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The Principles of Fat Burning

Posted by John Carlson on January 28, 2015 under Running Tips | Be the First to Comment

A well balanced cardiovascular conditioning program, which involves running is a crucial element to burn body fat. Walking is excellent, although nothing burns better than a program of running. Now, that being said there is one other key factor to fat burning. This factor or principle involves food consumption and how it is processed in the body. Our diet plays a huge role in the fat burning process. Let’s take a look at the fat burning process and how it relates to exercise and food consumption.


Take a look at your overall training routine, ask yourself “can I increase my work outs?” For example, if you work out two days, go to three, or if you run for half an hour, increase it to 45 minutes to an hour. The longer we extend our training routine the more fat is burned. We are not talking about more intense as much as we are talking about slower and longer. Large chunks of fat burning takes place with slower movements held at longer periods. To spike and add flavor to the routine introduce Interval training, that is, alternating bursts of intense activity with bursts of lighter activity such as speed work. This movement increases calorie burn, which in turn will motivate fat burn. Alternate between days of high intensity to slow and easy long runs. Cross training is also an option such as including an hour on a stationary bike.

Build Muscle

The body burns fat in concert with muscle development. Get into a weight training routine. Developing muscle increases the metabolism resulting in fat burn. Engage in a weight training program three times a week for just a half hour a day. For a runner this is a perfect cross training time period. Work the full body to build a balance physique. It is not critical to build a huge body of muscles, just get lean.


The nutritional fat fighting grub team are whole grains, lean protein, plenty of fruits, nuts, and vegetables.  Small frequent meals are key to burning fat and losing weight. Plan to eat six to eight small meals a day, separate the dining times every two hours. The body goes into starve mode if it is not fed in two hours, which promotes the storage of fat. Eating every two hours will keep you out of the starve mode, which satisfies the body and increases the metabolism. Choose to eat your veggies whole as compared to blending them. The digestion process of whole veggies such as carrots or broccoli help promote calorie burn.


Drink plenty of water. Sometimes we get lost as to how much we are drinking. The best way to record water intake is to have a measured container of fluid, such as a gallon of water. This keeps one accountable on how much to consume in a day. My preference is a gallon a day.  I start out with a full gallon and drink till empty by the end of day. Water is a fat emulsifier aiding in the fat burning process. As you drink water feel the fat melting off your body. Drink a minimum of 64 ounces a day or 8 glasses.


Foods low in sugar content and carbohydrates aid in the fat burning process. The body burns the easy energy source first, which is the sugars. If there is little to no sugar in the system the body burns the fat source. Just a note the longer the workout the more chance the fat will be used as the main fuel. This is why an easy slow movement performed at a longer period such as the long run burns the fat.

Sample fat burning plan


Dine with all four food groups going light on the carbs and no process sugar, carbs should be consumed before 1 pm. Eat six to eight light meals every two hours instead of the three big meals a day. Stay away from process sugars, soda, and alcohol.


Seek a well balance plan of intense cardio mixed with slow and easy long runs. Add a weight training program to build muscle three times a week.



Happy Running!

Happy Fat Burning!

John Carlson
Coach RRCW

Cold Weather

Posted by John Carlson on January 14, 2015 under Running Tips | Be the First to Comment

There has been some hints of very cold weather breaking the silence of winter wondering.  Keeping our training strong in cold weather can be difficult, but it is possible. When it comes to running in the cold, “there are no bad days, just the challenging need to make adjustments.” Running in the cold requires extra thought in the clothes we wear. Running in the cold requires meditation on safe practices. The following information is the most common tips about running in the cold transferred in a simple check list.

Tips for running in the cold:

  • Tread mill: Runners are very committed athletes with special characters that motivate them to success. Treadmills help to increase the frequency of your workouts. When the weather gets cold, rainy, and dark with two feet of snow runners can continue their training on these glorious machines. The love of running guides us to the ultimate goals in precise training. The tread mill allows the athlete to be aware of pace, heart rate, and stride. Remember that it takes a special person to stay committed to training. Providing the correct tools is a tremendous help to keep your training a success.
  • Feel cold: it is important when dressing for the freezing temps to feel cold the first mile. Dressing too warm (nice and warm at the start) half-way into the run you will heat up and feel uncomfortable and sweaty. Start the run feeling a little cold and soon you will warm-up to the correct temperature.
  • Wear synthetic clothing: cotton does not breathe well and is heavy when wet.
  • Dress in layers starting with the smaller tighter clothing first, ending with a moister resistant venting cover.
  • Insulated hat and gloves: rule of thumb when our extremities are warm the rest of our body feels warm.
  • Extra traction shoes for the black ice and snow. It is easy to slip and fall while running.
  • Apply lip balm protector and or petroleum products to protect sensitive areas such as lips, cheeks, eye areas.
  • Eye protection, sun glasses especially in bright snow areas.
  • Wear bright reflective clothing or lights to be visible in blind areas and especially at night.

