Those of us who have been running for a few years often see their race times stagnate. It seems that we have reached our inherent potential or have come to a point where our body doesn’t tolerate any further increases in either mileage or intensity. But all you really need is a change. In this article, I evaluate 8 options on how to alter your training to get on the road for continued progress again. Read more!
The track is often thought of as the playground for sprinters and middle-distance runners. But anybody who has time goals in long-distance running events would be well-advised to visit the track once a week. Without speed, you won’t be able to race and train near your potential. In this article, I will outline the rationale and best practices for 4 classic track workouts specific to endurance runners. Read more!
Base training is not an option for competitive-minded runners — it is an absolute necessity. Without it, no peak performance is possible. Yet there are 2 different schools of thought on how base training should be carried out. The old-school camp solely focuses on easy mileage whereas the new-school approach includes raw speed in small doses. In this article, I will elaborate on the latter. Read more!
Running metrics provide valuable feedback to make informed decisions for training and racing. Although it is possible for experienced athletes to nail the right training intensities by feel, most of us are better off looking at hard data. And yet, the biofeedback available to us these days can be overwhelming. In this article, I discuss which tools are the most valuable and how to get most out of them. Read more!
Distance running is one of the most physical but least technical sports. Invariably the question arises whether success in running depends more on raw talent than on practice. The age-old debate of nature vs. nurture. Legendary coach Jack Daniels identified 4 crucial factors for success: Talent, motivation, opportunity, and direction. In this article, you will learn to what extent you can take control. Read more!
Training with a coach used to be a luxury confined to elite athletes. But since the advent of free online communication and data-rich GPS devices it has become feasible to work with an online running coach. Hard and disciplined training are not enough to become the best you can be. In this article, you will discover the value of professional guidance towards a breakthrough, and thus faster race results in 2017. Read more!
The fartlek run is arguably the most enjoyable workout for runners. Not only does it feature a wide variety of intensities in an unstructured format, it also trains the whole range of adaptations necessary for peak performance. You can be the own creator for the fartlek, but there are certain guidelines to follow in order to make it an effective workout. In this article, you will learn how to go about it. Read more!
As you can guess from the title, this is not your average article on running training. Perhaps, it even reminds you of your math class back in college. And yes, it certainly is not for everybody. But if you have performance goals in running, this may be the missing piece to break through to another level. Read on to learn about the most underused formula of performance training and how to apply it. Read more!
The off-season is approaching for many of us. This is a good time for re-evaluating this year’s achievements and mishaps, taking a temporary break from racing, and relieving the pressure of training performance. But a break doesn’t mean rest. Rather, it is a strategic downtime with adjusted training that sets us up for the upcoming race season. In this article, you’ll learn how to go about it. Read more!
The archetype of a running competitor is the A-type personality, go-getter, with a results driven attitude towards everything he does. If this is you, then chances are that you have a pretty full schedule of work tasks and social commitments besides your training. But fret not, you can achieve remarkable race performances on relatively low training volumes. In this article you’ll find out how. Read more!