Do You know Your Pace?

Do You know Your Pace?

Most runners are obsessed with data. Heart rate, distance traveled in miles and kilometers (for when talking with international friends), time, pace, perceived effort, breathing rate, stride rate, and the sweat to step ratio (Fitbit measures this – go to menu, settings, sweat rate – enter baseline information, select sweat to step ratio, on). At some point, I’m sure we’ll be able to discuss all these important variables, but today I’d like to discuss pace.  Now as you know, I’m a bit of a minimalist in regards to running tech,…

Stop Selling yourself Short!

Stop Selling yourself Short!

Its rare to talk to a runner who claims that training is going well and that they are right were they expected to be in terms of fitness.  Instead, we always mention that we’re getting in some miles, but not as many as we’d like.  Or the speed is coming but we are still lacking the extra gear.  Oftentimes we get up in the morning, complete our workout as prescribed, and then spend the afternoon wondering why our legs are a bit tired? Recently, my wife got up early, covered…

Wanna Bet? Why I ran my First Race.

Wanna Bet?  Why I ran my First Race.

After reading about my slow and steady demise during the last 11 miles of the Harrisburg Marathon you may be wondering what got me started in such a difficult activity as propelling ones-self many miles on foot.  I’m glad you asked since there is a good story associated with the start of my running career. I was in college, so the year was either 2002 or 2003.  My roommate Dave (same Dave that was in the marathon story, and along for my first long run) and I, along with some…

Thin or Strong? Choose wisely.

Thin or Strong?  Choose wisely.

It seems nearly everyone is focused on becoming thinner when they should actually be focused on getting stronger.  Thin is a generic term that really has no meaning. How do you know when you’ve actually become thin? What have you gained by your new found thinness? I’d argue that becoming thin offers no positive benefits and actually can be negative because now most of your clothing no longer fits. Whenever I’m trying to reboot my fitness, create goals, or plan for some optimal future self, I focus on becoming stronger. …

Uh no, your running partner is faster then you!

Uh no, your running partner is faster then you!

Text messages have been exchanged, the route is set, so is the time to meet.  You head out the door looking forward to getting some quality training with a group.  Good conversation and shared workload allow the miles to tick by. You arrive at the meeting location and only one other car is present.  Everyone else has bailed due to the chilly air and steady rain.  Looks like its just going to be you and Fast Eddy today.  Your quality group run has just taken an ominous turn.  Fast Eddy…

My First Marathon

My First Marathon

The weather was perfect.  November 13, 2016 dawned clear, and cool, with crisp blue skies and brilliant sunshine.  I parked the car, walked to the packet pickup area and gathered my things.  I pinned number 836 to my thigh and wondered what to do next. No lines had yet formed at the pot-a-potties, so I took advantage and completed another item from my pre-race checklist.  I took my bag to the car and silently sat for a bit.  This was going to be a long day, no sense in spending…

Explore a new city on foot

Explore a new city on foot

From December 26th through the 31st, my family of 4 was happily exploring the city of Charleston, South Carolina.  We elected to skip the car rental in exchange for a downtown hotel, and the hope that the city would prove to be walk-able (run-able). Each afternoon while the children napped, I was able to run around the city, part training, part exploring.  I’m certain this is how all cities are meant to be explored. I’m not a big technology user, so I never run with my phone.  Not that it…

Garmin, Strava; How do you measure your workouts?

Garmin, Strava; How do you measure your workouts?

If there is any common denominator among all runners, its the frustration in knowing just How Far did you really go?  On one arm is the phone dutifully recording everything via Strava, while on your wrist in the latest in tech that Garmin has to offer.  One would think the two devises would agree, as they are both completing the exact same run, while attached to the exact same body.  Alas, agreement is not in the cards.  It is important to note here that both devises should be attached to…

How Often, how Hard, how Long – do you exercise?

How Often, how Hard, how Long – do you exercise?

How often do you exercise?  Personally, I strive to get some physical activity 5-7 days each week.  Exercise is my coffee, I need it to function properly.  Without my daily dose I become irritable, unfocused, and a great night’s sleep isn’t guaranteed.  As I mentioned in my recent No Excuses article, beginning November 1st, I restarted my daily workout routine.  In conjunction with my running and cycling, I decided to add some body-weight strength and plyometric exercises. Upper body and core strength helps with posture and maintaining proper form during…

Goals for 2018

Goals for 2018

What would the new year be without a set of goals.  I’m not talking about parenting goals, family goals, or work goals, rather I’m sticking to what’s important, running goals. In truth I’m not much of a goal setter, but the F and M track club, which I run with, asks for goals each year, so I bow to the peer pressure. My two goals this year are clear and concise, either they will be met, or I will fail.  They are not process goals, in which I’d hope to…