ADVICE & COMMENTARY ON RUNNING AND OTHER ENDURANCE SPORTS

  • Keeping It ShortKeeping It Short
    Thinking about stepping up in distance next year, to do a marathon, ultra, or Ironman®? You might want to reconsider. There’s nothing wrong with going longer, but there’s no need to rush. We’re endurance athletes. We look for new challenges. … Continue reading →
  • Plan ZPlan Z
    To quote John Steinbeck, “The best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry.” In other words, it’s a good idea to have a race plan, It’s a bad idea to rigidly stick to it. Most of us have … Continue reading →
  • New Training PyramidNew Training Pyramid
    The traditional training pyramid has runners progressing from long to short, slow to fast. While that may work for a 5 or 10km, there are better ways to train for a marathon and longer. A training model should go from … Continue reading →
  • Fatigue ResistanceFatigue Resistance
    Why is Eliud Kipchoge able to outlast his competitors in a marathon?* Why was Sifan Hassan able to drop a 64 second lap at the end of the 10000m to win the world championship? Think about the last time you … Continue reading →
  • Trail Mo – How to be fast and efficient on trails.Trail Mo – How to be fast and efficient on trails.
    Trail running is harder than road running. Duh! Of course, running a marathon up and down the side of Pikes Peak is harder than 26.2 of flat roads. That’s not what I mean. Isn’t an hour on the trails the … Continue reading →
  • Thinking Long TermThinking Long Term
    What are your racing goals? Not just for this year. Think big, aspirationally. Qualify for Boston? Run a 100-miler? Do an Ironman? Set a big PR? BIG, important goals take time to achieve – two years, three years, maybe more. … Continue reading →
  • It’s Just RunningIt’s Just Running
    With all the races being cancelled, I know it can be frustrating. My own A race, Boston, has been postponed. I’ve been building towards Boston for 3+ years. Although I am disappointed, I am not angry. When I step back … Continue reading →
  • Marathon CheatingMarathon Cheating
    Boston and other major races need to do a better job addressing cheating. There have been numerous reports of cheating at Boston and London. At Boston, for example, there was a runner with a time of 3:01:55, after crossing the … Continue reading →
  • Legs v LungsLegs v Lungs
    There are times when your legs and lungs are out of sync. This is somewhat common early in the season or after a lay off. It can be frustrating. It can be risky. The keys to getting back into sync … Continue reading →
  • Why is the Marathon So HardWhy is the Marathon So Hard
    The marathon is uniquely challenging. It is well more than twice as difficult as a ½-marathon and, in many ways, more difficult than an ultra. Still, for many runners, it’s the pinnacle of achievement. Why is it so hard? Things … Continue reading →