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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.

Slow Down

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

QT: Your Running Watch is Not All Knowing, I Promise

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If you’re like a lot of runners, you have embraced your running watch.

Lord knows I have.

If you’re old school and run with nothing but a simple Timex? Or no watch at all?

Well played.

And also, you might as well stop reading because the rest of this post doesn’t really apply to you. Read more

QT: Some Rules are Meant to Be Broken, Especially the Dumb Ones

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How do you feel about rules?

Strict rule follower? Rules are meant to be broken?

Somewhere in the middle?

I’m not opposed to following the rules, provided said rules actually make sense.

I’m also not opposed to breaking the rules, especially when said rule is pointless. Read more

Guilty as Charged

QT: When Dealing With a Niggle, Be Sure to Address Both Sides (Best Of-ish)

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This post was originally part of Episode 655 released in November of 2018 and is more or less copy and pasted from that post. The audio, however, is a new take on the topic.

What do you do when you have a little issue somewhere in your body?

Maybe you feel a tight plantar fascia in one foot.

Or you have a knee that doesn’t quite seem right during or after a run.

Or you feel a little pain in your shin or your Achilles or your hamstring.

The location of the issue, for today’s quick tip, is irrelevant.

From time to time, most of us as runners will develop a bit of a niggle somewhere in our body that needs to be addressed.

And that is where we can get ourselves in trouble… Read more