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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Skipping for Runners

You may not have skipped since grade school, but it's a great way to work on glute activation and hip extension to improve your running form.   Add in some low-level plyometric work and it's a fantastic pre-run or pre-speed workout exercise to add to your dynamic...

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Hierarchy of Endurance Training Needs (CHART)

When you want to improve as a distance runner, there are lots of approaches you can take. You can run higher mileage, you can do more speed work, or you can add in more supplemental work (strength training is always a plus!).   But before you can...

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Carpool Coaching: Workouts too fast?

Took a little break from the Dad Life to answer a question in the carpool line. A client of mine emailed asking what she should do if she was consistently running her workouts faster than they were written. Was it just that she was in...

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Open Book Stretch

Tightness in the thoracic spine is a common issue among runners and it can greatly impact your running form and efficiency.   The "Open Book" stretch is a good way to keep your back loose and make sure that you're not compromising your running form. Adding it...

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