Sprint and Speed Development for Endurance Runners with Coach Ryan Banta

Runners know that speed is key to performance. But often, they aren’t directly targeting speed development. How can long distance runners train to get faster?

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Many adaptations are necessary to develop speed. Running the same loop at the same …

2021: The Year of Taking Action

Happy New Year and welcome to the Year of Taking Action! We’re going to create bigger goals, follow through, and actually accomplish them in 2021.

Year of Taking Action

2020 is officially over. Let’s also hope that murder hornets, dysfunctional governance, and the …

How to Think About Short, “In Between” Seasons

Most runners intuitively understand how to train for race because they’ve followed a training plan before. But what if you don’t have that much time? What are you to do with a short training cycle?

Mental Strength

The most confusing time …

The Ultimate Taper Episode with Author Alex Hutchinson

You’ve logged the miles and now it’s time to race. What is the single, most effective, and nearly universal strategy to ensure you get the best performance? Tapering! 

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If you’ve followed a well-structured program leading up to a race, …

The Value of Uncertainty

Back in January, I was thrilled to get into the Vermont 100 miler.  I watched and waited as they made the race selections public online, and with less than 30 slots left, my name was finally chosen!

VT100 Finisher

I started …

Olympian Emma Coburn on Momentum, Training Staples, and Extending Her Season

Emma Coburn is one of the most dominant runners on the planet with an Olympic Bronze, a World Championship title, and a World Championship runner-up just in the last few years (among many other accomplishments).

Emma Coburn Running

And her primary event …

The Complete Guide to the Pros and Cons of the Running Streak

A running streak can be a useful, fun, and challenging way to meet more of your running goals. But is a run streak for every runner?

running streak

In this article, I want to go into depth on running streaks and …

Coach Abby Stanley on Athletic Development and Making the Most of Your Training

One of the more interesting questions a coach can be asked is, “How do I keep improving for years and years?” How provocative! And valuable!

 

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Baseline Mileage: A Better Way to Boost Weekly Running Mileage

Your weekly running mileage is one of the most important aspects of training to track over time. If there’s one training metric that predicts performance, it’s your total weekly volume.

Weekly Running Mileage

When it comes to weekly mileage, there are a …

The Ingredients of Improvement: How Doug Hay Progressed Over 10 Years

Progress is what made me fall in love with running in 1998. If I put in the work, I improved – and that was intoxicating.

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Jason leading a 2-mile in 2002

In hindsight, running is what created my growth …