You’re getting ready for your first ultra marathon and looking for some tips to make sure you’re fully prepared to tackle what’s ahead. Today we’re going to move you from having an uncertain mindset to the point where you’re ready to tackle the challenge. You may be running 30 miles, 50 miles, or 200 miles, but at… Read More

How Often Should I run?

A number of runners who are just starting out have asked me, “How often should you run each week?” What a great question, with an endless number of answers. In order to accurately determine how often you should run, you must address the following four questions first.… Read More

Gaining confidence as you approach race day is essential. Today I had 10 miles that included 2 3 mile repeats ahead of race pace with a mile recovery in between. I ran these at 6:40/mi. These types of workouts are essential in order to run faster and achieve the goals that you set out when you began… Read More

You’ve gotta get lucky to PR. That’s what I learned after closing out another week of training. You can train your ass off, but if the stars don’t align on race day, you’ll run the race you intended to just at a slower pace than you needed to PR. What the hell happened!?… Read More

Life happens. Last week my girlfriend’s mother was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on her brain. In a whirlwind of a long weekend we drove about 25 hours and spent some time at the hospital ahead of the surgery to remove the tumor.… Read More

Well I had a great couple of workouts in the Adirondack Mountains. I had 8 miles at race pace, about 5 of which was uphill. Overall I ran 30 seconds per mile slower, but I couldn’t complain about that at all based on the hills. I grabbed a bit of time back on the downhills running… Read More

August 8-11th Today I want to talk about overcoming mental barriers. I feel like I’ve faced these throughout my running life. Early on during my Chicago marathon training I struggled with overcoming a self-imposed 8:00/mi mental barrier. I could easily run faster than that on tempo and repeat workouts, but overcoming that pace for a prolonged period of time was a huge mental… Read More

A short night of sleep and 34 miles over the last 4 days made me know I had to mentally be ready for today’s workout. I normally have 2 tough workouts a week and then an intense long run every other week. Everything else is easy running. On workout days I know I need to be… Read More

It was raining pretty good out and when it wasn’t raining it was super humid out there. I stuck to the treadmill although I wanted to get outside. I felt pretty good overall today and refreshed. Last Thursday I had my worst workout to date running 7 miles at race pace. I know I’ll have those… Read More