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My Training Principles

Being happy and healthy are priority #1

Don’t get hurt! You’re not going to get anything accomplished in training if you do not have the energy, motivation, and health (mental and physical) to allow you to execute the necessary workouts and recover from them. Happy runners are successful runners. 

Specific Endurance

Increase your ability to resist fatigue at goal race pace through progressively increasing both time and distance at goal pace as the race approaches.

Give priority to key workouts

These are the most important days. These workouts should have plenty of time between them to ensure proper recovery. The days these land on are even very flexible, the beauty of training with a coach instead of a static plan is you can more easily move key workouts around and have the coach assist you with the schedule. 

Extend the pace, along with the distance.

Instead of gradually going longer and longer at a slow pace, slowly extend a given pace for longer and longer time. As a race gets closer, you should be able to do more and more distance at race pace. When looking at intervals, they should become longer with a constant pace or more.


Diet should prioritize whole food and nutrient dense options

I do hold high expectations and a full commitment from both you and I. On my end, I’m going to do everything I can to earn you as a client. On your end, you’re not going to skip workouts or sell yourself short with training, nutrition, or recovery, and you’re going to do everything possible to respect my mentorship to you.

Training Log Week of May 2, 2016

What a super week!

First, I’m starting to work with two new athletes for some great marathons later this year. I also had a lady email me today with some questions.

I hit 10 hours of running finally again. It took a while to get back up there since the ankle sprain (but all is well).

I’m there for a week and won’t be back up there for a long time since I’m now going to cut back a bit and race in two weeks. After that I’ll recover and race again three weeks later.

My trusty pair of SKORA Tempos hit 1000 miles this week and my legs surpassed 1000 miles for the year. They should still be good for a while longer, but I don’t think I trust them for races anymore (the shoes, legs are fine).

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I also published a few articles to SKORA’s blog recently:

Plyometrics | This is the plyometric program I personally use for many of my athletes and myself.

What to do When you Cannot Run | This was inspired from when I recently had to take a week off after twisting my ankle!

How to Run in the Heat | And we’re finally getting into what feels like summer with a few 80 degree days within the last few weeks, so here is some great tips for running and racing in the heat.

Don’t Wear Running Shoes Casually | And more thoughts on shoe durability. My CORE’s are now over 700 miles and the sole is starting to separate from the upper right where the shoe flexes behind the little toe. I’m confident this is more from me wearing them as everyday shoes than as running shoes.

After three stagnant years…a PR!

Photo: Lynn Paulson

I could not have been more happy with yesterday’s run.
After a twisted ankle, one week fully off to let it heal, and a week at half my regular volume and only one good workout I ran the Cobblers For a Cause 5k Run/Walk and Kids 1 mile yesterday morning.
It was possibly my warmest run of the year thus far. The first mile I was running with a 13 year old. This lady is going to be CRAZY fast when she grows up!
I can’t quite remember what the time was when I crossed the line, but I remember it was under 18:36, Strava suggests we’ll go with that.
Even if it would have been an 18:37, I’d be super stoked. It was hot and I ran it solo. Boy that uphill last 1.5 with a tailwind was warm!
This is a sign of FINALLY some improvements should start showing themselves in my running. I’ve ran more volume and more consistently in the last 5 months than I ever have.
Thank you to Lynn Paulson for putting this event on. Most of the entry fee went to support student activities at Central High School, where Desi teaches. But a portion of the entry was also to go to a cause of our choice. Thanks to other race sponsors: Nucleo Fitness, Rapid City Subway & Pizza Ranch for post race food, The Runner’s Shop for giftcards to 1st place M&F in which I purchased a couple pairs of new shorts, Colonial House Restaurant and Bar for the gift card my wife won through the name drawings and we’ll probably go there for breakfast today, the Cobbler Drum Line for one of the coolest pre-race performances ever (those students are so B.A.), and all the other local people/businesses who supported the event!

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Training Week of April 11, 2016

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I’m 5 weeks out from the Fargo Half Marathon and I’m just getting back into consistent running from twisting my ankle.

And I’m totally cool.

I kept active during the break with crosstraining and increased my time spend doing other ancillary work. I’m stronger because of it. I’m rested.

This last week I did about 2, maybe 3 hours of running. The week of April 18th I plan on doing about 5 hours, then 7.5, then back up to 10 hours for only a week before a short taper and race. I’m still quite hopeful for a PR or at least a good run.

Three weeks after that is the Crazy Horse Half. Unlike my past events, I’m going to bring a GPS with me during Fargo and if I get to midway and don’t feel a PR is possible, I’ll probably jog it in and treat it as a long run. The hope is to not come out of it wrecked so I can continue training and hopefully hit a better time in Crazy Horse. Frankly, I’m after a PR and I’m willing to sacrifice Fargo if I get to mile 8 and don’t think it’s my day. I don’t want to wreck my body for a 1:25 when I want a 1:22:xx!

Training Nov 30-Dec 13, 2015

2015-12-13 15.51.33As I wrote, very pleased with this last week. The calf continued to improve and I realized as I logged today’s run that I didn’t even notice it at all.

I’ll probably peak for a New Years 5k and then take a short period of rest after this training block, before starting a long buildup to either Brookings or Deadwood. I’ve not done Brookings in a while, and it’s such a flat and fast course. The only issue is travel. We’ll see.

This last week I finally managed to get back in to doing doubles. I really want to keep this up. With the snow bound to come that will be a challenge, but it’s worth it!


Unexpected Race Annoyances

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Attached is the photo the winner of the Berlin Marathon, running with the insoles of his shoes flying around.

This image reminded me of a thought I had recently about say, having a pebble in your shoe during your long run.

I considering, leaving it in.

Long runs and key works are race practice, mentally and physically. If you’re shooting for a PR, you’re not going to mess up your groove and potentially lose precious seconds taking a shoe off and removing the pebble. For the man above, he would lose contact with the lead group and likely never rejoin.

So, keep the pebble in your shoe. You’re not going to take it out during the race, so don’t take it out now.

Then, my friend Roy posted this recently and basically threw that idea out the window.

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Doing a training run with an annoyance such as this is clearly dangerous. Roy has a pretty large but short term injury there. I doubt it affected his training at all, but the potential was there for missed workouts.

Aside from a blister, another risk is that running with a modified run gait do to anything pebble, a blister, or an injury can cause a compensation injury where you change your running form to feel better but that causes another injury.

So, take out the pebble!


TV Interview

I was lucky enough to be able to chat with News Center 1 recently about upcoming events hosted by our local run club, and I made her do squat jumps!