Bonus roundup

I’m off enjoying spring break with the family this week. The good news, though, is that I read so many good things in March that I felt it was a good time to share a bonus roundup.

In this bonus roundup:

Why you should eat a big breakfast.

How strength training makes you faster.

Don’t just tell yourself to avoid a bad habit. Replace it with a good habit instead.

Why you should eat a big breakfast

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Well, that’s more than just a saying.

In short, if you eat a big breakfast, your hormonal profile will be better. More healthy hormones, fewer stress hormones.

How strength training makes you faster

I’ve long been known as the guy who doesn’t like weight training due to something I wrote many years ago. However, in that very article/blog post, I mentioned strength training.

Strength training is important. I’ve always believed that. I’ve simply said that most runners can use their body weight just as effectively and, often, more safely than lifting weights.

Well, this makes a good case for why strength training is important. It also mentions what I’ve been “called out” on in recent years, the Alberto Salazar/Mo Farah/Galen Rupp example. However, it also mentions this:

So, I think the big takeaway from these studies is that strength training helps and, initially at least, the details don’t much matter. Get out there a couple times a week, lift some things and do some hops, and you’ve got a good chance of getting both stronger and faster.

I fully agree.

As for why strength training helps, it improves your top speed and makes you more efficient. Sounds like a winning combination.

How to break a bad habit

Have you tried breaking a bad habit simply by telling yourself not to do it when tempted? We all probably have attempted this strategy at some point. How does it work for you?

It doesn’t work well for me. Instead, this makes a good argument for replacing the bad habit with a good habit.

In the example given, an individual wanted to break an urge based habit. When tempted, instead of just telling himself to resist, he would take a drink of water. Want to do the bad thing? Take a drink of water instead. Eventually, the urges to do a bad thing faded and the bad habit was broken.

As runners, replacing a bad habit with taking a drink of water seems like a great idea. It’s also a way to work on our hydration. Win-win. Give it a try. Next time I find myself wanting to break a bad habit, I’m going to give this a shot.