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QT: Keep Your Summer Easy Runs Easy (Best Of-ish)

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This post was originally part of Episode 286 released in July of 2016 and is more or less copy and pasted from that post. The audio, however, is a new take on the topic.

I’m of the belief that heart rate training is the best way to make sure that your easy runs stay easy and that your hard runs are truly hard.

Slow Down

If you remember back to my conversation with Matt Fitzgerald where we talked about 80/20 Running, we talked in depth about the importance of making sure that our easy runs are truly easy and our hard runs are truly hard. We also talked about how difficult it can be to determine our effort level in an objective manner, and that is where monitoring your heart rate comes into play.

To be clear, monitoring your heart rate doesn’t always paint a perfect picture regarding the amount of effort you are exerting, but it is typically a more objective measure than pace or perceived exertion. Read more

Guilty as Charged

QT: When Dealing With a Niggle, Be Sure to Address Both Sides (Best Of-ish)

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This post was originally part of Episode 655 released in November of 2018 and is more or less copy and pasted from that post. The audio, however, is a new take on the topic.

What do you do when you have a little issue somewhere in your body?

Maybe you feel a tight plantar fascia in one foot.

Or you have a knee that doesn’t quite seem right during or after a run.

Or you feel a little pain in your shin or your Achilles or your hamstring.

The location of the issue, for today’s quick tip, is irrelevant.

From time to time, most of us as runners will develop a bit of a niggle somewhere in our body that needs to be addressed.

And that is where we can get ourselves in trouble… Read more

It Was a Bad Race, Not a Disaster

QT: Moving On After Having a Bad Run (Best Of-ish)

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This post was originally part of Episode 283 released in July of 2016 and is more or less copy and pasted from that post. The audio, however, is a new take on the topic.

When is the last time you had a bad run?

No matter what you do to try and eliminate bad runs from your training, you’re going to deal with a clunker every now and then.

Fact

Sorry to rain on your parade, but facts are facts.

You can’t prevent the occasional bad run from showing up during your training. But you can make sure that when you do have a dud it is nothing more than an isolated incident.

I mean, the last thing you want to do is have one bad run linger in your psyche and infect your next run. And the one after that. And the one after that… Read more

QT: Valid Reasons You Shouldn’t Hire a Running Coach (Best Of-ish)

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This post was originally part of Episode 523 released in January of 2018 and is more or less copy and pasted from that post. The audio, however, is a new take on the topic.

There are no shortage of articles and blog posts out there talking about all of the benefits of working with a running coach.

This is not one of those articles.

You know what there is a shortage of? Articles talking about why you shouldn’t hire a running coach.

Don’t believe me? I just googled the phrase “you should not hire a running coach” (click here for search results) and the number one search result was an article about why you need a running coach from Runner’s World.

My thought’s exactly.

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QT: When Mother Nature Gives You Lemons, Make Treadmill Lemonade (Best Of-ish)

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This post was originally part of Episode 691 released in February of 2019 and is more or less copy and pasted from that post. The audio, however, is a new take on the topic.

No matter how much I personally dislike running on the treadmill, I can’t deny that for some folks the treadmill is a necessary evil.

Several of the #DizRunners aren’t exactly fans of the treadmill, but due to the crazy weather this winter there are more than a few that have been logging some miles on the dreadmill.

For real though, my heart breaks for them!

That said, there are some ways you can make treadmill lemonade when you’re stuck running inside. Read more