Take a look around and you’ll notice that I don’t accept advertising on Strength Running. If you’re anything like me then you probably hate those ugly banner ads for “Get a flat belly with this one weird old tip!”
Instead, Strength Running is 100% reader-supported. This is my full-time job and purchasing something below helps keep food on my family dinner table. Thank you for your support and help in spreading the SR message!
Injury Prevention for Runners
Strength Running’s flagship program, Injury Prevention for Runners is the most comprehensive injury program available today and has helped more than 1,000 runners get healthy and stay healthy.
- Over 130 pages of coaching lessons to help you run healthy
- 15+ video lessons, demonstrations, and exercises that prevent injuries
- Treatment protocols for ITBS, patellofemoral pain syndrome, Achilles tendinopathy, and plantar fasciitis
- Exclusive interviews with the world’s smartest coaches, authors, and runners like Matt Fitzgerald, Brad Hudson, Alex Hutchinson, and Peter Larson
- A library of training plans specifically designed for injury prevention for the 5k, 10k, half marathon, and marathon
To see all the details, see the program page here.
Are you a Marathoner?
I teamed up with Boston Marathon qualifier Matt Frazier to create an enormous member-only website dedicated to one goal: helping you qualify for the Boston Marathon. The result is Run Your BQ – an exclusive coaching program and community for marathoners looking to reach their lofty goals.
Inside the website, there’s a members-only forum where you can interact with other marathoners, 20+ video demonstrations, and over 45 lessons on how to improve your marathon time. We also have regular coaching webinars where we answer our member’s questions.
We don’t open Run Your BQ very often because we’re focused on helping our runners in the forum and through our live video chat sessions we hold every few weeks. But join our priority list here and we’ll let you know when we open the doors to new members.
Personal Coaching and Training Plans
Strength Running is known for its custom training plans – it’s the most popular service here and for good reason: a training plan built around your schedule, fitness level, goals, injury profile, and running background can deliver powerful results. Just look how it transformed the lives of these two runners:
“I would definitely recommend the PR Race Plan. My plan was designed for me and well-aligned with what I asked for. And the result is a marathon PR of over 16 minutes! The race was a huge confidence builder for me.” – Mark
“I ran my half marathon today and got a PR of 1:45, placed first in my age group, had the fastest time in that age group for all the years the race has been run, and most impressively to me was that my last two miles were the fastest! I’m a very happy girl. Thank you for your plan. On to the next one!” – Martha K
For more details, check out the PR Race Plan here.
Some runners want more 1-on-1 support so I offer a full coaching program for a limited number of athletes. Why do I limit the number of runners that I personally coach? Because with unlimited communication, I need to make sure I’m responsive to your needs, design training that’s right for you, plus give you my full attention.
I don’t accept every runner into this program, so please email me if you’re interested.
Running Guides and More
Marathon Roadmap: The Vegetarian Guide to Conquering Your First Marathon is your detailed guide to succeeding at the marathon if you’re a vegetarian. While I’m a proud carnivore, I know other runners go the vegetarian route so I want to point you to the most complete marathon training and vegetarian plan that exists.
With over 120 pages and several audio interviews with elite and prominent plant-powered runners, it will help you run fast and feel energized on a plant-based diet. Read more about Marathon Roadmap here or my interview with Matt here.
I’m not an ultra marathoner. I’ve never raced longer than 26.2 miles and even though I’ve coached many runners to successful 50k, 50-mile, and even 100-mile ultra finishes, it’s not a distance I have personal experience running. That’s why if you’re thinking about running your first ultra, the Discover Your Ultramarathon program might help you run a successful first ultra.
Written by veteran ultra runner Doug Hay (who recently completed a 100-mile race), this program is designed for beginner ultramarathoners who want to know the details about fueling, pacing, aid stations, and the training it takes to run longer than a marathon. Check out the details here or see my interview with Doug where we talk about what it takes to start ultra running.
I have no particular preference to brand when it comes to running shoes. I love ASICS, Adidas, and Nike but have also worn Saucony and Brooks. With that said, I tend to wear certain models over and over again that work for me. These may not work for you, but they’re my favorites.
The ASICS Speedstars have been my “go to” trainer for years. I preferred the first and second editions but they’re still in my line-up and I use them for short recovery runs to long runs. At under 9 ounces, it’s a fantastic introductory minimalist shoe for anybody looking to wear “less” of a trainer without going overboard. There’s no high density foam, the heel-toe drop isn’t enormous (nor is it too minimalist for those of you new to minimalism).
I also like to rotate a more minimalist shoe with the Speedstar. For this purpose I usually experiment with a new model but I always gravitate toward some staples. Right now that’s the Adidas Adizero Mana. I think they tend to run a bit narrow so if you have wide feet these shoes may not be a great fit for you.
The entire Adizero line is great and includes many lightweight trainers and racers. The sole tends to be more stiff than other shoes so keep that in mind if you do a lot of road running. Personally, I love them on smooth dirt trails.
For more reviews, see the shoe reviews page (minimalist, neutral, racers, and more).
Runblogger is the site for all you shoe lovers out there. If you are borderline obsessed with shoes, minimalism, biomechanics, running form, and reading shoe reviews – Runblogger has answers. Check it out for a wealth of information.
Science of Running provides the scientific background on training strategies, workouts, and running form. If you’re a nerd and want to know more about VO2 Max or another specific running topic, this is for you. It’s written by Steve Magness, a 4:01 miler and exercise physiologist, who dispels conventional wisdom and will definitely enhance your performance.
iRunFar is your resource for ultramarathons and trail running. Bryon Powell is its Runner-in-Chief and provides live event coverage and gear reviews that will help you prepare for your first (or 10th!) ultramarathon. Check out the thriving community on iRunFar that helps make this such a comprehensive ultra and trail website. He is also the author of Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons.
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