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QT: Your Body is a Complex Ecosystem


Do you think of your body as a complete ecosystem, or do you view it as a bunch of disparate parts?

I think the gut response is that we are obviously much more than the sum of the different parts of our bodies.

But how well do we, as runners, do at actually accepting this idea?

As runners, I think a lot of us get a bit of tunnel vision.

We think that if our legs are good, then we are good to go.

But that isn’t quite the case… Read more

Jenny Nakamura Finds Joy In Sharing Her Running Story


My guest on the show today is a woman that has a serious affinity for racing.

She runs on both trails and roads and is closing in on 100 finishes in races of half marathon distance or longer.

Jenny Nakamura

I am looking forward to going a few easy miles with Jenny Nakamura.

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QT: Is There an Actual Benefit to a Shakeout Run?


One workout that you’ll see on most training plans, from one-size-fits-all to an actual good plan created by a coach, is the shakeout run.

I’ve put a shakeout run on the schedule of most of the athletes I coach over the years, so clearly I’ve bought into the need for doing a shakeout run the day before the race.

Or have I?

Curiously, there is no mention of doing a shakeout run in Be Ready on Race Day.

And I haven’t actually done an easy run the day before a race since Pocatello.

So are shakeout runs really necessary? Or are they just one of those things that runners do because other runners do them, so we should probably do them?

Are Runners Stupid?

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When do you start training for a race

QT: When Should You Start Training for Your Next Race (Best Of-ish)


This post/episode originally published in January of 2017. The post/show notes are simply copy/pasted from the original post, but the podcast audio is a new take on the same subject.

When should you start training for your next big race?

When do you start training for a race

16 Weeks Out?

The general rule of thumb seems to be that training for a race starts about 16 weeks before the day of the race.

That kind of time frame allows you to build up your mileage gradually (and safely) so you’ll be ready on race day.

I disagree.

The training you do BEFORE you officially start training for your race matters a whole hell of a lot more than many runners seem to realize. Read more

My Take: The 2018 7 Bridges Marathon


As this post/episode is released, I’m a week out from running the 7 Bridges Marathon in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

I’m not one for writing a detailed race recap of my performance on race day. So if that’s what you’re looking for…

Sorry

Yeah, I’m not really that sorry.

What I am up for doing is sharing my perspective on the 7 Bridges Marathon as someone that has just run the race.

What things does this race get right? Where could they improve?

So that’s what I’m doing today.

I’m giving the basics below, but the podcast will have much more detail (ie I’ll probably be rambling like a mofo). So if you want the full scoop, make sure you press play above!

(And if you’re not already subscribed to the show on your phone, get on it eh?) Read more