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QT: Be Smart with Your Training to Set Yourself Up for Success


Work smarter not harder is one of my all-time favorite sayings.

I mean, who would want to work harder to complete a task when you could use your brain to figure out an easier way to reach the same goal?

Exactly.

Yet so many of us fail to look at the bigger picture to try and find a smarter way to get the job done. And yes, I’m guilty of this too. Read more

How to Speed Up Recovery Post Race or Hard Run (with Video)

We aren’t exactly known for our patience, are we?

As runners, we seem to want to do everything faster.

  • We know our race times down to the second and what pace we need to run to nail that next PR
  • We want to speed up our progress by doing every workout as hard as we possibly can
  • If we get injured, we want to heal up and get back to running ASAP
  • After injury, we waste no time diving back into our training instead of easing into it

So it comes as no surprise that one of the most common questions I get from my fellow runners has to do with how one might speed up recovery after a race or hard training run.

Slow Down for a Minute

Slowing Down Helps Speed Up Recovery

Slowing Down Helps Speed Up Recovery

I get it.

I’m not the world’s biggest fan of taking time off and allowing my body to do the healing necessary after a race.

That idle time can really be a tough pill to swallow. Remember, the healing process takes some time physiologically, and allowing your body to do what it does is the only way for a full recovery to take place.

There is no magic cure all for post race soreness.

Sorry, there’s just not.

That said, there are certain things that we can do to help speed up the recovery process. Read more

Different Types of Running Workouts-Part I

Do you know what the different type of running workouts are, and why your training plan includes each type of run no matter what distance race you are training for?

In Part I of this two part series, I’m talking about some of the more common types of running workouts found in many training plans:

  • Long Runs
  • Tempo Runs
  • Hill Runs
  • Fartlek Runs

What makes each of these types of running workouts unique?

Then next week, I’ll be looking entirely at speed work and the different styles of speed training that you may see in your training plan.

What Are Your Favorite Types of Running Workouts?

When a Run Is Not About the Run

Last week’s long run was a disaster.

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That’s 4:18:54 for 22 miles…

Since I was only 5 weeks out from the Blue Springs Marathon, I wanted to get in the longest run I’d be doing while preparing for my marathon. I decided to shoot for 22ish miles, depending on how I felt and how far my route (that I basically made up on the fly) ended up being. Because Lord knows if I made it back to the car at mile 21, there was no chance I’d end up making it to 21.1, let alone 22.

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