Listener Q&A: February 2024

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Tis the season where love is in the air!

Yeah, yeah.

I guess we aren’t doing small talk this month then?

Fine, on to your questions!

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.

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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

Are there any benefits to running backward?

Why is age such a big factor in setting HR zones?

Any advice for helping my 6-year-old train for his first 5k?

Should run streakers use the treadmill once a week?

The Rock Says It Doesn't Matter

Thoughts on the Runner’s World editor getting caught banditing last year’s London Marathon?


Are pacers supposed to run according to chip time?


What criteria do you use to decide which races to run?


Do you always wear the same make/model of shows? Or do you rotate?

Should speed intervals on a treadmill be run faster than outside?

I Don't Know

Thoughts on rucking as a form of cross-training?

If you don’t care about the elites, why do you read their books?

Is running 6 days per week better than running 5?

If you’re only going to have one rest day per week, when is the best time to have an off day?


How do you produce enough glycogen to run on a low-carb diet?

How should runners approach colder races?

Could heat or ice, in addition to foam rolling, help relieve calf pain?

If you could only go to the Olympic Trials or the Pro Bowl, why would you choose the trials?

What was I thinking to train for a winter marathon?

Do you think it’s fair to have a winter World Major?

Brittany What?

Any tips for a last-man-standing type of event?


What is your favorite ride at Disney World?

Are Runners Stupid?

How do you motivate a non-runner to enjoy the process of getting started?

Why am I so apprehensive about signing up for a marathon?

What heart rate strap do you recommend for someone new to HR training?

Polar H10.

Who plays you in a Diz Runs biopic?

And that’s that…

Take a Break from Running to Rediscover the Passion

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