Lessons From My Mentors

There is no one "correct" way to train for distance races. Everyone has different strengths, weaknesses, likes, and dislikes, so the "best" training is going to differ. Because of that, I've always felt that a successful coach needs a big toolbox at their disposal to...

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Workouts As Mental Training

Most runners know that speed workouts are vital to improving your fitness and preparing to race your best.   Most runners also know that the mental side of racing is at least as important as the physical side.   But for some reason, most runners don’t take the next...

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When To Start Marathon Training (FLOWCHART)

A great marathon performance starts well before race day. A proper, effective training cycle is essential to hitting your race goals.   But the amount of time that you need to train will vary depending on your background, your goals, and your recent training.   In the flowchart below,...

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The 3 Long Run Types You Need In Your Schedule

It’s pretty common knowledge that the long run is the most important run of the week if you’re a distance runner. It’s the one run that really gives you the boost to your endurance that you’ll need to be successful on race day.   But I think...

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6 Keys to Getting Started in Triathlon (GUEST POST)

NOTE FROM COACH CARL: I work with a number of runners who dabble here and there with triathlon -- either as a way to make use of all that cross-training they do, or as something fun and different in between marathon training cycles.   If you're looking at...

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My Favorite Workout: Allison Troxell

Coach Carl's Introduction: Allison was one of my very first coaching clients -- she saw me quoted in a Runner's World article, saw I was from Atlanta, and the rest is history! In the years that we've worked together, I have consistently been impressed with her...

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Leg Swings for Runners

Leg swings are a very common exercise to see runners doing. Often it seems like it's just a way to fidget and kill time -- but done correctly they can be really beneficial.   Used as a pre-run activity, leg swings can be part of a dynamic...

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Guided Visualization for Boston Marathon (VIDEO)

I've been a big fan of visualization every since my high school cross country coach (Coach Christy -- shout out!) began using it with us my freshman year.   Of course there is plenty of research to back up that visualizing yourself performing a task or reaching...

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7 Running Nutrition Myths Debunked (GUEST POST)

NOTE FROM COACH CARL: I get a lot of emails with nutrition questions and a lot of requests to provide nutrition advice. There's just one problem -- I have no training in nutrition! I can help when it comes to fueling for your long run, but...

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