QT: How Much Value Does a Good Running Coach Provide?

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What does a running coach really do for the runners they coach?

If your first inclination is to say that coaches tell runners how many miles to run and what speed workouts to do, you’re not wrong.

But that’s not all a good running coach does.

In fact, if I may be so bold, that’s probably the least important thing a coach does for their athletes. Read more

QT: Finishing Place is Largely Irrelevant, Even if You Finish Last

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One thing that many runners struggle with, at least on occasion, is playing the comparison game.

The comparison game can be played on a variety of different fronts.

Pace. Mileage. Finishing place.

Whatever the metric, playing the comparison game isn’t a good thing.

It doesn’t matter if we are talking about social media, a local 5k, or a high school cross country meet, the only person you should be comparing yourself to is yourself.

Sadly, that’s easier said than done.

On pretty much every front. Read more

QT: Is Travel Insurance Worth the Cost or a Complete Waste of Money?

What are your thoughts on travel insurance?

Me? I’m skeptical at best.

Joining me on today’s quick tip episode are two folks that know a thing or two about traveling and are going to let me know if I’m right to pass on travel insurance or if it would be worth thinking about the next time I’m planning a racecation.

Tom Leddy and Carol Valls are the co-writers of the book The Ultimate Travel Guide for Runners.

If you have a destination race on your horizon, you definitely want to check out their book full of tips and tricks that will help you save some money and improve your traveling/racing experience. Read more

Respect the Rest Day

Quick Tip: Stick to the Plan, Especially on a Rest Day!

Any good training plan, and most bad training plans for that matter, will have at least one rest day per week.

Yet for many runners, the rest day is the hardest day of the week when it comes to sticking to the plan…

No Rest Day? I Don't Get It

A Rest Day IS a Training Day

You understand what I’m saying there, right? Read more

Coach, Running Coach

11 Reasons Working with a Running Coach Makes Sense

There are few things within some running circles that is as divisive as the topic of whether or not a runner should think about working with a running coach.

Coach, Running Coach

As a running coach, I think that a good running coach can help any runner improve. But not every runner needs a coach to improve, and not every coach is the right fit for each particular runner.

So, how do you know if a running coach might be right for you? Here are 11 situations where it makes sense to at least think about working with a running coach.  Read more