to build a strong Team HillRunner.com for Al's Run

The team veterans know the details. For anyone new, here's a quick run down. Join the team and you'll get filled in on all the details.

Al's Run this year is on Saturday, September 16th. The race starts at the usual location on the Marquette campus at 10:30 in the morning. Post-race, I hope most of the team can make it up to my house for a cookout and team social.

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Even on vacation, don't ignore your auxiliary training
by on Thursday, July 20, 2017

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As this post appears, I'm on vacation. I'm on a trip that involves a lot of bike riding and a lot of walking.

Don't worry, I'm still running. I love running while on vacation because I get to explore new areas in ways I find I just can't by any other means.

As of the time I'm writing this, I'm also planning to place a focus on stretching. Why? Because what I call "auxiliary training" matters that much.

Sure, I won't be doing my full strength training routine while on vacation, though I hope I'll get a short routine in at least once while away. However, personally, the stretching matters enough that it will be made a priority.

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