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QT: Is Race Variety the Key to Your Growth as a Runner?


As you may remember, if you’ve been around these parts for awhile, I got a new guitar for Christmas a couple of years ago.

Up until that point? I’d never owned a guitar and had only dabbled on the guitars of friends a handful of times over the years.

To say I couldn’t play the guitar at all was not an understatement.

I’d always wanted to learn to play the guitar, specifically how to play Dave Matthews songs on the guitar.

So I took the plunge, bought myself a starter guitar, and dove in. Read more

QT: 6 Suggestions for Racing in the Rain


When it comes to race day, there are no guarantees that the weather is going to cooperate.

And, in my experience at least, more often than not the race day weather leaves a little bit to be desired.

When it comes to the weather, there are no shortage of ways the conditions can go sideways.

  • Too hot.
  • Too cold.
  • Windy AF.
  • Raining buckets.

Dealing with bad weather is a part of racing.

You may not like it, but it’s the nature of the beast. Read more

QT: Raise Your Floor to Raise Your Ceiling; Why 15 is My New 10


What are your biggest, most outlandish, running goals?

You probably know my two big running goals, since I talk about them often.

But in case you need a reminder or are new to my corner of the internet, my two big running goals are to run a marathon in each state and to qualify for Boston.

My two goals have different requirements for success. One is all about longevity while the other is centered around performance.

Provided I keep running for the next 30-50 years, which is the plan, in theory running a marathon in every state shouldn’t be that difficult.

But qualifying for Boston? That is a goal that is going to require me to get substantially faster than I am right now of the marathon distance.

And the only way for that to happen is to raise the ceiling of my fitness. Read more

Starting Too Fast Equals Boom

QT: How to Avoid Blowing Up Mid-Race After Starting Too Fast


Starting too fast during a race is something that can happen to even the most seasoned runner if he or she is not careful.

Shoot, it happens me even when I’m trying to be careful more often than I’d like to admit.

Surely I’m not the only one guilty of starting a race too fast and then blowing up before the finish, am I?

Starting Too Fast Equals Boom Read more

What Constitutes a Proper Warm Up for a Race? (with Video)

A while back, I talked about the importance of a warm up before running a race.

But what exactly constitutes a proper warm up? Because at a lot of races I see people that think they are doing the right things to get themselves ready for the race, when that actually is not the case at all.

A Proper Warm Up Should…

  • Increase Your Heart Rate. If you’re going to want to run hard from the start of the race, no matter the distance, having your heart already thumping is a good thing. You’ll place less strain on your ticker if you bring your heart rate up a little bit before the race starts.
  • Loosen Your Muscles/Tendons. Cold muscles don’t work as well as warm ones. That’s just a fact. Cold muscles don’t produce as much force (so you won’t be able to run as fast) and are more likely to strain/tear (increased risk of injury) than warm muscles.
  • Move Your Joints Through a Full Range of Motion. The harder you’re going to run, the more motion you’re going to need in your hips, knees, and ankles.

The Most Common Mistake

If I had a dollar from every person I’ve seen before a race performing static stretches on their muscles, I wouldn’t be a millionaire but I’d definitely have a lot more cushion in my bank account.

Y’all, don’t hold your stretches before a race/hard workout!

This will actually decrease your performance, by decreasing the amount of elasticity in your muscles.

If you hold those stretches before a race, you’re decreasing the amount of force those muscles are able to exert (in the short term) which is going to result in you not be able to run as fast.

Yes, stretching is important. Just save it for after the race.

What are Your Thoughts on Warming Up Before a Race? Do You Have a Routine that You Follow? Share it Below!