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Treat Yourself in 2017

Did you set some New Year’s resolutions? It’s time to revisit them and check to see if you’re still committed. If not –– assess what went awry, adjust, and get back on track. There’s plenty of year left. Often, people stumble when they’ve set goals that are ­–– how shall we put this delicately –– too darn tough. Herculean tasks are hard to accomplish unless you’re Hercules. If you’ve found yourself thinking, “Why does everything have to be so difficult?” it’s time to take a step back and rethink. Are you this guy? If so, stop reading. Otherwise… Here’s a...

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Running: It’s Good for Your Knees

Someone recently asked me to write about how running affects your joints. January is a great time to think about this because if you have spent some time with relatives over the holidays, you’ve had some version of the following conversation: Aunt Gladys: “So, you’re a runner.” You: “Uh, yeah.” Uncle Joe: “I only run when someone is chasing me.” You: “Well…” Aunt Gladys “You know…running will destroy your knees.” You’ll destroy your knees… Let me reassure you of two things: 1) it is a waste of time to argue with Aunt Gladys and 2) it is a myth that...

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Improve Your Training for 2017

As the New Year approaches, take the opportunity to assess your strengths and weaknesses by looking over your training log. (You are keeping track of what you have done in the past, right? If not, that’s Resolution #1 for 2017: enter the time and distance of every run in a training log within 24 hours of completing the run.) A year-end review can be very illuminating. I, for instance, fell short of my fall racing goals –– I was slower than I planned to be. To determine why, I took a look at my training log and realized that my...

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Set Measurable Goals for the New Year

If you took my advice to get some rest during the holidays to recharge both your body and spirit in preparation for the new year, you are now probably ready to get back to training. Be sure to set some measurable goals for the new year. It’s easy to merely exclaim that you are going to get in better shape next year or that you are going to get faster. The reality, however, is harsh: the more general the goal, the less likely you’ll accomplish it. To maintain motivation throughout the year, establish incremental, reasonable, obtainable goals that will prepare...

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Take a Break (Really)

This time of year, it can be hard to find time for running. Short days, holiday parties, social calls, and work commitments can cause havoc with your best laid plans. Rather than get frustrated, I suggest that you embrace slacking off. Before you check me for a head injury, hear me out: sometimes –– particularly after a busy fall season of marathons and turkey trots –– it makes sense to TAKE A BREAK. Hit the snooze. Shut it down. Take some time off. Take a cue from this guy Last December, I also advocated taking some time off to allow...

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