Don’t look now, but 2022 is just about half way home.
I know, right?
Six months down, six months to go.
But before we slam the door on the first half of the year, let’s do a little Q&A!
You Ask, I Answer!
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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.
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Let’s get into this month’s questions, shall we?
This Month’s Questions
How was the cruise?
Why do you run?
Running makes me a better person.
How’s the house selling/hunting situation going?
Whatever happened to you using the posture corrector gimmick? Still using it?
Will you miss having easy access to the House of Mouse after moving to GA?
Honestly, not as much as you might think.
It’ll be good to have a break from Disney all the time.
How did you get your start in running?
I was bored.
Like, really bored.
And surrounded by runners.
So I started to simply help pass the time.
And it pretty much just grew from there.
What are your thoughts on these super carbon plated shoes?
Any hydration strategies/tips you can share?
Hydration isn’t just a “during your run” thing.
If you aren’t hydrated before you start running, you’re making life harder on yourself than it needs to be.
So drink plenty of fluids before/after your run and on your non-running days too.
I’m also a fan of adding some salt to the old water bottle, too.
As for during a run, I feel like drinking to thirst works for most people.
Some will die on the hill of saying you need to drink a certain amount for every hour you’re out there, but that’s a bit much to me.
If you’re in tune with your body, it’ll let you know when you need something to drink.
As for packs and handhelds, it’s all about what fits you/is comfortable for you.
I’m an Orange Mud guy, but there are lots of good options out there based on what you might need in addition to the fluid capacity.
Also not a bad idea to have a couple of options, maybe a handheld for shorter runs and a pack/vest for longer runs?
Is there such a thing as too much pre-run caffeine?
Ultimately, if you can handle the caffeine you’re pumping in your system well, you’re probably fine.
If you’re a bit jittery? Might better back it down a bit.
Do you think that anti-depressants help with running at all?
How’s the move coming along?
Has anyone actually been kicked out of the group?
Do you have any podcast episodes or themes that you’re super excited to record?
Is there any big difference between the foam roller and the stick?
The biggest difference to me is that some body parts work better with the stick or the roller, but in general they are pretty much interchangeable.
For example, you can get your glutes better with the roller than with the stick.
How often/much should runners be doing strength training?
If there’s only time for one or the other, better to stretch before or after a run?
Thoughts on buying/selling houses?
Are there any supplements you regularly use and love?
Any tips for making running at elevation on vacation a bit easier?
If you could pick a state to run half of, which would you pick? And which would you want to avoid?
Pick: Somewhere in New England.
Any food recs for the day before a half?
How long should I warm up before a half?
Any specific stretches you do before running?
I’m a big fan of leg swings.
Not really a stretch, a bit more of a dynamic movement.
But maybe that still counts?
Any advice for dressing during not hot but not cold rainy weather?
Do I need to force myself to eat after a long-run day, even if I’m not hungry?
Does professional hockey really belong in Florida?
Have you watched the Star Wars trilogy?
Which Star Wars movie is your favorite?
Who is your favorite Star Wars character?
What is your favorite corn-related dish?
And it’s not close.
How many farms do you think I’ve passed today?
You’re still working on your first.
It’s just one big farm today, amigo. hehe
Same questions about the LOTR trilogy.
Yes. Two Towers. Legolas.
What is your favorite movie quote?
Any tips for helping my 15-year-old daughter in the sport?
If yall are having fun, it’s a win.
Local 5ks. Themed runs. Daddy/daughter runs with a stop for ice cream along the way.
As long as she’s having fun, it’s a win.
If she’s wanting to start going longer and getting a bit more serious about her results, I’d encourage not hammering all the time.
It may not be an all-out “heart rate training” model for her at this age, but getting comfortable running easy and building that base will serve her quite well if she wants to keep running for another 30-60 years.
Any value to vitamin supplements for runners?
If you’re really deficient, there’s probably some value.
I’d always try to get your vitamins from your food first, but supplementing as needed is fine.
Who wins a Best of 7 between the 96-97 Wings and this year’s Avs?
How much salt should I be adding to my water bottle?
What was the culinary highlight of your trip?
How’s your foot doing?
It’s getting there.
I ran a couple of times on the cruise, and it was still a thing but nothing major.
I’m cautiously optimistic I’m getting past this thing and will be running regularly in July.
Any advice for a long day of travel post-race?
How should I increase my weekly running volume? Currently at about 20 miles/wk, would love to be closer to 25.
And that, as they say, is that…
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