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Husband. *Dog Dad.* Instructional Systems Specialist. Runner. (Swim-challenged) Triathlete (on hiatus). USATF LDR Surveyor. USAT (Elite Rules) CRO/2, NTO/1. RRCA Rep., FL (North). Observer Of The Human Condition.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Outside: Life Lessons

Life Lessons from Running Legend Joan Benoit Samuelson
The Olympic marathon champ—who hopes to become the first woman over 60 to run a sub-3-hour marathon this fall—shares her hard-fought wisdom
Martin Fritz Huber May 24, 2017

Last week, women’s running pioneer Joan Benoit Samuelson celebrated her 60th birthday. A few days later, she ran the Sugarloaf Marathon in her home state of Maine in 3:12:21, winning her age group by a margin of more than seventy minutes. The 1984 Olympic marathon gold medalist now has her sights on the Chicago Marathon in October, where she hopes to become the first woman over 60 to run a sub-3-hour marathon. We wouldn’t bet against her...

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Outside: Democratizing Sport

Meet The People Making Running More Inclusive
The sport still has a long way to go, but these leaders are pushing for more diversity
Martin Fritz Huber/Outside, May 19 2017

In the lead-up to last summer’s Olympics in Rio, mega-event critic and Olympic historian Jules Boykoff had a suggestion for reducing the cost of future Games while bringing a greater number of countries into the five-ring fold. In a nutshell: more runners, fewer horses. “People from around the world can run and you don’t need tons of equipment like, say, dressage,” Boykoff said at the time. “So a real positive thing the Olympics can do is to try to bring in more sports that more people can play—in other words, democratize sports.”

It’s easy to see where he’s coming from. After all, running doesn’t pose the obvious economic or geographic barriers that make more extravagant forms of recreation—like skiing, golf, or, indeed, horseback riding—the purview of the privileged few. But even as recent years have seen record numbers of road race participants in the United States, work still needs to be done to broaden the reach of the sport—particularly by challenging market and media-driven ideas about what a typical runner looks like.

These individuals are on the front lines of that fight.

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CTS: Seven Steps Less Than AA

ADAPT: A 5-Step Plan for When Everything Goes Wrong
Jason Koop, CTS

If you do one single thing at a high enough intensity for long enough, every once in a while everything goes wrong. As much as you have trained and prepared, you will eventually get punched in the mouth, so to speak. Your legs will feel like lead, your effort will feel unreasonable, you will start tripping over roots and rocks, and your stomach will be in knots. If you are especially unlucky, these in infirmities will all happen at once. And for many miles. Maybe not in your next race, or the one after that, but if you remain in the ultramarathon game for a long enough time, lady luck’s evil doppelgänger will eventually find you...


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Outside: Being Injured...

How to Mentally Recover from an Injury
Brad Stulberg/Outside, May 17, 2017
For an athlete, being injured is often harder psychologically than it is physically. But the elites have developed a few key tools to help stay happy and sane while healing...
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

From Our Sponsor: Level II Coaching Certification

RRCA has created an official tiered Coaching Certification program, adding on to the original (now officially designated) RRCA Level I Coaching Certification. The new curriculum enables RRCA Level I coaches to become officially designated as an RRCA Level II Certified Coach.

Level II will mark a sophisticated understanding of the scientific, psychological, competitive, and managerial aspects of community-based running and working with individual clients. This program is open to RRCA Certified Coaches, and anyone seeking to enhance their knowledge or reinforce concepts learned in Level I are encouraged to pursue the Level II program.

Minimum Prerequisites:
RRCA Certified Coach Level I (includes up-to-date CPR/First Aid certification)
18 years of age or older with no less than a high school diploma
12 months as a Level I RRCA Certified Coach.
     Coaches can start taking Level II modules but won't be fully certified until 12 full months
     following their Level I certification date
Proof of coaching experience - provide a 150-word essay outlining experience and/or URL of coaching business, etc.

Program Methodology:
The Level II course will be delivered in a combination of two formats: online self-study modules with online assessments and an in-person classroom requirement.

Go to RRCA.org for detailed descriptions of the program requirements, associated costs, and more.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Outside: How to Comeback

Getting Back into Running, According to the Pros 
Four of the sport's best on what they've learned from taking time off and coming back

Martin Fritz Huber/Outside Online, May 11, 2017

Every athlete knows that comebacks aren’t easy....Regardless of whether you’re returning from an injury or a voluntary hiatus, regaining your previous form can pose a challenge that’s as much mental as it is physical. Your body may be slow to relearn movements that once came with fluid ease, just as your mind wonders why the hell it’s taking so long...

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Active.com Thank You, Thing...

Is Barefoot Running Still a Thing?
Theresa Juva-Brown/Active.com May 10 2017

Once upon a time, you couldn't attend a race without seeing a slew of runners wearing Vibram Five Fingers, looking like they had lizard feet...

