Category Archives: running

Decision Tree: What is Long Run Pace?

It kind of bugs me to see one-size-fits-all answers for running questions.  A pretty common running question is “What pace should I be running for long runs?”  Particularly as people train for their first (or even tenth) marathon, they want to know how to approach the long run (which, by the way, tends to be the major focus of the training block for a lot of good reasons). So here’s what bothers me: The outdated misnomer that says “Long run … Continue reading

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Focus on What You Can Control (or, Why I Think “EEP!” When Running)

I’d be willing to bet that 9 times out of 10, each of us goes into a workout – I’m speaking here of a day of intervals, tempo or other speed work, or the like – with a pre-determined goal pace (or set of paces) for the distance(s). I know this because I put those goal paces on training plans for myself and for others. And so we tend to go out and try to hit those paces, and at … Continue reading

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Question of the week: Do you shave?

I posted this picture last winter that threw the cycling community on dailymile into a tizzy. It was taken to show that my toes had actually turned blue in the cold. Their cyanotic condition was clear. Continue reading

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Defining athletic insanity: Why non-runners might be the crazy ones

Today’s post comes from guest blogger, Luke Shane. If you’d like to be a guest author, email your ideas or stories to editor@dailymile.com

Luke is a senior at Marist College and runs for the school’s cross-country team. He has run 5 marathons and 1 ultra-marathon with a PR of 2:42 at the 2010 Philadelphia Marathon. Luke will be running his second Boston Marathon this April, hoping to Continue reading

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Question of the week: Do you do the wave?

Getting a friendly dose of hellos on a small trail in Northern California sometimes throws me for a loop. If you run in a small town or community, you might think this is strange. However, I’m used to running in San Francisco, where we avert our eyes and hide our hands in an effort to not have to say Continue reading

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Question of the week: are you a bobber or a stander (running in place)?

I’ll be honest, when I think about running in place at the intersection while waiting for that little greenish blue man to flash, I giggle a bit. The idea of it reminds me of an 80s workout video. All those people running in place, channeling their inner Jane Fonda. It seems that the running community has been split into the standers and the bobbers. This dichotomy has caused fierce judgement on both sides. The bobbers seem to embrace their extra … Continue reading

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dailymission redux: destinations to run to

Soaring landscapes, searing heat. As part of our Destination: Run series, we thought we’d tap into what YOU feel are the elements that make your city, region of the country or world the best place for working out. By a landslide, the most vocal dailymissionaries were from the Pacific Northwest. You guys know how to represent! Ultracouchdude says Portland’s the best city to run in year round: “The climate has a nice change to it and the variety of terrain … Continue reading

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Question of the week: where do you lube?

I remember my first experience with lube. It was during the Nashville Rock n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon. I had never run even more than a 10k before and I definitely didn’t know the logistics of lubrication. When my friend asked me if I wanted to borrow her body glide, my face turned beet read. Body glide… I was thinking, “could they make a more embarrassing name for anti-chafe lubrication?” Gingerly, I accepted my friend’s offer and applied to the at … Continue reading

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Most runners are unkind to themselves

Today’s post comes from guest author, Vybarr Cregan-Reid from London, UK. If you’d like to be a guest author, email your ideas or stories to editor@dailymile.com Science has a great deal to tell us about running, there are countlessstudies of foot strike patterns, gait analyses, technical gear that beartestament to this. I am here to tell you that literary studies providessubstantial help, too. I’ve just come in from a very wet 6 mile, zero-droprun (that means in ‘barefoot’ shoes) and … Continue reading

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‘Toe shoe’ benefits? Not in the military

So, the army has banned 5 fingers (or “split toe shoes”), but not for reasons you might expect. “Effective immediately, only those shoes that accommodate all five toes in one compartment are authorized to wear. The reason for that directive: The increasing popularity of toe shoes.” When I first heard of the ban, I thought it was for safety. It turns out that the shoes aren’t “professional” enough for the military. I’ve never been a huge five finger evangelist, so … Continue reading

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