Endurance Training Q&A: How Do I Run Faster for Longer?

March 11, 2014

Tweet Pop quiz: what is the most reliable way to run faster? What could you start doing immediately to become a faster runner? The answer is relatively simple: most runners just need to run more. Even if you’re running 5k races, you’re an endurance athlete. You need endurance training to achieve your potential and that includes high […]

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The Lost Art of Running By Feel (and Why I Dislike GPS Watches)

March 6, 2014

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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Hoka Running Shoes: Maximalism and The Rapa Nui 2 Review

March 3, 2014

Tweet The latest evolution of the running shoe industry is what many are calling maximalism. I’m undecided if I actually like the term “maximalist” but I’ll use it because most runners understand the type of shoe the term implies. These shoes are typically highly cushioned. But other than that one similarity, it’s hard to lump all […]

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The Beginner’s Guide to Ultra Running: How to Run Your First Ultramarathon

February 25, 2014

Tweet In 2012, I nearly convinced a friend to run a 6 day, 120 mile trail race in the Rocky Mountains that reaches an altitude of over 12,500 feet. That race is the Transrockies Run, a mostly singletrack ultra that includes nearly 20,000 feet of elevation gain. Needless to say, it’s a daunting endeavor. And […]

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My Surprising Reading List: Extinctions, Rituals, and Drugs

February 20, 2014

Tweet Every week I share actionable coaching advice that can help you become a better runner. But where do I get ideas for the 400+ articles I’ve written? Click to Tweet: “Read more books! Here are 4 ideas from @JasonFitz1″ Most of them come from the usual suspects: Over 15 years of competitive running experience […]

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How to Train for a Marathon: Jay Johnson on Long Runs, Cutback Weeks, and Maximizing Your Potential

February 18, 2014

Tweet There’s no shortage of information about how to train for a marathon. Just search the web and you’ll find countless marathon plans, articles, and advice. But if your goal is to do more than simply finish, what advice should you trust? If you want to run a big marathon PR – maybe even a 100+ minute […]

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How to Return to Running After an Injury

February 11, 2014

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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Q&A with Coach: How do I Avoid Muscle Imbalances?

February 6, 2014

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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How I Got an Achilles Injury (my first injury in 5 years)

February 3, 2014

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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How to Use Your “Training Age” to Plan Smarter Workouts

January 30, 2014

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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