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Crush Your Goals with the Help of Your Running Community

We all have important running goals – some are lofty like running your first marathon while others are simple like “run at least four days this week.” Usually the big goals are accomplished after weeks or months of achieving your little goals, like running consistently or making sure you do a strength workout twice a week. Running has a cumulative effective and after a few months, you’ll be a lot stronger and faster! It’s fascinating to see which runners regularly … Continue reading

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Form focus exercises: Train your brain to run better

Although I’ve been a casual runner most of my adult life, I only started entering races in the summer of 2010. (In fact, it was a dailymile friend, now a real world running buddy, who inspired me to start racing. Don’t you just love that about this place?) I didn’t run in high school or college, so never benefited from the advice of a track coach. Published twenty years ago, Running Injury Free was the only such book I ever … Continue reading

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The Coach’s Wish List: Short Memory, Long Outlook

As a coach, I don’t ask for a lot.  I’m not worried about the genetic makeup of my athletes, as I think that everyone has the potential to become a better, faster runner with a smart approach.  Sure, it would be fun to coach someone to run a 2:20 marathon (or run one myself?), but it’s just as fun to coach someone to run a sub-30 5k for the first time…or even run 3 miles for the first time. This … Continue reading

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Running bracketology

Since it’s March, everything needs to be turned into a win-or-go-home tournament competition. Running workouts will be no exception. This bracket helps illustrate that there’s more to running than just a standard, straight-ahead, moderate-pace jog. You can and should be mixing up your workouts to use different muscles and avoid burn-out. Here’s  some quick definitions of each type of run. Mile repeats  Typically done on a track, these 4-lap intervals are typically run at roughly 10K race pace with 1-3 … Continue reading

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A slump of my own creation.

I’m sitting at my desk staring at the snow that’s pouring from the sky, realizing how badly I don’t want to run later. And how easy it was for me to hit snooze through my entire morning, when I could have been out doing the 8-mile hill workout on my schedule. It’d also be easy for me to blame said snow. But I can’t. Because even if it were 60 degrees with not a cloud in the sky, I still … Continue reading

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5 Training Rules from Coach Caleb

I get asked what my training philosophy is on a regular basis.  My usual response is, “Nothing gimmicky: ‘Don’t Do Anything Stupid.’”  That pretty much sums up my approach to my own training and what I try to impart upon my athletes.  But that’s really not prescriptive or tremendously helpful for a newcomer to the running scene or to an experienced runner looking for their next breakthrough.  Here is a bit of an expanded view of “Don’t Do Anything Stupid.” … Continue reading

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Decision Tree: What is Long Run Pace?

It kind of bugs me to see one-size-fits-all answers for running questions.  A pretty common running question is “What pace should I be running for long runs?”  Particularly as people train for their first (or even tenth) marathon, they want to know how to approach the long run (which, by the way, tends to be the major focus of the training block for a lot of good reasons). So here’s what bothers me: The outdated misnomer that says “Long run … Continue reading

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Focus on What You Can Control (or, Why I Think “EEP!” When Running)

I’d be willing to bet that 9 times out of 10, each of us goes into a workout – I’m speaking here of a day of intervals, tempo or other speed work, or the like – with a pre-determined goal pace (or set of paces) for the distance(s). I know this because I put those goal paces on training plans for myself and for others. And so we tend to go out and try to hit those paces, and at … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Shift Your Mindset with Timed Runs instead of Distance Runs

I see a lot of people get sucked into what I’ll call the “Odometer Vortex.” We all have been there at times (myself included, on probably more days than not): Focusing on the number of miles you’ve logged, haven’t logged, or need to log in a given day/week/month. And let’s face it, while the social sharing on dailymile is Continue reading

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Training for the Zombie Apocalypse

There’s nothing like being unprepared on Halloween when the undead decide to emerge from their haunted graves and roam the streets. They’re looking for human flesh to munch on, and the feeling of dread rippling through your body when you realize a Zombie has spotted you is horrifying. That’s why this Halloween, I aim to be prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse. Continue reading

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