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Not the Best Training Plan

Quick Tip: How to Write a Training Plan for Your Next Race


How do you prepare for a race?

Not the Best Training Plan

Not the Best Training Plan

Are you the type of runner that tries to get ready for a race without following any type of training plan? (I’ve been there, done that. Don’t advise it.)

Do you have a coach that creates your training plan for you, so you don’t need to worry about balancing mileage increases, recovery weeks, speed work, and everything else that goes into a well rounded plan?

Or are you somewhere in the middle? Do you know you need a training plan to follow, but know that just downloaded one of the “one-size-fits-all” plans is far from ideal. And as much as you might like to work with a coach, and have him/her write your training plan for you, it’s just not in the budget at the moment.

If that sounds like you, I want to help making the process of writing your own training plan a little bit easier.

5 Things to Remember When Writing Your Own Training Plan

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Morning Runner

Quick Tip: How to Become an Early Morning Runner


We are all busy.

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Aint that the truth…

There’s no question about that. But if we are trying to maintain consistency in our training, which really is the key to improving and reaching our running goals, we have to regularly be able to find time to run amid the craziness of life.

For me, the biggest key to my consistency in training has been becoming an early morning runner.

It wasn’t something that I really wanted to do, but it was the best option for me.

Because let’s be honest, if you wait to run until after work, there is a whole host of things that can screw your run up (family, work, traffic, etc.).

But if you get up at 4:30, take the dogs out real quick, and meet your running group at 5:15, you rarely run into a problem.

Funny how “life” isn’t even awake enough to screw up your run if you go early… Read more

J Law

Quick Tip: Advice for New Runners


Why would I waste my time writing a post and recording a quick tip offering advice for new runners?

I mean, running is pretty simple, right?

Put on a pair of shoes, any shoe will do, and then just go run.

It’s really that simple, right?

J Law

Sure….

There is a whole lot more to running than meets the eye, just like Optimus Prime.

So here are 6 pieces of advice for new runners to help them avoid some of the same mistakes that I made when I started running.

Some Advice for New Runners

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Should You Keep a Running Journal? (with Video)

Do you keep a running journal?

I really don’t. For the past few years, my “journal” has been nothing more than a calendar with my mileage written down for each particular day.

So basically, I haven’t kept a journal.

But that’s going to change.

I’ve decided that next year I’m going to keep a better running journal, so I can look back with a bit more accuracy at past workouts and use those experiences to help me improve in the future.

In this video, I’m talking about the reasons I haven’t kept a journal, the quote that is making me rethink my lack of a journal, and the things that a journal can help me (or any of us) overcome.

Do You Keep a Running Journal? Why or Why Not?

Trouble Breathing During Winter Runs?

For some runners, breathing during winter runs can vary from difficult to downright painful.

The reason for this is simple: breathing the cold and dry winter air can cause bronchial spasms in your lungs which is the same thing that happens to asthmatics when they have an asthma attack.

And these cold weather breathing difficulties can strike anyone, even if you’ve never had asthma symptoms before.

What’s the best way to prevent these “asthma attacks” that can flare up while breathing during winter runs?

That’s the subject of today’s video.