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TheHaySay

Washington, District of Columbia
Hello and thanks for stopping by!  I'm a two time marathoner, homebrewer, and vegeterian currently training for my first 50k trail race.  Training and working in Washington, DC, I have plenty of tales of achievements and not-so achievements.  You can check me out over at... Full Bio
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How to Track Your Running Progress (And Why You Should Start Today) by TheHaySay Posted in: Blog Posts in Running After returning from nearly three weeks off of running while in Italy , I’ve had more fun on the trails than I have in a long time. It could be in part because I’ ... Read on »
6 Tips for Successful Summer Training by TheHaySay Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Note from Doug: While I’m enjoying a few weeks of little running and lots of wine relaxation on my belated honeymoon in Italy, most of you are gearing up for some of t ... Read on »
13 Must-Knows For All Beginner Trail Runners by TheHaySay Posted in: Blog Posts in Running For the past several months, I’ve been on a mission to get non-trail runners to give the trail a shot. I even released a free eBook outlining all the best ... Read on »
Friday Footnotes: Why Running is a Team Sport by TheHaySay Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Ed Note: This week’s Friday Footnotes is part of a submission to Blog Symposium. Runners love to brag about the simplicity of running. As the saying goes, All ... Read on »
How I Ran 100 Miles: A Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Race Report by TheHaySay Posted in: Blog Posts in Running When running along the ridge line of the Massanutten Mountains, you immediately feel a sense of history. Everything about these mountains are old, from the rocks, to t ... Read on »
Pre-Race Pressures: 3 Simple Coping Techniques by TheHaySay Posted in: Blog Posts in Running The days leading up to any big race can be tough. Not only are you feeling antsy from running less due to the taper and nervous about your goal, you’re also deal ... Read on »
Friday Footnotes: Inspiration Comes in Many Forms by TheHaySay Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Note from Doug: This is the first installment of a new series I’m calling Friday Footnotes. A few times each month we’ll be releasing an additional post, sometimes from me ... Read on »
How I’m Preparing for a 100 Mile Ultramarathon by TheHaySay Posted in: Blog Posts in Running With the taper period for the upcoming underway, I think it’s fair to say that sh*t’s getting real. As well it should, being just 10 days away. And as the r ... Read on »
4 Obvious Tricks That Will Make You A Stronger and Faster Runner by TheHaySay Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Yesterday I stumbled upon an interesting TedTalk by David Epstein titled “Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better, Stronger?” If you haven’t seen it, I’d recommend ... Read on »
Reflections from the Bel Monte Endurance 50 Miler by TheHaySay Posted in: Blog Posts in Running In just 22 days, I’ll be running somewhere in the Massanutten Mountain range, attempting my first 100 mile ultramarathon. Just 22 days. It seems like a lifet ... Read on »
The Perfect Pre-Race (or Long Run) Meal by TheHaySay Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Knowing what to eat and when to eat it before, during, and after a race or long workout is one of the biggest question marks new runners have. Throughout training we h ... Read on »
An Ode to Rock Creek Park by TheHaySay Posted in: Blog Posts in Running A few weeks ago Andy Jones-Wilkins wrote a piece on iRunFar titled . In it he talks about how we as runners are often inspired by the epic mountain adventures o ... Read on »
The Benefits of Facing Your Vulnerabilities (And How I’m Doing Just That) by TheHaySay Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Vulnerability. It’s a scary thing. It’s mile 42 of my first 50 mile race. I’m hot, tired, delirious, and scared. My friend is pacing me, doing the best he can to keep ... Read on »
Why We Get Back Up (and Stories of How Even the Best Runners Tumble) by TheHaySay Posted in: Blog Posts in Running This is a guest post from . Whenever I tell people I’ve been running for nearly 20 years, they’re baffled. If you’re only 26 years old, does that mean you’ve bee ... Read on »
Injury Free Running Isn’t Just a Myth: Interview with Coach Jason Fitzgerald by TheHaySay Posted in: Blog Posts in Running True or False: Injuries are a part of running. That was the first question I asked running coach Jason Fitzgerald during a recent interview, which I’ve shared th ... Read on »
Ultimate Direction AK Race Vest 2.0 Review by TheHaySay Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Hydration system preferences are about as subjective as running shoes.  In other words, every single runner has a strong feeling about what they like and don’t like, but n ... Read on »
Running and Thinking: Why We Do Our Best Thinking During Exercise by TheHaySay Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Someone recently shared with me a video call .  In the video, the filmmakers spontaneously interview runners mid-run about life, relationships, why they run, and a n ... Read on »
What an Average Runner Can Learn From the Winter Olympics by TheHaySay Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I’m not a huge sports guy.  I can hold my own when I find myself in the middle of a sports-related conversation, but unless we’re talking about the Nationals, it’s rare to ... Read on »
How to Reenter After Taking A Break From Running by TheHaySay Posted in: Blog Posts in Running This post was written by One of my favorite races of the year is coming up this weekend. And I won’t be there. In truth, I could be there, but I cannot brin ... Read on »
What Runners Really Think: Secrets Revealed by TheHaySay Posted in: Blog Posts in Running We all have them.  Those little secrets, or thoughts, or maybe even judgments that we don’t like to share with our non-runner friends. Not because we are mean, but bec ... Read on »