Meb for Mortals

August 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Meb Keflezighi is one of the most prolific and consistent marathoners of the past 10 years. From his shocking silver medal in the 2004 Olympic Games to becoming the first American runner in over 30 years to win the Boston marathon in 2014, Keflezighi has been as solid, consistent and tactically adept a marathoner as the world has seen in recent history. Despite having relatively slow personal best times on the track, Meb has found a way to run with and beat the best marathoners in the world on the big stage in two Olympic marathons (he was also 4th in […]

Training for a Marathon? How Long Should your Long Run be?

July 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

The long run is one of the key components of marathon training. It’s also one of the most heavily debated. One of the most polarizing debates is how far your maximum long run should be. On one side, there are those like Jeff Galloway and others who reason that if you’re going to race 26 miles, the long run in training should approach or even slightly exceed the full marathon distance. Meb Keflezighi ran as far as 26 miles in training before his Boston marathon win in 2014 and has run up to 28 miles during marathon preparation in the […]

Training Modifications to Avoid Overtraining

January 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sometimes as runners we tend to be a little more optimistic about the amount of training stress we can handle. Usually we don’t notice this right away. What feels like a challenging but doable schedule at first can gradually morph into a daily grind that leaves you feeling exhausted, sore and more grouchy than you’d really like to admit. So what’s a committed runner to do? Complete rest is out of the question, after all, your goal race is no doubt getting closer with every passing day. You can’t afford to lose fitness, but you need to dial your training […]

Running with Determination

January 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

“You said I was weak. You said I couldn’t do it. Thank you. You gave me everything I needed to prove you wrong.” –Steve Prefontaine The mental side of running is something that doesn’t get as much attention as the physical aspect of the sport. Runners have been known to endlessly debate the merits of various training techniques, describing the physiological effects of different workouts, while giving short shrift to the mental side of performance. And yet this mental toughness, or more simply, determination, is an absolute requirement for getting the very best out of yourself as a runner. There’s no […]

Setting and Achieving Goals

January 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

“Winning races is not all-important to me. The races themselves are, as they provide the stimulus which is necessary for putting in that extra effort to help me excel and achieve the standards I’ve set. I think the runner should base his success on attaining his own standards, not merely winning races. Young runners particularly seem to think winning is the be all end all in running. I consider the improvement to be what it is all about.” -Jack Foster Jack Foster was born in Liverpool, England in 1932 and emigrated to New Zealand at the age of 14. Foster […]

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