Category Archives: Running

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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How To Set A Realistic Marathon Goal Time

How To Set A Marathon Goal

I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about my marathon goals lately.

Big surprise, right? I just started training for the NYC Marathon, so it’s no shocker that this has been on my mind. Oh and then there’s the fact that I talk about it nonstop.

Let’s see who gets sick of me and my marathon talk first!

I’m totally kidding. This is a blog about running after all — a perfectly appropriate place to talk about marathon training and marathon goal times.

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My 2016 Marathon Goals

Marathon Training Goals

One of the most important parts of setting marathon goals (or any goal, really) is writing them down. Setting them in ink (or, internet ink, in my case). Making them official, more or less.

Writing your goals down not only helps you remember what exactly your working towards, but it helps hold you accountable, and especially if you share them with others. So … right now, I’m sharing my 2016 NYC Marathon  goals, so I can keep track of what I’m working towards and so y’all can help hold me accountable!

What are my marathon goals for this particular race? I have a pretty hefty list. They involve not only my time goals for race day, but also what I hope to accomplish in training.

P.S. Part 1 of this post — How To Set A Realistic Marathon Goal — explains how I came up with my goal times and more importantly, how you can set a realistic goal for your own race.

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