Tag: running

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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Run your Race

Most of us don’t pay our bills by running. It’s important to us but my kids still get to eat if I don’t race well. Unless you’re running with the likes of Mo Farah or Molly Huddle or Shalayne Flanagan, you’re running against yourself, the person that you look in the mirror every day. That’s …

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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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Murphy’s Marathon

Cool 3D medal from the Santa Rosa Marathon

This past weekend I ran the Santa Rosa Marathon. This was Murphy’s Marathon for me. Just about everything that could go wrong went wrong on the this race day. It started out with me waking up late because I did not hear my alarm. I’m in the habit of setting my alarm on silent so …

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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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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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