Training Design

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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Tweet Of the dozens of questions I get every week, the most common is How do I return to running after an injury? Because injuries are (unfortunately) so abundant – and as runners we love to run – I’m not surprised I get this so frequently. But it’s also exceptionally complex. I always have even more […]

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Tweet Do you have muscle imbalances? Spoiler alert: of course you do! In fact, we all do. Nobody is perfectly symmetrical. We may have a dominant leg, strike the ground harder with one foot, pronate more with one leg, or lean slightly to one particular side. It’s normal – it’s human. And it doesn’t necessarily mean […]

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Tweet For the last five years, I haven’t had a serious running injury. Until recently - when I injured my Achilles tendon by making a slew of poor training decisions… This was a real injury. Not just the very beginning of an injury that a day off and an aggressive treatment approach will fix. Or a sore or […]

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Tweet Do you know your training age? Most runners don’t – but once you do, planning your racing and training becomes a lot easier. Training age is a critical part of planning a runner’s overall training program. It’s why I include it in my Runner Questionnaire for those who get a custom training plan. Without it, […]

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Tweet Over the last several years, I’ve been on a mission to learn the most effective training for runners – so I can help runners like you race faster, get stronger, and stay healthy. I received my coaching education from USA Track & Field – and earned a near perfect score on the test. I’ve […]

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Tweet A few weeks ago I had a haunting conversation with a runner about his injury problems. As he went on about his ITBS… Achilles problems… ankle pain… and even more injuries, I started feeling really bad for this guy. He was clearly dealing with a lot of injuries and was frustrated that they just kept piling […]

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Tweet During the past month I’ve been talking with a lot of runners who completed their fall goal race. They have their “A” race lined up for the Spring… but what should they do now? Taking an off-season – or a maintenance training phase – is a confusing part of the planning process for a […]

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