Endurance Twitter: 06.27.20

Steve Magness

@stevemagness

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Jun 27

Heat = Poor Man’s Altitude.

Training in a hot environment for 5 weeks increases hemoglobin mass in elite cyclists

I await others ditching the trendy Flagstaff & Boulder training spots for the newly minted high heat & humidity training center of Houston:

Hal Higdon

@higdonmarathon

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Jun 26

I recommend doing the long runs 30 to 90 seconds or more slower than race pace. Running long at race pace is like doing a race a weekend, which is the path to self-destruction. Even the Kenyans don’t do their long runs at race pace. They know when to run S-L-O-W.

Stephanie Bruce

@Steph_Rothstein

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Jun 25

One lesson I’ve learned in my running over the years. When you start blaming “it was the terrain, it was the workout, it was the drills, it was the hills” that caused an injury. More than likely it could be exposing a weakness that maybe you’ve ignored and could focus prehab on.

hansonsrun

@hansonsrun

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Jun 21

Coaching is much like parenting. Many decisions that you make may not produce the results you were looking for.  However, if all of decisions are made for valid reasons and with love, everyone can live with the results.

Esther Atkins

@ErbyAtkins

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Jun 21

Attention runners and people who talk to them:

Someone’s fitness is not a judgement on yours.

Someone’s PRs are not a judgement on yours.

Someone’s dedication is not a judgement on yours.

There is no scarcity of fitness, PRs, or dedication. Their gain is not your loss.

Hal Higdon

@higdonmarathon

Do you want to improve as a runner? The key to improvement is consistency. Much more than any fancy training schedule featuring interval training, tempo runs or hill repeats. Just run day after day, week after week, year after year at a level where you do not become injured.

Motivation

By Laz

I hit 498 miles today. Only 2 short of 500. I had today pegged for 500 all week, but things just kept interfering. Three times this week I had to cut runs short of where I wanted to go, because the days are just too full. The only place to get the extra time was from sleep. And going without sleep in a four month effort is a fool’s errand.

I was pleased to finish in the top 3000 again after my Friday run. 2990st place, even tho I had to cut my miles short. Undoubtedly I will slip back into the 3000s over the weekend. The pattern is well established. I move up during the week, as people put in less miles and I stay steady. Then over the weekend I lose ground as people have the time to put in longer runs.

I am content that my strategy is working nicely. Consistency. Four months is a long time, and people are losing focus. Ultimately, motivation has to come from inside. All of us, each and every one, goes thru those temptations to let our focus slip. The weakness in us casts about for reasons to take a day off. And once it persuades us once, the next time is that much easier.

Me, I have no choice. I set my target on August 31, and there is no re-evaluation until then. No matter how the race is going, I will stick with it until the last. This is something I learned from the special athletes who finish at Barkley.

They set their minds on 5 loops and nothing that happens causes that to waver. When problems come up, as problems are guaranteed to do, they never think about how this issue is going to stop their attempt. They think about how to fix it, eliminate it, work around it, or overcome it. They finish the “fun run”, when a runner can stop with a tangible accomplishment. (The “fun run” is one of the biggest obstacles in the Barkley, with its siren song of stopping now and calling it a win.) They never hesitate. The pain, the terrain, the darkness, the loneliness, the weather, getting off course, falling behind the cutoffs. Nothing stops them until they are forced out or finish. And it is that focus on the goal that makes them successful….

And not just at Barkley.

Now, I am not in the same league as the Barkley Finishers. No one is going to be awed by what I accomplish out here. I am old and slow and broken down. But, does that really matter? What matters is not the size of the achievement, but the standard of the performance. In life, everything we do is our signature. When I walk the final mile on August 31, with 123 days of the best I had to give, my signature will be complete. And I will feel victorious.

I won’t be alone that day. I have been awed by the tenacity and determination of the RATs. They have set goals and amazed even themselves by how much they can do. You know who really awes me? The ones who are still behind the buzzard, and still chasing. The ones who may not catch up, but will fight down to the last day. If they stay with that focus and determination over the next two months, a lot of them are going to beat the odds, and surpass all expectations. They will get close enough to make a final push and close out the last of that deficit. And if they do not… They will still walk away as champions.

They will have left their signature all the way across the State of Tennessee.

Hal Higdon
@higdonmarathon
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8h
Do you want to improve as a runner? The key to improvement is consistency. Much more than any fancy training schedule featuring interval training, tempo runs or hill repeats. Just run day after day, week after week, year after year at a level where you do not become injured.

Michael Johnson
@MJGold
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Jun 17
This from Christian Coleman: “I am willing to take a drug test every single day for the rest of my career for all I care to prove my innocence.” Proving your innocence is the very reason athletes follow the whereabouts and testing rules which he has repeatedly violated!

TrainingPeaks
@TrainingPeaks
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Jun 16
“Instead of smashing yourself with high-intensity training or epic long rides, take a step back and target your Aerobic Threshold. This window of great weather and no racing is your opportunity to build your most powerful aerobic base ever!” https://bit.ly/aerobic-threshhold

Jonathan Gault
@jgault13
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Jun 15
NY Times story on how Brown men’s track & field and cross country teams were saved.

The campaign’s “swiftness, precision and organization surpassed that of some campaigns for public office.”

hansonsrun
@hansonsrun
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Jun 15
I saw 5 different HS Cross-Country teams out running this morning. 100% of them had Coaches wearing a mask and all teams were NOT running in large groups. I now see that this sport can be achieved in a safe manner and allow everyone to feel comfortable. #CrossCountry2020

Jesse Squire
@tracksuperfan
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Jun 14
In 1962 the first day of the USA vs USSR dual meet drew more fans than either the NFL Championship game or game 7 of the World Series. The second day drew even more.

BREAKING: Amador Valley HS junior John Lester ROARS to huge PR of 1:48.26 for 800m at the Last Hurrah Invitational in Arizona! That’s #5 in state history and fastest in California in 10 years! A couple of weeks ago, Lester ran 4:08.90 for the full mile! Look out for him in 2021!

Rich Gonzalez
@PrepCalTrack
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Jun 13
To put Amador Valley junior John Lester’s 1:48.26 for 800m tonight in perspective, that’s #2 in state history for 11th graders, only behind the LEGENDARY Michael Granville (1:47.96 at 1995 Arcadia Invit’l). Granville then set the national record of 1:46.45 as a senior. OH MY!!
Frederick Reimers
@writereimers
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Jun 10
“Researchers found that the number of creative ideas generated increased by roughly 60 percent while participants were walking, compared to when they were sitting.” good stuff here from
@thats_my_line
Walking Is Making a Major Comeback
@outsidemagazine

Erin Strout
@erinstrout
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Jun 8
Give your running club leaders & local race directors encouragement or a virtual hug. Making decisions these days is not easy. If there was better leadership & guidance from public officials, we wouldn’t be in this position. Way above our pay grade. [Steps off tiny soapbox.]