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Marathon training plans

Marathon training plans

Although the half marathon is the fastest growing race distance in the United States, and ultra marathon trail races are growing in popularity, the marathon is still the grand-daddy of all road races. Just about every runner feels they need to complete a marathon at least once in their lifetime. Marathons used to be reserved for experienced runners (the slowest runners used to finish in around 3 hours), but the running booms of the 1970’s and … Read entire article »

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The Pyramid Workout

The Pyramid Workout

A “pyramid” workout is something that often elicits groans from my high school distance runners. At the end of practice, however, they enjoy bragging about its successful completion to the rest of the track & field team. Pyramids are fast paced interval workouts that focus on improving running economy. They are so named because the intense efforts are performed over increasingly longer distances until a peak is reached and then the distances decrease again to … Read entire article »

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Training for a half marathon

Training for a half marathon

The half marathon is the fastest growing running distance in the United States. While U.S. marathon participation has doubled over the last ten years, half marathon participation has more than quadrupled in the same time. The plethora of springtime half marathons creates ample opportunities for New Year’s resolutions and training plans that start during – or at the end of – the winter holidays. For many, just finishing a half marathon is quite an aerobic challenge, … Read entire article »

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New Tool: Pace Calculator

New Tool: Pace Calculator

In our articles about improving aerobic capacity, running economy and lactate threshold, we’ve discussed paces at which you should run various workouts. These paces have been described in somewhat vague terms like “hard”, “a few seconds faster than your 5K race pace” and “right around the pace you can race for an hour”. If you’ve been frustrated by those vague terms, then be frustrated no more! We’d like to introduce our handy calculator to give you … Read entire article »

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Time to Run

Time to Run

As runners, there are three very related things we’re almost always aware of: distance, pace and time. We often up our speed and our distance in an effort to decrease our times in races. The one thing we can never run away from, however, is that no matter how fast we are, running takes time. For an elite runner, it’s a full time job that usually involves a cycle of sleeping, eating and running repeated … Read entire article »

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“Faster than Easy” Running

“Faster than Easy” Running

Having already dealt with easy running to gain a base of aerobic fitness, fast repetitions to improve running economy, longer intervals to improve aerobic capacity and tempo runs for the lactate threshold, I turn today to the least known form of training. There’s really no good name for it. Jack Daniels calls it “marathon pace training” but it’s useful even for those who aren’t planning on running a marathon. To others, it’s known as “high … Read entire article »

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Ask the Experts: Getting Slower

Ask the Experts: Getting Slower

I’m noticing an alarming trend. Despite upping my mileage and adding speed workouts to my training, my race pace is taking a turn for the worse. I am 15 lbs lighter than I was last year. I’m not injured. What’s going on? Pat O., Boston, MA It’s certainly frustrating when hard work doesn’t pay off and it’s doubly frustrating when that hard work leaves you worse off than you were before. Unfortunately, there are several things that … Read entire article »

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