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HOW TO ADJUST YOUR WORKOUTS FOR AN OFF-DAY

LEARN TO MAKE APPROPRIATE CHANGES TO WORKOUTS AS NEEDED Every runner goes into every workout hoping for the best. We all want to feel great and hit or even surpass our planned paces. The reality, however, is that you’re likely to have a few workouts where you just don’t feel good. Or you may show up…
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THE FOUR TYPES OF HS RUNNERS

HOW THEY DIFFER AND HOW TO TRAIN THEM The high school cross country coach often faces four types of runner as the season gets under way. While the easiest path is to give each runner the same training, the most successful coaches tailor the training to fit each type of runner. Here are my four…
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THINK TALL FOR GOOD RUNNING FORM

THE SIMPLEST, MOST EFFECTIVE RUNNING FORM CUE I was lucky to run at a high school where the coach and the upperclassmen focused on proper running form. It was something we worked on frequently. As a result, nearly every runner leaving the program had very good form. Notice that I didn’t say “the same form.” We…
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THE RUNNER’S ULTIMATE NUTRITIONAL RECOVERY ROUTINE (RUNRR)

About 15 years ago, I started drinking a Slim-Fast™ shake after my Sunday long runs. In my graduate classes in exercise physiology, we were studying the inner workings of the muscular and endocrine (hormonal) systems. I started drinking the Slim-Fast because researchers discovered that the enzyme, glycogen synthase, that turns carbohydrates from your food into…
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THE TWO BEST FIRST WORKOUTS FOR NEW RUNNERS

Suzanne is a runner (though she says not a “real runner”). She started running three years ago to get back in shape after the birth of her second child. Over a few months, she progressed from a walk/run around the block to running 2-4 days per week, covering 3-5 miles each run and up to…
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GPS RULES

5 TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR SPEED+DISTANCE MONITOR Speed and distance monitors have revolutionized our ability to track training. No more guesstimating. We can now know, in real time, how fast we’re running, how far we run, and myriad other training insights. As with any breakthroughs in running technology, we need a few…
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THE CHAMPION’S WORKOUT

WHY YOU SHOULD SOMETIMES GO ALL-OUT IN TRAINING My favorite running book is John L. Parker’s Once a Runner. In one scene, Cassidy’s coach prescribes a seemingly impossible workout of 60 × 400m, performed in three sets of 20 repeats. Parker does a marvelous job of taking the reader along for the mental and physical…
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GIVE IT A REST

THE LOST ART OF RECOVERING BETWEEN TRAINING CYCLES I see a bad habit forming in many runners: the lack of a recovery cycle after their big races or racing seasons. Today, far too many are simply finishing one race (often a marathon) and immediately starting to train for the next one. You can get away…
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BUILT TO LAST

THE MOST UNDERRATED ‘TALENT’ FOR DISTANCE RUNNING SUCCESS IS DURABILITY I always thought I was talented. I won my state championship in the mile. I ran 53 seconds for 400m and my VO2 max was tested at more than 76 ml/kg/min (quite high). I was also driven, loved training and was competitive. And even at…
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