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When do you start training for a race

QT: When Should You Start Training for Your Next Race (Best Of-ish)


This post/episode originally published in January of 2017. The post/show notes are simply copy/pasted from the original post, but the podcast audio is a new take on the same subject.

When should you start training for your next big race?

When do you start training for a race

16 Weeks Out?

The general rule of thumb seems to be that training for a race starts about 16 weeks before the day of the race.

That kind of time frame allows you to build up your mileage gradually (and safely) so you’ll be ready on race day.

I disagree.

The training you do BEFORE you officially start training for your race matters a whole hell of a lot more than many runners seem to realize. Read more

Suzy Slane, Post Run

Suzy Slane Isn’t Afraid to Be Real About Running and Life (Best Of)


Suzy Slane is an open book.

She’s open about the good, the bad, and the ugly of daily life and running, and our chat today covers all of that and then some.

Suzy Slane, Post Run

Suzy Slane, Post Run

Running an Ultra With Nary a Clue

Suzy has fallen in love with the 50 mile distance, even though she’s only raced that distance once.

The fact that she’s only run 50 miles once (and only one other ultra distance event in general) and she loves the distance was a bit of a surprise to me, but her reasoning makes sense.

When she ran her 50 miler, Suzy finished as the 3rd female and qualified to represent Canada at the Commonwealth games.

With that type of success in a race, I can see why 50 miles has a special place in Suzy’s heart.

The other reason that she enjoyed her 50 mile race so much is the different vibe that is present in the ultra running community. Suzy felt at home with the ultra runners, whether she’s raced lots of ultras or not. Read more

Emily Harrison

Emily Harrison Continues to Grow as an Elite Ultra Runner (Best Of)


Emily Harrison is hands down one of the best ultra runners in the world.

Emily Harrison

Emily Harrison Photo Credit: Kristin Wilson

From the time she started running in middle school, she’s always tended excel at the longer distances. As a professional, she continues to excel at the longer distances. Currently, she’s most comfortable in the 50 mile range, but who knows what the future holds in terms of running even longer distances.

During my chat with Emily we talked about her running career to date, continuing to learn about what it takes to run longer distances, the atmosphere surrounded an event like the Olympic Trials, and a whole lot more.

“Consistency, in my mind, is more important than being able to hit a training cycle hard and then being injured or burnt out.” ~Emily Harrison

Here are some of the highlights from my chat with Emily Harrison

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That's True

Quick Tip: Keep the Long View in Mind aka Patience is a Virtue (Best Of)

The post/episode was originally released on 12 May 2017


Don’t take shortcuts, they take too long. ~Sonia Simone

Words to live by, to be true.

In the past few days, I’ve come across several conversations related to patience and delayed gratification.

And as runners, we tend to suck in this area.

It's True

Keeping the Long View in Mind

First things first, when I mention the long view what am I getting at exactly? Read more

Plan for your Race Schedule?

QT: Planning Out Your Future Race Schedule Intelligently (Best Of)

This post/episode was originally released on 20 January 2017.


How do you plan out your race schedule?

Do you plan your race schedule months in advance? Or do you just sign up for races willy nilly with the plan to figure it out later?

Plan for your Race Schedule?

And perhaps the real question is does it even matter?

In a word, maybe.

Know Thyself

Honestly, determining whether or not you should worry about how you schedule your races comes down to you and to your goals.

  • Chasing a specific time goal like a PR or a BQ?
  • Knocking another state/country/continent off of your list?
  • Are you running specifically for the bling?
  • Raising money for a cause?
  • All of the above?

All of these reasons, and probably a dozen more, are perfectly valid reasons for signing up for a race.

If you are thinking about running multiple races in a condensed time frame, you need to really dial in on what your most important goal is.

Know Thyself

And once you’ve done that, your race schedule can really start to take shape.

Something to Remember Regarding Your Race Schedule

There is nothing wrong with running multiple races in a short amount of time. 

There is, however, something wrong with RACING multiple races in a short amount of time. 

If hitting a certain time goal is important to you, you can’t plan on running every race hard unless your races are at lease several weeks apart.

Doing so is going to do one of two things: result in injury or result it sub-par finish times.

Basically, when it comes to your race schedule you can't have both quality and quantity. #runchat Click To Tweet

You can definitely have one or the other, but trying for both is asking for trouble.

Schedule Your Races Intelligently

An Intelligent Race Schedule

A little bit of planning goes a long way, y’all.

When you are looking at what races to add to your calendar, do yourself a favor and think for a few minutes before you put in your credit card information and hit the registration button.

I had a coaching call a few weeks ago with someone that had a list of races she was thinking about running this year, but wanted to get my perspective on things as a coach. Was she being too ambitious? Should she reconsider her plan?

The first question I asked her after she told me the dates of the races she was thinking about running was to ask her what her goal was.

She’s thinking about making a serious run at a BQ this year.

So we need to focus her race schedule on quality and not quantity this year.

That doesn’t mean she can only run one or two races.

When we looked at the different races and race distances that she was considering for this year, it turned out that she could definitely run almost all of the races she was thinking about running this year because they could serve as workouts on the way to her big goal of qualifying for Boston.

If she collects a PR or two along the way, that’s fine. If she gets some awesome bling, that’s cool too.

But by being clear on what her goals are for 2017, we were able to put together a race schedule for her that gives her the best chance at being successful with her number one goal.


Does the planning of your race schedule influence how successful you may be? Absolutely! #runchat Click To Tweet

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