Finally, keep moving, I find it funny when people ask me “isn’t it too cold to run” when they themselves are walking in the same weather. Running in 10-degree weather keeps you warmer then walking in it, so go ahead and run in it! Just be careful and plan your cold weather run with the cold weather check list.


Happy Running!

John K Carlson
Coach RRCW

The Principles of Hydration

Posted by John Carlson on December 24, 2014 under Running Tips | Be the First to Comment

There is no mystery that hydration is most important to a runner’s daily training. Think of the daily consumption of water as an important part of the workout like stretching. Proper hydration increases energy while reducing heat related symptoms. Hydration is the key to a successful run, it is health to your flesh and strength to your bones.

Staying hydrated is a positive lean toward a great performance in training, more importantly, directing the path to the prevention of heat-related illnesses. Your day should start out first thing in the morning with 16 oz. of water. Most importantly drink a 16oz about an hour before your run. To make sure you’re hydrated before you start running, keep drinking small amounts of water around 6-8 oz. up to the start of the run.

In preparation for a long run or marathon it is important to start the hydration process a couple of days before. Drink half to a gallon of water each day up to the run. A great indicator of a well hydrated body is to see clear or pale urine. If your urine is dark color this will indicate the need to increase the water consumption. Avoid alcohol it dehydrates your body.

Dehydration or lake of proper fluid intake can lead to heat related illnesses. Signs or symptoms are headaches, lack of coordination, distortion, and cramping. Runners need to pay attention to what and how much they’re drinking before, during, and after exercise. This is an important practice that aids in the avoidance of heat exhaustion or stroke, which can lead to death.

The current intelligence on fluid consumption during your run is 4 to 6 ounces of fluid every 20 minutes. More intense workouts such as speed work, the runner should drink 6 to 8 ounces every 20 minutes. During long runs ten-miles or more, some of the fluid intake should be a sports drink to replace sodium and electrolytes. The carbohydrates and electrolytes in the sports drinks also help you absorb the fluids faster.

“A Cool way” to measure your water intake by the sweat loss

To determine your sweat rate, which is a measurement of how much fluid a person needs to take in during a run. Weigh yourself before a run, and then again after the run. One pound of weight loss equals 1 pint of water loss. Calculation example: if you lose one-pound during an hour run, you would need one-pint to replace the fluid loss. The runner needs a small four-oz. every 15-minutes of running to keep up with the loss of fluid for an hour run. Remember that the runner needs to do this test on different times of the seasons allowing for moderate to extreme heat conditions for accurate measurement.

Drinking Principles

Principle 1: Staying Hydrated is most important to a runner’s daily routine. A gallon of water a day is what the doctor ordered. This is a great motto to use to measure the quantity of fluid intake. Of course you may not need a gallon a day, but a good rule of thumb is to sip water all day long and especially before and after a run. Get into obedience of drinking a measured amount of water every day. Principle 2: If your urine is dark yellow after your run, you need to keep rehydrating. It should be a light lemonade color or clear. Principle 3: Wisdom and understanding “obey your thirst” drink when your mouth is dry and when you feel the need to drink. Drink before runs and make sure you have access to fluids if running longer than 30 minutes.


Happy Drinking!

Oops I mean “Happy Running”


John Carlson
Coach RRCW

Breathing Capacity

Posted by John Carlson on December 10, 2014 under Running Tips | Be the First to Comment

The physical ability to run a 5k, marathon or even moving around from place to place improves in relation to your level of breathing capacity. Producing of fruit doesn’t stop there, higher oxygen capacity increases cardio health which reduces the risk of perishing health. Folks, there is no mystery on how to improve breathing capacity, we need interval training. The purpose of interval training or speed work is to improve your VO-2max, which is accompanied by stride frequency turn over, resulting in a faster and more comfortable race pace.

The specific endurance movement called “speed work” is responsible for increasing aerobic endurance and improving pace while yielding a faster finish time at a more relaxed state of the run. The goal of speed work is to increase VO-2 max performance. VO-2 max is simply the body’s ability to convert oxygen into energy more efficiently, or in simple terms to increase the body’s breathing capacity. Increasing VO-2 max strengthens the heart’s ability to deliver more oxygen while improving the leg muscle’s efficiency in converting oxygen into energy.  VO-2 max is measured in millimeters of oxygen per kilogram of body weight per minute. The more oxygen your muscles are able to consume while engaged in the run, the stronger the energy levels are put into the muscles allowing the body to move faster and longer in distance.

