Running Strength Exercise: 1-Leg Deadlift

The muscles on the outside of your hips (termed the "external rotators") are a classic weak spot on runners. Weakness there can lead to a host of injury issues, not the least of which is ITBFS.   To help strength the area it's good to focus on...

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Components of a Successful Workout (CHART)

Speed workouts are a tough, but necessary, part of any training program. But there is more to a successful speed workout than just "run really hard!"   The steps to getting the most out of your speed workouts starts well before the workout begins, continues through the...

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3 Tier Goal Setting for the Marathon

The marathon is a mental challenge as much as a physical challenge. And one of the best ways that you can prepare for the mental elements of the marathon is to have a proper goal and race plan in place during your taper.   To really be...

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My Favorite Workout: Jonathan Beverly

photo credit: Jan Schultz, The Imperial Republican Newspaper   Coach Carl's Introduction: Jonathan Beverly has a rich and varied background in running. He is an accomplished recreational runner, a high school cross country coach, and he spent 16 years as Editor in Chief of Running Times. Most recently, he...

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Post Long Run Recovery Timeline (CHART)

The long run is the most important training run no matter what distance event you're training for. But if you don't recover from it properly, you're not getting the full benefit of your hard work.   Proper recovery from the long run is a multi-step process that...

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Running Form Drill: Wall Running

When I do a running form analysis one of the most common issues that I see is people landing too far in front of their center of gravity. Doing that is not only inefficient, but it also increases impact forces on your legs.   You can help to...

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3 Things to Copy From Elite Runners

This is a stripped down version of a talk that I gave at the 2018 Nike Smoky Mountain Running Camp where I focus on the things that you SHOULD be trying to copy from elite runners as well as the things you should NOT be...

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My Favorite Workout: Kristian Blaich

Coach Carl's Introduction: Kristian Blaich is a tremendously accomplished Master's runner. He has won US titles on the road (10k), track (3k), and sports a 5k PR of 15:05 -- set at the age of 46! Kristian is an awesome reminder that PR's don't have to...

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The BIG “Little” Things

I often hear runners talk about "the little things."   Usually it's in the context of "I don't have time for the little things, but I'm getting my training in," or something similar -- which of course means that the "little" things are everything but the running.   I'm...

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