Category Archives: Training

Oh, the Humidity!

The adaptability of the human body to environmental conditions is astonishing to me. As runners, we experience this as a year-round phenomenon, running in all sorts of weather that appears to others to be extreme, but is actually quite tolerable … Continue reading

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The Other Side

It’s a beautiful afternoon, sunny and warm but not too humid. My legs are feeling pretty good, and I’m not aware of any obvious issues to dim the prospect of a lovely run on the trails. All things considered, I … Continue reading

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Man with a Plan

Among the final, and not unpleasant, tasks of the spring track season was having a handful of one-on-one meetings with kids who wanted a plan for running over the summer to prepare them for cross country in the fall. Before … Continue reading

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A Slave to Pace

No doubt you’ve known people who are slaves to their running logs. You can always tell who they are, because they’re the ones who finish a run and then make two more trips up and down the street, or another … Continue reading

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Drew Hunter and the next era of H.S. middle distance running?

Photo credit: LetsRun.com Did Drew Hunter just blow up high school middle distance running in the U.S.?

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I Thought I was a Serious Runner…

I guess most dads try to pass on life lessons to their kids. In the case of my dad, I don’t remember him lecturing us much, but I do remember many stories, jokes, and off-hand observations that contained a wealth … Continue reading

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Momentum in Training

Several years ago, I was working with a runner who had recently finished a very successful cross country season and who had ambitious goals for spring track. This girl was very dedicated and conscientious about her training. She had requested … Continue reading

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Tracking fitness? Use your head.

“So why is it that fitness technology is so alluring? Part of the problem is that relying on feelings seems ‘soft’ and open to manipulation… For that reason, fitness technology can be a valuable reality check to make sure we’re … Continue reading

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From the Archives: Gradus ad Parnassum

[There was frost on the ground this morning, and idle thoughts of warmer places reminded me of the Thanksgiving eight years ago when Ann and I took an uncharacteristic vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This post was originally published November … Continue reading

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The Clocks that Time Us

(Paavo Nurmi checks his stopwatch (1928). Image: Wikimedia commons) It was a fine fall morning, and a pack of us were trotting along at an easy pace along the smooth gravel trails of Battle Road. The chilliness of the early … Continue reading

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