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033: When A Race Doesn't Go Well

podcast running Apr 26, 2018

 

 

Sometimes racing goes well.  We have that day when we hit a PR and all is right in the world.  Then there are those days when it doesn't.  We don't hit our goal, we don't PR, and we feel like crap.  

Kevin had one of those races this weekend and today we talk about what went wrong.  There a lot of gems in this episode, so we hope you like it.  

We talk about: 

  • Mental strategies to use when you're not feeling it
  • Different ways to block out the pain
  • What to do when you just want to throw in the towel
  • And so much more!

Hope you enjoy it!! Let us know if you have any questions that you would like answered on our show!  

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032: When More Doesn't Make You Better

podcast running Apr 19, 2018

 

 

In a world where everyone wants more all the time, is that really what is best?  When is more a good thing, and when is more just, more?

This is a big pitfall for a lot of runners.  People get better and faster when they start adding more miles or more speed work, so they think that continuing to add more will continue to get them better and faster.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case.  

More mileage will make you a better runner.  Speed work will make you a faster runner.  However, we can't just endlessly add mileage or keep dropping times in our workouts just for the sake of doing so.  Many times, our bodies are well-served by maintaining a given training level until our body has reaped all of the benefits from that level before moving on to the next.  

Today, we talk about: 

  • The 4 fundamentals of running that every runner needs to focus on in order to continue to reap the benefits of training and stay healthy...
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031: Running for Weight Loss

food podcast running Apr 12, 2018

 

 

We all want to look good, feel strong, and be in good shape.  That's why a lot of people start running in the first place.  However, while some people naturally lose weight in the process, it's not so easy for others.

What gives?  If we start running, shouldn't the weight just fall off?  Unfortunately for most of us, that's not the case.  There are a lot of factors that go into our body weight, so changing one thing may or may not lead to weight loss.  Running alone does not guarantee weight loss and a thin body.  Look at the starting line of any marathon.  There are people of all shapes and sizes, all of them about to run the same distance, and most of them have been running and training for months or years for it.  Running alone does not lead to a certain body type, weight, or shape.  

Today we talk about the many, many factors that go into our body weight, and why running may or may not be the best avenue for...

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030: Rebuilding After Injury

injury podcast running Apr 05, 2018

 

 

Injury.  The runner’s nemesis. Sometimes it is avoidable.  Other times, it is not. Sometimes we trip and fall.  Sometimes the injury is a result of overtraining. Either way, many runners will find themselves needing to rebuild their mileage after injury.  

Today, we talk about rebuilding speed and power after injury.  We start out with some tips on how to prevent those little aches and pain from turning into a bigger injury (Hint, when in doubt, ice it out!).  

Unfortunately though, not all injuries are preventable.  Some are more serious. Some require the dreaded time off.  If you do find yourself injured, there are definitely good and bad ways to get back into running and rebuild your fitness.  

Today we talk about:

  • What you can do to avoid injury
  • Ways to self-treat to prevent little aches and pains from becoming something bigger
  • Ways to stay in shape while rehabbing from injury
  • How to safely get back into running...
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029: Are You Stretching Correctly?

podcast running stretching Mar 29, 2018

 

Make sure you stretch so you don’t get hurt!  Sometimes there is sage wisdom that can stand the test of time.  Other times, it’s just a training method that has been passed down for years without anyone actually questioning the point.  As real life runners, we are often pressed for time when working out. We hate wasting time with any activity that does not have an actual benefit on performance.  

In this episode we discuss the myths of stretching, the three main components that actually lead to flexibility and mobility, and how to deal with tightness in the body.  We cover why most of what we do for stretching, while not a negative, does not serve the purpose we think it does. Most importantly, we cover what should be done as a replacement for the generic static stretching that many people have been doing for years.  

In this episode you will learn:

  • The difference between flexibility and mobility
  • What 3 main things limit the motion...
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028: The Highs and Lows of New Runners and What Experienced Runners Can Learn From Them

podcast running Mar 22, 2018

 

In this episode, we discuss the benefits and difficulties that come from being a new runner.  While new runners are able to quickly adapt to new stresses on the body, everything is a new stress and that greatly increases the chance of an injury.  

New runners tend to get caught in a couple of traps. Recognizing the pitfalls will hopefully help any new runners, or runners that seem to have plateaued, move forward in the best way possible.  

Focus on one of the biggest keys of all running.  If you want to be a better runner, you need to run.  In a world filled with the fear of missing out, any runner, but especially new runners, can get distracted by the latest training buzzword and lose focus.  

Runners don’t like to take the slow and steady path even though that gets the best long term results. All of us need to take a step back from running, eating, or our general health and make sure that whatever we are doing to improve ourselves is...

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027: Current Eating Trends

food podcast Mar 15, 2018

 

There are so many terms floating around in the world of food nowadays - paleo, vegan, vegetarian, plant-based - what the heck do they all mean?  In this episode, we try to provide some clarity on several terms inside the food and diet community.  

As a teacher, I often get education companies emailing me about their products and one that caught my eye was a vocabulary company.  They asked what appeared like a simple multiple choice question, but had replaced some of the words in the question and answer section with new made-up words.  It did a great job of highlighting the importance of fundamental vocabulary knowledge before comprehension.

When trying to improve our health, we can get trapped in the confusing world of diet and exercise vocabulary.  Without an understanding of what the words mean and what the options are, how can one make an informed decision?  

We are not here as nutritionists or trying to push one method of eating over...

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026: Finding Your Motivation

motivation podcast Mar 08, 2018

 

When it comes to getting anything done in our day, we need a reason.  The more challenging and new a task is, the greater reason, motivation, and focus we need to accomplish that task.  So many people are able to start a new exercise plan or healthy eating lifestyle, but fall back to old habits after a few weeks.  When a race or a workout gets tough, knowing your reason for why you are doing it helps you get through the rough patches.

In today’s episode, we talk about finding different types of motivation and share different ideas that help to push us to be more.  Whether the drive to continue when a job gets difficult comes from inside or outside, knowing your motivation will help you keep going.  By having multiple reasons to keep going, we can choose the option that best motivates in that moment.

Sometimes the inspiring poster is enough.  Other times we need more. Check out this episode and take some time to really think about...

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025: Beyond the Numbers - Celebrating the other wins

podcast running Mar 01, 2018

 

In this episode, we take a step back to look at the bigger picture of running.  In general, running tend to be a very numbers-oriented sport.  If you gather a group of runners together, it won’t take long before people start comparing PR’s.  Check out a runner’s social media feed and you will find lots of mileage, times, and paces.  While there is nothing exactly wrong with this it can lead to some negative thinking and undue stress.  

Today we discuss how treating running as a lifelong journey leads to constant lasting victories rather than the fleeting highs and regular lows a runner can experience when the only goal is to hit one personal best after another.  Running, and life itself, should be fun.  Step back from the details and enjoy the big picture.  

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024: Post-Race Coaching and Analysis

podcast running Feb 22, 2018

 

The big race is over.  You've been training for months, and now it's done.  Maybe you met your goal, maybe you didn't.  Now where do we go from here?

Angie just finished her second half marathon ever, and her first as a mother of 2 last weekend.  Keep in mind, our youngest child is 5 1/2 years old.  :) It took awhile, but she did it.  

Today's episode is basically a coaching call between Kevin and her, to go over how the race went, and figure out where to go from here.  After each race, it is so helpful to sit back and think about what happened, and if you can talk it over with someone, even better!  We think you'll gain some valuable insights on ways to analyze your races to help yourself continue to improve with each one.

 

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