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Overtraining

Overtraining: that dreaded taboo topic that no one should touch. Let’s go there. Raise your hand(s) if you’ve ever overtrained (raising both hands). It’s an important subject that surfaces periodically in many runner/athlete’s lives, including...

Rocky Road

Last Saturday, I experienced a rocky run in racing in the Cornhusker State Games 5k Road Race in Lincoln. I knew recovering from my back injury that this race would be a challenge. In fact, I almost did not enter due to injury/recovery. However, I decided to run this...

Calming Pre-Race Jitters

Do you ever get pre-race jitters before a race? Sometimes I do, depending on the length of the race, how I feel, and the weather conditions for the race. Over the years, I’ve learned some things that can help with managing and reducing pre-race jitters or nerves...

Restlessness

Do you ever get restless when it comes to body, mind, and spirit? And if so, is it a good thing or not? Lately, I’ve been dealing with restlessness internally and have been trying to process it that past few weeks, figure out why, and how to use it to my advantage. In writing this, […]

Do you ever get restless when it comes to body, mind, and spirit? And if so, is it a good thing or not? Lately, I’ve been dealing with restlessness internally and have been trying to process it that past few weeks, figure out why, and how to use it to my...

Sleep Through Insomnia

Sleep: that elusive final frontier. Let’s talk about insomnia: what causes it, how to prevent it, and whether we can solve it or not. How can we make getting enough adequate sleep a priority? And there’s also the issue of how a sleepless spouse or child can affect you. And if your sleepless or restless […]

Sleep: that elusive final frontier. Let’s talk about insomnia: what causes it, how to prevent it, and whether we can solve it or not. How can we make getting enough adequate sleep a priority? And there’s also the issue of how a sleepless spouse or child...

Ice Bath Therapy

Lately, I’ve discovered an exciting new way of recovering from long runs that is atypical, fast, and therapeutic: the (somewhat dreaded) weekly ICE BATH. At first it seemed crazy because it is so opposite (at least in temperature) to my usual means of recovery: the whirpool. But when I heard from enough people (friends and […]

Lately, I’ve discovered an exciting new way of recovering from long runs that is atypical, fast, and therapeutic: the (somewhat dreaded) weekly ICE BATH. At first it seemed crazy because it is so opposite (at least in temperature) to my usual means of recovery:...

Bronzed Middle Ages

Racing through the Middle Ages…I mean my middle ages… First of all, I hope you are not upset at me blending the Bronze and Middle Ages together. I’m not trying to be historically confusing. But I’m middle-aged and well, more about the bronze… Saturday, I ran the Energy 5k as part of the Cornhusker State […]

Racing through the Middle Ages…I mean my middle ages… First of all, I hope you are not upset at me blending the Bronze and Middle Ages together. I’m not trying to be historically confusing. But I’m middle-aged and well, more about the...

Vacationing R&R Tips

Writing about some of the hardest things for me: 1) rest & relaxation (R&R) and 2) the importance of getting away, escaping even if it is just for a weekend. Rest and relaxation is very difficult for us type A personalities, we don’t like to slow down and stop unless we are sleep-deprived and/or sick […]

Writing about some of the hardest things for me: 1) rest & relaxation (R&R) and 2) the importance of getting away, escaping even if it is just for a weekend. Rest and relaxation is very difficult for us type A personalities, we don’t like to slow down...

CAN YOU FEEL THE POWER OF REST?

And Now for Something Completely Different…something I know absolutely nothing about as a run-streaker: The POWER OF REST! R-E-S-T, you know that four-letter word that runners love to hate? That word is critical to runners’ growth, development, and recovery. I used to think rest only meant “running days off”. But I’ve learned that the run-streakers […]

And Now for Something Completely Different…something I know absolutely nothing about as a run-streaker: The POWER OF REST! R-E-S-T, you know that four-letter word that runners love to hate? That word is critical to runners’ growth, development, and...