Sunday, March 31, 2013

How to Meet Runners on Twitter

Twitter is a great tool for communicating with people who share your enjoyment of running, triathlon, or any other sport.  The trick is knowing how to connect with those people in your area.

There are a couple of tactics that you can use, but one of the best ways to search Twitter for Athletes in your area is with Twitter Advanced Search.

You can define the location, search for specific text in the tweets, as well as look for hashtags that are unique to your search.

Here are a few highlights on the Advance Twitter Search Options:
  • You can search All Words, Any Words, Exact Phrases, or even searches to include "none of your selected words or phrases"
  • Location: Defaults to 15 miles, but you can change this after your first search
  • Hashtag Searches: Boolean search any terms you want
Here is a sample of my search:
Location: Houston, TX
Hastags: #triathlon OR 5k OR 10k

Check out Twitter Advanced Search

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Perfect run pacing? Good or Bad?

I read an article today on It basically illustrated the running habits of some of the fastest runners in the world and how those habits are quite contrarian to the mainstream thinking of pacing yourself through your training runs.

It was an interesting look at the mentality behind these insane efforts that these runners will put themselves through. Much of it is for money, since winning or placing in the money for much of these runners will change their quality of life immediately.

It is definitely worth the time to read, and maybe even try at your next group training session. Go all out and explode, if not, you might be settling for a slower PR.

Link to the actual Runners World article:

  Sunday run in the rain.