Archive for November, 2011

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Wear Gloves

November 27, 2011

The first clue should have been when I almost slipped down a set of icy steps getting to my car. The second clue should have been sitting in my car for almost ten minutes to defrost the windows before driving. The next sign was looking at the dashboard and reading twenty-three degrees on the digital thermometer. Full heat, seat warmers, and constant blowing on my hands when I finally did get outside should have been further, unsubtle hints. Suffice it to say that on this particular Thanksgiving day, it was [expletive] cold outside. Read the rest of this entry ?

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I Love Running Uphill (Why You Should Too)

November 21, 2011

“Hills are speedwork in disguise.”
-Frank Shorter

If you can’t bear to look at a race training plan with hill workouts, or find yourself avoiding local loops that you know are not totally flat, stop making excuses. Hill running is all sorts of important and I think it is time we stopped complaining. At the very least runners need to view hills similarly to how we ask kids to act towards Brussels sprouts, a necessary but valuable evil. So whether or not you are training for a race, these are a few good reasons why every runner should rethink their gradient grouchiness.

Practice like you play

How many times have you heard a runner blame poor performance on a hilly course, or complained of that yourself? We have all done that at some point. But then look back to your training and how many specific hill repeats did you do? Even in some of my preferred training plans there are scarce hill workouts. This is not to say that the novice runner needs to start scheduling mountain runs every third day, just keep it in mind if you are training for a race. So let us not take the topography of a race for granted and be prepared for some bumpy runs. Find a nearby hill that challenges you, run hard up and then jog back down for recovery. Rinse and repeat. If you have an upcoming local race, go out to the course and do the same thing. You will be better off and not surprised when you get there on race day. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Runner: On the Right!

November 11, 2011

There seems to be no more fitting way to start this blog in earnest than with its eponymous post. I want to talk about etiquette. Specifically, verbal queues as they apply to runners, bikers, and other pedestrians. These are rules that should be followed for safety, efficiency, and because it’s just the right thing to do. As many common courtesies wane from society, and as the number of bike lanes and casual walkers are on the rise, we runners can sometimes be left feeling like the middle child in the un-motorized brood.

Warn Before PassingSome cities have declared it “unlawful” to be a pedestrian in a bike lane; some states have only provided cyclists with “preferential” treatment on that coveted piece of pavement. I would like to put aside the legal arguments for now and just discuss this on a personal level. Of course, if there is a law, I encourage following it. As a warning, know that this diatribe is a gross overstatement and does not apply to every biker or runner. Exaggeration is made only to highlight my points. Additionally, if you feel offended by any of them, you are probably an offender yourself. So read carefully! Read the rest of this entry ?

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