"I start out running too slow. My adrenaline and nerves at the start of a race slow me down. I just can't seem to speed up." I've never ever heard a runner make this statement. "I started out too fast" or "I just couldn't slow down and I blew it". I've heard many runners make this statement. The odds are you too, have started out a race too fast at some point in your running career. … [Read more...] about What to Do When You Start a Race Too Fast
Last year, I ran a local 4-mile race put on by the New York Road Runners. Still sore from the impromptu half marathon I ran the weekend before, I was not looking forward to getting up early to run a race I was going to jog and not race. When I originally registered for the race, I had hoped to run it as hard as possible. But since I wasn't recovered from the half marathon the week before, running … [Read more...] about 10 Running Goals That Have Nothing To Do With a P.R.
#1) Using the word "just" 13.1 miles is a distance that demands respect. Actually, any distance of any kind demands respect if you want to stay injury free! I often hear the phrase "it's just a half marathon" being thrown around from both seasoned and new runners. This phrase dismisses how much hard work and training goes into running and racing a half marathon. Though we're not … [Read more...] about 3 Mistakes To Avoid When Running a Half Marathon
If you’re in the middle of a training cycle, now is not the time to overhaul your stride. Big running form changes should happen in the off-season. For example, if you want to go from landing on your heel to your forefoot, it is best to do that between training seasons. One reason you do not want to make a huge running form change while training for a race is you temporarily become less … [Read more...] about 4 Running Form Fixes to Make Now!
Do you have a friend who you would love to run with, but think you wouldn’t be able to keep up with? Even though your friend says they don’t mind slowing down to run with you, do you turn down their offer because you don’t want to slow them down? First of all, I'm here to tell you your friend does not care that you have different paces. I'm not afraid to admit I've been intimidated to … [Read more...] about 3 Workout Ideas For When You Want to Run With a Faster Friend
The middle miles of a long run are always the hardest miles on my training plan. I’m not sure exactly why this is the point during my run where I slip into a temporary state of negativity. What gets me through those middle miles is the idea that I know I’ll feel better when I get past that halfway point. My least favorite mile when racing a half marathon (yep—you guessed it) is mile 7. I have … [Read more...] about How to Talk Yourself Through the Tough Miles of Your Long Run