Posts by Greg McMillan

MASTERS TRAINING: NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL

Confusion abounds about optimal training for masters runners. That’s because they get into the sport in different ways. Thus, training for one master has to be different from that for another. Here’s the 411 on training for runners over 40, based on the type of runner they are: FULL-SPECTRUM MASTERS This type of masters runner…
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TRAINING THE MCMILLAN WAY

I’m often asked, “What is training the McMillan way?” Since all of our training plans are built to match the uniqueness of each individual runner, the answer isn’t as simple as high mileage or low mileage, endurance first then speed or speed first then endurance or any of the other categories that runners use for…
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JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN, DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD

I met Craig Mottram when he had just turned pro. At that time, he was a very good runner. Six years later, he became a very, very, VERY good runner (12:55 for 5,000m, bronze medalist at the World Championships). In watching his development over the years and getting to know his coach, Nic Bideau, it’s…
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MIX UP YOUR TRAINING THIS YEAR

It’s a new year. If you’re stuck in a rut with your training, you may want to use this year as a time to shake things up. You may find that a departure from your normal routine is just what you need to take your running to the next level this year and beyond. 1.…
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WINTER INJURY-PROOFING

As winter weather arrives for us in the Northern Hemisphere, I see lots of neighbors getting ready. Snowblowers are reawakened. Shovels are readied, and winter gear moves front and center in closets. For the runner, training changes as well. As the days get shorter, some of us run in the growing darkness of the early…
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THE BENEFITS OF BAD WORKOUTS

Bad workouts and races–we all have them and we always will. So why fight them? Why not learn from them? As I work with beginners, Boston qualifiers and Olympic hopefuls, I no longer fret about the occasional bad workout or race. I see them as learning opportunities. Most of the time, they’re harbingers of better…
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DON’T TAPER. PEAK!

Over the last few years, I think I’ve finally figured this peaking thing out. It took a while because, like many coaches, I fell into the standard “tapering” model we’ve all been taught. Problem was, tapering didn’t work consistently. The results were just as hit-or-miss as not tapering at all. So, I threw “tapering” out…
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DR. DAVE’S DO-DO RULE

Dr. David Martin is one of my favorite people in our sport. While he could just sit in his lab and do his own thing, that’s not his style. Instead, he takes an active role in helping athletes succeed. He’s credited with helping U.S. marathoners optimally prepare for the unusually hot and humid conditions at…
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RACING A BETTER BOSTON

Seasoned Boston marathoners will tell you that the challenge of the race isn’t Heartbreak Hill. The challenge is the miles and miles of downhill leading into Heartbreak Hill. These downhill miles trash your quads just as you enter the most important part of the marathon – the last 10 miles. Handle those first 16 miles…
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