Hard Work! Sacrifice! Dedication! But Was it Worth it?

Watching the extreme emotions of the athletes at the USATF Track and Field Olympic Trials earlier this month, from the excitement of making the team, to the heartbreak of falling short, left me wondering if any of them questioned if it was worth it. “It” being the years of sacrifice and dedication all for those few seconds or minutes of racing. Katie Mackey, who finished sixth in the 5K, summed it more » Read more

10 Tips to Play Pokémon Go AND Get in a Good Run!

In case you’ve been hiding underground like a Diglett, Pokémon Go is an insanely popular augmented reality game in which people wander around their neighborhoods searching for digital creatures to capture in “Poké Balls,” which they collect at various “PokéStops” throughout their city. There are a couple of different ways to play the game. You can simply focus exclusively on catching all of the 142 Pokémon characters available in the US, or you can more » Read more

5 Reasons to Run with Faster Runners

So you’ve completed a few races and you’ve started to think about getting faster. A BQ? A PR? You know how the story goes: to get somewhere you’ve never been, you have to do something you’ve never done. You do speedwork on your own, you pick up the pace in your long runs, but your race times still aren’t where you think they should be. You know of a few faster running more » Read more

Introspection and the Online Training Log

It’s the first thing I do when I open my laptop. Before I check my email or look at Facebook or the weather or anything else, I sign into my online running log to add that day’s miles to my weekly total and capture any of the run’s details before I forget. I started the practice of logging in the spring of 8th grade, when I wrote each date I more » Read more

How to Make And Break Running Habits

A while back, I wrote a story for New Scientist about the neuroscience of habits: how they are formed in the brain and why they are so hard to break. The context matters a lot with habits; when we’re in the same environment, doing the same routine, it can be hard to change things. One of the best times to break a bad habit or start a new one is during a major 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

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

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 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

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

Should Runners Track Heart Rate Variability?

Heart rate. It’s one of those things runners either track obsessively or scoff at the mere thought of thinking about it. While I’m not quite obsessed with tracking my heart rate, I do find tracking it very helpful. For me and many others, tracking resting heart rate, if not while running but at the very least first thing in the morning, can reveal a lot about how our training is going or our overall health. more » Read more

What the Heck Are Strides?

It took me years of consistent training before I made a big breakthrough with running and broke into the sub-elite ranks of the sport. Sure, I ran a lot of miles, I did long runs and tempos and intervals, but I chalk a lot of my success up to something you might not suspect. My favorite secret to getting faster? Strides! If you’ve perused our training logs you’ve seen that more » Read more

What Overtraining Taught Me About Running

There is no PR, no amount of running success, no breaking of the tape worth the constant physical and emotional pain of overtraining. Running is a joy, a gift and a symbol of health, vitality and humanity. Running is like the brightest sharpest Instagram filter for life. Or it’s supposed to be. When overtraining starts creeping, every run hurts. Wincing in physical pain through many many miles is one thing, but, more » Read more