Training Design

Tweet Doug Hay is a 5-time ultramarathon finisher and the creator of the trail running blog, Rock Creek Runner. Just recently he finished the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run. He is also the co-host of the No Meat Athlete Radio podcast, author of Discover Your Ultramarathon, and his work has been featured in Competitor, Outside Magazine, and Washingtonian […]

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Tweet Rarely do we take a meaningful amount of time and step back from the bustle of our daily lives to reflect on our accomplishments and progresss. But it’s a valuable tool that can help you stay on track with all of your goals. Author Chris Guillebeau performs his own annual review to evaluate his personal and professional […]

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Tweet Isn’t it funny that when something isn’t working, most of us just “buckle down” and try harder (even if you’re lost doing the wrong thing)? But often “what got you here, won’t get you there.” So if you’ve hit a plateau and are stagnating, running the same times and getting frustrated, doing more of the […]

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Tweet A few weeks ago a runner emailed me and said: “I started running a few weeks ago and I’m up to 9 miles per week with a 4 mile long run. I’m also working on increasing the run portion (I’m walking every few minutes) of all my runs. I signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon […]

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Tweet Summer training ain’t easy. With skyrocketing temperatures, high humidity, and scorching sun it can feel like it’s impossible to get in a good run. A long run or fast workout is hard enough. What about a RACE? Like a friend of mine always says: In the heat, I don’t compete! Even if you just run […]

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Tweet Do you want to run a new personal best? To race faster than you ever have before – with just one weird old trick? Sorry, there is no trick. There’s no #weightlosshack, #diethack or #fitnesshack. There are no shortcuts. Magic workouts or secrets to success don’t exist. There’s just hard work – and a […]

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Tweet A few years ago, my wife and I took our honeymoon to Hawaii. As you can see, I had an awesome time: Running was last on my to-do list (and my wife would have killed me if I was running 80+ miles per week during our trip) but as soon as we returned, I was still […]

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Tweet Stuck in a rut? Tired of running the same loop at the same pace (in the same shoes) while training for the same race? Fear not, fellow runner. I’ve got strategies up the wazoo to help you spice up your running and inject some flair into your training. See, I’ve been there myself. There have […]

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Tweet Tune-up races are tough – especially before a marathon. So I’m psyched about my race at this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Washington, DC. With five weeks to go before the Boston Marathon, I’m deep in the midst of training: 80+ mile weeks, grueling long runs, and workouts that seem to go […]

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Tweet Last Christmas, I treated myself to a Garmin 610. After wearing it for less than 3 weeks, I haven’t worn it since. I like it, though. It has a ton of cool features. The display is attractive. It looks a helluva lot better than my $30 Timex. But after 15+ years of competitive running […]

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