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QT: Making It Easier to Survive Your Summer Long Runs

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Running in the summer may be the flatlander’s version of altitude training, but let’s not pretend like these summer miles are easy peasy.

Like we talked about last week, fall races are coming quickly.

As such, summer long runs are something of a necessary evil for many of us.

Beating the heat completely isn’t always an option. But it is possible to not only survive your summer long runs, but to make them a little more comfortable as well. Read more

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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.

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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

Is There Such a Thing as Drinking Too Much Water While Running?

QT: Can Drinking Too Much Water Be a Problem? (Best Of-ish)

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This post was originally part of Episode 158 released in September of 2015 and is more or less copy and pasted from that post. The audio, however, is a new take on the topic.

A couple of weeks ago, there was a story in the New York Times about the risks associated with drinking too much water.

As runners, especially in the summer months, we are encouraged to make sure that we are adequately hydrated, and that we drink regularly during our runs, in an attempt to prevent heat illness and muscle cramping.

But is there such a thing as drinking too much water?

There is, and drinking too much water can actually be more dangerous than not drinking enough.

Is There Such a Thing as Drinking Too Much Water While Running?

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QT: Running Several 5ks in the Summer Could Pay Off in the Fall

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Summer is upon us, and for many, that means the heat is becoming a major factor.

For runners that are keen to race in the summer, especially those of us that prefer a bit longer race, there aren’t often a lot of options.

If you look hard enough, you might be able to find a trail race or two of substantial distance, but in terms of road races of 13.1 miles and up, it’s pretty slim pickings.

One race there tends to be no shortage of this time of year? 5ks. Read more

QT: A Few Thoughts for Anyone Running on Vacation

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Summer is officially here!

Well, technically summer is still a few weeks out.

But with Memorial Day in the rearview and students wrapping up the school year, for all intents and purposes, summer is pretty much upon us! Read more