Category Archives: race pace

Getting psyched up

Today I wrote a Quora answer about an encounter I had two years ago with a crazed Trump supporter that happens to be a Ph.D psychologist. He’d posted a video on my Facebook wall in advance of the 2016 Presidential … Continue reading

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New Balance or Old Balance?

A friend from college named Dan Johnson recently ran a 5:26 mile. He’s coming up on sixty years old, and that’s a darned fast time for a man his age. He also recently won a big age group 10K award. … Continue reading

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The not-so-secret “secrets” of setting PRs

The not-so-secret “secret” of setting PRs is building backward from the race distance itself in terms of time needed to prepare and to establish race “markers” for progress along the way.¬† Then one must create fitness using an incrementally-based training … Continue reading

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Clockwise and counterclockwise

  When you think about it, there’s no real reason the hands of a clock rotate ‘clockwise.’ The same result could be achieved if the hands were to move in the other direction, known as ‘counterclockwise.’ But it’s tradition. So … Continue reading

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Not exactly razor sharp

I recall a workout during my peak competitive years in which the plan was to do a track session of 8 X 400M at a pace of 60-63 seconds each. I was sharpening for a track race in which my … Continue reading

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The romance of small ball fitness

Those of us who run, ride and swim come to realize that while the big muscles that drive us forward are important, it is the little muscles, tendons and connective tissues that keep us together. There must be romance between … Continue reading

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A 20-miler in 80-degree heat and no water. Insane? Or just another day’s work…

In the early days of a warm September, our college cross country team was scheduled to run a 20-mile run. The route called for ten miles up to a school called North Winnishiek and back. We ran on the gravel … Continue reading

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Reverse psychology at the indoor track

I joined a training partner yesterday for an indoor track workout. He was doing 4 X 1M and I had time to get in a couple intervals with him and we had fun, doing both at 7:00 pace. But it … Continue reading

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Confessions of a f*ck up, and how to keep laughing about it

I love it when I f*ck up. Find it amusing. My kids love it too. They roll their texting eyes and go, “OMG dad.” This morning in conversation with my fiance Sue, I was discussing a fun coaching session I … Continue reading

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The secret to love what you’re doing when you run, ride and swim

Motivation is the power source of all performance. Without motivation, there is no will to work. Without the will to work, there is no progress. Without progress, there is no achievement. And without the¬†potential for achievement, there is no real … Continue reading

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