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QT: Stay On Track With Your Running During the Holiday Season


The month of December is a bit of a crazy time of year, yes?

Between now and the end of the year, things just tend to be a bit crazy.

Holiday parties. Christmas pageants for the kids. End of the year “things”. Family demands. Travel.

Add it all up, the routine is a hot mess from now until somewhere around 4-5 January when the New Year is here and we settle back in to our nomal busy lives.

All of this disruption can wreak havoc on your running over the next 5 weeks.

But it doesn’t have to. Read more

Taper Crazies? Looks About Right...

Quick Tip: Dealing With a Case of the Taper Crazies


I don’t know about you, but one of my biggest struggles when training for a big race is dialing things back in order to taper leading up to a race.

The taper crazies are real, y’all!

Taper Crazies? Looks About Right...

Taper Crazies? Looks About Right…

The more experienced I’ve become as a runner and racer, the better I’ve gotten at dealing with the taper crazies.

How? I’ll tell you.

3 Tips for Taming the Taper Crazies

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A Rough Day? Go for a Run!

When Life Gets in the Way, Find Time to Run

It’s been a day, y’all.

A Rough Day? Go for a Run!

The wife and I got new phones yesterday, which was a pain in the arse in and of itself, and earlier today I realized that my phone wasn’t working.

At least the phone part wasn’t working.

I could send and receive email, check twitter, and find out how cold it was outside, but if I wanted to make a call (and presumably receive a call) or send a text I was out of luck.

And while talking on the phone is something that I’m never in a hurry to do, this was a problem that needed to be solved.

Fast forward 2 hours, and I think my phone might work now, but I’m not passing judgement until the thing actually rings.

I know there is never a good time to try and troubleshoot with customer service for a solid 2 hours, but today was definitely convenient. But what else could I do? So I sat here relaying information, checking sim cards, and basically wasting time hoping I wouldn’t have to go back to the Sprint store again for another 2 years.

It seems like my problem has been solved, but now there is a new problem at hand, I’m not going to get everything done today that I had planned. I needed those 2+ hours in the worst way, and now they are officially gone.

So what am I going to do? I have some errands I need to run this afternoon. I have an appointment this evening. I need to try and get this post up and prep the podcast episode to be released tomorrow. I’ve got a dog that wants to go outside. And I’d like to get a run in.

On the surface, the easiest thing to axe from the list is the run.

But I can’t.

I Must Find Time to Run

Any time is a good time to run!

I need to run on a regular basis, and when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I need to find time to run even more.

There is something about burning lungs, being soaked with sweat, and having aching legs that allows me to think clearly and become laser focused.

And without question, that improved focus will improve my productivity enough that it will more than make up for the 30 minutes that I take out of the day to go for that run.

It’s Time to Run

I’ve sacrificed my runs more times than I care to admit recently, and last week I vowed I wouldn’t do that any more. Going for a run on a regular basis, no matter how crazy life gets, is something I have to do.

Running for me has become a need, and is no longer simply a want.

And by accepting this truth, I’m able to be more productive than ever.

Thanks for letting me be real with you guys today. But now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go get my running clothes on.

Diz Runs With… Charlie Engle


On today’s run, I’m joining ultra marathoner Charlie Engle for a few easy miles.

Charlie Engle

Charlie Engle

Charlie’s story is an almost unbelievable combination of highs and lows in both running and life. I could have talked with him for another couple of hours, but in our short time together we still managed to cover some areas of his life in pretty good detail.

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Diz Runs With… Vanessa Runs


On today’s run, I’m joining Vanessa Runs on the trails out in sunny Southern California. If you’ve never heard of Vanessa before, you are in for a treat.

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Vanessa is living the kind of life that you’re either repulsed by or completely jealous of–traveling around North America in an RV with her boyfriend, dog, and cat, and stopping to run whenever they feel like it.

We obviously talked a lot about her nomadic lifestyle during our run, but we covered a number of other topics as well. Some of the highlights include:

  • The process of going from a “normal” life to being a modern day nomad.
  • How friends and family reacted to the news.
  • The positives and negatives of living in an RV.
  • Her first book, Amazon best-seller Summit Seeker, the book she’s working on now, and plans for future books.
  • Her experience with Mount Marathon in Seward, Alaska.

If you want to find out more about what Vanessa is doing, feel free to find her in a variety of places online. And don’t be afraid to reach out to her with any questions or comments that you might have, because she is quick to respond and enjoys the interaction.

Check out her website/blog.

Find her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

On her website, there is a link to Amazon to buy her book. If you want to save a step, just click here to buy Summit Seeker.


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