Running Form Drills: B Skips

The more intense your running is, the better warmed-up you need to be. So if you're going to tackle a difficult speed session, you need to make sure that your warm-up drills are appropriate.   High knees and butt kicks are good general warm-up exercises, but if...

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Q&A: Easy pace, long runs, and more

I took some time to answer your questions in this video, including:   -- How closely do you need to follow your training plan? -- What pace should you run your easy runs at? -- How long do you need to run for your long run during marathon training?   To...

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Hamstring Stretching for Runners

Hamstring flexibility is a constant source of concern for runners. Since most distance runners have relatively tight hamstrings, the assumption is that you need to improve your flexibility.   My general rule is that if you are at 90 degrees of range of motion (or close to...

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Adjust workouts for heat

3 Ways to Adjust Workouts for the Heat (Chart)

It's hot out. As I'm writing this, it's in the mid-80's with high humidity and it actually feels pretty good compared to the weather we've been having.   Still, when you're training for fall races (particularly early fall), you need to be getting quality training in over...

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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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