Posts Tagged ‘Runner’s World’

Bob Timmons, Off ‘N Running, and the Shoe Situation

In Musings, Rants and Explanations on May 4, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Well it’s been a little while since I posted anything other than nonsense about what running I have been doing, and I have a number of posts that I have been meaning to write. I have two product reviews that I need to get posted ASAP, but those are boring anyway, so I will tell the story that I want to tell.

The blog post that I wrote about Bob Timmons has been far and away the most popular blog post that I have posted here. Also, it elicited a request for 100 words to be published in Runner’s World. Of course, I asked them to let me know if they were going to publish the commentary. They did not. So I was not expecting it to make the publication, by the way, if you are going to write anything for a living, you learn to live with rejection. Every writer is rejected, repeatedly. The amateur writer gets rejected once, and never writes anything again. The professional writer works through rejection, in the same manner that you run up a particularly gruesome hill.

I am close to a professional writer. As a ph.d. student, and soon to be assistant professor, the most important aspect of your work is getting published. I get rejected, a lot. So I was ok with this.

Well, we go into Off ‘N Running to buy some detergent, and I quickly get into a discussion regarding why I am wearing Saucony Omnis when the Saucony Progrid Hurricanes look to be a higher end shoe that meets the same specs that I require. I have not answered this question to my satisfaction yet, but after this post, I will be firing off an email to the good folks at Saucony. Well, after going through all of this with the poor girl and she was pretty sure that I had no interest in buying the shoe (not gonna pay full retail price, when there is a Saucony outlet 10 minutes from my mom’s house), we found the new edition of Runner’s World. When I flipped to the Running Commentary section, sure enough there was my 100 words on Timmons. It was right next to Jim Ryun’s thoughts on the letter.

P.S. the girl at Off ‘N Running is very nice, and I try to buy stuff other than my running shoes there because they offer a service to the community that other shoe stores fail to do. I just can’t afford $130 shoes, when I can get them for $75 elsewhere. Regardless, this Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 7:15-8pm, they will be hosting a small training to help explain stretching specific for runners. I will be there. If you are in the Greensboro area, you may want to stop in.

Pretty good for a fat kid that started running two years ago…

Go buy the magazine, but if you don’t get a chance, here is what it said:

As a college coach, I understood the article regarding Bob Timmons relationships with his athletes. What I saw was a teacher trying to impart life lessons through competition. I truly believe that you can not find out the limit of the human spirit until you accept that the only failure is quitting. There are consequences for a devotion to competition, both in life and athletics. I hope that I am correctly teaching my students to walk the line between giving everything that they have towards a goal and nurturing those relationships that define your life.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama


May 2, 2009 Run

In Daily Exercise Summary on May 2, 2009 at 5:23 pm
















Total Run



Well, I took off today at what turned out to be too rapid of a clip. I had cut about 10-15 seconds off my mile time today, and it just didn’t hold up. I hit 2.5 miles and needed to walk it out. I think that had I only tried to improve 2 or 3 seconds a mile it would have been just fine.

I’m feeling really motivated to run right now because my invited commentary for the June issue of Runner’s World was in the store today (More to follow in my next blog.) I’m thinking about putting another couple miles on top of this tonight. We will see.

Too pretty today, too much work to do

In Daily Exercise Summary on April 22, 2009 at 2:01 pm

I spent the morning finishing all of the work that I didn’t get through last night. Still not done, but I abandoned my plan to go to the gym in favor of running outside. A beautiful day so I took off through the Forest Lake and enjoyed a nice run just a little over 3.1. No real timing because I haven’t yet purchased the Garmin or the Suunto. Still can’t figure out which one I want, but it was less than 27 minutes from when I walked out the kitchen until I walked in the kitchen. Everybody that I have heard from is using a Garmin. I don’t know if anyone in the world even uses the Suunto, but they can afford a full page ad in Runner’s World every month. So someone must be buying it, I especially enticed by the EPOC features.

