Listener Q&A: May 2023

And just like that, another month is almost done and dusted!

Time, as it has a tendency to do, marches on.

But before shutting May down for this year, let’s do some Q&A!

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

Any suggestions for napping frequency in preparing for a 24-hour event?
How much of a drop in volume should I plan for between training cycles for some big goals?

How’s the running group going?

How can I best make use of ~30 minutes at the gym 3-4 times a week?

Is there a point at which a long run gets too long, a point of diminishing returns, perhaps?

If we should ignore our watch when it says a run was unproductive, how should we react to some Garmin kudos?

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If you could only eat two foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?

What are the best post-race spreads you’ve encountered?

Hard to do better than when the grill is going strong at the end of an ultra.

I’ve got a 30+ minute bike commute to work. Does that count as time on feet?

How does running make one a “better” person?

How do the lessons learned in running translate into daily life?

How does one determine an appropriate volume of maintenance mileage?

I Don't Know

You don’t like wrist-based HR monitors. What about forearm monitors?

Even on an easy run, I can’t breathe comfortably through my nose. Is this something I should work on?

What’s your go-to sub sandwich order?

When is Zone 3 an appropriate training zone?

Tempo runs. Race pace work.

Is there a benefit to running double days?

Do you have a favorite spot to watch the sunrise during a morning run?


Any exercise suggestions for piriformis and IT band issues?

Details matter Sally McRae

Do you recommend any scraping tools? When would one use them?


What are your three biggest tips for your runners on race day?

Any truth to the concept of “less is more” during the taper?

What’s your advice for someone that knows they should strength train but aren’t making it happen?

Do It

Any tricks to help with digging deep during the last few miles of a race?


What do you like better about living in GA vs FL?

How often/how long should I be cross-training?

How do I get over wanting to sign up for a marathon but being scared to do so?

Anyone you really want to have on the podcast as a guest?

How do you train for an hourly race?

And that’s that…

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