How to Go From a 17:00 5k Runner to a 2:25 Marathoner: Lessons From an All-American

I sat down with my good friend Adam Fitzgerald (no relation) to talk running and got a helluva interview. Adam is a Division III Cross Country All-American who’s run 2:25 in the marathon. But his freshman year in …

No Track? No Problem! 5 Running Workouts You Can Run Anywhere

Being a distance runner who competed in high school and college track, I’ve spent a lot of time running in circles. I remember my time on the outdoor track fondly. It’s where I’ve sweat, bled, and laid it all …

Summer Training = Fast Fall Racing

Running in the heat and humidity of summer presents a lot of challenges to runners. The constant sweat, the tough workouts, and the scorching sun make summer training difficult. I know that I had to cut a few workouts …

Race Recap: Run Geek Run! (plus $25 to a lucky reader)

On Saturday, September 18 I raced in the Run Geek Run! 8k in West Potomac Park, Washington, DC. This was the second time that I raced on this small, man-made peninsula in DC and it’s now one of my …

Get Faster on Race Day: Race Your Best by Knowing Your Pre-Race Personality

One of the most important aspects of racing well is the mental side of running. Being mentally prepared to run a race is much different than lacing up your shoes to head out for a daily distance run. It’s …

Fitz’s Training Journal: August 9 – September 5, 2010

This month was up and down in terms of training volume and workouts. The beginning of the training block was my taper before the Sea Isle 10 Mile Run and then I took a full 7 days off. I …

Strength Exercises for Runners: It’s Time to Level Up Your Running

Running injuries happen for so many reasons – aggressive mileage increases, running too fast on your easy days, poor running form, muscle imbalances, and lack of recovery between hard workouts. Do you notice a theme here? All of these

Minimalist Running Shoes, Injuries, and Qualifying for Boston: An Interview with Runblogger’s Pete Larson

One of the most difficult decisions a runner has to make is what to put on their feet. There are countless options out there, from bulky motion-control shoes to neutral trainers and finally, barefoot.

How do you know what’s …

Creating Vibrant Health (For Runners!): An Interview with Matt Gartland

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about why so many new runners get injured or give up on running within a month or two of starting to run. Beginning runners feel overwhelmed with the amount of information out there, …

Can Competitive Distance Running Be Part of a Healthy Lifestyle?

I’ve been a distance runner for 12 great years, transitioning from high school to college and now I’m training myself.  I started running about 20 miles per week and have gradually built up my endurance capacity to handle 90