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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Eccentric Calf Raises for Runners

Achilles issues are very common among distance runners and they can also be very persistent. Fortunately there are things that you can do to help protect against issues and help recover from them.   One of the most effective (and easiest) things to add to your routine...

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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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