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Summer running
by on Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Summer is here! Or so we hope here in Wisconsin. It's time for vacations, beach time, camping, and all kinds of outdoor fun!

It's also time for the summer racing season, big workouts to prepare for those races while working through the heat and humidity, and all the other running considerations.

We all think of winter as the challenging and dangerous season for runners but there are challenges and safety considerations we need to keep in mind during the summer also. As well as the adjustments that we need to make not for our safety but to ensure we're getting the most out of our summer time training.

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Take chances
by on Thursday, May 4, 2017

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Recently, I wrote about running practice races. This is incredibly important for many reasons. One of the reasons: taking chances.

Wait, what? Aren't we supposed to be practicing how to do things the right way? Aren't we supposed to be practicing what we want to do at our goal race? I don't want to take chances and risk all my hard work!

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Max recovery days
by on Thursday, April 20, 2017

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We all have hard and easy days in our training plans, right? We all have workout days, long run days, and those other days we just call easy days. Some call them junk miles but they are anything but junk miles. We know they aid our recovery from those hard days while helping to build the aerobic fitness that we all know is so important for racing any distance from the mile up.

But do you include at least an occasional max recovery day? You should, especially if you're an every day runner.

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Racing is a skill - practice it
by on Thursday, April 13, 2017

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Saturday, I ran a race. I wasn't really race ready. I feel like my general fitness is pretty good right now but I haven't done enough race specific workouts for my race fitness to be ready.

So why did I do this race? Because I needed some practice before my important races.

Racing is different than even the hardest workouts. While workouts are good opportunities to practice the skills we will bring to racing, no workout takes you to the place a race will. As a result, there are simply some things that can't be practiced any time other than on a race day.

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Showing up
by on Thursday, April 6, 2017

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"It's hard showing up day after day. It's worth it but it's hard." - Jon Marcus

I was recently listening to the Magness and Marcus podcast and I heard that quote from Jon Marcus. I was already thinking of writing about this topic and that quote just clicked with me because it's so true and so important to running.

I often find myself saying the biggest key to success in distance running is consistency. How do you be consistent? Well, obviously you have to stay healthy so your training isn't sidelined by injury. However, in my opinion, the biggest factor is just showing up.

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Your Acute-to-Chronic (A:C) training ratio
by on Thursday, March 23, 2017

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By now, I'm sure most of you know my thoughts on the "10% rule". It's far too simplistic. That said, there is such a thing as building up too quickly, right?

Of course there is. It's just not as simple as this week should always be no more than 10% more distance than last week.

Ideally, we listen to our bodies to know if problems are creeping up but what if we had cues to tell us when we may need to pay closer attention or take concerns more seriously?

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Restraint
by on Thursday, March 16, 2017

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Spring is on the way! While many of us already had some summer like weather this year, we've also faced some challenging winter weather. Things will be taking a turn soon if they haven't already begun taking a turn where you are.

It's so easy when the weather gets better in the spring to get a little too excited about training in good weather and try to do too much. Be careful not to fall into this trap.

After working your way through all the bad winter weather, the last thing you want to do is get yourself hurt when the weather is turning nice, especially since your racing season is likely also just around the corner.

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"Bad" workouts happen
by on Thursday, March 9, 2017

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This week, we had serious wind on Tuesday, my workout day. It was brutal, I was being blown all over the place and my splits during the first half of the workout, when running into the wind, were horrible.

Earlier this year, I had a workout where I could just feel things weren't going well. It wasn't the conditions that time. My body just wasn't responding. It wouldn't go no matter how much I wanted it to.

Whether due to the conditions or due to it just not being our day, we all have workouts that just don't go so well. Bad workouts happen. What should you do about it?

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Be your own best advocate
by on Thursday, March 2, 2017

This past weekend, someone sent me this article. It's an important reminder and I'd like to make a few points that I see often referenced but just as often ignored:

- If something doesn't seem right, something is likely not right. We all have to struggle through fatigue and aches at times but most of us have a sense of what is "normal" and what just doesn't feel right. Trust your gut. In this individual's case, he knew something wasn't right when his paces dropped off rapidly. That's a telltale sign that something is wrong. At the very least, you're not going to get more out of your workout when you're fading like that for no clear reason so don't push your luck.

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Racing: a skill that requires practice
by on Thursday, February 16, 2017

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This time of the year, we likely have our goal races in sight. We may already even be registered for them. However, do you have some other races on your schedule? This is a good time of the year to pick some secondary races to fill out your schedule and make sure you're race sharp when your goal races come around.

Many runners seem to not worry about this part of goal race preparation. They figure they will train themselves into the best shape possible and take advantage of that fitness. So why do these other races matter?

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