Missed opportunities

A college coach of mine, Michelle Blessing, once told me “you only have three chances each week to get better” (two speed workouts and the long run).   That comment has stuck with me a lot longer than most of what I learned in college. (Sorry professors ...

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Expert Q&A: Alex Nichols

Alex Nichols is one of the best trail and ultra runners in the country -- a three-time top-10 ultra runner of the year, and two-time Pikes Peak Marathon winner.   Here Alex covers topics that range from the best way to structure training for trails and ultras,...

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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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The Common Sense Coach: Why the 5k

I'm partnering with PodiumRunner (https://www.podiumrunner.com​) on a new video series "The Common Sense Coach."   You can check out the first episode on why the 5k makes perfect sense right now and how it will benefit your races in the future.   The rest of the videos...

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The gift of running

Your body is built to adapt and grow stronger. This miracle of biology means that you are not forced to stay the same runner you are today.   The question, then, is why does it feel … so … damn … hard sometimes?   I think the answer comes...

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Out of hibernation

If you're like me, the last 10 months have essentially happened in a fog. Events floated by, time passed, and for most of it, I felt adrift with no anchor.   Now we enter the new year, and the tantalizing promise of "returning to normal" hangs in...

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Lessons From My Mentors

There is no one "correct" way to train for distance races. Everyone has different strengths, weaknesses, likes, and dislikes, so the "best" training is going to differ. Because of that, I've always felt that a successful coach needs a big toolbox at their disposal to...

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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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