3 Tier Goal Setting for the Marathon

The marathon is a mental challenge as much as a physical challenge. And one of the best ways that you can prepare for the mental elements of the marathon is to have a proper goal and race plan in place during your taper.   To really be...

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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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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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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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Learn from my mistakes: How NOT to train for a marathon

My senior year of college, I organized a running clinic as a fundraiser for our school team. The speakers included a number of professional runners giving talks about training, racing advice, etc. Hearing them talk about their running got me FIRED UP!   Feeling inspired, I set...

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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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