Comments for HillRunner.com https://www.hillrunner.com The site for everyone who loves running. Fri, 07 Feb 2020 22:21:46 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Comment on What are you adding? What are you removing? by Todd https://www.hillrunner.com/what-are-you-adding-what-are-you-removing/#comment-999 Fri, 07 Feb 2020 22:21:46 +0000 https://www.hillrunner.com/?p=68019#comment-999 “It’s just as important to think about what you are going to remove as it is to think about what you’re going to add.” love that!

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Comment on Weight management: eat healthy and move by Todd Baum https://www.hillrunner.com/weight-management-eat-healthy-and-move/#comment-998 Sat, 18 Jan 2020 10:43:37 +0000 https://www.hillrunner.com/?p=68049#comment-998 ]]> “…eat things that look as much as possible like they do in nature.” 👍🏼

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Comment on Weight management: eat healthy and move by Ryan https://www.hillrunner.com/weight-management-eat-healthy-and-move/#comment-997 Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:22:18 +0000 https://www.hillrunner.com/?p=68049#comment-997 Thanks Cesar. It’s tough in our society to not eat far more junk food than we should. That said, I’m not a fan of saying you have to eliminate anything. If you want a little junk food, that’s fine. Just make sure it is just a little. I’m not going to stop having dessert with my daughter after dinner and I’m not going to stop having a snack of some kind sometimes during a movie. That said, I am conscious about how much of that stuff I have.

As for my diet, it really hasn’t changed recently. It’s hard to define a “typical” day but I do make sure I get some fruits and veggies every day as well as some whole grains and quality protein. As I mentioned, I don’t try to eliminate junk food but I do try to limit it to no more than once per day and not too big of a helping.

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Comment on Weight management: eat healthy and move by Cesar https://www.hillrunner.com/weight-management-eat-healthy-and-move/#comment-996 Thu, 16 Jan 2020 21:08:00 +0000 https://www.hillrunner.com/?p=68049#comment-996 **how your diet looks like these days?

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Comment on Weight management: eat healthy and move by César https://www.hillrunner.com/weight-management-eat-healthy-and-move/#comment-995 Thu, 16 Jan 2020 21:06:23 +0000 https://www.hillrunner.com/?p=68049#comment-995 Great post Ryan!! I still fight those demonds, I have improved my diet a lot , but still like to indulge in junk food once in a while. Always keeping running of course. Like you said, we have overcome the inactivity part. I do know that this is not ” ask me anything”, but how do you like look these days? What do you tipicallly eat for breakfast, lunch , dinner and snacks.

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Comment on Ask me anything by Ryan https://www.hillrunner.com/ask-me-anything-2019-12/#comment-994 Mon, 09 Dec 2019 00:49:15 +0000 https://www.hillrunner.com/?p=67961#comment-994 Cesar, I totally get what you’re saying. My initial gut reaction is the same. However, if you think about it, technology is always moving the sport forward. Lighter materials for track spikes and road flats. Tracks themselves have come a long way since the days of cinder tracks.

To me, it’s more about making sure some competitors don’t have a technological advantage over others. When I see a race, I want to know that the best athlete, not the athlete with the best technology, won the race. Right now, it appears there is a technological advantage. That seems unfair to any athlete who isn’t fortunate enough to get a Nike sponsorship.

I’m sure there’s an extent after which it would seem the technology has gone too far. Maybe that’s the shoes we began seeing this fall. I’m not sure. To me, though, the first step is a level playing field and it appears we don’t have that right now but maybe the others will catch up soon and we will have a level playing field again. Will that be enough? I’m on the fence.

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Comment on Ask me anything by César https://www.hillrunner.com/ask-me-anything-2019-12/#comment-993 Sun, 08 Dec 2019 13:40:01 +0000 https://www.hillrunner.com/?p=67961#comment-993 Thanks for the answer! In my opinion, technology is killing the simplicity and beauty of running.

