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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

QT: How Long Should the Post-Race Recovery Process Take (Best Of-Ish)


This post was originally part of Episode 476 released in September of 2017 and is more or less copy and pasted from that post. The audio, however, is a new take on the topic.

A lot of runners have a problem taking time off.

The circumstances rarely matter. If we are not running, many of us can’t stop thinking about when we can start running again.

Sound familiar?

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QT: Be Patient If (When?) You Fall Off Your Pace


Whether you’re a math person or not, you can’t deny that numbers are a big part of our sport.

Distances. Paces. Splits.

And when it comes to goals, they are often number-focused as well.

PRs. Mileage targets. A number of races. Read more