photo credit: Synergy by Jasmine One of the most common questions runners ask is how they can get faster. While speed is certainly relative, there are many factors that contribute to overall improvement. Inside Marathon Nation we consider the top three factors to be flexibility, control, and durability aka what Coach Patrick often refers to […]
After the marathon, most runners simply…keep running. No downtime. No rest. No reflection. No time for growth…and ultimately no room for it either. Any marathon finisher will tell you the importance of being 100% mentally prepared for the challenges of race day; yet few choose to exercise their mental muscles in the post-race window when it makes the biggest difference. Here’s how we do it inside Marathon Nation.
Winter training isn’t fun or easy. Everyone needs to run in the snow at least once a year, after that the fun and excitement diminish in favor of worry about falling and concern for missed workouts. But the winter is also a great time for a running re-birth, a chance to leave the hectic race schedule behind for some quality training that can really help separate you from the competition when the season heats up again in the Spring. Here are three distinct things to work on that can help you breakthrough this winter.
With the Goofy Challenge mere days away, and the growing popularity of more hard core running events that let you stack up serious miles like Reach the Beach or Bay to Breakers, this article is meant to address the need for almost instant run recovery. Success in endurance running events has less to do with your fitness than it does with your ability to handle the associated physical and mental fatigue. Being able to bounce back, in other words, is a critical success factor.
Congratulations! You just completed a marathon and whether or not you met your goal time, you have earned the right to take some serious time off. In fact, your ability to recover well will determine the real outcome of the marathon – your fitness. This article will outline why we need to recover and give you input on how to handle each of the three critical recovery phases: First Hour, Twelve Hours and Seventy-Two Hours.