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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The secret to improvement

There are hundreds of magazine articles, blog posts, and books written every year on how to get faster as a runner. And it’s true that there are a number of factors that can improve your running — new workouts, proper nutrition, recovery techniques, etc. all...

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How long should your long run be?

This week a friend of mine asked, "how long should my long run be?" Obviously the answer to that question depends on a number of different factors -- how long you've been running, what distance you're training for, injury history, etc.   But, as a general rule...

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Increasing mileage safely — forget the 10% rule

One common problem I see with runners is that they increase their mileage too quickly. It's a problem I see with beginning runners as well as more experienced runners who are coming off an injury or a break in their training. In either case, the risk...

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Planning your year

Right now, lots of people are planning their training and racing for 2014. And with so many great races out there, sometimes it's tough to pick just a few. So should you bother to limit yourself?   A couple weeks ago, I had a client ask me...

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