Listener Q&A: December 2023

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Does this week feel like you’re living in a Twilight Zone episode to anyone else? Just me?

That week between Christmas and New Year’s can be a bit of a lost week for all the reasons.

But one thing that doesn’t get lost in the end-of-the-year shuffle?

The monthly Q&A episode!

You Ask, I Answer!

In case you’re new to these parts, here’s what’s going on.

At the end of every month, I do an episode dedicated to you and your questions.

Want to get a question answered in a future Q&A episode? Come join our FB group, watch for the post asking for Qs, and put your query in the comments.

Basically, whatever you ask I try to answer!

Sometimes, the answers aren’t worth a whole lot. But every once in a while I like to think (or at least hope!) that I hit the nail on the head!

When it comes to free advice, there are no guarantees that you won’t get any more than what you paid for it.

That said, I promise to do my best!

And if nothing else, there are usually at least a few decent memes/GIFs to make it worth your while.

Let’s get into this month’s questions, shall we?

This Month’s Questions

If I’m pacing a friend for part of a road race, do I need to still register for the race?

Is it ok if I split up my strength training throughout the day?


What is the best pro/elite story of 2023?

My runs are getting faster, how do I keep seeing faster splits?

Slowing Down Helps Speed Up Recovery

How do you motivate/encourage others without coming across as cocky?

Rather build a gingerbread house or go sledding?

How important is stretching after a run?


How is the 50 State marathon goal coming?

Base building hasn’t gone as planned so far, I have a marathon at the end of April. When should I start to be concerned?

If mileage isn’t a great goal for everyone, what are some other annual goals to consider?

How many cans of sardines in a week is too many?

What mileage increase from year to year would be considered significant to improve fitness?

Is it a good idea to have a lower mileage year on occasion to give your body a bit of a recovery period?

What is your favorite type of holiday beverage?

Have you considered running for a charity to get into Boston?

As I get farther into a long run, I start to feel my core more. Any idea what’s going on?

Is Rebekah going to run a full marathon someday?

Does Adi have the running bug now?

How much can you accomplish with keeping your training runs short?

What are you looking forward to in 2024?


Any reasons you’re glad to bid 2023 adieu?

If rain is in the forecast for the next two days but the forecasted high is only 48F, what do you?

Any marathon plans for 2024?

How often should we be strength training as runners?

No apple pie, what do you want for dessert?

The Rock Says It Doesn't Matter

And that’s that…

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