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Lactate is NOT that bad, more on carbohydrate mouth rinses
by on Monday, May 4, 2015

A couple interesting things I want to point to today. One on that old boogeyman, lactate. Another on the idea of rinsing your mouth with a carbohydrate drink after exercise.


For decades, lactate has gotten a bad rap. While some of us have known for years that lactate isn't the boogeyman that it's been made out to be, it can actually be used as a fuel for one thing, it still has that bad rap.

To be clear, when your muscles are sore the day after a hard workout, that has nothing to do with lactate. Once your workout is over, lactate is cleared from your body very quickly as it is used for fuel or converted to other substrates that can later be used for fuel.

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Larry Rawson's weight comments at the Boston Marathon
by on Thursday, April 30, 2015

Lightweight? Yes. Also and more important: powerful, extremely fit, amazing stamina.

Did Larry Rawson do a disservice to young and likely not so young runners across America? In my opinion, yes.

I didn't see the coverage live. I saw a lot about the topic as it was happening via Twitter, though, and it reminded me of previous races I did see live where Rawson constantly focused on the weight of the elite female runners. When I saw some replays of the race, I heard at least some of his comments and heard what I feared but also expected given his history.

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by on Tuesday, April 28, 2015


I have been very consistent with my trainig, but my diet is terrible, i am 192 pounds and when I ran my best times I was about 155-160 pounds, so I think the only way that I ll run that fast again is in that weight.

Could you please put an example of the food and snacks that you eat on a daily basis, do you eat junk food here and there?

Thanks a lot

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Become a writer
by on Monday, April 27, 2015

Just one link this week but I think it's a very good one.

We've probably all heard by now about the importance of keeping a training log. I hope we all are keeping a training log.

In addition, have you considered writing before a race about not just your training but also your upcoming race? Especially if you're nervous about the race, it could be helpful.

This article about writing about your running makes a good case for writing more about your running.

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by on Sunday, April 26, 2015

This is the largest road race in Wisconsin, with 10,000 runners. There are some similarities and differences to Al's Run. They're both 8k races, with large fields and plenty of competition. The main difference is Crazylegs has a wave start, based on predicted time. Waves of 200 runners go off every 30-45 seconds. My estimated finish time of 38 minutes put me and my son in wave G. On the one hand running around a bunch of slower runners in waves that went off earlier was a bit frustrating, and it meant that the course was always full of runners. The benefit for me was it allowed me to focus on my effort and not get sucked out into too fast of a pace. Plus I always had people to focus on and pick off. The course winds from the Capitol down to campus, along lake Mendota, and then returns to finish inside Camp Randall stadium where the badgers play football.

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Do you understand what's being said?
by on Thursday, April 23, 2015

"If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself." - Albert Einstein

We all know the person who knows it all. This person has no trouble talking your ear off with big words and scientific names. You're blown away by this person's knowledge. You can't keep up with all the terminology. Unfortunately, a lot of what this person has to say is lost on you because you simply can't follow along.

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Running and knee osteoarthritis, pre-run static stretching
by on Monday, April 20, 2015

Two studies in this post that remind us to keep an open mind until the science is settled.

Running and knee osteoarthritis

If there is one health factor for which it seems running may be bad for us, that would be knee osteoarthritis. Do we essentially wear our knees out by running? Possibly.

Or, possibly, not.

These results, the team says, suggest that regular running does not raise the risk of knee osteoarthritis among the general population; it may actually protect against the disease.
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2015 Boston Marathon prediction contest
by on Thursday, April 16, 2015

Win some cool gear!

It's Boston Marathon time! You know you're already thinking about who will win and how fast the winning times will be. Why not win something with your predictions?

We'll have two winners, one each for the men's and women's races.

How to enter:

- Pick the top 3 for each race
- Pick the winning time for each race
- Get them to me, via comments, contact form, email, Twitter, Facebook or any other method available.

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by on Thursday, April 9, 2015

I've seen more of this than my running shoes over the past few days

I'm purposely scheduling this to appear while I'm on a family vacation. I'll have spent 3 days at Disney parks with my wife and 7 year old daughter by the time this appears. I have no idea what my training will have looked like during those 3 days or in the days following as I'm spending time in airplanes and visiting family I see very infrequently. You know what? I don't really care what my training looks like. I hope I can get out for some runs but I'm not worried about what those runs will consist of.

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Running in polluted air
by on Monday, April 6, 2015

Just one topic this week. The reason will be more clear if you read Thursday's blog post.

This is a very interesting question, though. I think we've beaten the "running is good for you" topic to death recently.

But what about in pollution? This is a question I've wondered about frequently. I've always felt that running in pollution is probably better than not running at all and what limited research has been available has mostly confirmed that. However, there has been a lack of long term research on this topic.

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