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SOLVING THE RACE PACE PROBLEM

RELIABLE 5K AND 10K PREDICTOR WORKOUTS Spring will soon be in the air, and it will be time to hit the roads. The trouble is that coming out of winter, it’s hard to know what kind of shape you are in for your first 5K or 10K of the new racing season. Wonder no more!…
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THE IMPORTANCE OF REST DAYS

As a runner and with most things in life when I do something I go all in, 100%, and I don’t like to break my routine. I think that most runners feel the same way and would agree that taking a day off from running can sometimes feel like a punishment. I didn’t do a…
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THE WHAT-WENT-WRONG LOG

A SIMPLE TOOL TO DIAGNOSE BAD RACES Recently, an athlete I coach had a bad race. To him, the poor performance seemed to come from out of nowhere. Like all of us do, he began to doubt himself. He began to doubt his training. He began to doubt his coach. How could he be so…
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THE TWO PLAN RULE OF RACING, PART 2

RAISE THE BAR ON YOUR OWN PERFORMANCE Coach Joe Vigil is a master motivator. He’s also a tough task-master when it comes to running well. He continually forces runners to raise the bar on their own performances. As with Yoda, the sage Jedi Master, “there is no try, only do.” Following the advice Vigil gives…
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THE TWO PLAN RULE OF RACING, PART 1

SETTING A’s AND B’s FOR A WINNING RACE GRADE At a past coaching conference put on by the High Performance Division of USA Track & Field, a panel of expert coaches that included Joe Vigil, Bob Larson, and Brooks Johnson discussed goal setting and race planning. These top coaches suggested that our traditional method of…
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HODGEPODGE ISN’T A TRAINING PROGRAM

You need a method to your madness I love the word “hodgepodge” and take great delight any time it’s used in conversation. Except when talking about a training plan. Far too often, I hear of runners who take a little from this plan, a bit from that plan, something from the training of a race…
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COMBO WORKOUTS

3 multi-zone efforts to get you race-ready Most workouts focus on one training zone — endurance, stamina, speed or sprint. While these workouts make sense physiologically, many of the best coaches also incorporate “combo” workouts into their training. Combo workouts focus on more than one training zone and are often designed to mimic the demands…
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COLD WEATHER TRAINING WHILE PREGNANT

Just as it is important to be mindful of the warm weather when running while pregnant, it is equally important to be mindful of the cold weather and environment. Here are my five tips on cold weather training for mothers-to-be. TIP #1: WEAR WEATHER-APPROPRIATE LAYERS Although you do not run the risk of overheating in…
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WORK YOUR WEAKNESSES

TIMING AND QUANTITY ARE KEY All runners have strengths. All runners have weaknesses. For a competitive runner moving to the front of the pack (or your age group), it becomes increasingly important to correctly identify your strengths and weaknesses and to use this knowledge to maximize your performance. Runners can be divided into three general…
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TURNING MARATHON FITNESS INTO 5K/10K PRs

DON’T LOSE IT… USE IT! You worked hard over the last few months to prepare for your marathon or half-marathon. You put in the miles. You completed the long runs and on race day, you performed like a champ. Congratulations! So now what? You know you need to mentally and physically recover from the half/full…
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