Surviving the Holidays

The holidays are known for family, cookies, stress, office parties, and sweaters bulky enough to cover up everything the festive food and drink does to our bodies.   How is a runner supposed to survive the holiday season with at least some amount of their hard-earned fitness left?...

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Post-Marathon Mistakes

This is part of a series of posts I’m doing focused on marathon training. To get “The .2” posts in your inbox, sign-up here!   With fall marathon season in full swing, it's time to talk about what comes AFTER your marathon. Specifically, I want to talk...

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10 Commandments of Marathon Race Day

This is part of a series of posts I’m doing focused on marathon training. To get “The .2” posts in your inbox, sign-up here!   After you've put in the months of training, you still need to go out and execute on race day. These are my...

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Marathon Race Week To-Do List

This is part of a series of posts I’m doing focused on marathon training. To get “The .2” posts in your inbox, sign-up here!   Full disclosure -- I'm a planner. If something in my life MIGHT benefit from a to-do list or a spreadsheet, there is...

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Q&A: Pacing for your marathon goals

This is part of a series of posts I’m doing focused on marathon training. To get “The .2” posts in your inbox, sign-up here!   Welcome to another edition of Coach Carl Q&A (submit your questions here). Let’s get to it!   QUESTION: I've been training for a 7:05 pace...

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Yasso 800’s: WTF?

This is part of a series of posts I’m doing focused on marathon training. To get “The .2” posts in your inbox, sign-up here!   Yasso 800's may be the most famous marathon workout around. But does it actually make any sense? And is it worth your...

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4 Must-Do Marathon Workouts

This is part of a series of posts I’m doing focused on marathon training. To get “The .2” posts in your inbox, sign-up here!   If you want to complete a marathon, the key is to get plenty of long runs in and prepare your body for...

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Don’t Ruin Your Workout Before You Start

Speed workouts are hard. And if you do them correctly, they have a big impact on your fitness and race-readiness. But to get the most out of that hard work, you have to put your body in a position to succeed.   You probably do a warm-up...

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Q&A: Forget about 180 steps per minute

Welcome to another edition of Coach Carl Q&A (submit your questions here). Let’s get to it!   QUESTION:   [no_blockquote text="I’ve been running for years and am having a terrible time increasing my cadence from my nearly clock-like 170-171 to a target of 180 to 185. What’s the best...

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Glycogen v. Fat: Your long run fueling plan

This is part of a series of posts I’m doing focused on marathon training. To get “The .2” posts in your inbox, sign-up here!   Quick disclaimer: I’m a running coach, not a nutritionist. I’m making the following suggestions based on my experiences and the experiences of...

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