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The Lost Art of the Marathon Race Analysis

12 January

A well-executed marathon is the intersection of three key variables: fitness, strategy, and race execution. You could also argue that a solid dose of good fortune can also help, but experience has shown that even perfect temps and a slight tailwind can’t compensate for not being in shape, having no plan, and making poor in-race […]

Rapid Recovery For Runners

05 January

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 […]

Top Four Ways to Make New Year’s Running Resolutions That Stick

29 December

With the New Year upon us, your peers and countless websites are undoubtedly urging you to make resolutions to be a newer and better you. While I think this annual exercise can be a useful one, the changes we pick almost never turn out to work the way we planned — sometimes this is good, […]

Time to Giveth: Free Running Resources

22 December

The holidays are upon us and if you are anything like me, you are probably a little disenchanted by the rampant commercialism of Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family and friends and love to make them happy…but do any of us really need what we are giving? There’s a tiny — but […]

Testimonial: Annette Towler

14 December

I had a successful second marathon, finishing in 4 hours and 12 minutes. I set a personal record. I didn’t qualify for Boston (needed 4:05) but was very happy with my day after just 10 weeks of training on a tougher although very beautiful course in Grand Rapids. I trained for this second marathon using […]

Testimonial: Adam Lesser

14 December

Today was the 1st vDot test I’ve taken in a while, since the last one was done during my half marathon build up. Looking back, it’s been about 2.5 months. To be honest, I knew I could improve my time from my last test (19:20), but since I’ve been on the road to recovery after […]

Top Winter Marathon Training Tips

01 December

If marathon training is hard, then training for a marathon though the winter is downright difficult. Instead of just worrying about mileage, you now have to take the weather, daylight, and countless other factors into account. If you are training for Disney or a similarly timed event, you have little choice but to get tough […]

Testimonial: Barbara K.

30 November

I took your advice and did 8 miles total, with the 10K at steady half-marathon pace (it’s a new pace for me, about 0:45 faster per mile than I’ve run HMs before I joined MN.) I focused on keeping an even 180 cadence even on the hills, and made a new PR for that particular […]

Race Report: Raleigh City of Oaks Half Marathon

24 November

Note: The following was posted to the Marathon Nation forums by Jerry W after his first half.  I think it’s a great example of how we work together as a team despite miles (and time zones!) between us. If you’d like to learn more about the team, please consider creating a free trial membership! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ […]

The Ultimate Philadelphia Marathon Overview (2010 Edition)

17 November

This weekend marks the 17th running of the Philadelphia Marathon, the final installment of the US fall marathon classics. The Philly Marathon is not as popular as some of the other big marathons, but that means you get a world-class race in a great city without all the craziness and crowds! Fall in Philadelphia is […]

Night Running: How To Get & Stay Fit with Daylight Savings Time

11 November

photo credit: OiMax With the change in Daylight Savings complete, dedicated and newbie runners alike are having difficulty transitioning to running in the dark. Night running is a different animal for sure, but it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your running fitness or race goals. With the right preparation and focus, you can make […]

The Ultimate Marathon Race Plan

29 September

Getting ready for the big dance, the full 26.2 miles, is a huge undertaking. As the day approaches, the true significance of the event becomes readily apparent by virtue of just how panicked you become. Not all of the worry is necessarily bad, but it can lead you down the path to some poor deciscions […]