Running in the Dark

QT: Go the Extra Mile for Safety When Running in the Dark (Best Of-ish)


This post was originally part of Episode 331 released in November of 2016 and is more or less copy and pasted from that post. The audio, however, is a new take on the topic.

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you’re probably aware that the amount of daylight hours is rapidly eroding as we approach the winter solstice.

If you’re a runner, and I’m assuming you are if you’re reading this, that means there is a very good chance you’ll be running in the dark in the coming weeks and months.

Running in the Dark

For some of us, running in the dark is pretty much business as usual.

I do the majority of my running before the sun comes up year-round, so if you’re new to running or don’t log many pre-dawn/post-dusk miles, here are some things I’d encourage you to keep in mind when you find yourself running in the dark this winter. Read more

QT: Keeping Your Running Simple is Often the Better Option


Is it just me, or do humans have a tendency to overcomplicate things at times?

Seeing as runners are humans, does that mean that we have a tendency to overcomplicate things as well?

Yes

If I’m honest? I’ve been guilty of overcomplicating things, for both myself and the runners I coach, at times in the past.

Here are a few areas where I think, both personally and professionally, simple is better than complicated. Read more

QT: Overlooked Factors that Increase Your Heart Rate During a Run


For many runners that get into heart rate training, and even for some of us that have been at it for a while, it can be a bit of a struggle to keep your heart rate down while running.

I know when I really devoted myself to MAF training, I found myself walking a lot more than I expected because my heart rate kept climbing beyond my upper target.

If you could care less about heart rate training, in any of its forms, this post/episode really isn’t for you.

But if you’re into MAF, zone, 80/20, or any other form of training where heart rate is a factor, this post may help you keep your heart rate from shooting up too quickly on your next run. Read more

Why Am I Here

QT: Every Run Has a Purpose, Whether You Know It or Not (Best Of-ish)


This post was originally part of Episode 439 released in July of 2017 and is more or less copy and pasted from that post. The audio, however, is a new take on the topic.

How often do you stop to consider the purpose of each workout that you do?

Why Am I Here

Every time you head out the door? Every week or two? Never?

Every run on your training plan has a purpose.

So, it would help if you were at least thinking about said purpose on occasion, eh? Read more

QT: It’s Ok to Take a Little Break from Running


For a lot of runners, the idea of willingly taking a break from running is a non-starter.

At least I assume it is, because I’m one of those runners.

Guilty as Charged

But for some of us? Voluntarily taking a running break could be the best thing you can do for yourself.

And if you’re struggling to do so, I’m here to tell you it’s ok to take a little break from running. Read more