Tag: training

The Rules

There aren’t a lot of rules to running. For the most part you just get out there and do it. All you need is a desire and maybe a good pair of shoes an you’re all set. With that, there’s a few things that I have learned (and re-learned) over the years that I thought …

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The Power of Coaching

It’s not technical Despite the conventional wisdom, the knowledge a coach has is secondary to his or her effectiveness. That’s right. Knowing the ins and outs of periodization, tempo runs, and intervals on the track are not the primary factors for success as a coach. Information, especially in the age of the internet, is a …

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The Basics: Running by Feel

One of the most difficult aspects of running to master and one that pays arguably the largest dividends is running by feel. I freely admit that I love my Garmin. I upload my data to about 4 different sites. Mainly because each one gives me some data analysis tool that I cannot get anywhere else. I …

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The Basics: Periodization – putting it all together

Periodization is how you put all the training elements together so you can peak on race day. Because the human body is so good at adapting, we need to vary the stimulus throughout the training cycle to keep getting better. If we don’t our fitness will stop improving.There are two basic theories of periodization: linear …

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The Basics: Get Specific

What is specificity in run training? Simply put, specificity is the idea that you won’t become a better runner playing table tennis. Well, it’s more involved than that but that’s the general idea. I have written before about adaptation. Specificity is the key to getting the right adaptation that you want and need to accomplish …

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The Basics: Hard and Easy

How we improve The reason we improve as runners is because our bodies gets stressed through activity and then adapt to the stress during recovery, increasing our level of fitness. In order for adaptation to take place we need to remove the stress allowing the body to recover and move to the new level of …

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