Quick Tip – Hydrate Before You Run

One thing I noticed early in my RAGNAR training was that I was getting some severe headaches after my runs, as well as some irritation around my eyes. We found out that the irritation was due to really high salt levels in my sweat. It turns out that it didn’t matter that I was hydrating well and replacing electrolytes after my run. I was running on a “dry engine” and to some extent overheating my body.

So I started having a glass or two of water before I went out on my runs. I was concerned at first about this since it was an early morning run (soon after waking) and that too much fluid in my stomach would give me stomach cramps during my run. I’ve had that problem before and I think it is worse than the problem I was facing.

It turns out the average body can handle a glass or two of fluid shortly before a run with no problems. I found that my “overheating” issue went away immediately, and I haven’t had any headaches since!

So take it from me, hydrate before you run! Continue reading “Quick Tip – Hydrate Before You Run”


Initial Review: Reebok One Guide 3.0

Thanks to the generosity of RAGNAR and Reebok this year, I was given a pair of Reebok One Guide 3.0 shoes. This came at a fortuitous time since my older shoes were long overdue for retirement. Excitedly, I took them out for a run this morning. While it is a bit premature to provide a full review on a pair of shoes after a single run, I do believe it is important to provide those first impressions when evaluating shoes. Continue reading “Initial Review: Reebok One Guide 3.0”


My Favorite Moment of the 2016 Olympics

I’ve been fortunate enough to see a lot of the Olympics this year, thanks to the wide amount of events being streamed over the Internet and a simple Nexus tablet sitting on my desk. I’ve seen quite a bit of history making, lots of first medals for a country or victories for an individual after a really long dry spell, and world records being smashed to bits. My favorite thing to have seen, was an event that embodies athleticism, competition, and heart beyond gold, silver, and bronze. Continue reading “My Favorite Moment of the 2016 Olympics”


Sixty-Seven Minutes

It’s amazing to think that this morning I was doing something continuously for over an hour non-stop. Sure I’ve cleaned out the garage, or chopped firewood, or done various chores, but to put your body in a continuous “stressful” state (apparently an average of 169 bpm on my heart rate sensor and I have some hills to verify it!) for that long is something I haven’t thought much about before. It’s amazing what the body can do, how we’re fearfully and wonderfully made, and how small changes (such as getting up and sticking to a routine) can lead to some amazing payouts after time. Running reminds me so much of the long game, of the benefits of self-discipline, self-examination, and of pacing that apply to the road, the trail, and to life. Continue reading “Sixty-Seven Minutes”