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After a Long Run

Quick Tip: What to Do the Week After a Long Run

One of the most overlooked aspects of distance running is what you should do the week or so after a really long run.

After a Long Run

After racing, there are a couple of standard answers.

There is the reverse taper technique, where you basically take the next 10-14 days and do the exact opposite that you did during your taper. Lots of stretching, and easy run here and there, hydrate like crazy, and after a couple of weeks you can get back to training for your next race.

Then there is the idea (that I think is bullocks, by the way) that you should take the same number of days off after a race as the number of miles run. So for a half, you take 13 days off. For a full, 26.

No way.

I’ll take a few days off after a full, but I’m not taking almost 4 weeks off.

So I guess, almost by default, that makes me much more of a reverse taper guy. And I’m ok with that.

But what do you do after a long run (maybe your longest ever) during your training for a race? Read more

Polina Carlson Interview

Polina Carlson Wasn’t a Runner Until She Got to College


When Polina Carlson came to America, the idea of being a professional runner was the farthest possible thing from her mind.

She wouldn’t have even called herself a runner at that point in her life.

It’s funny how things change in just a few short years.

Polina Carlson Interview

Polina Carlson

From non-runner to Olympic Trials qualifier, Polina Carlson is taking the running world by storm. She’s won a number of races from the 5k to the marathon, and she is continuing to improve with a number of new PRs already in 2015.

We talked about how she got into running, her goals for this year, and a whole lot more during our run. Read more

Sarah Lavender Smith Has Completely Embraced Running in Every Aspect of Her Life


Not many runners can point to an exact date as the day that they started running.

Sarah Lavender Smith can: Monday, March 7, 1994.

And since she decided to start running with the goal to run a marathon 364 days later, she’s never looked back. She’s had success running a variety of race distances, gotten into coaching, writes about running for Trail Runner Magazine, and is a co-host on the Ultra Runner Podcast.

But the most important thing in her life is her family.

Sarah Lavender Smith and Family

Sarah Lavender Smith and Family Camping in the Grand Canyon While Rafting the Colorado River

We talked about a lot of different things during the course of our conversation, including the year that Sarah, her husband, and the kids took a year to travel around the world living as nomads. The lessons learned, the time together, and the ability to run races in different places around the world was an amazing experience.

Here are some of the other highlights of our conversation. Read more

I Think I Might Try an Ultra

It’s Time for Me to Try an Ultra

If you’re a regular listener of the podcast, you know that every time I have an ultra distance runner on the show, I always have to ask what makes him or her want to go beyond 26.2 miles.

I Think I Might Try an Ultra

And you also know that no matter what their answer is, I always tell them there is no way I can imagine going any farther.

Yeah, about that.

I’ve been warming up to the idea of venturing into ultra-ville for a few months now, and I seriously think it’s time for me to give an ultra a shot.

I mean, why the hell not? Read more

In the Marathon, It's You Against the Distance

The Marathon: Runner vs. Distance