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Active.com: Juan Valdez, Patron Saint?

5 Ways Coffee Makes You a Better Runner
Kolby Paxton/Active.com May 10

Most of us make a beeline for our coffee makers immediately upon waking from our slumber. The hot, caffeine-filled beverage is a staple of the morning routine and often a prerequisite for human interaction. Coffee makes us better people—or, at the very least, better at performing the occupational processes that fill our mornings...

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

CTS: Heart Rate? Good. Now Ignore It.

Why Heart Rate Is Not a Good Training Tool for Ultrarunning
Jason Koop/CTS, May 18 2017

If you are going to use interval training to accumulate time at intensity and target specific areas of your fitness, you need a way to figure out how hard you are working. In some sports this is simple. As mentioned earlier, a cyclist with a power meter can directly measure workload in watts, determine how many watts he or she can produce at lactate threshold, and then create intensity ranges based on percentages of lactate threshold power. Ultrarunners don’t have it so easy. For a long time, runners have tried to use heart rate to gauge intensity, intensity ranges based on percentages of lactate threshold heart rate or the average heart rate recorded during a 5K time trial. Others have used pace ranges based on time trials or goal race paces, or a combination of heart rate and pace ranges. Prescribing intensity based on either heart rate or pace is notoriously difficult in ultrarunning, and after trying all manner of methods, I found the greatest success in a remarkably simple, nontechnical, yet scientifically accurate method: rating of perceived exertion...

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Setting the Stage

Eliud Kipchoge almost did it, man. He was “that” close. When I first read the press releases and the news media hoopla about Nike’s “Breaking2” project I was skeptical. Why artificially set up all of the right parameters – course, equipment, pacers (including Bernie [blank] Lagat!) to see if a guy could go 1:59:59 or faster for 26.21876 miles (oops, sorry…the marathon is a metric distance; 42.195 kilometers)?

Just to see if it could be done. To see if technology and teamwork can knock down another “seemingly impossible” physiological barrier.

How many people in our community toil away, putting one foot in front of the other each day? Maybe it’s “not the Olympics,” as one guy put it to me some years back when I commented about the relative quality of an event. But what each of you do with your training groups, your club social runs and your events is not much different than what Nike did here. We set the stage for people to break their own barriers. Every day. Every weekend.

Do it well. Because there’s somebody out there who needs to kick a barrier in the butt.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Outside: And I Get Grouchy

The Five Things That Happen to Your Body When You Quit Working Out
The good news? They're all pretty simple to reverse—or prevent entirely.
Dan Roe/Outside May 1, 2017

When a planned rest day turns into a rest week or a nagging injury keeps you out of the game for longer than anticipated, you expect a little guilt over dropping your exercise habit. But we consulted the experts to break down what happens when workouts grind to a halt and what they have to say may surprise you. It's okay to take time off, but there are physiological changes that you should be aware of. The good news: while some gains do vanish overnight, most are reversible or don't take much effort to maintain...

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Outside: When Athletes Dope

When Athletes Dope, Not All Sports Are Created Equal
Why it's more upsetting when endurance athletes fail drug tests than when NFL or MLB players do.Martin Fritz Huber/Outside Online, Apr 21, 2017

Last January, in the wake of a retroactive doping violation, Usain Bolt was stripped of one of the three gold medals he won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Bolt himself wasn’t accused of any wrongdoing—it was Nesta Carter, his teammate in the 4x100-meter relay, whose reanalyzed blood samples from the games showed traces of the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine. As a consequence, the Jamaican relay team was disqualified—more than eight years after blowing away the competition in the Bird’s Nest stadium...

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MapMyRun: Not Just Color

What to Know About Your Feet When Buying Running Shoes
Ashley Lauretta/MapMyRun Blog, March 31 2017

The most common question that running store owners get asked is, “How do I know which shoe is best for me?” That involves in-depth knowledge of your foot and a trained eye to determine how your foot moves in relation to your ankle and hips....

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CTS: Ultra Elites and You

Three Characteristics You Share with Elite Ultrarunners
Jason Koop, Carmichael Training Systems/2 May 2017

Despite their diverse backgrounds, elite ultrarunners share three common characteristics. You have them too. The differences just come down to a matter of degree, and you can enhance all three characteristics to improve your running performance...

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Training Peaks: Functional Training

Functional Training For The Run
Allie Burdick/Training Peaks, April 28 2017

Running was once thought to only be performed in the sagittal plane (forward motion). However, we now know there is a frontal plane movement due to weight shifting from one side to the other, as well as transverse movement through the torso when your shoulder and opposite hip link up. Since strength and stability through all three planes of motion are clearly present, it makes sense to train them equally. This will help your body endure the stress of weekly workouts, create efficient and strong movement patterns, and lessen any imbalances that may lead to injury...

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