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Pre-Race Sleep

January 31, 2010

Everybody’s been there: sleepless on the night before a big race.

Countless articles and anecdotal stories have been shared on this topic. Certainly, Focus-N-Fly’ers probably have an entire wing to add to the library. However, it takes a little bit of time to become comfortable and game plan your race “eve” strategies. When you do this game planning, here are some key pieces of info to keep in mind:



This week, I finally gave our double stroller away – my kids now weighing far too much in combination, and having long since passed the time when they found it acceptable to be belted into the stroller and pushed along the bike path or the sidewalk.   As I watched it folded up and driven away in someone else’s car for someone else’s kids, I must confess to a bit of nostalgia. 



To Gu or Not to Gu

Written by Dena Evans April 08, 2009

Call me old school. Or maybe, I’ve been reading too much Michael Pollan.  But I have had a hard time getting used to the “food-like” products marketed toward distance runners, marathoners in particular.    Whatever happened to old-fashioned energy consumption?  That is, what’s wrong with food and drink?  Am I the only one who feels this way?



To the Fleet of Feet,
I realize that we have many new runners and that even some of our veterans can always use a concise explanation of our training philosophy.

So in an effort to keep everyone on the same page, here's 1-pager on how the Focus-N-Fly training philosophy functions (say it fast 10x).

The stress from our training leads to the adaptation in recovery and subsequent peak performance.
We like to consider successful training a a repetition of completing the STAR.



To pass along to your non-running friends!

From CNN.com

Story Highlights

  • Stanford University study finds that running did not damage joints in aging runners
  • Runners still need to take precautions: Don’t run with injuries, wear proper shoes
  • Aging runners less likely to die from certain ailments, study says

Full story here.

 



You're Going Out in That?

February 25, 2009

Unless you are nursing a lengthy consecutive day streak, there is probably a limit to the type of weather you will endure to complete or at least attempt your scheduled run.   This line is probably very personal decision point, honed over time and perhaps drawn at a different place than when you first began running.



It occurs to me that we spend a good deal of time with emphasis on the keys to our training approach:

  • Pace
  • Progression
  • Recovery

However sometimes I see even the most organized, motivated runners miss out on some of the basics.  Everyone knows to wear sweats and bundle up in the cold northeast but what about the kind of cold northwest.  Additionally many of our east coast members are approaching the time of year when the 40 degree + days become more frequent.



The New York Times recently published an article detailing the plight of women involved with bankers adversely affected by the financial sector collapse.  Some are mistresses who complain of fewer trips away now that “the wife was checking the accounts.”  Others now feverishly monitor the Dow Jones Industrial Average to gauge the mood their man might be in after work.  One even pointed to her husband’s sudden and complete absence of the desire to play golf as a crucial indicator that he was coming unmoored.

 



This is a great read about endurance activity and increased heart metabolism.

One of the key points is that the research was done with heart rates at 65-75% of capacity.  Since maintenance pace keeps you in the 65-80% MHR range this study is highly applicable to running.  The fact that these stimuli seem to return the heart to a metabolic state of youth could be paramount in heart disease prevention and overall cardiac throughput.

In theory our threshold/10K/VO2 work could stimulate an even greater cardiac metabolism since we operate closer to 85-95% of MHR.

If you’re in anywhere between 30-90 years old, this is a great read.

Exercise Makes Hearts Grow Younger


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