WHAT THEY DON’T TELL YOU ABOUT RUNNING IN THE HEAT

Summer in The South, especially this summer, is a killer for temperature and humidity which puts big stress on the body when outside training.  People in endurance sports like the idea that more suffering when training means a better race, and what better time to suffer than in the heat because THE RACE WILL BE HELD IN THE HEAT!   Right?  Well, kind of…. … [Read more...]

YOU’D BETTER DO YOUR REST DAYS!

Coaches assign rest days because they have to. Here’s what happens during a rest day; muscles will get stronger. It’s really very simple. An hour or two after a hard workout you’re at a minimum, in terms of fitness. Things have to recover, and it takes a while, after which you’re stronger than you were before. Not I’m not a perfect example of always using … [Read more...]

UPDATE YOUR THOUGHTWARE TO V2.0: “I’M GOING TO….”

Fella calls me toward the end of last year; “I want to do triathlons, I want to win, and I  want to do Escape from Alcatraz in June.”  (this was his first sentence….no pun intended ha ha).   Now, straight up, Escape is a pretty tough race; he got in through lottery and was excited and nervous. And I thought, “hmmm…he said WANT three times in 8 seconds, so he’s likely got the … [Read more...]

CORE WORKOUTS TO INCREASE SPEED AND POWER

I’ve been harping on core strength forever, it seems.  Core strength training has been a hot buzzterm for a while but coaches and athletes have been onto it for years.  Core strength training works with all the muscles that stabilize the spine and pelvis. These muscle groups transfer the energy from large to small body parts during your run, bike, swim, etc and work the … [Read more...]

HEART RATE ZONES: TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOALS!

Heart Rate Zones will pretty much tell you where you are in terms of ‘how hard you’re working’. Without knowing anything about how many beats per minute your heart is going, as well as your resting heart rate, it’s difficult to tell how hard you’re actually running, biking, etc. As you’ll see, you need to work in certain zones for the best results……you don’t always have to be … [Read more...]

WHY DO I GET TIRED 2 MINUTES AFTER I START TO RUN….?

Well, because it takes that long for your aerobic (oxygen using) system to wake up.  First couple of minutes there are two other systems that work for you, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to move your muscles at all!  This is called your ANEROBIC (without oxygen) phase. The first part of coming up is using the creatine phosphate (CP), stored in the muscle, and it lasts about … [Read more...]

SANITY CALMS, BUT MADNESS IS MORE INTERESTING

A quote from John Russell, WWII vet and American Actor.  Actors know that sort of thing, paying attention to ‘how they feel’ much of the time.  And indeed, how often I create my own anxiety to amuse myself.  We crave randomness, or the unknown, in varying amounts.  I don’t really need a lot, … [Read more...]

GET HIP: EAT DIRT FOR HEALTHY LIVING?

The newly minted New Yorker sneered, "Georgia?  Don't y'all eat dirt down there?"  "Y'all" sounded kind of like "yowl"; apparently up there the subtle differences in diphthongs and intonations escape their ethnocentric sense of hearing.  "Well, actually dirt can have some nutrients and … [Read more...]

IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH, STOP HOLLERING INTO A GARBAGE CAN

This ancient technology is everywhere.  A drive through, a parking lot, apartment entrance, sounds like someone is in a giant, empty can trying to get out. The echo-y "mwa mmnat frenzten?" voice that comes back at us is completely unintelligible but we continue to provide customer voice contact through these lousy speakers in a box.  F'cryin' out loud, even an iPhone … [Read more...]

CHASING THE GRAVEYARD HAWK

We spend most of our lives after age 25 fighting entropy.  Entropy, for those of you who probably never even considered taking Thermodynamics in college, is that thing that keeps increasing forever and ultimately ends up with everything in total randomness.  For people, that means ultimately "not being alive anymore". So we spend a huge amount of our daily energy fighting the … [Read more...]