Listener Q&A: December 2022

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As December draws to a close, that can only mean one thing…

No, not that.

Around here, the end of December means it’s time for a little Q&A!

You Ask, I Answer!

In case you’re new to these parts, here’s what’s going on.

At the end of every month, I do an episode dedicated to you and your questions.

Want to get a question answered in a future Q&A episode? Come join our FB group, watch for the post asking for Qs, and put your query in the comments.

Basically, whatever you ask I try to answer!

Sometimes, the answers aren’t worth a whole lot. But every once in a while I like to think (or at least hope!) that I hit the nail on the head!

When it comes to free advice, there are no guarantees that you won’t get any more than what you paid for it.

That said, I promise to do my best!

And if nothing else, there are usually at least a few decent memes/GIFs to make it worth your while.

Let’s get into this month’s questions, shall we?

This Month’s Questions

As a fellow introvert, how do you get through Christmas “peopling” with family?

At what point is it too late to benefit from running some hills before a race?

How do you navigate pre-race anxiety when you have a time goal?

Did you think it could really get this cold in GA?

What’s the coldest weather you’ve ever run in?

I Don't Know

Have you ever dealt with imposter syndrome?

If you could go back in time and tell yourself anything about your business, what would it be?


Is it too early to eat a cream egg?

How many hours of sleep do you tend to get most nights?


How did your goals for the year work out?

What are your goals for next year?

Did you deck your halls with boughs of holly?


Whatever happened to your second book?

Running 80/20 Requires Patience

Any Christmas movies you and the family watch every year?

Non-Running Running Movie Home Alone

Do you think you’ll come to PA for the next World Cup?

That's Not Gonna Happen

Do you have a favorite futbol player? Team?

Flavored candy cane or peppermint?

Which mint is best?

What are some tips for getting through the #DRNYFA?

How long of a training block do I need to prepare for my first marathon with a current base of 25-30 miles per week?

Do you have a brand recommendation for a foam roller?

The Rock Says It Doesn't Matter

What is the best gift you’ve given and received as an adult?

Do you have plans to landscape the new house?

How do you get “go hard or go home” athletes to buy into running easy/heart rate training?

What is the difference between a minimalist shoe and a “regular” running shoe?

Is one style of shoe better for the joints than the other?

Any suggestions for loosening up my hips?

Joint mobility exercises might help?

Check out this QT from a few months back for two books that might be what you need.

How much of an impact do stability shoes have vs neutral shoes?

Would it be beneficial to have pairs with one stability and one neutral shoe to rotate?

Does it ever make sense to train longer than the distance you’re racing?


Did you put Christmas lights on the new house?

Thoughts on Diana Kipyokei and Bailey Quinn?

What are you most proud of this year with regard to the Tribe?

What are some things to consider when rebuilding the base after a period of not much running?

Trust the Process to Manage Your Taper Crazies

Does it make sense to try and drop a few extra pounds in an attempt to run a bit faster on race day?

How do you decide when to take in fuel during a race?

Have you thought about trying to BQ in the next year or two just to see what happens?

That's Crazy

Boughs of holly? I always thought it was “cows and holly.” Which is correct?

Seriously, WTF?

And that’s that…

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