Is your goal marathon time realistic?

With 4-8 weeks left before your spring marathon, you're right in the thick of prime training time. Now is when it becomes pretty common to wonder, "can I really hit the goal time I'm aiming for?" Or, if you haven't thought about a goal time...

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Flowchart: How to adjust after missed training

This is part of a series of posts I'm doing this spring focused on marathon training. To get these "Marathon Monday" posts in your inbox, sign-up here!   If you made it through the holiday season without missing a beat in your training, you definitely deserve a...

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Critical marathon training elements

To kick off marathon training season, I've got an overview of essential marathon training elements that you need to consider as you're putting together your spring marathon training plan.   Each element here is important and can play a part in helping you reach your goals this...

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Tips to get back into running

No matter how much you like to run, everyone takes a break from it from time to time. Sometimes it's because you just finished a marathon cycle. Sometimes it's because of injury, sickness, stress at work, vacation, and on and on.   When you get back into...

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3 steps to turn a bad race into a positive

Run enough races and you're going to have a bad one. Maybe you didn't train enough. Maybe you didn't follow your race plan. Maybe the weather was bad, or you just had a bad day.   Bad races happen, but that doesn't mean it was a wasted race. Follow...

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Where to qualify for the Boston Marathon

If one of your goals this year is to qualify for the Boston Marathon, it is going to take a lot of dedication, hard work, and finding the right race. Fortunately there are several races out there that are known to be great races to earn...

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Don’t try this alone

You look at your watch -- only 30 seconds of rest left. You're still breathing hard and your legs are tired. Doubt starts to creep in whether you can actually hit your pace on this one. You've been fighting through all workout long, and you've managed...

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How to set smarter running goals

As the fall racing season comes to a close, it’s time to start thinking about setting running goals for the new year. Of course, setting goals is easy -- but setting effective goals that keep you on track is harder. Use these guidelines to set...

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Time for your first marathon?

Deciding to run your first marathon is a big deal! When you sign up for your first marathon you're committing to a lot of time and a lot of hard work. To make sure that you give yourself the best chance to be successful and...

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How racing a 5k can improve your marathon

I had a fun talk with Jay Johnson last night for an article I'm working on for Running Times. During the conversation, we got on a tangent about the fact that a lot of people who like to run marathons and half-marathons don't really race...

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