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QT: Hard Workouts and Race Paces when Heart Rate Training

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To reap the benefits of heart rate training, you need to commit to doing most of your runs easy.

Obviously

With the key word there being most.

Every once in a while, dropping the hammer and pushing hard is a key piece of the puzzle.

Sometimes that’s a hard workout. Other times, it’s race day.

But determining how hard to go? When you’ve been running easy the majority of your miles?

That’s not always as easy as it might seem. Read more

QT: Suggestions for Running a Race in the Rain (Best Of-ish)

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This post was originally part of Episode 783 released in November of 2019 and is more or less copied and pasted from that post. The audio, however, is a new take on the topic.

When it comes to race day, there are no guarantees that the weather is going to cooperate.

And, in my experience at least, more often than not the race day weather leaves a little bit to be desired.

When it comes to the weather, there is no shortage of ways the conditions can go sideways.

  • Too hot.
  • Too cold.
  • Windy AF.
  • Raining buckets.

Dealing with bad weather is a part of racing.

You may not like it, but it’s the nature of the beast. Read more

Shit Just Got Real

QT: The Risk of Failure Rises When Racing Hard (Best Of-ish)

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This post was originally part of Episode 418 released in May of 2017 and is more or less copied and pasted from that post. The audio, however, is a new take on the topic.

If you have the courage to fail, then you have the courage to succeed. ~Shalane Flanagan

How badly do you want to be successful in reaching your running goals?

Stupid question, right?

Do you want success bad enough that you’re 100% ok with the idea of failing in the pursuit of your goals?

Because if you’re not, you won’t be successful. Period.

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Starting Too Fast Equals Boom

QT: Reduce the Risk of a Race Day Blow Up (Best Of-ish)

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This post was originally part of Episode 325 released in October of 2016 and is more or less copy and pasted from that post. The audio, however, is a new take on the topic.

Starting too fast during a race is something that can happen to even the most seasoned runner if he or she is not careful.

Shoot, it happens me even when I’m trying to be careful more often than I’d like to admit.

Surely I’m not the only one guilty of starting a race too fast and suffering a race day blow up before the finish, am I?

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No Shit Sherlock

QT: Monitoring Race Pace Isn’t So Straight Forward (Best Of-ish)

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This post was originally part of Episode 319 released in October of 2016 and is more or less copied and pasted from that post. The audio, however, is a new take on the topic.

Whatever distance you are racing on any particular day, if you have a time based goal you probably have an idea of what your race pace needs to be in order to achieve said goal.

Knowing your race pace, and nailing it during your race, are two completely things.

No Shit Sherlock

Rarely, if ever, are you going to run a perfectly even race where you hit every mile split on the dot every time.

And when you take into account curves/corners on the course, other runners, changes in elevation, water stops, etc., trying to hit most of your splits spot on is an exercise in futility.

So what are you supposed to do in order to make sure you nail your time goal for the day? Read more