Listener Q&A: July 2022

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Life is a bit crazy for me right now.

For the most part, my typical routines have all been turned upside down.

But one thing I won’t miss, if at all possible no matter how crazy life gets, is the monthly Q&A episode!

You Ask, I Answer!

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

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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.

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

This Month’s Questions

Now that you’re moving to GA, do you think you’ll run Peach Tree?

Which app do you use for your #funwithfilters posts?

Snapchat, most of the time.

What are the best and worst thoughts you’ve had on a run?

I Don't Know

If you could move anywhere in the world, solely for the running, where would it be?

While I’ve never actually run there, I feel like SoCal may really have it all.

Flat and fast near the beach. A short drive to the mountains for some good trail running.

And 70F and sunny just about every day?

Hard to beat that.

Why Georgia?

It’s really more of an amalgamation of reasons than any one major reason.

Still south, but has the potential to offer legitimate seasons.

Great schools. (This is probably the biggest reason.)

Lower cost of living.

It’s not Florida.

Just a few, of the many, reasons we are heading north.


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What do you think about the Mo Farah controversy?

Do you think that running in higher humidity will help one be faster in the fall?

Hmm

Maybe?

It’s the heat of the summer that makes the biggest difference.

I suppose the heat/humidity combo helps, but not sure the humidity by itself is that much of a game changer.

How do I get faster at the shorter distances?

Is it better to do your training runs solo or with a dog?

Dogs Make the Best Running Partners

Any funny stories of late to share?

Is there a product available to keep my big toe from rubbing my second toe while running?

A couple of suggestions.

You can get a toe cap, which fits over your toe to keep it from rubbing while you’re running.

And you might also think about a toe spacer to wear when you’re not running, to try and straighten out your big toe and keep it from rubbing completely.

Did you let your friends give you a going away party?

Don’t really have a whole gang of friends here in town. And a going away party is definitely not my thing.

Kate and I had some good runs the last few weeks, and after our last run together we stood in her driveway drinking coffee.

That was pretty much it.

And definitely better than any real going away party.

How long do you think it will take me to run comfortably with my HR below 120?

Shrug.

It’s impossible to give you any solid answer here.

It could take weeks or months or years.

The one thing I’d stress is to make sure you’re not pumping up your HR before you even start.

Try to run early, before the temps get high and life stress starts to be a factor.

No caffeine before your run.

Get good sleep.

Don’t eat before your run.

Am I really a runner if I’m doing run/walk intervals?

What’s the smallest race you’ve run, in terms of the number of participants?

I ran a marathon that was capped at 50 runners before.

To be fair, it was a half, full, 50k, and 50 miler all going on at the same time.

But I don’t think any of those races got close to having 50 participants on the day.

In total, maybe there were 100 people running?

Sunscreen: do you wear it?

It's a No

Do you really use “dadgum” in real life?

Any recommendations for those training for multiple races on the same weekend?

Gotta get some quality miles in, obviously.

In terms of training, maybe do some good double days or back-to-backs.

Seeing as race weekend is going to be a lot of running on tired legs, you may want to get a little practice in your build-up.

You don’t need to go crazy here, but doing a few good doubles/back-to-backs will give you confidence that you can get it done when it counts.

Would you pay almost $400 for a rain jacket to wear when running?

How do you learn to give absolutely 100% on race day?

What is your favorite peach dish?

If I had to choose, hard to beat a good peach fresh off the tree.

When you bite into it and the juice just runs down your chin?

That’s good stuff right there.

Headphones:yay or nay?

If you’re going to listen to something while you’re running, and especially during a race, you gotta wear some headphones.

I’ve been using AfterShokz for the past couple of years.

I don’t love them. But they are fine.

What is a goal race of yours that isn’t the Boston Marathon?

That’s a tough one.

I’m pretty much down to run any race, and I don’t really have my heart set on any race, save for Boston.

Does Rim-Rim-Rim count?

If so, that’s definitely it.

Who handles the cooking at the Casa de Diz?

Most of the time.

Though Beks does a bit as well.

What would be a good pre-run warm-up for someone that doesn’t warm up?

I’d focus on any areas that are giving you a bit of grief.

Grouchy Achilles lately? Do 10-15 toe raises.

Knees a little grumpy? Squats, lunges, or any other movements to help loosen them up a bit.

Ideally, you’d get into a bit of a groove on the warm-up front.

But if that’s just not going to happen, give a few minutes of focus to any typical trouble spots before you head out.

If you could make a Reese’s Cup into anything, what would it be?

Are Runners Stupid?

I feel like there are very few wrong answers to this one.

It’s hard to do better, in my view, than the chocolate/peanut butter combo.

That said, the seasonal Reese’s are the best Reese’s, and there are no seasonal Reese’s from Easter to Halloween.

So something summer-ish to fill the gap would be nice.

A sun, maybe? Seeing as the summer is hot AF.

What are you most excited about for the new home?

Hard to pick just one thing, but I think just being unpacked and settled is the biggest thing right now.

Have you started to scope out new running routes yet?

Obvi

I know you’re a mostly solo runner, but do you think you might join a local running club?

On a scale of 1-10, how much purging have you done?

A solid 6, I think.

What is your prediction for how the new neighborhood will compare when it comes to #seenonmyrun?

Fewer toilets, almost assuredly.

But it’s a big neighborhood, which seems like there’s a good chance for plenty of non-sense to be seen, especially around the holidays.

I’m cautiously optimistic, but won’t know for sure until we get settled and start getting after it again.

Is there any statistical data concerning how long it takes to come back after an injury?

Too many variables to consider to have any meaningful conclusions drawn, at least I’d assume that’s the case.

Do saltier sweaters struggle more with humidity?

 

My hunch is that the humidity has less to do with it than the heat.

If you’re a salty sweater, you’ve got to put more salt into your body whether it’s hot/humid or not.

Any new tricks you’ve found to help you with the mental side of things?

The biggest thing for me is experience.

As I continue to log more miles, my mental struggles have eased up quite a bit.

I assume it’s something of a “been there, done that” effect.

And music helps me, too.

Saving the tunes until I really need them has been a game changer.


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