In November of 2018, Corinne and I were scheduled to run The North Face Endurance Challenge in San Francisco. It’s an elite level race with very heavy competition in every event. I signed up for the half marathon and Corinne signed up for the marathon. While we would have loved to run the same event, the thought of our 4 and 7-year olds who were with us, touring around San Francisco on their own made us concerned that they were the perfect age for one of the new “youth start-up incubators” to pick them up so one of us had to hang out with them while the other raced. Continue reading
It’s no wonder that Portland topped Forbes’ list of best places for businesses and careers across the nation. Since 2010, Portland has grown by over 60,000 residents, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Between rising household incomes and a low state unemployment rate (just 3.5%), the city is one of a kind. Aptly named the “Silicon Forest”, Portland’s renowned for its prevalence of tech jobs and corporations and some of the city’s largest employers are tech companies – Intel and Nike, just to name a couple. Here’s what IT professionals need to know about America’s newest tech hub. Continue reading
Over the past year, many people have asked me, “What is the #1 way that my coach has helped me become a faster runner?” It’s a pretty simple answer. Strides. In running, strides are a very short burst of speed added into your easy run. For example, on an easy run day, I’ll go out and run 8 “easy” miles with 6X20 seconds fast and an additional 2 easy minutes in the second half of the run. Why has this seemingly short activity made me faster? The less complex answer is that if you learn how to run quickly some of the time, it will make it easier for your body to run more quickly all of the time. (Want the more complex answer? See David Roche’s article.) Continue reading
2018 has been an unprecedented year for the tech industry. Multiple disruptive technologies have advanced from game-changing concepts to essential tools for business success. As we round out 2018, let’s take a look back on the most influential technologies and how they’ve impacted the marketplace, as well as what skillsets will be the most valuable going into the new year.
Consistency is key to reach your work and running goals
Renowned ultra-marathon coach David Roach writes that the key to running success is “building a really huge aerobic wall through consistent running.” He adds that “the best way to build fitness… is to focus on putting as many daily bricks (runs) as possible, even if they are really small.” He goes on to say that “to be any good at running, you have to train frequently and consistently to improve running economy and aerobic development, not necessarily hard and long which increases injury risk.”