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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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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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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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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In Defense of Walk Breaks

The idea of taking walk breaks can be a touchy topic. More than once I've suggested a client try walk breaks only to be told that they wanted to run "for real." I know in my younger days, I felt like walk breaks was cheating...

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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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The #1 Mistake Runners Make

As a coach, a lot of my job is helping to "fix" mistakes that runners are making in their training.   And by far, the most common mistake that I see runners make is doing too much, too soon. It's a mistake that has some pretty serious...

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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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