Start dates for fall marathon training (CHART)

I’m a cautious person by nature, and (full disclosure) I have been wrong about every single prediction I’ve made about COVID and racing. So let’s just say I am going to whisper this and try not to jinx anything …   If you’re planning to run one...

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Webinar: Marathon Pre-Training

In this webinar, I took a look at the idea of marathon "pre-training" -- essentially the work that you need to do before you start marathon training to be in a position to make sure that you can get the most benefit out of it....

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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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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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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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