Surviving the Holidays

The holidays are known for family, cookies, stress, office parties, and sweaters bulky enough to cover up everything the festive food and drink does to our bodies.   How is a runner supposed to survive the holiday season with at least some amount of their hard-earned fitness left?...

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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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Q&A: Ok to split your long run?

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:   When work and family schedules are tight,...

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Build a Better Marathon Training Week

The way that you structure your training week has a big impact on how effective your training is. Most runners don’t take the time to think through how they structure their week, but it’s a task that can provide big dividends.   Check out this video for...

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How To Set-Up Your Marathon Training Calendar

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 the fall season of “The .2” — training advice for every step of your marathon!   This season will feature a series...

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Your marathon’s done … what’s next?

  As you hit the finish line of your marathon, you probably felt some mix of achievement, pride, relief, and, of course, fatigue. Months and miles of preparation culminated in your race and that may leave you feeling a little lost on your next steps. Staring...

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Taper right for your marathon

We're closing in on the most mysterious time of marathon training -- the taper. The taper is definitely important, but it doesn't need to be overly complicated. The goal is to cut back on your training enough that you get to the race without any...

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