How I ran 25 miles this week and didn’t feel like I was training

“What did you do this week to help you meet your athletic goals for 2014?” This was the basic question at the FTP compound today during lunch.  It is a simple yet powerful question that provides motivation, accountability and action.  And it’s pure simplicity got me out the door to go run.  As an athlete, […]

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Top Six: Simple Ways to Boost Your Running Without Another Workout

It’s no secret that we believe there are no secrets in the world of athletics.  There is only consistency, dedication and hard work.  So why do some succeed while others fail?  They know how to get the best out of their bodies on race day. As winter is upon us, many athletes turn their attention […]

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The Best Workout You Can Do

In my last blog, I mentioned that there is no special sauce in triathlon training. The are no short cuts to success. Just hard work and consistency. Today, I want to discuss what I think should be a staple in your training–the 10 mile run or 90 minute run. For some this is their long […]

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Speed is the Wrong Condition

Several months back, I posted a controversial blog on cycling where I stated that I didn’t care how fast athletes go. Instead, I am much more interested in their level of effort. Too many variables affect your speed on the bike. In running, we seem to find the same conundrum. Too often athletes want to […]

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The purpose of a recovery run

In order to achieve desirable outcomes on race day, workouts need to be high quality. Many athletes confuse quality with hard or demanding. Hard workouts are often ego driven and just plain dumb. Overdo it and you are cooked for the remainder of the week and possibly on the verge of injury. Instead, quality means […]

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Hill Repeats

As a kid, I loved the game king of the mountain. I remember playing ad nausem during baseball season. The premise was simple. There was a dirt mound (mountain) and you had to protect the top. Each participant raced up it dozens of times to knock you off the pedestal and rightfully claim the throne. […]

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Why I Reluctantly Bought My 3rd Pair of Vibrams

I used to wear the most over-built running shoes you can imagine. Heavy, cumbersome motion control shoes that were meant to help my incredibly flat feet that over-pronated (the jerks!). Think moon shoes. While using those shoes that were supposed to be just right for me, I had IT band syndrome that required a cortisone […]

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TOP SIX–Winter Running Accessories

Sigh. The time is upon us where we spend aimless time wondering how we should layer for our long runs. What if I am too hot? What if it’s windy? How will I deal with the elements? Fear not, I have some basic recommendations to help you get through the blissful winter and onto setting […]

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Replacing your shoes

In the world of running shoes, companies are constantly pushing the line with research and development for athletes. Fifteen years ago, you went to your local athletic store and hoped they had your size in a Nike. Today, running stores are a novelty in some areas. The number of brands have expanded and stores can […]

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To Mary or not to Mary?

Mary? Know her? Marathon that is. Whether you should get married or not is a totally different discussion for another blog. One of the most common questions coaches get asked in the offseason is should an athlete compete in a marathon. Most often it comes from an athlete with an Ironman in the coming year. […]

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