Join Coach Patrick from Marathon Nation (www.marathonnation.us) for another weekly running podcast. This week Coach P discusses the concept of Negative Splitting, including: – A definition of negative splitting. – Long run negative split vs other types of runs. – Finishing strong as a habit – Psychological benefits of Negative Splitting in training and racing […]
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MN Episode 17: Split Runs, Knee Problems, Racing with Heart Rate
Join Coach Patrick from Marathon Nation (www.marathonnation.us) for another weekly running podcast. This week Coach P continues the Newsletter Q and A session with Sam Y. Sam asks a few great questions, including: Is it beneficial if I split my long run over 48 hours but train at a faster pace? Does doing […]
Four Questions to Ask Your Pacer at Your Next Marathon
Once a luxury, most marathons now employ a group of Pacers to help lead runners to a certain finishing time. But not all Pacers are the same; and non of them run like the metronome you most likely assume them to be.
Ten Taper Tips: How To Save Your Marathon And More
Here are a few more points to consider as you head into the final few weeks of your marathon training. Some are simple; some are a bit more complex. My goal here is to give you insights as to how you can improve your taper — and by extension, your race — by broadening the […]
Making the Most of Your Final Long Run: A Marathoner’s Dilemma
Getting ready to run — or race — a marathon is an undertaking of significant effort. Having miles in your legs isn’t the final arbiter of race day success — or performance. Here are some critical points to consider as you prepare for the final push to your marathon.
Defining the Right Long Run for Your Marathon Training (Equation Included)
One of the most frequent marathon training questions I am asked has to do with the “best” distance for the weekly long run. At first I thought everyone was obsessed with the long run, but I have come to realize that people are really asking me something entirely different: “How far do I need to […]
Re-Thinking the Marathon Running Schedule: A Pace Based Approach
Not all marathon running schedules are created equal, and your training might be suffering because of it. This isn’t the case for everyone, but it’s especially true if you run slower than 9-minute miles during your long runs. Here’s how you can adapt your training plan.
Part 4: Eight Couch to Marathon Baby Steps
While the marathon is your own personal adventure to navigate, rest assured that thousands more have done the same. You can use their experience as your road map. As a coach who has helped countless athletes reach the finish line, I am going to let you in on one simple secret for your preparation: Take […]
Breakthrough Running: A Seasonal Roadmap for Success
As we head into the Fall running season, runners everywhere start activating with a focus on a key race. The renewed sense of purpose brings questions about their training, undoubtedly encouraged by the recent launch of our pace-based running training schedules.
Hydrate or Die: How To Hydrate for those Hot Long Runs
One of the most challenging aspects of running long, especially in the hotter months of the year, is managing your fluid intake. It doesn’t matter how fit you are, or how smartly you pace yourself — your body simply can’t perform to it’s potential if it’s lacking fluids. Every long run in your training cycling […]
6 Ways to Master the Mystery of the Marathon
photo credit: maryames Note: This is another installment in the Marathon Nation Guest Post Series. I hope you enjoy the fresh perspective! For many years, I avoided the marathon because of its distance. I couldn’t fathom how I would train for the 26.2 miles, let alone race it. And so I bought a book on […]
Rapid Recovery For Runners
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 […]
The Marathon Secret: Your Skill Run, aka It’s Not All Endurance
Running is one thing, but to do it well is something else and to sustain it for 26.2 miles is another story altogether. Poor running form can lead to injury, additional stress on your body, and reduce your ability to use your fitness over time. You must develop–and maintain–good running form if you are going […]
Marathon Success and the Race Rehearsal Workout
As exciting as marathon race day can be, it doesn’t have to be such a giant roll of the dice. After all you’re not just hoping for a PR, you want to run the whole race. While every marathon runner starts with high hopes on race day, not everyone is able to realize their goals. […]
Splitting the Marathon Long Run
The marathon is considered by many to be running’s ultimate test. But as anyone who as trained for a marathon can tell you, the real challenges happens long before race day or the dreaded “wall.” It’s the hard work you do in the weeks and months prior to your race that can make — or […]
A Typical MN Training Week
After posting a bunch of articles on why we value speedwork for marathoners, how we value execution on race day and our guidance on improving your run form, one consistent question keeps popping up in my inbox: So how what does your training actually look like?