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QT: Improve Your Sleep, Improve Your Running Performance


Sleep is important.

Duh

You know it. I know it.

Yet most of the time, neither of us get enough sleep.

Between staying up too late and getting up early to get our miles, runners are often guilty of training sleep for miles on a regular basis.

And that trade isn’t doing us any favors. Read more

What Do You Do

QT: 7 Ways a Running Coach Can Help You Improve This Year


On the surface, opting to work with a running coach (and actually paying money for it) may not make a lot of sense.

I mean, we’ve been running since we were kids, right? 

Contrary to what some non-runners (and runners?) may think, as a running coach my job isn’t to teach you to repeatedly put one foot in front of the other.

I’m pretty sure most runners have that part figured out.

So What Does a Running Coach Do?

What Do You Do

A lot of things. Read more

Proof I'll Be Speaking at the Connect Run Club Virtual Running Conference

Join Me at the Connect Run Club Virtual Running Summit

If you’ve been around the blog or the podcast for awhile, you may remember that about a year ago I was talking about putting together a virtual running summit. The plan was to bring in a dozen or so speakers and have them present on topics that would be of interest to runners such as injuries, form, nutrition, and so on.

Yeah, about that…

Fail

Obviously my virtual running summit never came to fruition, so why bring up those memories?

Well, Coach Trey and Brandon from the Connect Run Club are putting together what looks to be a pretty awesome virtual running summit, and they have asked yours truly to be one of the speakers/presenters!

Proof I'll Be Speaking at the Connect Run Club Virtual Running Summit

Proof I’ll Be Speaking at the Connect Run Club Virtual Running Summit

I’ll be speaking on Tuesday, the 23rd of February at 2 PM.

I’ll see you there, right?

Who Else is Speaking at the Virtual Running Summit?

If I’m being honest, I’m hardly the headliner for this event.

Check out some of the folks I’ll be sharing the “stage” with: Read more

We Fear Change

Don’t Be Afraid to Make a Change to Your Running Routine

As I was going through the most recent (and sadly, the final) issue of Running Times magazine, an article jumped out at me that I had to share.

The article talks about 6 things you can do to make a change to your training/lifestyle that can help you improve your running this year and beyond.

We Fear Change

We Fear Change.

Honestly, there isn’t anything to be afraid of with any of these changes. But any time I get a chance to pay homage to one of my favorite 2-3 movies ever, I’m going to take it.

And in this case, it can be a good thing to make a change.

If you want to check out the full article, here is the link.

If you want the Cliff’s notes, enjoy.

6 Ways to Make a Change & Improve Your Running in 2016

  • Emphasize Endurance: Want to get faster at just about any distance? Run more! Seriously, there are plenty of physiological benefits of endurance training that will help you get faster. No matter what distance you’re training for, increasing your training volume (intelligently, of course) will help you get faster.
  • Make Recovery a Priority: So wait, rest is important? Yeah, it sure is. Getting enough sleep, taking days off, and keeping your easy days easy all play a role in helping your recover (and improve).
  • Become a Complete Athlete: Running is good and all, but we function better as humans (in all facets of life, including running) if we are well rounded. Running can still be the priority, but don’t forget to do some other physical activity once in a while.
  • Switch to High-Octane Fuel: Eating healthy food gives your body the vitamins, minerals, and fuel that it needs to function optimally. You don’t need to eat perfect all of the time, Lord knows I don’t, but making more good choices is only going to help you.
  • Embrace Positivity: Turns out, the Little Engine That Could was on to something. Thinking positive thoughts can definitely help you get through the hard times in a run or a race.
  • Be Persistent and Consistent: Let’s be honest, reaching your peak as a distance runner takes time. If you can be consistent in your training over months and years, you’ll see the improvement much more rapidly than if you only train sporadically. Seems obvious, but it’s a good thing to remember.

Like I said, none of these things are rocket science.

You may already be doing a few of them, and if you’ve been following along here on the blog for awhile you know I’ve been talking about most of these ideas for awhile.

That said, most of us (myself included) can still improve in one or more of these areas.

So if you’re looking to take your running to the next level, in 2016 or beyond, these are some good places to focus on to start!

What are You Doing to Make a Change to Your Running Routine to Help You Improve?

Keys to Improve as a Runner

4 Key Components to Improve as a Runner

When it comes to reaching new running goals, many runners think they need to be running more, running longer, or running faster. Or all of the above.

And if that’s your focus, I guarantee you are not maximizing your potential as a runner and are making it more difficult to achieve your goals.

Contrary to popular belief, becoming a better runner requires much more than just #running. Share on X

If you are serious about the desire to improve as a runner, and stay injury free at the same time, here are the 4 key components that need to be a part of any training plan that you will be following if you really want to  to improve as a runner.

Keys to Improve as a Runner

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