Deliberate Practice for Runners: a Method for Your Mileage

I was on the Ohio Turnpike on my way back from Michigan and listening to the discussion of Anders Ericsson’s study of greatness on the FreakonomicsRadio podcast. You may know of Ericsson as the guy who discovered the “the 10,000 hour rule” which Malcolm Gladwell wrote about in his book Outliers. The theory is that to be the best at something we need to spend 10,000 hours practicing that thing. But there’s more to more » Read more

The Case for Moderate Mileage Marathon Training

The term “High Mileage” means different things to different runners. For a long time I thought I was doing oh-so-much training, until social media made me realize I really was doing far less than others I knew. I’ve talked about it before, but a majority of my success has been achieved by running and training at a level many people would consider low/moderate. That made me wonder what high mileage actually more » Read more

Pimento’s 2016 Newport Marathon Race Report: Slaying the Mental Beast

It’s been a long time coming, but I finally slayed the marathon mental beast. Before we get to that, let’s back up a little bit. After my NYC Marathon debacle in the fall, I decided I needed to reevaluate and come up with a plan for actually making progress toward my 3:10 goal. First, I enlisted the help of my running dad, Lonn, and asked him to coach me. Second, I more » Read more

SOS: Even Elites Bomb Workouts

Tough days are a fact of life. And in training, tough workouts are too; you push hard, then recover, then push harder, trying to get just a little closer to the sun every time without getting burned. But some days you try and fail, your body refusing to cooperate. Sometimes you just don’t have it in you. And believe me, it’s not just you! It’s all of us. You might more » Read more

Factors That Affect Your Marathon Training Mileage

You did it! You registered for a marathon! Whether it’s your first or your 50th, the next step is usually formulating a plan of how you are going to get to the start and finish lines. Enter the training plan creation stage or, if you have a coach, the conversation about how things are going to look for the next few months. Even if you are a veteran marathoner, each training cycle more » Read more

Heat Adaptation: Training for a Hot Race

Summer is here and sunny days and warm temperatures make most of us smile as we dig out sunscreen and tank tops and stow away our tights and gloves. The bad news? If you have a race planned soon you might be dreading the potential of a scorcher on your big day. As Pumpkin reported in her Fargo Marathon Race Recap, hot conditions took a serious toll on her both physically and mentally. more » Read more

Non-Training Training Cheats for Busy Runners

This year will be different, I said. No more skimping on workouts, I said. I’m going to really commit to a plan and follow it to a T, I said. Ahhh, the Honey at the start of a training cycle is so optimistic! So hopeful! So naive, her calendar empty enough to be a zen garden of tranquility! And then life happens. Real, cluttered, exhausting life. There have been work, travel, and weather more » Read more

Lactate Threshold 101: How to Find Yours

  We introduced you to Lactate Threshold, so you should be all fired up to find your very own LT and add it to your endurance arsenal! Currently, there are 3 ways to determine your Lactate Threshold. The first requires sweat and math, the second requires sweat and blood, and the third requires three hundred bucks. UGH! Hang with me! You’ll be glad you did. Find your Lactate threshold after more » Read more

The Lydiard Training Method

Choosing a training plan: it’s not quite as complicated as choosing, say, a life partner or new shoes, but it’s a big commitment to spend 18 to 24 weeks of your life on a series of workouts that can make or break how you feel about yourself and your running. Will your training plan respect your needs, or run roughshod over them? Will it keep you interested? Or will you find more » Read more

The Very Real Running Trails of Cleveland, Ohio

I was still rehabbing an injury and had just finished my personal worst 50K. Humbled by the mountains outside of Malibu and still nursing an injured hip, I was sharing beers with friends of a friend when a tanned, blonde Californian said this to me. It was one of the most offensive things anyone has ever said to me after a race: “So this was your first trail race.” “No,” I responded, more » Read more

The Truth About Side Stitches

Stitches suck and they don’t limit themselves to kids running laps in gym class after guzzling too much Hi-C at lunch. Stitches can affect even the most fit or even elite runners among us. Stitches have been a problem for me periodically since I started running and if stitches bother you from time-to-time you know how annoying and painful they can be. Now we’ve all seen the articles: “What You more » Read more

Lactate Threshold 101: The Basics

Hate it or love it, you’re almost certain to be familiar with that burning sensation in your legs during a hard effort. The “running through molten peanut butter” feeling that plagues the homestretch of races and workouts. The sharp stab of exhaustion that makes even one more step feel nearly impossible. Endurance athletes spend a lot of training time looking for that sweet spot just before they cross into the dreaded burn more » Read more

Keep Moving Forward: Pumpkin’s Fargo Marathon Race Report

I’ve been dragging my feet about writing this race report because it feels like I’m about to pen an insane twist-ending to a story that has read somewhat predictably up to this point. If you’ve been following my training logs, you already know that I had an incredible training cycle and felt like I was responding very well to Hanson’s Marathon Method. Over 18 weeks I ran mileage far exceeding anything more » Read more

How To Take A Cutback Week

Spring marathon season is coming to an end and many of us are already signing up for fall races and laying out our training plans! I don’t know about you, but I get excited when my coach’s training plan arrives loaded with solid chunks of mileage and challenging workouts. But I also like to look ahead to see when I might get a little break from the effort, the little more » Read more

I F*ing Hate Yoga.

That’s it. I can’t take it any more. Yes, social media, I am a runner. No, social media, I do not love yoga. I do not like shirts with twisty straps. I do not believe there is a weather situation inside or outside in which one should wear pants and a bra top. Just because I have a messy bun and wear spandex everywhere I go does not mean I’m chomping at more » Read more