Training

Learning To Walk Again

August 24, 2016

  Learning to walk again, or, listening to your heart over your mind. It was a cold Saturday morning in January. Despite the air temperature being only 9 degrees, the sun was shining bright in the cloudless sky. I reluctantly put on my running tights, a base layer, wind breaker, and laced up my trail shoes all the while thinking the modern day warrior’s uniform leaves something to be desired. Climbing into my van I …more »




Trail Running for City Slickers

August 17, 2016

  There is nothing I despise more than city slicker runs. Pavement — my personal run of last resort. I relocated to Bend nearly two decades ago for a reason — the abundance of dirt. In my world, running trails is where it’s at. I love the mountains and all things dirt. Let’s face it though, sometimes business travel, family commitments, and careers don’t allow us to live in a locale that has tons of …more »




Post Race Blues

August 9, 2016

I’ve talked to a number of runners that have found running to be a good substitute for a previous drug addiction. Maybe this is just a coincidence but I have a hunch that endurance sports in general, running in particular, tend to attract those strong enough to break the bonds of drug addiction and need something to take it’s place.  They’ve told me that running has a way of filling the void of highs and …more »




Fuel: Listen to Your Body

August 1, 2016

  “Listen to your body.”  This is a phrase I’ve heard many times over the past few months as I recover from Achilles surgery. Heck, it’s even a phrase I’ve caught myself saying to clients. But what does that phrase even mean? Because if I’m honest, every time I hear “Listen to your body,” I’m kind of like, “yeah, right.” If I listened to my body, I would have never pushed myself or found my …more »




Fidget, Distract, Focus, Repeat

May 31, 2016

I’m staring at a blank white screen, watching a blue cursor blink on, then off. Interestingly it follows my heart rate, or my heart beat has fallen instep to the cadence of this blue vertical line:  56 beats-per-second. I know this because I’m procrastinating and observing oddities that’ll keep my mind from focusing on this rising self-induced anxiety. It seems I’m fairly relaxed, however, despite feeling the looming deadline as if it’s taken a ghostly …more »




Youth Running: Is It Really Bad for Your Kids to Run?

May 19, 2016

I’ve been involved with coaching youth runners now for the better part of a decade. As a kid I participated in several youth running programs, from USATF Junior Olympics to Steens Mountain Running. One of the frequent questions you’ll hear when coaching youth athletes in the sport of running is, “Isn’t it bad for them to be running so young?” The easiest answer would be, no. But I never take the easy way, so let’s …more »




Fuel: The Physiology of Cravings

April 29, 2016

What is a craving? Mostly, a craving is a desire to consume a specific flavor, texture, or food. But where does this intense desire come from? Often, a need or want to consume something specific is influenced by external factors, such as the sight and smell of food. Freshly baked bread anyone? However, cravings can also be derived from a biological basis. Enter the physiology of cravings. At times, an intense desire to eat something …more »




Hill Training for Running and Cycling: How to Be a Better Climber

March 22, 2016

Wherever you choose to race, one thing is almost certain: You will have some hills to navigate. In Northwest races, you are sure to encounter a good amount of climbing. And, depending on your overall goal, you may see hills as simple obstacles to conquer en route to a strong finish, or as the deciding point in the competition for top placing. Hills have the potential to slow you down more than any other factor. …more »




Beating the Holiday Rush – Athlete’s Guide to Good Eating

November 19, 2015

Christmas sugar cookies. Cranberry-pecan cheese balls. Bacon cheddar spread with crackers. Good eats and the holidays go hand-in-hand. Late November through December can be one of the most challenging times of the year to stay on track with diet and training goals. It’s dark. Cold. Rainy. And then there is the food. Maintaining a healthy diet throughout the holidays can pay back royally when January 1 rolls around and you did not lose six weeks …more »