The running wasn’t bad and the fresh air was nice. It was warm, but still cool enough to be enjoyable. The weather man said that light rain was occuring but all I could see was sunshine. Feeling good about the 5k. Now I need to start working on the timing and trying to get that pace per mile under 8 minutes. I like the 5k as a base distance. It’s a good exercise, yet easily attainable goal for someone who is just starting to run and may be out of shape. If you do it 4 times a week, you are over 10 miles for the week. I think 10 miles is the minimum distance that someone needs to run to start to develop into a runner. Once, you get to that goal, you can start pressing a little more, but until then, it is a nice safe number.suunto1

Easter Break is Done

In Musings, Rants and Explanations on April 15, 2009 at 1:01 am

Well I got out of routine last weekend, but as soon as my plane landed today I hit the gym. It felt good. I am definitely a creature of habit when it comes to exercise. I need to exercise first thing in the morning.

I didn’t get much running done on break, but I did do a considerable amount of walking and eating. Luckily I only gained about 2 pounds, so I could resume my habits of exercise with little lost.

My body seemed to benefit from the extended break even though I had only been back to running for 3 weeks. I had an easy time getting through my run today, and it was at a pretty good clip. I’m a little sore tonight, but hopefully will be able to recover to run well tomorrow after my final.

It has not gone without notice that significantly more people are reading this than I thought would have. In just over 3 weeks, the site has had in excess of 500 visitors. I hope that readers will continue to realize that there are many better ways to go about training and running (Runner’s World had a great article in this month’s edition) that would probably be better for them. I do what works for me from past experiences. This is likely not the best way to obtain my goals, but it is the only way that I will be able to do what I want to do.

I’m starting to think about which half marathon I will do first. I know I want a flat track with relatively cool weather. The time frame is likely to be in the fall. I would like to raise money for a charity in this venture, but I’m not sure which one. I’m pretty sure I would rather not do leukemia lymphoma (they seem to have the running market cornered), so if any one has any ideas as to which charity I should run for this time, lets here it. I would think that they need to have a good web-based system to be able to collect donations. Other than that, I’m all ears.

If you are with a worthwhile charity, and have the ability to put together a solid web-based collection system then I would be welcoming to the idea of helping you promote your charity, even if it has not been known for this sort of thing in the past. I especially have a fondness for education and children’s health care.

April 14, 2009 Run

In Daily Exercise Summary on April 14, 2009 at 11:04 pm













Stretching Exercises


Well, it was good to get back from Easter break. I find it difficult to exercise outside of my normal routine.

Today, was a good run for me. I started at 6.9 for a quarter of a mile, and then ran a half mile each at 7.0 and 7.1. I then upped the speed for .1 mile to 7.2. I then ran 7.3 for three quarters of a mile and 7.4 for a half mile. The last half mile, I upped the speed by .1 each tenth of a mile.

The stretching exercises are something I do quite regularly once I start training. It helps if you do them right after running. I do six reps for each muscle group and hold the stretch for 5 or 6 seconds. I use the Precor Stretch Trainer. It’s a great machine. Today, I did the hamstring, hip, groin and quad stretchs.

See this review for additional information.

Precor Stretch Trainer

Precor Stretch Trainer


In Musings, Rants and Explanations on April 5, 2009 at 9:38 pm

I am overweight. It is hard to figure, but I am. I can run 3 miles, but I’m still overweight.

When you run as hard as I do and carry the weight that I do, this puts tremendous amounts of pressure on your joints in the lower half of your body. Soreness occurs, and over a long period of time, injury may result. This is why I am going to stick to this distance for a while. With the cool down walk that I do, I burn around 600 calories. If I couple that with cross training exercise, we are looking at over 700 calories over a particular workout. Leaving my caloric intake the same, I will lose roughly 1 pound per week. I have made slight adjustments to my intake, and I think I have safely cut another 200 or 300 calories per day. This should result in an average weight loss of 1.5-2 pounds per week.

Until I get down to a more reasonable weight, full fledged training for a half marathon would be very difficult. I would be able to increase my distance and time running consistently, but my training would be hindered by soreness and discomfort.

