Week eight of Philly Marathon training was pretty uneventful, which is just the way I like it. Being as I have a full twenty weeks to prep for this race, the long run build up is very gradual. In fact it's a bit boring. Consistency over time with gradual increases in both mileage and intensity is the key to long term running success. My weekly mileage has always been on the lower end and … [Read more...] about Marathon Training: Workouts Week 8
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Why is this so hard? A big misconception is that marathon training should get easier over time. Reality is training for a marathon is and will always be difficult. Over time certain elements become less daunting. For example, I know I am capable of running 26.2 miles. But, what I don't know is if I'm actually capable of meeting the lofty goal I've set for myself. While other elements of … [Read more...] about Marathon Training: Shouldn’t This Be Easier?
I know that to some people, what I'm about to say sounds insane. My marathon training plan is twenty weeks long. I live and breathe by the philosophy that what works for one person will not work for another person. It's how I coach my runners and why having a personal run coach is important. It takes time to figure out what works for you and it takes even longer to figure it out if you don't … [Read more...] about Marathon Training: Call Me Out on This
Getting faster is not easy. Progress is slow but with diligence, hard work pays off. Running at the same pace day after day might be enough for a new runner to gain a bit of speed. However at some point, running the same pace day after day will not yield the same returns. Whether you are running speed work or not, doing these three things can enable you to become a faster runner. If you aren’t … [Read more...] about Three Simple Things To Do Every Week To Get Faster
After running six marathons between November 2012 and October 2014, I needed a break. Having reached my ultimate marathon running goal in 2013, I was satisfied with the marathon. Qualifying for the Boston Marathon and the entire training season leading up to the Rock'n'roll San Diego Marathon is a time period I'll remember forever. It taught me that I do not in fact give up and that obstacles … [Read more...] about Marathon Training: All in For Number Ten
Your watch is not a dictator. You are the master of your mind and body. Only you can determine how hard or how easy to run, when to speed up or when to slow down. You determine your pace. Your watch does not. How many times have you looked down at your wrist during a workout to see your pace and felt disappointment? What if you had not been wearing a GPS watch, or any watch at all, but … [Read more...] about Stop Looking at Your Watch and Learn to Run By Feel