When low heart rate training gets tough

So…I alluded to this on Monday, but here’s the deal: MAF training is getting a little tough for me right now. And I remember this happening last time through, too, although I seem to be struggling with it even more this time. You’d think MAF would be hardest at the very beginning, when you are at your slowest. It is tough, then, trust me. But […]

Track Week–Final Installment

running track

When we last met I had you running a fun set of 800s and quarters, and before that, a mile repeat session. Now it’s time to work on some faster, top-end speed, something we all lose as we age. This workout is going to help you with those 5k and 10k races you run, and even the longer events on your schedule. Your legs will […]

Don’t be afraid of a little dirt

trail running

When I wrote about my summer trail race, I noticed a pattern to many of the comments: people were afraid to try trail running for fear of getting hurt. I can understand having those fears, but I also want to allay them to some degree. In fact, I’d argue that trail running brings with it less chance for injury than road running. Yes, you might […]

One day MAF hall pass

A 35k in the Blue Mountains of Australia

If you follow me on Facebook, you may have picked up on the fact that I am running a 25k trail race this weekend. And you might have wondered how I could keep my heart rate low during such an effort. The answer is, I can’t. I’ve had this race on my radar for a couple of months, and recently decided that I really wanted […]

A crossfit/running marriage?

I was originally introduced to CrossFit at the shore and loved it

If you’re into healthy living, then you undoubtedly know that there’s a bit of a war going on between endurance athletes and CrossFit/HIIT athletes. And as I’ve mentioned before, this drives me crazy. Mostly my annoyance stems from the fact that anyone feels the need to judge others for the method of staying fit they choose. As long as people are getting of the couch, […]

How to stay off the DL

Compression wear is all good and well, but it won't be the thing that keeps you from getting injured.

I hesitate to write this post, because, of course, as soon as it goes out, I’ll get injured! But a few knocks on wood and here we go. No runner wants to be injured. In fact, I’d say there are few things more miserable than an injured runner. I’m a pretty big believer that injuries don’t just “happen,” and that there are quite a few […]

Mellowing

Sometimes the trail calls louder than the track

Last week Harold at A Veteran Runnah posted about how he was faced with a choice between hitting the track for speed or taking to the trails for a more leisurely run. After some debate, he went with the trails. He concluded that perhaps his focus on running was shifting from all about competition to something more along the lines of enjoyment. Harold is in his […]