This is where the psychology of exercise comes into play. Patience and perseverance is needed. By retaining this distance, I can work on speed and shed some of the pounds that I need to shed to increase my distance comfortably. If I am too sore, I will not want to run. If I don’t want to run, eventually I will not run. Motivation is a funny thing. It disappears as pain increases. If one of the motivating factors to run is to lose weight (because you are overweight when you start), then workouts of this sort should be a reasonable pre-training regiment.

Satisfaction with ones workout is important. The more that you are satisfied that what you are doing is the right thing for you, the more willing you will be to continue doing it. If you over extend yourself, the results will not be significant enough to keep you on a path to your goals because the price on your body will be too high. Similarly, if you are taking too easy of a workout, you will not be getting the results that you desire and motivation will decrease this way.

I think often times that personal trainers forget about the psychological effects of soreness. Most people will not work through basic soreness, some people have a higher tolerance for this. By getting to know your client’s personal ability to cope with discomfort and pain, the personal trainer will be able to help temper the goals of their clients and better adjust their routines to be able to get the results that their clients desire. Instead, most personal trainers determine exercise regiments based on the amount of discomfort that they, personally, would be willing to sustain. They know their clients will be able to persevere, but they fail to take into account whether their clients will be willing to continue on that road.

Some smarter people than I agree…

And many people have tried to lose weight running…

Rest day today

In Musings, Rants and Explanations on April 2, 2009 at 11:20 pm

I had a good rest day today. My car is being repaired so I walked up to get it. Turns out they got the wrong part and it wasn’t repaired so I walked back. Total of 1 mile walking.
Well, tomorrow I will be back on the treadmill for a 3 mile run in under 25 minutes. I’m looking forward to it. How do you pick your rest days?
Usually I look at my calendar and try to find the worst day of the week for me to break free. That is almost always my rest day. Sometimes, from experience, I can feel that my body is reaching its limit. When I get there, I usually take the next day off. I try not to take the blegh days off because then more days become blegh days.
That’s just my theory. Once I get back up to 6-10 mile distances, I will take the day off after my longest day. This is helpful. I like to hit the sauna after that long run, and eat a good meal. Also, I try to plan a long run before a day I know I can sleep in. I’m pretty sure it helps recovery.
Here is a good article that I found on Runner’s World awhile back about sleep and recovery.,7120,s6-238-267–8028-0,00.html

Bob Timmons

In Musings, Rants and Explanations on March 31, 2009 at 4:03 am

It’s now quarter to 4 in the morning, and I can not sleep. We had our hockey team’s annual banquet this past weekend. There was one speech in particular about skill, talent and effort, then there was something about taking the lessons with you through life. I feel like I have taken those lessons that I learned playing hockey as a kid through life. The most important being that you can always find a little something more to give of yourself, but it is only when you think that there is nothing left that you will find it.

This lines up real well with an interesting story in this month’s edition of Runner’s World about Bob Timmons. He held similar beliefs. Putting his runners through ridiculous training, risking injury, burnout and despair to try and get the absolute best out of them. Many of his runner’s never got the point. Usually, kids don’t get the point until a number of years later when they have more experience and see that they have learned lessons which help them through life. In this case, there were a number of obvious cases of people who still hadn’t realized what he was trying to teach them.

That is probably the failure of that teaching style, but as far as living, there seems to be a number of drawbacks as well. Living your life in a manner where you are always trying to improve or perform better doesn’t allow you to enjoy the things that you do have. I have tried to reconcile these two contradictory forces as well as I can. Although, when it comes to my new determination to run, I think I will focus on always finding a little more. This is why I race the person next to me on the treadmill. If they are better right now, I have to work harder to get better.

It is also why I cringe when I hear that someone is just trying to finish a race. Every single one of us has it inside ourselves to finish a half marathon or marathon. There are simply too many cases of people overcoming incredibly physical disabilities or infirmities to accomplish this goal that they have set to believe that we can not. If we can learn to live with not winning, then it becomes easier to compete. If your goal is to finish the marathon in 4 hours, once you accept that you will live to fight another day if you finish in 4 hours and 25 minutes, then you haven’t lost because you are still in the game. Compete. It brings the best out in you, and when you think there is nothing left, find it somewhere.