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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Adjust workouts for heat

3 Ways to Adjust Workouts for the Heat (Chart)

It's hot out. As I'm writing this, it's in the mid-80's with high humidity and it actually feels pretty good compared to the weather we've been having.   Still, when you're training for fall races (particularly early fall), you need to be getting quality training in over...

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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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Bad Training in 3 Graphs

When you're training for distance running, there is a lot that can go wrong. And some of those things aren't that obvious. You're working hard, you're getting the training in but you keep getting hurt. Or even worse, you keep putting the work in and...

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You don’t race enough 5k’s

5k road races are not just for beginners. Of course 5k's are a great entry point into racing -- for most runners, it's the first race distance they do. But I know too many runners that leave 5k races behind as they get more experienced.   5k...

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