Common knowledge holds that a cadence of 180 foot strikes per minute is optimal. To achieve this, your left and right feet each hit the ground 90 times in a minute. The rationale is that this cadence will help you maintain good form. Good form reduces the chance of injury. And running with good form for longer periods of […]
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In our last post on Beating the Injury Mindset I mentioned several running alternatives. Foremost among them is the elliptical machine. In this article, I’ll outline the pros and cons of using the elliptical. I will also provide a few sample workouts. Elliptical machines are in almost any gym, anywhere. You have definitely seen it before. It has […]
Time off. Down time. Run jail. Whatever you call it, there’s no hiding from the fact that you aren’t running. And it’s driving you crazy. If you’re a Type A athlete like most of us, any interruption of your normal life is incredibly painful. “Run – Eat – Work – Sleep – Repeat” is long gone. […]
Sometimes running isn’t an option. It’s a hard thing for runners to admit, but we all have a “line” somewhere at which point, running is no longer good for our bodies.
It’s that magical third Monday in April. The time of year when spring has sprung, even if it doesn’t show up on race day. The time of year when everybody is #BostonStrong. Monday was the 2016 Boston Marathon Monday! This year’s edition featured a good wind and temperatures in the low 70s. The weather was perfect for spectating. […]
Stretching is as important to running as running. Left untreated, tight muscles can be the difference between lining up on the starting line for a race, or watching it from the sidelines.
oin Coach Patrick from Marathon Nation for some guidance on how to get up to speed in a new town. You’ll need a new store, a new running group and much more…but how to find them without stalking every runner that you see?
Join Coach Patrick from Marathon Nation for a discussion on how to prepare for the end of the marathon. It has been said that the marathon is “twenty miles of hope and six miles of reality”…so how to deal with it?
In what was part of my comeback trail, the return to Boston was an event I’ve been looking forward to all year. I got it done, but it wasn’t pretty. Note to self — I definitely need to do a better job of learning to respect the marathon distance. Includes splits are more…
Until you hit the “line” you aren’t racing, you are running. You ignore the other runners and do your best to flatten out the course through smart pacing. Nutritionally you are fueling in anticipation of the last 8 miles. Race to the Finish — The last 8 miles on race day are were dreams are […]
Training for the Boston Marathon is unique on three distinct levels. First, it’s typically your second marathon training cycle within a 12-month window. This brings some complications and opportunities that we’ll explore later in this article. Second, everyone wants to perform at their best (of course!). And finally, the bulk of your training will take […]
The Boston Marathon is the holy grail for many marathon runners. The unique qualification system and stringent timing standards mean that only a small percentage of the marathoning population is eligible to participate. Unless you are a charity runner, your only option is to spend years getting fitter and faster…and then having the perfect race […]
Many runners build an unhealthy relationship with racing that leads them to train for races, instead of racing at peak points in their training. Avoid this problem by following a simple basic training week, outlined here or available for download.
Join Coach Patrick from Marathon Nation (www.marathonnation.us) for a discussion on how to pick the best possible first marathon.
Join Coach Patrick from Marathon Nation (www.marathonnation.us) for a quick review of how to properly get dressed for running in the cold!
Join Coach Patrick from Marathon Nation (www.marathonnation.us) for a review of how to best get ready to do your run workout on the treadmill. Eliminate treadmill workout shock and improve your ability to do workouts better than before!