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QT: What is the Best Time of Year to Schedule a Goal Race?

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Many runners tend to schedule a goal race for spring or fall for one obvious reason: the weather.

Duh

While good weather is never guaranteed, it only makes sense to schedule your big races at a time when the odds of favorable conditions are at least slightly in your favor.

But could chasing ideal race day conditions actually impact the quality of your training cycle?

Perhaps… Read more

QT: Customize Your Warm-Up Routine and Your Body Will Thank You

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What does your pre-run warm-up routine look like?

I’ve talked about the value of a dynamic warm-up at least a few times, and I may have mentioned the lunge matrix and leg swings at least once or twice.

But if I’m honest? Encouraging everyone to do lunges and leg swings sounds an awful lot like one-size-fits-all advice.

And you know where I stand on that front… Read more

QT: Return to Running Post-Injury Strategically and Patiently (Best Of-ish)

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This post/episode was originally published in February of 2018 and revisited for the first time as a Best Of-ish in March of 2020. The post/show notes are more or less copy/pasted from the original post, but the podcast audio is a new take on the topic.


Whether we want to admit it or not, running injuries are all too common in our ranks.

Joker Sucks

Yeah, no joke!

But facts are facts. And the odds are that all of us will have to deal with at least one running-related injury at some point in our running careers. (And the odds say at least half of us will have to deal with an injury this year!)

As such, perhaps we should talk a little bit about the process of coming back from an injury then, eh? Read more

QT: General Advice Works Best if You Make It Your Own

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If there’s one thing that I truly believe is that there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all.

Every runner is unique. Their own strengths/weaknesses. And has their own likes/dislikes within our sport.

That’s why as a coach, I really make a point to avoid anything remotely one-size-fits-all with my athletes.

But when I’m flapping my yap on a podcast episode? Or trying to make a point in an email that I write?

It’s impossible to address every specific scenario so I tend to speak in generalities a bit more often.

That’s not a bad thing, I hope, but it’s important to keep in mind… Read more

QT: Should You Focus on Effort, Not Pace, for Speed Workouts?


When you go into a speed workout, how do you decide how fast to hit the hard intervals?

Hmm

Maybe you try to get a feel for goal pace for an upcoming race.

Or you aim for your current PR pace plus or minus a few seconds.

Maybe you just try to hit whatever paces your coach puts on your plan.

What about going into a workout with no idea how fast you’re going to go? Read more