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QT: Head for the Hills with a Variety of Hill Workouts


When you think about doing hill workouts, what image comes to mind?

If you’re like a lot of runners, hill repeats are the end all be all.

Now, I’m not saying hill repeats are bad.

They’re not.

But what I am saying is that if the only hill workout you find yourself doing is a sprint up and recovery back down, you’re missing out. Read more

QT: What is the Best Speed Workout for Runners


What is the best speed workout that runners can/should do?

I’m somewhat surprised that I get asked this question as often as I do, but I get it.

If you’re a runner with performance goals and you want to get faster, you probably don’t want to waste your time doing a speed workout that isn’t very effective, right?

So then, which speed workouts are worth your time and which ones should you avoid? Read more

Huh?

QT: Doing Workouts During Races is the Key to Running All the Races


In last week’s quick tip, I talked about the possibility of running too many races.

Some runners are all in on one side of this debate or the other, but there is another option that is available.

What if you do some of your workouts during races?

Huh?

Don’t worry, I’ll explain. Read more

Why Am I Here

QT: Every Run You Do Has a Purpose, Whether You Know It or Not


How often do you stop to consider the purpose of each workout that you do?

Why Am I Here

Every time you head out the door? Every week or two? Never?

Every run on your training plan has a purpose.

So, it would help if you were at least thinking about said purpose on occasion, eh? Read more

How to Speed Up Recovery Post Race or Hard Run (with Video)

We aren’t exactly known for our patience, are we?

As runners, we seem to want to do everything faster.

  • We know our race times down to the second and what pace we need to run to nail that next PR
  • We want to speed up our progress by doing every workout as hard as we possibly can
  • If we get injured, we want to heal up and get back to running ASAP
  • After injury, we waste no time diving back into our training instead of easing into it

So it comes as no surprise that one of the most common questions I get from my fellow runners has to do with how one might speed up recovery after a race or hard training run.

Slow Down for a Minute

Slowing Down Helps Speed Up Recovery

Slowing Down Helps Speed Up Recovery

I get it.

I’m not the world’s biggest fan of taking time off and allowing my body to do the healing necessary after a race.

That idle time can really be a tough pill to swallow. Remember, the healing process takes some time physiologically, and allowing your body to do what it does is the only way for a full recovery to take place.

There is no magic cure all for post race soreness.

Sorry, there’s just not.

That said, there are certain things that we can do to help speed up the recovery process. Read more