Training Journals

Tweet “Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.” – John Bingham I’m on the left, rocking a sweet calf stretch. July’s training was inconsistent but overall […]

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Tweet Recently I asked a running friend of mine, “Quick, gut reaction answer: what is my potential in the marathon in the next three years?” He answered, “2:33, give or take.” Then came the qualifier. He added, “IF you do some real high volume training, you have the potential to run low 2:30’s.” It seems […]

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Tweet Finding your training sweet spot can be the holy grail of training. You’ll always know when to push yourself, when to back off the effort level, and how to enjoy running more than ever. So what’s a training sweet spot anyways? Simple: it’s when your workouts and volume are at a comfortable level for […]

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Tweet Passion. Inspiration. Drive. Excitement. Motivation. Why do I feel none of this? I have a confession: my running is not where it should be. During the last month, I neglected the little things like core exercises, sleep, a good diet, and flexibility work. I enjoyed a few more beers than was reasonable and spent […]

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Tweet Every month on Strength Running I write a review of the previous month’s training – what worked, what didn’t, my failures and successes. My hope is that you can learn from my training to improve your own. I’m going to do something a little different today: open a Q&A in the comment section about […]

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Tweet [Reminder: I'm giving away a free month of personalized coaching! If you want in, check out the details here.] “In football, you might get your bell rung, but you go in with the expectation that you might get hurt, and you hope to win and come out unscathed.  As a distance runner, you know […]

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Tweet September – what a month! Lots of lessons to be learned and milestones to be celebrated. First, September was my highest volume month of 2011! I ran 342 miles, or an average of about 80 miles per week. This is awesome news since it comes about 2.5 months before the Philadelphia Marathon. The work […]

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Tweet It’s game time. The Philadelphia Marathon is on November 20, only 76 short days away. This is week seven of my 17 week training plan. I’ve already had to alter my schedule based on my original program, which highlights the importance of flexibility and changing things on the fly. Even though you’re supposed to […]

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Tweet July started with a bang with 82 miles in the first seven days. And it ended in a whimper: only 199 miles for the month. But I had a great reason for running so little: I got married and went to Hawaii for two weeks! The wedding was on July 9 and we left […]

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Tweet Every month on Strength Running I provide an overview of my training, key workouts, and any races that I run. If you want to see what my training looks like on a daily basis, you can follow me on Dailymile. June was a solid month of getting back into heavier training. With my college reunion […]

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