“Mise-en-place” is one of the fundamental steps of the cooking process. It’s a basic tenet of professional cooking and is, thanks to the explosion of food media over the last two decades or so, a term many home cooks know as well.
A conjugation of the French mettre en place, which means “to put in place” or “to prepare,” mise-en-place means to prepare your station and your ingredients before beginning to cook a recipe. If you think of cooking as preparing food, doing your mise-en-place first means that you’re preparing to prepare food.
(I’ve even heard chefs refer to “preparing…
My colleagues are incredible technologists who know their products inside and out. Technology companies are all filled with people like this, and that’s why there are so many great products and services in the tech space. It’s also why much of the help documentation supporting those products and services is just so … bad.
I see this situation all the time: Companies, having worked hard to cultivate a warm relationship with their customers, throw it all away once those customers start having questions or experiencing issues. …
Imagine this scenario: You’re close to two hours into a long run, approaching your turnaround point. It’s hot. Beyond hot, really. Scorching: dry, pounding heat, the sort that turns clay into dust. For every single minute of your run, there’s been a mountain standing prominently and ominously just off to your right.
They call it Mount Diablo.
You’re not hungover, exactly, but you’re not not hungover. After all, you work in a restaurant and last night, a Saturday, you didn’t get home until one in the morning, your mind still racing, and as always, you had a beer or three…
Strava is a useful tool, allowing athletes to record their activities and connect to others. Its dual role as both activity tracker and social network has helped it become enormously popular.
I’ve used it for years. Through 2020, Strava was one of three apps I use to track my activities. (The others are Garmin, which actually records it, and MapMyRun, which I use mostly as a legacy app because it has my lifetime data going back over a decade.) I haven’t been running lately, but until recently, I was still using it to record yoga sessions and other workouts.
Heart rate training can be valuable. Knowing your target heart rates for different types of runs can help you make sure you’re not working too hard on easy runs — or too easy on hard runs.
Since most of your running should be easy, it’s important to know that you’re not going too hard on those easy days. And if you decide to crank the pace once or twice a week, knowing your target heart rates can help you find the right level of hard.
Television has never been a big part of my life, at least not since my high school days obsessively watching The O.C. But that changed recently.
Somehow, running has made me watch more TV than ever these days. And somehow, watching TV gets me even more excited to run.
Or one commercial does. It’s not a new commercial, but as I’ve started to watch more TV, I’ve started seeing it more and more. And I don’t mind, because it encourages me to run almost every day.
Oh, the joys of being a runner with a sensitive stomach.
Gastrointestinal issues run in my family. I, however, am the only one of us foolish enough to pick a sport where GI problems are so common there’s a universally-accepted euphemism for them. I’m talking, of course, about the dreaded runner’s trots.
I’ve developed a number of strategies for dealing with the trots, which I’ve collected here for you.
This advice comes from years of trial and error. And by that, I mean that for years, at least one run a week ended with me shuffling, pinching everything closed, praying…
Garmin is down. As of this writing, it’s been down for nearly three days. The company was hit by a ransomware attack on July 23, and its services like Garmin Connect have been unavailable since that time.
It sucks for Garmin above all — they’re a company that makes good products that many runners, cyclists, and other athletes find invaluable. And judging from what my friends are saying in their Instagram stories and on Twitter, it sucks for those athletes, too. As consumers, we expect technology to work pretty much all day. …
There’s beauty in simplicity. That thought often pops into my head when I’m running, because this is the simplest sport of all.
In our sport, all you need to do to practice is step out your front door and start running. You only need one piece of equipment — shoes — and even that is optional for some people. You don’t even need to run hard to get better at our sport: one of the best ways to improve is to take it easy.
It’s all so simple, and that’s part of the beauty of running.
It can be hard to know how fast you should run. If you’re in your base phase, the answer is easy: Run easy and have fun with it. But if you’re training for a race or even just working towards certain fitness goals, sometimes it’s hard to know what paces you should be targeting in any particular run.
That’s where a good pace calculator comes in. A pace calculator is a simple but extraordinarily helpful tool for training.
A pace calculator is a tool you can use to calculate your paces. (Sorry, I’ve clearly forgotten that rule from grade school…