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Month: April 2018

Training Update #2: Trail Nutrition, Frustrating Blood Blisters, and Why I Suck at Swimming

Training Update #2: Trail Nutrition, Frustrating Blood Blisters, and Why I Suck at Swimming

It’s been one week since the Wenatchee Half Marathon and I’ve barely hit the trails. Why? The dreaded blood blister. You’re probably tired of hearing about this, so I’ll make it brief. Screw blood blisters. You’re not supposed to lance them. If you do, you might introduce bacteria directly into your bloodstream. And if they’re big enough, they sit there on your toe for ages throbbing and threatening to open if you run on them. I’m only 13 weeks out from…

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Five Things I’ve Learned About Elite Runners Through Strava

Five Things I’ve Learned About Elite Runners Through Strava

Paul the Apostle once said, “Run in such a way as to take the prize.” And while I’ve not always done this, I see value and worth in the attempt. Not everyone can achieve the prize. There are elite runners and there are average runners. And it’s ok to be average. Average people do wonder sometimes, “what does it take to be an elite runner?” Sometimes the answer is “you can’t be an elite runner.” But that’s only due to…

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Training Update: The Wenatchee Half Marathon, Achilles Issues, and Blood Blisters

Training Update: The Wenatchee Half Marathon, Achilles Issues, and Blood Blisters

It’s been a few months since I began this journey. I’ve since learned a ton about how to train for an ultramarathon, what it means to be an ultra runner and many other things. I’m certainly not the same person I was back then. My habits have changed and my mindset has changed. For one, I’m more aware of my nutrition. I lost about ten pounds in the first three months of training and realized pretty fast that I needed to…

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How to Have Fun While Training and Avoid Training Dread

How to Have Fun While Training and Avoid Training Dread

There are people out there that dread training. I don’t think most ultra runners feel this way, but maybe some do. If you’re a runner, and you loathe training, maybe you should find a different sport. I don’t know. So far, the little training I’ve been able to do since I started (my trail training has been cut short due to an Achilles injury) has actually been awesome and fun. Sure, when I’m in the middle of an interval, suffering and…

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