Running Form Drills: Backward Running

Running form drills an important part of your running routine. Not only do they help improve your coordination / efficiency while running, but they can help teach your body how to activate the correct muscles for running.   Backward running is a good pre-run or post-run drill...

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Learn from my mistakes: How NOT to train for a marathon

My senior year of college, I organized a running clinic as a fundraiser for our school team. The speakers included a number of professional runners giving talks about training, racing advice, etc. Hearing them talk about their running got me FIRED UP!   Feeling inspired, I set...

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Running Form Drills: A Skips

Running form drills are a great way to warm-up for a difficult workout and help your body learn efficient running form. After you've mastered basic drills like high knees and butt kicks, you can progress to something a bit more challenging like A Skips.   A Skips...

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Running Strength Exercises: Fire Hydrant

I've talked before about the importance of having strong hips as a runner. And since running really only involves moving forward and backward, it can lead to some parts of your hips getting neglected. Once that happens, you aren't able to stabilize yourself as well...

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Running Form Drills: High Knees

To warm-up properly for a speed workout, you need to make sure that you get the muscles you'll be using stretched out and activated. (There are lots of other things you need to do to warm-up properly, but you can read about all of them here).   Traditional...

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Bad Training in 3 Graphs

When you're training for distance running, there is a lot that can go wrong. And some of those things aren't that obvious. You're working hard, you're getting the training in but you keep getting hurt. Or even worse, you keep putting the work in and...

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Baby Jogger Workouts

The 3 Best Baby Jogger Workouts

As a running coach and a new dad, I was pretty excited to start figuring out ways to work the baby jogger into my running routine. I knew it would be an adjustment – running while also pushing a little person. But, I also figured...

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Running Strength Exercises: Lateral Leg Raises

Running strength exercises should focus on two things:   Improving your efficiency and running economy Helping to prevent injury   So when thinking about what strength exercises to do, it's helpful to focus on exercises that target areas that don't get worked quite as much as they should when you're running.   The...

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You don’t race enough 5k’s

5k road races are not just for beginners. Of course 5k's are a great entry point into racing -- for most runners, it's the first race distance they do. But I know too many runners that leave 5k races behind as they get more experienced.   5k...

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