Guide to Lactate Threshold Workouts (Chart)

Lactate threshold workouts are the secret weapon of the distance runner. They're manageable enough to be done year-round, don't require the same recovery period as more intense speed work, they have benefits for every race distance from 5k to marathon, and improving your lactate threshold...

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Q&A: Fall Marathon Training

In this edition of "Coach Carl Q&A" I'm looking at issues related to training and preparing for fall marathons, including:   -- Should you pick your goal race based on what year it would qualify you for Boston?   -- What changes should you make in training for your...

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In Defense of Walk Breaks

The idea of taking walk breaks can be a touchy topic. More than once I've suggested a client try walk breaks only to be told that they wanted to run "for real." I know in my younger days, I felt like walk breaks was cheating...

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Advanced Foam Rolling

Foam rolling is an important part of any runner's recovery protocol. Being consistent with foam rolling means that you'll head off problems before they start and give yourself a better chance to run smoothly and efficiently with more flexible muscles.   In order to get the most...

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Which Fall Marathon Should You Run?

If you're thinking about running a fall marathon, now is the time to start finalizing your plans.   I often get asked which marathon to run, and of course the answer differs depending on what your goals are for the race, and what type of marathon you're...

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Q&A: Publix Marathon / HM Tips

New video with some helpful advice and tips for running your best at the Publix Marathon and Half Marathon this weekend in Atlanta.   If you're not in Atlanta or aren't planning on running Publix, no worries -- these tips are great for other races, too!   Let me...

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The #1 Mistake Runners Make

As a coach, a lot of my job is helping to "fix" mistakes that runners are making in their training.   And by far, the most common mistake that I see runners make is doing too much, too soon. It's a mistake that has some pretty serious...

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Monster Walks: Hip strength

It's no secret that strong hips helps you run more efficiently and reduce the risk of running injuries. It probably also doesn't come as a surprise that most runners need to do more to strengthen their hips.   Monster walks are a great exercise to add to...

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Boston Qualifying Case Study: 3:40–>3:30

One thing that runners don’t appreciate enough is that you can’t do the same training from year to year and expect to keep improving.   In order to keep getting better as a runner, you need to make sure that you’re taking stock of where you are...

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