Category Archives: Running

5 Reasons You Should Run With A Buddy

Run With A Buddy

You could call me what some would refer to as an “introvert.”

I’ve always enjoyed my “me time.” When I was younger I would plop myself down in the playroom and I could easily entertain myself for hours on end with Barbie, Ken, baby Kelly and their new RV camper, complete with built-in bunk beds and a Barbie barbecue. I was perfectly content exploring my imagination and creating fairytale worlds of my own. I didn’t need a say from anyone else. 

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Strength Running Marathon Training Plan Review: The Halfway Point

Marathon Training Plan - Preview

Alrighty, so I’m actually 12 weeks into my marathon training (AHHH!), but I think doing a  marathon training plan review and a check in on my progress now — and then another after the race — will be helpful for all of you AND myself.

I’m happy to report that so far, overall my training is going really well. Last week in particular was been the most challenging, as I was running on legs that ran 42 miles the week before — the highest weekly mileage I’ve ever done — and I also ended up getting a little sick and was in bed for two days at the end of the week. Luckily I only missed one easy run as a result.

Overall though, I’m feeling strong and I’m confident that finishing out this 16-week plan is going to have me VERY prepared for race day.

The plan I’m following is the intermediate marathon training plan from Coach Jason Fitzgerald’s Injury Prevention for Runners program on

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What To Do If You Get Sick During Marathon Training

What To Do If You Get Sick During Marathon Training

First let’s make one thing clear: It’s not unusual for a runner to get sick during marathon training.

Why? “Because our bodies’ resources for immunity against viruses are shared by our bodies’ attempts to adapt to training stimuli,” Marty Beene, a Level 2 USA Track & Field certified coach and creator of Be the Runner told me when I interviewed him about this subject.

In other words, your body is working hard and using resources for your workouts and recovery, some of which would normally be used to bolster your immune system. As a result, your immune system is weaker than usual. Read More

How To Run Strides (And Why You Need Them In Your Training)

How To Run Strides

Strides: what are they, how do you run them and why do you need them in your training?

Until maybe a year or so ago, I had no idea what strides were or even that they existed. I only found out they’re an essential part of smart training after reading about them on by Coach Jason Fitzgerald.

So that you can incorporate them into your training, I’ll go over all of the above questions and explain in detail how to run strides.

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Running Recovery Tips: Post-Run Routine Essentials

Running Recovery Tips

Recovering properly after running is arguably just as important as the actual act of running.

I’m not going to go too far into why it’s so important, but basically, while you run you’re sweating out important minerals, breaking down your muscle fibers and just generally putting your body under an increased amount of stress. If you want your body to feel good and be ready to go for your next workout, proper recovery is absolutely essential.

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