What makes a good coach?

What makes a good coach?
Recently on a forum I got called out for having a 3:19 marathon PR and being a coach. Now, I actually took no offense from his comment and I don’t think he was being disrespectful. I even sent him a message letting him know, and apologizing for the rude comments from others. No fault to them either, I think they took it more to heart t [...]

Want VS Need

Want VS Need
Lately I have been trying to change my mindset about things in running that I want vs items that I need. The main focus of this internal discussion has been thinking about a GPS. Currently, and for the past few years I’ve either been using my iPhone in an armband or a Suunto Footpod. Well the footpod is useless here in the mountains an [...]

An athlete give her thoughts on havin...

An athlete give her thoughts on having a coach.
And athlete of mine just wrote an article at her blog about working with me as a coach. It was really neat to hear what she had to say Please check it out! There is no better way to establish an actual running routine than to have someone putting in the time and effort to design your personal running schedule.  I was a big fan of “tr [...]

Key Workout: Specific Endurance

Key Workout: Specific Endurance
This may be the most scenic road race in South Dakota, start to finish there is a great view! The Workout: 20km @ 90% goal half marathon pace (gp= 6:06 / 3:47) The Result: 21.1km @ 6:27 / 4:00 pace (downhill), 6:38 grade adjusted pace Desi, a couple friends, and myself went camping near Spearfish on Saturday. I took advantage of us being near [...]

Stability Shoe Pseudoscience

Stability Shoe Pseudoscience
My friend Rick at EngagingMuscles.com made a comment at a blog recently, and I wanted to post it here for you to read and consider. The original post: With less than two months to go until the half marathon (eek!) I thought it was about time I invested in some proper running trainers. My Nike IDs have been amazing – they started my running [...]

Key Workout: Hill Circuit

Key Workout: Hill Circuit
The Hill Circuit is a great workout for working on your running specific strength. When you first do this routine, start with an easy few miles as a warm up and only do 1 rep of the above circuit, followed by a cooldown. Every 2-3 weeks repeat the workout but add another set.This will make you stronger! You can see below I did the four reps [...]

Wear Pattern & Stride

Wear Pattern & Stride
0 vs 1200 miles Wear pattern on shoes has long been held as a way to determine stride characteristics. However the truth is that shoe wear pattern does little (or nothing) to actually tell you what your feet are actually doing, as they have a great deal of movement inside the shoe independent of the footwear. Wear pattern also completely igno [...]

Strength is in your BRAIN

Strength is in your BRAIN
This is a quote that was posted on Facebook, and I wanted to share it here. There is a lot of talk in the running world about the importance of strength training for increasing performance and injury prevention. I agree with the current research that explosive and heavy resistance training increases stiffness within the muscle-tendon system [...]

Benefits of Double Run Days

Benefits of Double Run Days
An athlete that I coach inquired about running twice in one day, how it should/can be done, and why. This is something I do most days of the week and there are three main reasons to do so. I’ll also go into the two primary benefits to doubling at the end of the article. 1) Time Crunched This is a very common one for a number of my athl [...]

I need to race more

I need to race more
I think I need to race more. Not to race to win, but to learn how to suffer. I do suffer, but I suffer from going out too slow in races. What I need to learn is how to be comfortable suffering from the second a race starts until the second a race ends. And racing is the best way to improve on this ability. I just need to…stand at the s [...]

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