How to Sleep Better, Faster, Longer: The Ultimate Guide to Hacking Your Sleep

July 24, 2014

Tweet “I call them business meetings,” pro marathoner Ryan Hall once said about his daily nap. Ryan is the fastest American marathoner and half marathoner of all-time and is so adamant about his regular nap that he insists it’s part of his job: “Everyone else seems to call their afternoon shuteye ‘naps.’ I call them […]

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The Importance of a Running Annual Review (here’s one of mine too)

July 21, 2014

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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9 Reasons You’re Running Slow (and how to fix them to get faster)

July 14, 2014

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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When Are You Ready to Run a Marathon?

July 9, 2014

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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The 13 Weirdest Things Runners Do

July 2, 2014

Tweet If you run, you’re probably a huge weirdo. But don’t worry, I am too – and there’s safety in numbers so I’m glad you’re here! After running for 16 years, my life has become progressively weirder. Not only do I do things that normal folks think are unbelievable / weird / crazy / stupid, […]

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The 5 Traits of a Good Running Coach (and when you should think twice)

June 26, 2014

Tweet In the fall of 2001 after the season’s first home cross country race, I went on a four mile warm-down with a few other runners from the Varsity team. After the run as we were recounting our battle stories from the race, one of the track coaches walked by and asked why we were at […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Running in the Heat This Summer

June 19, 2014

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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What’s the Ideal Runner’s Diet Plan? Matt Fitzgerald Says…

June 16, 2014

Tweet The other day I had dinner with a registered dietitian who also has a Masters in Public Health. After my second Coke, I felt the need to explain that I don’t normally drink soda. Even though I was all jacked up from the the sugar and caffeine rushing through my system, I felt guilty. Yes, […]

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Inspiration on Tap: The Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half & Festival

June 11, 2014

Tweet I’ll admit: I’m in a slump. Motivation is low and the only inspiration to run I’ve had recently was when the scale showed an extra ten pounds. The desire to train after any marathon, particularly an overwhelmingly emotional one like Boston, will likely be small. It’s normal. You feel like you’re in a rut and […]

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6 Workouts That Make Running Fast Easier

June 5, 2014

Tweet The best way to get faster actually has nothing to do with speed. Just run more and you’ll gain the endurance to run faster races. But instead of standing on my soapbox yelling about high mileage all the time (my wife has warned me to keep my voice down), I’m going to share several types […]

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