You Be the Coach: How Would This Runner Improve His Half Marathon?

The topic of “getting faster” is compelling because there are so many options of accomplishing this goal! They’re nearly endless…

Fast runners

Of course, because the available strategies for increasing your speed are mostly limited by your imagination, it’s a really 

Q&A with Coach: Can you run on trails if you’re training for a road race?

There’s an exercise science term that’s incredibly useful when evaluating any training problem: specificity.

Trail Running

The principle of specificity implies that to improve at any physical task, you must perform that task.

  • Training for an ultramarathon? Do your long runs.

How to Recover From “Completely Trashed Legs”

We’ve all had to spend some extra time on recovery after a particularly grueling workout or race. But what happens if you’ve gone WELL beyond normal fatigue?

running recovery

What should you do if you’ve run too many races in a …

How to choose your next goal after a marathon

Running a marathon is a thrill – no matter if you set a Personal Best or crawl home to the finish line.

marathon

Either way, running 26.2 miles is an achievement that most people will never accomplish. It takes guts, …

Injured? How to change your training when you can run again

Nursing a running injury is demoralizing. You’ve lost fitness. You can’t do what you love. And you feel like your progress has stagnated.

running injury

During my own running career, I’ve had countless injuries. Some were minor while others (like my …

Q&A with Coach: Why do I keep getting injured if I’m strength training?

A few years ago, I went down the injury rabbit hole:

  • Bought and devoured over 10 running books in less than two months (my recommendations)
  • Attended a “Yoga for Injury Prevention” class (waste of time)
  • Surveyed tens

How to Eliminate Walk Breaks During a Run

Walk breaks during a run? What’s next, human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria?!

walking running

Sorry, I got ahead of myself there…

Walk breaks do serve a helpful purpose during training. If you’re new to running or …

Q&A with Coach: What heel-toe drop is best in my running shoes?

Most runners are obsessed with shoes. And I don’t blame them – even my daughter Reagan is appalled at my running shoe collection.

Q&A with Coach: When do I increase the pace of my speed workouts?

Have you ever asked yourself, “How do I run faster?” I bet you have!

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Running faster is a top goal for most runners. And …

Marathon Long Runs: How Long and How Fast?

When it comes to marathon training, there’s no doubt that the most important workout is the long run.

Marathon Long Run

Yes: tempo runs and high mileage are important. And of course, strength work, strides, and even some “speedwork” sessions will make …