Category: training

Sometimes, You Need to Push Through.

Most of the time if you’re not feeling good, feel the beginnings of an injury, or are just flat, you should back off or even skip a workout or a run. Many times I’ve made it to the end of the block to only walk back to the house because something just wasn’t right.  Very …

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Process Goals: The Road to Running Mastery

US Women's Steeple Team

Running is most certainly about getting fast times and it’s also about mastery of a process. In terms of fast times, none of us will win every race that we enter. We won’t run personal bests at all of our races either. Not even most of them. Wins and personal bests are extremely rare occurrances …

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The Magic of Strides

When I first started running seriously back in high school we would do 10 strides at the beginning and end of just about every practice. I didn’t know why we were doing them just that coach said to do it and everyone else was doing them so I complied. What are strides you ask? They are …

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Learning from races

Training Adjustment

I recently did a half marathon. I knew that I was not anywhere near PR shape. What I really didn’t know was how far out from that I was. I planned the race as if I was at PR shape so I could gauge how far off I was. Some could say that I planned …

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What Does it Take to Race Well: Part III – A Race Plan

Race Planning

Introduction Racing well is a goal that many of us have. Whether you want to place in your age group or finally hit that PR in your favorite, local, half marathon, racing well is one of the things that many of us are working towards. Previously I talked about training and race day logistics. Today …

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What Does it Take to Race Well: Part I – Training

Racing well is a goal that many of us have. Whether you want to place in your age group or finally hit that PR in your favorite, local half marathon, racing well is one of the things that many of us are working towards. Today and in the next few posts,  I’m going to talk …

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Breaking out of a rut

If you are anything like me, once you find something that works or gets good results, you keep doing it. One of my favorite sayings is, “Don’t reinvent the wheel, just roll it.” This philosophy can get me into trouble with my running. Our bodies adapt to training stress during recovery and rest. If you …

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Training errors and injuries

There is a school of thought in the running world that trainings errors are the primary cause of injuries. I for one don’t buy it and I will tell you why. The idea behind training errors is that you have some magical progression or volume level that if you adhere to you will never get …

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I’m not a bucket list coach

Recently a friend of mine signed up for a marathon and asked me for some training advice. He said that he was “not becoming a runner” and that the marathon was a bucket list item for him. There are lots of reasons why people run. I get it. The problem is that the marathon doesn’t …

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The Marathon Difference

It’s been a while. I have to say that the experience I had on my last marathon has affected me more than I realized. As I reflect on this and prepare to do CIM this December I have some thoughts that may be useful to some of you. Essentially the marathon is a different creature …

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