Through years of imperical study involving the VO-2 max, the shining structure of training reveals that we need to perform very hard exercise for 3-8 minutes with a slow recovery movement in-between multiple sets. For best results perform these sessions (speed work) twice a week. To determine your speed work pace take your 5K pace per mile minus 10-seconds. For example if you’re 5K pace is 8:00 then run your speed work at 7:50. The speed work structure is short runs of high intensity training. Let’s take a look at some example work-outs

Speed work examples

Yasso 800’s- perform on a quarter mile track (preferred) or measure out a half-mile length on trail or road. 800 meters is a half-mile distance. Take your 5K pace per mile and divide in half minus 05 seconds that is your 800 meter repeat finish time. Run a mile warm-up then three to ten sets of 800’s. Start out at three repeats and work your way up weekly to eventually 10 sets. Place a two–three minute recovery jog in-between the sets with a mile easy cool down after the work out.

200 Meter repeats-Perform these repeats at a faster pace (sprinting) or close to it. Again on a quarter mile track the 200 meter is half the distance of the track. Warm-up first, then sprint the 200 meter followed by a one-lap cool down. Repeat 3-12 times according to your work-out and training level.

One Mile Repeats- Just what it says; this is a one-mile repeat at the same pace stated above. Perform this work-out when you have at least six yasso sessions under your belt. The one-mile repeat is an advance speed work session that WILL (if performed correctly) get you ready for a PR. I call this the magic speed work, because this workout if done correctly is the best way to accomplish your race goal. Again track preferred, but a measured one-mile stretch is ok. Begin with a one-mile warm-up then perform three to six one-mile repeats with a two to three minute slow jog or walk recovery in between ending with a half mile cool down. Warning this workout will put you to bed early! Please stretch and eat your recovery meal immediately after this workout.

The party pack work-out- mix all these routines together in a ladder formation. Start with the longest movement and work your way down to the shorter distance. Increasing the speed in the shorter movements completing two sets of each. Proper recovery jog/run in-between sets.

ALWAYS drink your WATER at least a gallon a day when training heavily.

There you have it folks, increase your breathing capacity! Love you all!

Happy Running!

John K Carlson
Coach RRCW

Thank You

Posted by John Carlson on November 26, 2014 under Running Tips | Comments are off for this article

Life develops at a deeper level when one inclines their ear to wisdom and understanding. False simplicity turning into a show of pride downgrades the true richness of our lives. This time of year can remind us that wisdom and understanding is produced by humbling ourselves and giving thanks. The RRCW is more than a run club, it is a source of light for people who shall give thanks.

I would like to personally thank the RRCW for the opportunity to fellowship, coach, and participate in community runs. Above and beyond the action of running is the graciousness of the RRCW organizers who care and serve with wisdom and understanding. I mean they truly care! We give thanks to Vic and Maria for organizing the Fun Runs, and opening up their home hosting the after fun run fellowship events. Another special thanks goes to the officers of the RRCW John Carter, Ron Riskie, Anita Campbell, Mary Carter, Geoff Shute, and Terry Dennen who facilitate the technical assistance, and planning that is done behind the scenes. Wisdom is also shown by the members of the team who consistently show up supporting the club and help with organizing events. The main strength reflecting the club is a watering hole in which all the members gather together to share thoughts, ideas, and yes wisdom that applies our hearts to understanding.

The Philadelphia marathon, which took place this month, was energized with true diligent warriors. Words were not needed to express the inward tone of the heart witnessing the sharing and caring among the competitors. Just the simple fact of lining up in the corral allows runners to acquire more wisdom and understanding relating to the powerful paths of running. Encouraging words of inspiration and support echoed throughout the whole event. Communicating advice to new runners of what to expect, and what to bring to the marathon from race alumnus is priceless. The homeless as well were thankful for the marathon. Thousands of runners wearing throw off clothes to keep warm proceeding the start lined up in their assigned corrals, then donated their clothing by leaving the items behind for the needy.

The definition of success is not how much stuff and money you accumulate, it is how many people on earth are better off because you exist. The gracious help and love you provide to others is the source of all success, which is immersed in true loving principles. So I say thank you to the RRCW and its members who are responsible in helping people acquire wisdom and understanding through the strong vehicle of running. Many people, organizations, and communities are better off because RRCW exist. So I want to say “THANK YOU.”

Happy Running!

John Carlson
Coach RRCW