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Comment on Ask me anything by Ryan https://www.hillrunner.com/ask-me-anything-2019-12/#comment-992 Sat, 07 Dec 2019 18:04:43 +0000 https://www.hillrunner.com/?p=67961#comment-992 Good question Cesar. My feelings are very conflicted. To be honest, I was thinking of writing a blog post on it. Then I thought about writing a forum post to see what others thought. In the end, my feelings are so conflicted I did neither.

Here’s what I understand the situation to be. The 4% claim is 4% of energy return (or energy efficiency gain for the runner). I know nobody who I would consider an authority who thinks that means a 4% (roughly 5 minutes for an elite man) performance improvement. Eliud Kipchoge is really a mid-2:06 guy who simply ran mid-2:01 because of the shoe? No.

I have seen some statements (and heard on Ross Tucker’s Science of Sport podcast) that the 4% energy return equates to about a 1% performance improvement. More for some, less or potentially none for others. Is Eliud Kipchoge really a high 2:02/low 2:03 guy who ran mid-2:01 because of the shoes? That’s believable, though obviously impossible to prove.

Do the shoes make a runner faster? It seems indisputable now. How much? It depends on the runner but 1% seems like a reasonable estimate of an average improvement.

As for the talk of whether the shoes should be banned, that’s a tough discussion. When you watch a race, do you want it to be a competition between athletes or a competition between shoe companies and their technologies? Personally, I want it to be between athletes.

Yes, shoes are always improving and what everyone wears now is faster than what everyone wore 40 years ago. However, that’s a generational improvement and the non-Vaporfly shoes are all similar enough that any difference between pairs of shoes is probably less than 10 seconds. That said, maybe this is a one time reset of what’s possible that is worth working our way through as long as the technology is available to everyone (keep reading).

Yes, the shoes are technically available to everyone. However, two things to consider on this part. First, the Nike athletes for the past 4 years have consistently been wearing prototypes not yet made available to the public. Second, let’s be honest about the realities of the sport of distance running. An Adidas sponsored runner can’t really wear Vaporflys without making a farce of the situation (as an Adidas runner did in Dubai this year, wearing the Vaporfly but removing the Nike logo and drawing in an Adidas logo) or risking his or her sponsorship, which is the athlete’s primary source of income.

In a recent podcast episode, Ross Tucker asked a simple question I’ll try to paraphrase here: If a Vaporfly wearing athlete beats a non-Vaporfly wearing athlete by 45 seconds, did we just witness a superior athlete beat an inferior athlete or did we just witness a superior shoe win the race for a potentially inferior athlete? Right now, it’s hard to say what we just witnessed in that hypothetical situation. Is this how we want the sport to be? Do we want it to become Formula One, where the best tech wins the race?

In the episode where Tucker asked that question, he also brought up a proposal that at the time was new to me but originally introduced by someone else. The IAAF (or now “World Athletics”) should set a maximum stack height (outsole plus midsole height) for shoes. They could use the original Vaporfly stack height, which I believe was 31 millimeters. Then, within that stack height, let the shoe companies do whatever they want. The original Vaporfly is still legal but the shoe Kipchoge wore when he broke 2 and that we saw a few other times in fall marathons is not. Adidas, Brooks, Saucony and others can come up with their own competitors to the Vaporfly within the same limits. But we would have a limit to how far things can be taken. I kind of like this idea. A simple, easy to understand rule. Develop and innovate to your heart’s content within that rule but don’t exceed it. It’s probably not ideal but it seems like a good compromise, considering this seems to have progressed to the point where it would be hard to go back to where things were in 2015 (and I’m not sure we should).

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Comment on Ask me anything by César https://www.hillrunner.com/ask-me-anything-2019-12/#comment-991 Fri, 06 Dec 2019 21:51:18 +0000 https://www.hillrunner.com/?p=67961#comment-991 What do you Think about the debate with the Nike vaporfly influencing in performances?

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Comment on Don’t be afraid of failure by Chris Melvin https://www.hillrunner.com/dont-be-afraid-of-failure/#comment-988 Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:21:58 +0000 https://www.hillrunner.com/?p=64497#comment-988 Love it! I find myself taking this mindset more and more in life in general.

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