Base Training Fundamentals: 3 Crucial Ingredients in Any Base Phase

Base training (also called the introductory or foundational training period) is the first phase of a training cycle. It’s what prepares runners for the more challenging, race-specific workouts that come later.

Strength Coach Randy Hauer on The Role of Lifting for Runners

Over the last few weeks, I’ve fielded hundreds of lifting questions from runners who all want to know, “How do I lift the right way?

weight lifting for runners

It’s a great question. In fact, it’s THE question!

Knowing how to …

How to Power Clean and Build Explosiveness

The Year of Strength is already one of our most popular – because it’s clear that runners truly value being strong.

Weightlifting

Over the last two weeks we’ve been discovering the truth about how runners should strength train.

We’ve …

Speed Training 101: How to Improve Your Top End Running Speed

During college workouts when my existence shrank into a singularity of suffering and time stalled, I remember laughing at the sprinters. You call THAT a speed workout?!

Speed Training Sprint Development

But it was – and I didn’t know what I was talking …

Dr. Mike Young on Speed Development, Sprinting, and Lifting for Speed

The more complex a movement, the more skill is needed to perform it well. Sprinting is one of those complex movements.

Speed Development Sprinting

There’s no doubt that running as fast as you can – an all-out sprint – requires a high …

Muscle Tension: How to Increase Your “Stiffness” to Race Faster

Muscle tension. The phrase is usually associated with pain, soreness, or even spasms. But can it be a good thing?

Muscle Tension

Yes – muscle tension is actually a very good thing for runners!

But it’s probably a little different …

7 Running Drills to Improve Speed, Form and Efficiency

When I first started performing running drills, I felt silly. Aren’t neon short shorts embarrassing enough?!

Running Form Drills

Now I had to include skips, hops, and other form drills. It made me feel silly to prance around like this – until …

Are Hill Sprints a Secret Weapon for Injury Prevention and Speed?

How many of us sprint on a regular basis? My guess: only a tiny minority of runners ever sprint.

Hill Sprints Steep Grade

It’s important to understand the definition of the word sprint: it’s to run as fast as you can. It’s …

6 Workouts That Make Running Fast Easier

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.

Run Fast

But instead of standing on my soapbox yelling about high mileage all the time …

What Are Strides? Why You Need to be Running Strides (Video)

What are strides? I get this question ALL THE TIME so I thought it would be helpful to explain exactly what they are and how to use them in your training.

I also surveyed runners on Twitter – you …