One of my training goals this winter is to refocus on my aerobic base. Looking back on this past year of racing, there were some definite high points – won my age group once and made the podium three other times. But I know there’s room to improve. In both 70.3 races this year – […]Read more "Back to Basics: The Importance of a Strong Aerobic Base"
Each week I share a swim, bike, run, plyometric or strength workout from my training. Give it a shot and leave your feedback in the comments. I’m a couple weeks out from my final races of the season. This past weekend included my final preparation sessions before I begin my taper. Instead of the typical […]Read more "Workout of the Week: Weekend Race Simulation"
Beep. Beep. Beep. Like an inconvenient alarm clock, the Garmin heart rate monitor watch on your wrist alerts you that you are now out of your target heart rate zone. As if conditioned, you ease up. Moments later, the familiar beep sounds once again. And as you’ve done each previous time, you slow your pace […]Read more "3 Reasons to Ditch the GPS and Learn to Run-by-Feel"
In a previous issue of RunMinnesota magazine, which is published by the Minnesota Distance Running Association (full disclosure: I’m on the board), the topic of fat as a fuel for runners came up. The article, written by a dietician from the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Clinic in Minneapolis, attacked dietary fat (as is done in […]Read more "Dietary Fat Can be Performance-Enhancing"
Right now I’m coaching a handful of elementary school students as they tackle their summer challenge: to complete a full Ironman worth of swimming, biking, and running during the course of the summer. It’s a program by a local non-profit called CycleHealth, which promotes physical activity and health among kids through the sport of triathlon. […]Read more "What a 5th grader taught me about achieving goals"
I’m traveling at the moment. Yesterday I traversed a few time zones and landed in a city that I’ve never been to before. Now, after several hours in an uncomfortable coach class airplane seat, it’s tempting to collapse in a heap onto the bed after checking into the hotel. Instead, I like to take an […]Read more "Why the first thing you do when you get to a new city is go for a run…"
Last weekend I ran my first race as a member of the MN Pacers. I’m sure you’ve seen pacers at a previous half or full marathon in the past. They are usually pretty easy to spot carrying a small sign or balloon with that pacer’s target finish time. The New Prague half marathon is a […]Read more "My first race as a pacer"