Coach, Running Coach

11 Reasons Working with a Running Coach Makes Sense

There are few things within some running circles that is as divisive as the topic of whether or not a runner should think about working with a running coach.

Coach, Running Coach

As a running coach, I think that a good running coach can help any runner improve. But not every runner needs a coach to improve, and not every coach is the right fit for each particular runner.

So, how do you know if a running coach might be right for you? Here are 11 situations where it makes sense to at least think about working with a running coach.  Read more

Be Seen While Running at Night

Never Assume You Will Be Seen While Running at Night

Even though the amount of daylight is on the uptick this time of year, many runners that refuse to run indoors have no choice but to run while it’s dark outside. There are a number potentially dangerous situations that may arise while running in the dark, but easily the most dangerous is the fact that drivers will have a hard time seeing you.

Be Seen Running at Night

No matter what you wearing to increase the likelihood that you will be seen, the best advice I can give you is to always assume that the driver DOES NOT see you.

When we get behind the wheel, our brains have been conditioned to look for other vehicular traffic, not runners, cyclists, or other pedestrians. And since cars are undefeated in accidents involving a person, you need to do everything you can to be seen while still assuming you aren’t in order to make it home safe.

Some suggestions (with Amazon affiliate links) to help you be seen by drivers while you are running:

For most runners, myself included, skipping a run because it’s dark simply isn’t an option.

That said, I obviously want to make it home safely to my family after my run, so being safe is my top priority.

So the next time you’re out for a pre-dawn or post-dusk run, make sure to be safe by assuming drivers won’t see you so you can be sure to make it back home in one piece.

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Jason Fitzgerald, Strength Running

Why More Runners Need to Make Time for Injury Prevention


No runners want to be injured, but most of us wind up with a running related injury from time to time. While some might say that running injuries are an inevitability, there are many running coaches-myself included-that would disagree with that statement.

And my guest today disagrees as well.

Jason Fitzgerald, Strength Running

Jason Fitzgerald knows first hand how much it stinks to be injured.  Read more

New Years Resolutions, Success, Work

Are Marathoners Better at Keeping New Years Resolutions?

New Years Resolutions (or any big goals, for that matter) sound good for the first few days of the year. But, now that we are a couple of weeks into 2015, the burden associated with keeping our resolutions start to get real. By now, we are back at work, the kids are back in school, and the demands of “real life” are back with a vengeance and our resolutions become more and more difficult to maintain.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that many people are struggling to keep their New Years Resolutions by the second week of January. However, I’m still going strong on my resolutions for 2015, and I have no plans to start slacking in the foreseeable future.

Now, I don’t say this to brag. I’m struggling with a couple of my resolutions, but I have strategies in place to help me pick up the slack without sacrificing the momentum I’ve created on the goals that are going strong right now. Read more

Altra Ambassador 2.0

I received some exciting news over the weekend-I’ve been selected to be a brand ambassador for Altra again in 2015!

I was an ambassador with the company last year, and I’m really looking forward to waving their flag again this year. Honestly, I’m not sure why Altra chose me since it seems like all of their ambassadors are total bad asses (I think the term amBADassadors was floated around last year) and I’m just a slow guy trying to run a marathon in each of the 50 states. But whether they just needed a “token normal runner” or if they just got me confused with someone else, I’m excited to be back in the fold.

I had Golden Harper, founder of the company, on the podcast awhile back, and if you don’t know anything about Altra I’d definitely recommend you check out that episode. The story of Altra coming into existence is a good one that is highlighted by road trips, toaster ovens, and demand from their customers. It’s truly an incredible story, and well worth the listen.

If you ever have any questions or are thinking about trying your first pair of Altras, let me know. I’m happy always happy to help, even if the company fixes the glitch and I’m no longer an official ambassador!