With less than a week to go before the Boston Marathon, I figured I would toss out a great workout that I use to help determine overall fitness and gauges marathon goal pace. This is a workout I did weeks ago and was very pleased with the results.
Named after Chief Running Officer of Runner’s World Magazine, Bart Yasso, this workout is a staple of marathon preparation. Just Google “Yasso 800s” and you will find a bevy of info about this workout. (more…)
I have a lot of athletes ask if they should skip a race if it falls in their marathon training plan. It is a tough decision if you really like to race. When you race, you are giving your best effort, which leaves you quite drained. The problem with this is that most races are on weekends. Weekends are usually when long training runs happen. So how do you do both? Is it safe to do both? Here are a couple suggestions. (more…)
Days are growing shorter. Temperatures are dropping. Running outside is not as fun as it was just a few weeks ago. For most runners, that means running less, or taking their running indoors. I try and run outside as much as I can. Icy roads and bitter cold can force even the toughest runner inside to do their workouts on a treadmill. You can still get a great workout without the stimulation of the great outdoors. Check out these great tips and ideas from Fix.com. AND DON’T FORGET to use the safety tether. I have scars on my shins from a nasty spill a few years ago. (more…)
I have only done one Boston Marathon, but I had a great time visiting the city of Boston. It was nice to treat the race weekend as a mini vacation. We flew into Boston from Washington, DC late on Friday evening and left very early Tuesday morning. I think we were able to do some fun activities in a limited time. I am going back again this April, and will add to this list, I am sure. Have a suggestion? Add it to the comments. (more…)
Don’t let a bad race get you down. The last thing you need when training is self-doubt. This past weekend I had a sub-par performance at a local 5k race. Afterwards, I had to take some time to put the day into perspective and push it out of my mind in order to move on. Here is how I did it. (more…)