5 of the Best Non-Running Running Movies

When you think about your favorite running movies, what are the first titles that pop in your head?

Chariots of Fire?

McFarland USA?

Spirit of the Marathon?

All fine choices, to be sure, but none of them crack my top 5.

Honestly, the first 5 running movies that pop into my head aren’t even running movies. Read more


Running Terminology 101: Training Plan Edition

One of the things that I sometimes struggle with as a coach is forgetting that my running terminology shorthand isn’t exactly universally understood.

For example, “10 min W/U, 10×2 min w/ 2 min recovery, 10 min C/D” makes total sense to me, but when that shows up on a client’s training plan, he or she may not be able to decipher the message.


Granted, that is a bit of an advanced case of training plan shorthand, but those of us that have been around running for awhile have picked up on much of the running terminology that gets thrown around in running circles.

Splits, tempo pace, fartlek, and taper make perfect sense to us.

Shoot, if you’ve been running long enough you might even find that you no longer chuckle when someone talks about a fartlek.

But for for someone new to our sport, the running terminology that so many of us take for granted is one more barrier to feeling welcomed as a member of the running community.

So today, I want to define some of the running terminology that you’re likely to see in a training plan, read in blog posts, or hear in conversations with other runners.  Read more

Looking Back at 2015

Looking Back at 2015

It’s the end of another year, and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to look back on the year that was!

2015 has really been quite a year.

Which is funny, since I don’t think I accomplished a single one of my resolutions/goals from last year.

Oh well.

Looking Back at 2015

Looking Back at 2015

The hardest part of this post is deciding where to start…

Looking Back at 2015: Coming Up Short

Few things in life ever go perfectly…

  • The Daily Blog Post: Technically, this was a failure. The plan was to have a new post up every day on the blog this year, and I got off to a pretty damn good start. Through the first 6 months of the year, I only missed a day or two. The problem was, creating all of that content was sucking all of my time up and I knew I needed to make a change. I held on to the daily posting schedule through the end of August, and in September I switched to a Monday-Friday posting schedule. And that was, by far, the right decision. This is the 322nd blog post of the year, and there is no shame in that game. So while I technically failed in creating a post per day, I’m not at all upset that I came up short on this front. On the other hand…
  • 1,200 Miles for the Year: I don’t even know if 1,200 miles was the original target or not (1,300 rings a bell for some reason), but whatever the target was I missed it. I don’t have a good excuse, I just didn’t make it enough of a priority to get in as many miles as I’d wanted to this year. I got off to a terribly slow start in January and February, and just never caught up. I’d hoped that I could hit the goal with a good November and December, but by the time November was finished there was no way. Well, there was a way, but it would have likely led to injury, and I wasn’t willing to push myself to the breaking point to hit some arbitrary goal I had set for myself. I’ve already got a better plan in place for success with next year’s goals, however, and I’m looking forward to flying past 1,200 miles well before the end of December.
  • Bookworm Status Incomplete: I was looking forward to spending more time reading in 2015, and on that front I was successful. I’m pretty sure I read more books this year than I have in any year in awhile, but the goal of reading 30 books (2.5 per month) quickly proved to be too much. It’s not so much that I’m a slow reader, but I just didn’t make enough time to really dive into reading as much as I’d hoped. Between all the other aspects of the blog and the business and spending some time with the wife and the junior, I just wasn’t able to knock out 30 books this year. And once I knew there was no chance to get to 30 I stopped keeping track of how many books I had read, but I’d guess I got close to 20. And for me, that’s definitely an improvement. So again, technically I failed at this resolution, but even in failure it was a definite success.
  • Begin Public Speaking: This is the one resolution that I had for 2015 that you could make a solid argument that I had success with. I did speak at a local event that was hosted by Nicole Welch from Episode 15 of the podcast. There were only a handful of people that were there, but I still presented for 25 minutes or so. So I can no longer say that I’ve never done a speaking gig. That said, the spirit of the resolution was to have multiple gigs that extended beyond my local area. And in that case, it was a failure. I did have one gig lined up, but due to logistical issues like my flight to California getting canceled, I missed it.
  • Improved Webinars: I did some webinar during the first half of the year, and I guess I got better at hosting them, but I’m still calling this a failure because I didn’t stick with it and continue to consistently host webinars.
  • Host Virtual Running Summit: Yeah… #FAIL

Looking Back at 2015: A Definite Success

Thankfully, I didn’t completely fail at everything I set out to accomplish at the start of the year.

