The World’s Quickest Coach’s Chat

Simplicity is always the best choice. Unless you’re a guru of course. In that case, Vern Gambetta says you should:

Make everything as complex as possible. If you are not sure, make it more complicated.

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Today I’m going to do something different.

I’m going to do the world’s quickest Coach’s Chat. Ready? Let’s go!

Can you recommend a good pair of running shoes? No, it depends on what YOU like! Check out my top shoe reviews here.

How should I fuel my long runs before a marathon? Mimic what you’re going to do on race day.

What strength exercises should I do? Follow this program. Or at least do this and this.

I want to run faster! Run more and do a weekly workout.

Can I run more than two marathons a year? Not to your full potential. Be more patient and focus on shorter races in between.

I’ve never run any fast workouts, how should I start? With a few weeks of strides and then easy fartlek runs.

Is running on your forefoot more efficient? No, it’s probably best to run on your midfoot. But there’s nothing inherently wrong with a mild heel strike!

How can I qualify for Boston – I’m nowhere close! Read the BQ Blueprint to see how Matt took 100 minutes off his marathon time.

I don’t really like running but I want to lose weight. What should I do? Find something you enjoy – running is not necessary!

I just don’t have time to run… “When you’re interested, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed, you accept no excuses; only results.” – Ken Blanchard

How can I get more motivated? I’m so inconsistent! I have something just for you.

Is CrossFit Endurance a good idea for runners? Not if you want long-term success as a runner. See here and here.

What types of stretching do I need to stay healthy? None – there’s no link between static stretching and injury prevention.

Have you ever coached a woman/guy/older runner/5k runner/marathoner? I’ve coached’em all! Check out some of their results.

What should I do right when I finish a run? Listen to this interview and I’ll tell you…

Do you have another quick question? Leave it in the comments and I’ll give you a quick answer!

Hat tip to Nerd Fitness for giving me the idea for this article!

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  1. Have you/do you run outdoors during the winter? What do you suggest for apparel during winter outdoor running – say 20-35 degrees fahrenheit?

  2. What do you think of the Paleo diet for runners?

    • It could work for some runners. If your goal is more general fitness or weight loss oriented, then it might be a better option for you. But if it’s performance, especially in longer races, then you may need more carbs for optimal results.

  3. Is there any type of formula for returning to running after time off? I’ve been out 2 1/2 weeks waiting impatiently for an injury to heel, and it may be another week or two before I’m running again. I had been running 12-13 miles a week when I had to stop. How slowly will I have to make my way back to 12-13 miles per week and beyond?

    • Hey Chris. There’s no set formula and you’ll have to play it by ear depending on exactly how long you’re out and the severity of the injury. But much longer than 2.5 weeks and you’re running into issues with losing significant fitness. So I’d say you’re looking at 4+ weeks to get back to your normal mileage level. One recommendation: if you can, do a few days of strength work while you’re not running. It will make coming back to running easier.

  4. Ice bath after running. I have never done this, but you recommended it after a 1/2 marathon. I will be far from home. What about filling a large, clean trash can with ice and water and standing in it to my waist? Will that do the trick, assuming I can stand having certain body parts in water that cold for 15-20 minutes?

  5. I bought your stress free 1/2 marathon training plan, but my race isn’t until May 2014. I’m a little scared to keep building up my mileage 12 weeks straight, so my goal is to get up to a 9 mile long run at least 3 times before January when the real training starts. Also, I’m thinking of adding in a week of reduced mileage 3 times during the plan, so increasing the 12 week to 15 weeks. I’ve been running for 14 months, I’m 57 and prior to starting, never run more than a mile. Now, I’m up to 8 miles long run, and my weekly total is about 18 and building. So, does this sound like a good modification?

  6. What’s the best training between marathons, if they are 10 to 12 weeks apart?

    • Ideally you’d have more time in between – like 6 months! But if you’re set on that plan, I’d take 1-2 weeks off completely, then gradually return to your normal level of training with a focus on maintenance running and just a handful of long runs.


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