VO2max workouts are the hardest training sessions to execute and recover from. I myself sometimes experience a thrill, even fear, right before these intense intervals, not unlike stepping into the ring against a superior opponent. Only that this fight is against the ‘will of your body’. But this is exactly what triggers the most potent adaptations, and ultimately, separates you from mid-pack runners. Read more!
We competitive runners are not limited by a lack of motivation. What usually stops us is burnout or injury, whichever comes first. The only antidote to keep up or further improve our performance is to schedule our training with recovery in mind, especially when we are not in our 20s anymore. In this article, I uncover some strategies that keep you on the road to faster race results. Read more!
Overreaching is the secret to achieving faster race results, without running the risk of overtraining. Though the reality is, most runners are either undertrained or overtrained – both of which sabotage your progress as an athlete. But those who fully embrace performance training understand that the key to new adaptations is training stress + recovery. In this article, you will learn how to do it right. Read more!
Hill running is a powerful training tool in the quest for faster race times. Yet few athletes know how to take advantage of hill training as their workouts are usually centered within training zones that feature paces on flat terrain. But with the help of a heart rate monitor it’s quite easy to include hill training into your program without jeopardizing your training balance. In this article you will learn how. Read more!
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!