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QT: Making It Easier to Survive Your Summer Long Runs

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Running in the summer may be the flatlander’s version of altitude training, but let’s not pretend like these summer miles are easy peasy.

Like we talked about last week, fall races are coming quickly.

As such, summer long runs are something of a necessary evil for many of us.

Beating the heat completely isn’t always an option. But it is possible to not only survive your summer long runs, but to make them a little more comfortable as well. Read more

QT: Use Strategic Thinking to Plan Your Summer Training

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Do you have a big goal race on your schedule for this fall?

Chicago? New York? Marine Corps? Wine and Dine?

Fall can be a great time of year for race weather, but that means that training kicks off in the heat of the summer.

Why not start now? Read more

QT: Getting Older and Racing Hard are Not Mutually Exclusive

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I don’t usually find myself ruminating on the questions that are posed in the monthly Q&A episodes.

Especially the questions about elite runners that Lewis tends to ask.

I’m convinced my man keeps asking these questions to try and get a reaction out of me, and I do my best every month to grind his gears by moving on quickly.

But I found myself going back to one of his questions from last month, and the more I thought about it the more convinced I became that I left a lot of meat on the bone.

Sounds like a problem we can solve, so let’s dig in. Read more

QT: Digging Into the Basics of Heart Rate Training

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On the surface, the basics of heart rate training are pretty simple.

Keep your heart rate below a certain level, or within a certain zone, during your runs.

Understanding heart rate training, and especially wrapping your head around how running easier/slower most of the time is perhaps the best thing you can do to go faster on race day, is a bit less straightforward.

However you feel about heart rate training, understanding why it’s effective can help you move forward as a runner. Read more

First Time Marathoner

QT: Some Tips for Running Your First Marathon (Best Of-ish)

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This post was originally part of Episode 166 released in October of 2015 and is more or less copied and pasted from that post. The audio, however, is a new take on the topic.

Fall marathon season is in full swing, and if you’ve been logging miles since July/August training for your fall race, the payoff is almost here!

Veteran marathoners know what to expect when it’s time to toe the line.

But if you’re running your first marathon, the experience can feel like a complete and utter whirlwind.

First Time Marathoner

But it doesn’t have to.

There are several things that I wish I would have known going into my first full or half marathon now that I’m able to look back on the experience.

If you’re gearing up for your first big race in the next few weeks, hopefully these tips will prove helpful. Read more