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Looking Back on the 2015 Boston Marathon (with Video)

During yesterday’s Boston Marathon, I was glued to the screen as usual to watch the race unfold.

While this year’s race didn’t have a dramatic breakaway like last year, there were still several things that stood out to me while watching the race that I’ll certainly remember from the 2015 Boston Marathon.

What Will the Lasting Image of the 2015 Boston Marathon be for You?

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A Boston Marathon Group Run


I have a huge crush on the Boston Marathon.

Boston Marathon

And if you’ve been following me, this blog, or the podcast for long, you knew that already.

I basically have two goals when it comes to running, and one of them is to qualify for and finish Boston.

But this historic race holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many runners. So for this episode of the podcast, I asked some fellow members of the running community to wax poetic about the race we affectionately refer to simply as Boston. Read more

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12 Reasons I Can’t Wait to Run the Boston Marathon

With all due respect to the NASCAR fans out there, tomorrow is the true day of the Great American Race.

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The 119th running of the Boston Marathon is less than 24 hours away, and for the 119th consecutive year I won’t be taking part in the race.

Eventually, come hell or high water, that streak will be coming to an end and I will be toeing the line for the Boston Marathon. There aren’t many races that I am hellbent on running, but this one is.

And here are a few of the reasons why.

12 Things I Love About the Boston Marathon

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Extremes of Running Intensity

Quick Tip-Determining Proper Running Intensity: Fast v Slow

“Nearly all runners do their slow runs too fast, and their fast runs too slow.” ~Ken Mierke

Extremes of Running Intensity

When it comes to runners and their training, the pace of the workout is obviously important.

Go too fast, and you’ll likely be worn out before you’re able to complete the workout. Go too slow, and you’re not getting as much of a benefit.

All that being said, I believe the above quote to be very accurate for me and most of the runners I run with.

Have you ever stopped to really think about the impact that running intensity has on your performance/improvement as a runner?

How to Gauge the Appropriate Running Intensity

There really is no clear cut answer.

And to make things worse, as your fitness level and goals change, the appropriate speed or intensity is also going to change. So you’re literally aiming at a moving target.

The right intensity is also going to vary based on what workout you’re doing.

Your long runs are (hopefully) obviously going to be targeting a lower intensity to enable you to complete longer distance running. Typically, if you can hold a conversation with your running partner, you’re probably in the ball park when it comes to an appropriate pace for slow runs.

But when it comes to speed work and running at a higher intensity, there isn’t one set speed you should aim for, as intensity will be different for shorter repeats, longer repeats, tempo runs, hills, and fartleks. As a general rule, the shorter the distance the harder you should be pushing, but there are a lot of variables at play here.

Both High and Low Intensity are Important

At the end of the day, if you want to be a well rounded runner doing both high speed/intensity and low speed/intensity running is important. We all have different types of fibers in our muscles, and some respond better to one intensity or the other.

To get a little more in depth about the different fibers and why different training intensities are important, press play below!


Dana Anderson

Dana Anderson Balances Running on the Roads and the Trails


Dana Anderson has only been running for a handful of years, but in that time she has accomplished quite a lot.

She’s run several marathons, though she says she’s still trying to figure out how to really race the distance, and now she’s starting to test the waters of trail running and ultra distance races. And transitioning to trail running has been a good choice for a couple of reasons.

Dana Anderson

Dana Anderson loves to run Corner Canyon in Draper, Utah.

We covered a lot of ground in today’s chat, from getting into trail running (which I would really like to do more of), continuing to push herself in road races, family dynamics, and something that many runners overlook that can dramatically improve running performance. Read more