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QT: Is Suffering Through a Run in Bad Weather Really Necessary?

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We all know that we can’t control the weather.

Duh

As a general rule, planned races happen no matter what the weather conditions are.

While we would all prefer ideal weather conditions on race day, that’s simply not realistic.

So how do you make sure you’re ready to go on race day, no matter what the weather gods throw your way?

Turns out, that’s something of a layered question… Read more

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: 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

QT: Bucking Conventional Wisdom May Be the Right Call


If you talk to enough runners, you’re going to hear quite a few unwritten rules that supposedly all runners should follow.

But does that mean you have to follow those rules to the letter?

Or even follow them at all?

When I ran the Celebration half marathon recently, I decided to thumb my nose at multiple “rules” on race day.

Turns out, purposefully breaking the unwritten rules can actually work quite well… Read more

QT: Prepare for the Worst on Race Day, Just in Case…


A couple of weeks ago, I ran my longest race to date: 45 miles.

Well, the course was actually a little short so the race was “only” 43.5 miles or so.

But I missed a turn so ended up with a little bonus trail time and 44.25 miles on the day.

If I’m honest, I had a pretty great day on all fronts.

But going into the race?

I was prepared for 45 miles of misery… Read more