  • Help Runners: This is one of those vague resolutions/goals that is impossible to measure, but I can confidently say based on the feed back I’ve gotten from those of you that I’ve talked to via social media/email/comments on blog posts that I have been able to help many runners this year. And honestly, if I could only be successful with one resolution for the year, this is the best one! At the core of what I’ve done professionally for my entire life, the mission has always been to help people. I love working with runners as a coach, offering tips on the website/podcast, and just encouraging folks on social media. For as long as I’m around, helping others will always be a priority, and I’m proud to say that I helped at least a handful of runners improve/make progress in 2015.

Looking Back at 2015: Out of the Blue

It’s impossible to judge the success/failure of a year based solely on how you fared on your list of goals/resolutions that you create at the start of the year.

Life (and business) is too fluid to hold yourself to one standard for an entire year, and being able to call an audible and shift gears is vital to being successful.

  • The Coterie: I’ve never been into the “group coaching” dynamic. All of us are unique, and I hate the idea of a one-size-fits-all training philosophy. Yet I had several people contact me looking for a coach, looking for guidance, wanting help, but unable to fit the cost of hiring a one-on-one coach into their budgets. I knew I wanted to help, so the Coterie was born. I’m still ironing out the wrinkles, but I think the Coterie does as good of a job bridging the gap of individual instruction/attention with the benefits of a group that I’ve seen.
  • Two Big PRs: There’s never anything bad about PRs at races. I ran a big PR at the Echo Half in June. (And for the record, a June race in Central Florida is a hot race. Still can’t believe how many people complained about the heat/humidity. What the hell were they expecting!?!) And I also knocked off a pretty sizable PR in the Florida 10 race earlier this fall here in town. Definitely am loving the 10 mile race distance, and kind of wish more races of that distance were available.
  • 80/20 Running: When I had Matt Fitzgerald on the podcast, we talked about his book 80/20 Running and it really challenged my way of thinking about training and coaching. What I was doing wasn’t terrible, but after reading the book, investigating some of the science, and implementing it into my own running, I have bought into the training hook, line, and sinker. If you haven’t checked out this book yet, I’d DEFINITELY encourage you to add it to your 2016 reading list.

Looking Back at 2015: An Overview

Overall, I definitely can’t complain about 2015.

Was it a perfect year? Far from it!

Were there more struggles than I would like professionally, personally, and in terms of my running?


But I learned a lot this year, and that knowledge will pay huge dividends going forward.

And because of that, I can’t wait to turn the calendar over to 2016 and see what next year holds!

How was 2015 for You? Highlights? Biggest Lessons? Let Me Know Below!

Not Exactly Gear for Winter Running

The Best Gear for Winter Running

Running in the cold is no fun, y’all.

I know this first hand: yesterday morning it must have been in the mid-50s during our run!

Not Exactly the Best Gear for Winter Running

Not Exactly the Best Gear for Winter Running

Seriously though, in parts of the world where cold weather is actually a thing, this time of the year can be a tough one for some runners.

Sure, you’ve got the die hards/crazies that say to just get your ass out the door and go run no matter how cold it is. And if you’re still cold after running for 10 minutes, just run faster to generate enough heat.

If you’re one of those people, this post probably isn’t for you.

Look, cold is one of those relative things where what is too cold to run for one person is absolutely perfect weather for another.

(And please don’t confuse this with “freezing”. The freezing point is not relative, it’s scientific! And if I hear one more Floridian talk about it being “freezing” outside when the temperature is 52°F I might snap! Freezing is below 32° (or 0° if you’re worldly) and that’s it!)

Rant over, I think. (No promises though) Read more

Best Gifts for Runners

Give The Gift They Really Want: The Best Gifts for Runners

When you’re shopping for a runner, what is a gift they are sure to love?

Best Gifts for Runners

The Reaction You’re Going For…

On the surface, that sounds like a pretty easy question.

As an example, runners need shoes, so a new pair of running shoes would make a great gift, right?


If you get the “right” shoes for the runner that you’re shopping for, then a new pair of shoes is an amazing gift! The problem is, there are roughly 4,723,289 different running shoes available and only 1 or 2 of those would be the “right” shoe.

As a runner, I can confidently say that if you got me a brand new pair of shoes that weren’t one or two specific styles of a particular brand I would NEVER wear them running.

As runners, we are peculiar like that.

And here’s the really bad news, we are peculiar about all of our gear that we use on a regular basis.

Clothes, gels, shoes, drinks…

There are, however, some gifts that work for most runners no matter what their particular peculiarities happen to be.

Some of the Best Gift Ideas for Runners (For Any Gift Giving Occasion)

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