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My Least Favorite Speed Workouts

Some of My Least Favorite Speed Workouts

All runners, no matter your pace or your preferred race distance, can benefit from doing regular speed work.

There are a number of physiological benefits of doing speed work, but that doesn’t mean you have to enjoy doing speed work.

My Least Favorite Speed Workouts

I really hate doing speed work.

But I keep doing it, because of the benefits and because the goals I have for my running “career” include me getting faster.

And let’s be honest, if you want to get faster you’ve got to run faster.

So I keep doing my speed work, and that includes doing some of my least favorite speed workouts as well.  Read more

Heat Illness for Runners

The Signs and Symptoms of Heat Illness for Runners

Ready or not, summer (at least for us in the Northern Hemisphere) is right around the corner!

Some of us have already been dealing with summer heat and humidity for several weeks, and for those of you that get to enjoy a legitimate spring it won’t be long before the heat arrives en masse.

Heat Illness for Runners

Heat Illness for Runners is a Real Concern in the Summer Months

There are different types of heat illnesses that runners need to be concerned about, but none should ever be overlooked because ignoring any of the following signs and symptoms can have serious, and even fatal, consequences.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Heat Illness for Runners

If you’re out on a run this summer, and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is my professional recommendation that you shut it down for the day. The risks of continuing on your run and potentially making your situation worse simple isn’t worth it.

So be on the look out for the following signs and symptoms of heat illness for runners this summer (listed in order of most basic to most life threatening) both in yourself AND in those you are running with: Read more

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

Group Training for the 2015 Wine and Dine Half Marathon

When it comes to preparing for a race, what works best for you?

Since runners tend to be social creatures, the group dynamic seems to be pretty popular when it comes to deciding how to train for a race. And if you’re getting ready for the 2015 Wine and Dine Half Marathon, you might want to check out my program.

Click here for more details, and if you have any questions feel free to ask away!

2014 Christmas Gifts for Runners-Training Aids

Christmas 2014



As the holidays approach, the search for the perfect gift for each person on your list will only intensify. If you are shopping for a runner this year, over the next few weeks I’ll continue to give you dozens of gift ideas for runners in a number of different running categories. To revisit the categories I’ve already talked about, click here.

Best Gifts for Runners

Today, I will be looking at some of the training aids that many runners can use to help them get faster/run farther/stay healthy/become better overall runners.

If you’d like to download a list of all of the items listed on this post (with clickable links to make shopping easy) and talked about in the podcast episode, simply click here.

Training Aids for Runners

  • Coaching–One of the quickest ways for a runner to improve his or her performance is to work with a running coach. Hiring a coach may seem like something that is for elite runners only, but there are a lot of reasons why new runners can benefit from working with a coach, as well as those that have been running for awhile. A good coaching program will help all runners improve, while minimizing risk of injury or burnout, faster than many runners will be able to improve on their own.
  • TRX System–For whatever reason, there is still a large portion of the running community that thinks that strength training isn’t important. I can’t stress the importance of strength training enough, and the TRX System is the perfect piece of equipment for runners to work their entire body from the comfort of their own homes. There is literally nothing you can’t work with the TRX, and I believe that all runners will improve if they start working the muscles in their entire body.
  • Resistance Bands–Another great option for runners to get a whole body workout is to use resistance bands. Buy a pack with a few different levels of resistance to work different muscle groups and to progress as they build strength.
  • Exercise Ball–An exercise ball is a great tool for working the entire core, and it can also be used to work the upper and lower body as well. Core stability is vital for runners, especially those running longer distances, and doing work on an exercise ball is much more difficult than doing many of the same exercises on the floor.
  • Namaste Yoga DVD–Most runners have poor flexibility. A great way to improve as a runner, and to feel better overall, is to do yoga on a regular basis. Most yoga videos have a stigma about being long and boring, but the Namaste Yoga series is my absolute favorite because each yoga routine is only 22 minutes and there is constant movement throughout each session. I’ve tried a handful of other yoga DVDs, and this is hands down the best I’ve ever used.
  • Gift Card to Local Running Store–I love supporting small businesses, and the local running store is perhaps my favorite place to support. And believe me, every runner on your list has something at the running store they’d love to buy but haven’t, so a gift card makes a great gift!
  • Membership for Gym/Pool/Yoga Studio–Another way to support local business and help your runner improve is to give a gift certificate/membership to one of these options. All offer great cross training opportunities for runners, and also a chance to improve their all around fitness.

Click here for a downloadable list of my favorite training aids, with clickable Amazon links, to make your holiday shopping as easy as possible!