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Tips for handling Training and Everyday Stress

Tips for handling Training and Everyday Stress

These past few weekends with both my minions being sick have left me feeling like I’m running hard and fast to catch up. I may also have a tad too much on my plate on a normal day – lots of chauffeuring the minions and volunteering at school and other events. That is easily manageable except  when work piles up and I’m playing catchup again. No big deal, I’ve learnt plenty on how to carve an hour or two here and there (lunch…

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What are some of the best running surfaces?

What are some of the best running surfaces?

Last week I ran with Barbara in midtown Atlanta and as we navigated uneven sidewalks with mix of dirt and concrete, I realized that it was my first run in many months that I had run on concrete sidewalks and definitely my longest run on concrete since mid-summer last year when I ran a 15 mile run with the group. I gave up on running on sidewalks after I discovered the more convenient spots to run from and still get…

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Tips for Spring Running after a Winter Break

Tips for Spring Running after a Winter Break

With the weather getting warmer (wait – is it REALLY getting warmer or is it pretending to get warm and then go back to cold?!!) and more daylight hours in the evening, lots of runners are stepping away from their winter hibernation and getting back to running. Or you might have cross-trained in the winter and are on the path to preparing for a summer/fall race. Before you start enthusiastically ramping back miles, here are some tips for spring running. Ramp…

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How to not let stress affect your workouts

How to not let stress affect your workouts

For the past week and a half, I’ve been involved with a very talented and a tad crazy group of people to compete in a hackathon – where we produce a fully developed product delivering actual value to our users and company. Yesterday was the final presentation and judging; we had to pitch to senior leadership. My stress levels were through the roof, even as we were having so much fun! My workouts a chore that was keeping me from doing…

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How to Warm Up Quickly after a Cold Run

How to Warm Up Quickly after a Cold Run

Running in the cold weather has it’s challenges, one of which is perpetually feeling cold AFTER the run.  When running, your core temperature keeps you about 10-15F warmer than it really is. Once you are done running, your core temperature drops and you start feeling the cold, and more since you’ll be wet from sweat. Nothing is more miserable than trying to get warm but you are cold and shivering.  I love running outside (ironic then that more than half my…

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Symptoms during Taper and How to get over it

Symptoms during Taper and How to get over it

These past few days have been very weird. My runs don’t need any planning since they are only an hour or less in duration, so I’m not as mentally engaged in the runs as I was a few weeks ago. I have a lot of time to actually sit down and look through the minions projects!When I finished my run this morning, a 5-4-3-2-1 ladder speedwork, I was surprised at how short it was (only 45minutes) and very flustered at the low…

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Running in High Humidity – How To

Running in High Humidity – How To

It is already starting to get humid and hot in Atlanta and in various parts of the country (except Colorado. Where it snowed last week. In MAY!). One of the things that many athletes do to avoid the summer heat is to change their running schedule so they run early in the morning or later in the evening when the sun goes down. Running around with kids and activities and dinner, I find it really really difficult to do any…

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