The Time is Now

It is time.

Whether you are a casual runner, someone who enjoys joining friends for a race or two a year, or looking to run a PR or course best over the summer, the time to get to work is here.

The weather has been gorgeous for weeks.

Sunlight has extended the training day by hours.

Racing calendars are full with options.

Running clubs and groups are in full swing.

No more excuses. No more fooling ourselves about how hard we have been working. No more "I'll start when..."

Today is the day you get out the door and start. Tomorrow is the day to do a little more.

When Things Go Wrong

A week ago the Boston Marathon went off in very un-marathon friendly conditions. In the words of one of my friends who ran the race, "it was not only as brutal as it sounded on the news, it was worse. 87 was the official temperature, but out on the pavement without any shade, it felt worse."

Last weekend I had another friend run a 12k trail race she had been training pretty diligently for for months. The week of the race she got sick to the point she stayed home from work and wondered if she could run the race.

Intentional Rehabilitation

So, you are dealing with an injury. You are not alone. According to some estimates over 50% of all runners deal with an injury each year.

I feel fortunate that only recently have I had to deal with my first real injury.

Doing so gave me a new perspective on rehabilitation.

Before the injury my running was going great. My mileage was up, I was running fast, I felt strong.

Training Partners

The reality of distance running is that it is largely a solitary endeavor. Whether we train alone, in groups, or with a team, when it comes time to put it all on the line for a race there is only one person who can control how things go: you.

Any distance runner who has reached the point of racing adolescence can tell you that running and racing are mental activities. This is true in too many different ways to even try to list them here.

Put simply, most often the single biggest limiting factor in our running performance is our brains.

A Post 27 Years In the Making

I know, I know. You have been waiting with baited breath for over a week for a new blog post. Between coaching, working, and reading the Song of Ice and Fire series I just haven't had time to sit down and get a post put together.

But, today is a special day.

Today is the day my sister turns 27!

Keri and I had all the usual brother-sister issues growing up. But, somewhere around the time I finished high school we started to become very close friends. Primarily we bonded over baseball and running.

The Best 22:46 Ever

I have never been so happy to run twenty two minutes as I was yesterday.

Last week sucked for running. I sprained my ankle and had been limited to very light, awkward, and sometimes painful running for a week. When I mentioned a pain on the outside of my foot to my PT she mentioned a possible metatarsal fracture. Needless to say that didn't make things better.

How Quick Are You Gonna Get Up?

Everybody gets knocked down. How quick are you gonna get up?

Accidents happen. Even the best of us.

Sooner or later every one of us will be walking down the bleachers while enjoying a beautiful day at a track meet when WHAM, one wrong step and we find ourselves falling down multiple steps, scraping our knee and shin, and spraining our ankle.

A Trying Twist

"Why am I doing this?"

I think this is a question runners ask themselves frequently. Whether during a particularly hard workout, a long run on a hot day, or days when they just aren't feeling it, there are lots of reasons one might wonder why they are subjecting themselves to the discomfort of running.

This past weekend I had cause to ask this question is a slightly different context. While coaching at a track meet I managed to slip on the bleachers, fall several feet, and twist my ankle.

Getting On (The) Track

I love track.

I didn't always feel this way. I have always been a bigger fan of the sport of cross country than the sport of track. But, sometime in college I started to really enjoy running on a track.

Whether I was running a tactical race or a time trial, I grew to love the symmetry of the track. I loved being able to focus on my pace and my competition without worrying about tripping on a tree root, negotiating a sharp turn, or avoiding a mud hole.

For me, cross country was fun, but track was fast!

Enjoying It While It Lasts

I have been involved with track and field in Colorado for 18 years. Over those years there is one thing that has been consistent: unpredictable, unstable, and unfavorable spring weather.

One year in high school we showed up to our league meet with sunny skies. By lunch time snow was falling. An hour later the track was covered and the remainder of the meet was postponed.

My senior year in high school it rained for 10 straight days. We had two meets rained out over that span.

Another year I remember having great weather for practices but snow every weekend.

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