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Running in the Summer Heat

Quick Tip-The Benefits of Running in the Summer Heat

Don’t look now, but fall race season is coming quick and many of the runners that I follow on social media are already getting started with their training.

But too many of them are doing so on their treadmills, and in doing so, are missing out on some of the physiological benefits of running in the summer heat.

Running in the Summer Heat

Me Running in the Summer Heat

Yes, you heard correctly, there are benefits to running in the summer heat.

How Your Body Reacts to Running in the Summer Heat

We all know that our body sweats to help us stay cool on a hot day. (If you need a refresher, here ya go.) Read more

My Least Favorite Speed Workouts

Some of My Least Favorite Speed Workouts

All runners, no matter your pace or your preferred race distance, can benefit from doing regular speed work.

There are a number of physiological benefits of doing speed work, but that doesn’t mean you have to enjoy doing speed work.

My Least Favorite Speed Workouts

I really hate doing speed work.

But I keep doing it, because of the benefits and because the goals I have for my running “career” include me getting faster.

And let’s be honest, if you want to get faster you’ve got to run faster.

So I keep doing my speed work, and that includes doing some of my least favorite speed workouts as well.  Read more

Heat Illness for Runners

The Signs and Symptoms of Heat Illness for Runners

Ready or not, summer (at least for us in the Northern Hemisphere) is right around the corner!

Some of us have already been dealing with summer heat and humidity for several weeks, and for those of you that get to enjoy a legitimate spring it won’t be long before the heat arrives en masse.

Heat Illness for Runners

Heat Illness for Runners is a Real Concern in the Summer Months

There are different types of heat illnesses that runners need to be concerned about, but none should ever be overlooked because ignoring any of the following signs and symptoms can have serious, and even fatal, consequences.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Heat Illness for Runners

If you’re out on a run this summer, and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is my professional recommendation that you shut it down for the day. The risks of continuing on your run and potentially making your situation worse simple isn’t worth it.

So be on the look out for the following signs and symptoms of heat illness for runners this summer (listed in order of most basic to most life threatening) both in yourself AND in those you are running with: Read more

After a Long Run

Quick Tip: What to Do the Week After a Long Run

One of the most overlooked aspects of distance running is what you should do the week or so after a really long run.

After a Long Run

After racing, there are a couple of standard answers.

There is the reverse taper technique, where you basically take the next 10-14 days and do the exact opposite that you did during your taper. Lots of stretching, and easy run here and there, hydrate like crazy, and after a couple of weeks you can get back to training for your next race.

Then there is the idea (that I think is bullocks, by the way) that you should take the same number of days off after a race as the number of miles run. So for a half, you take 13 days off. For a full, 26.

No way.

I’ll take a few days off after a full, but I’m not taking almost 4 weeks off.

So I guess, almost by default, that makes me much more of a reverse taper guy. And I’m ok with that.

But what do you do after a long run (maybe your longest ever) during your training for a race? Read more

Group Training for the 2015 Wine and Dine Half Marathon

When it comes to preparing for a race, what works best for you?

Since runners tend to be social creatures, the group dynamic seems to be pretty popular when it comes to deciding how to train for a race. And if you’re getting ready for the 2015 Wine and Dine Half Marathon, you might want to check out my program.

Click here for more details, and if you have any questions feel free to ask away!