Monday, December 17, 2012

The Four Factors of Fitness

Over the past year or so, I've definitely lost a step.  My calves have been twitchy, my hamstring has been sore, and I'm just not as fast as I was in 2011.  My mileage is not what it was in 2011, so if it's not over-training, what's my problem?

I've adjusted my training to a level I can handle, but having run so much more in 2011, I've sat down and brainstorm what factors into running success and consider where I may have been lacking over the last 12 months.  Interestingly, they are all interrelated and there's something in every category for me that could be an issue.

Monday, December 10, 2012

What Do People Think About Runners?

I think this post needs a disclaimer.  I didn't do any research for this.    I didn't do surveys or ask any questions to anyone.  This post is basically just a graphic representation of conversations I've had when I talk to non-runners (and even some runners) about running. 

This first graph illustrates how impressed others are by your race:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Today's guest post comes from Dan Millington who writes at Go Caveman.

Two years ago I came back from holiday and went for a run. I stopped after eight minutes. I genuinely thought my lungs were bleeding and wondered whether I would ever make it home. I had barely made it a mile. Yet now I have completed several 70.3 triathlons and have run sub-three hour marathons. It is because of this improvement that I refuse to believe it when people say “I can't run”. My physique is not built for long runs. I am short and stocky and teachers always told me that endurance was never going to be for me. Well I haven't gotten my marathon down to 2:30, but I think my endurance is better than I was ever told it would be.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sometimes I Think Crazy Thoughts

There are two times when I think crazy thoughts.  The first is late at night, when I'm tired and not thinking straight.  The other is right after I've had a deceptively good race.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Book Review: I Run, Therefore I am STILL Nuts! by Bob Schwartz

I Run, Therefore I am STILL Nuts! is the follow-up to Bob Schwartz's previous book, I Run, Therefore I am Nuts!  Subtitled "For compulsive runners who know elation in exhaustion and the wonder of 'the wall'," it's a collection of 42 essays plus an appendix (an "RQ" test). 

I'll confess here that I haven't read I Run, Therefore I am Nuts! so I wasn't entirely sure what I was getting into.  I was half expecting an Andy Rooney-style "why don't people get this???" manifesto of someone trying to be funny.  The title, though should have clued me in that Schwartz's approach to writing is quite the opposite and acknowledges that you do have to be a little crazy to run 26.2 miles.  In fact, it wasn't until I was well into the book that realized that Bob is actually a fast runner, with a 2:42:13 marathon PR (and, according to his bio, a third-grade potato sack race PR of 58 seconds).