Category: training

Are your metrics holding you back?

Today I want to talk a little bit about the numbers and data that we pay attention to as runners. I’ve said before that I love my Garmin and upload my data to a number of sites. Most sites have a lot of the same base data and then some specific charts and graphs. Your …

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Surfacing: Not deep enough

Book Review: Surfacing by Siri Lindley and Julia Julia Beeson Polloreno I really wanted to love this book (I pre-ordered it back in August). I’m a huge fan of Siri Lindley, both her accomplishments as an athlete and as a coach are crazy impressive. She came back from not making the Olympic triathlon team to dominate …

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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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Inertia

Inertia is the most powerful force in the world. If something is moving, it likes to keep moving. Really. I say this as it has been about six weeks since my marathon and I have only run once. When I’m in the thick of a training schedule it’s easy for me to run. Once I …

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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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Review: How Bad Do You Want It

How Bad Do You Want It

In How Bad do You Want It, Matt Fitzgerald does a remarkable job at telling the stories of several endurance athletes and communicating the mental coping skills that can potentially take you to the next level. If this book was all stories it would still be worth the read. Fitzgerald really does that good of …

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Running Injuries

Much has been written about running injuries. Most of the information out there tells you to simply take everything slow in terms of increasing mileage, intensity, and frequency of running. In my experience this advice is woefully inadequate. When I first started running seriously in high school I got a stress fracture almost immediately. Was …

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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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Develop a Running Habit

There is a lot written about online and such about being motivated to run. About being inspired.  Here’s my take: motivation is for beginners. Inspiration is for dabblers. If you wait until you feel like doing it you’re adding another hurdle to just getting out there and running. Now you not only have to run …

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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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