I talk about NAZ Elite runner Kellyn Taylor’s recent Breakthrough at Grandma’s marathon on this week’s episode of my Podcast, Running Through It. She dropped 4 minutes off her marathon PR and 2 minutes off the course record. Kellyn’s Coach, Ben Rosario, is a friend of mine and one of my primary coaching mentors; so I asked him about Kellyn’s training. Continue reading “Running Through It: Kellyn Taylor’s Breakthrough Marathon”
A Post Marathon recovery plan can be tricky, how do you get started on your next training plan? How do you make sure you are fully recovered?
As with all things the perfect plan is very individualized, some runners need more time off and need their recovery to be monitored to make sure they are completely recovered going into the next training cycle while other runners need to be coerced into taking time off because they feel fresh after a couple of days.
It is important to consider mental recovery in this case though, as my college coach used to tell us,
“You either take a break voluntarily or your body will decide for you”.
You may not feel exhausted… but the toll of all of those long runs and hard efforts will take its toll eventually. It can be very tempting (especially after a pr race) to just fire through from one marathon to the next and you might even get away with it for a little while.
However, eventually, this will catch up with you, Continue reading “Running Through It: Marathon Recovery Plan”
The Marathon Taper — or as I like to call it Taper Madness — is a tricky concept to understand.
Complicated by symptoms of: feeling antsy, restlessness, having an overall energy surplus, being fixated on your race, day dreams about heartbreak hill, and just a general anxiety about training — ok a few of those may just be me.
It is not made any easier by the fact that not everyone will respond the same way to a traditional taper. A traditional marathon taper being cut back on the mileage starting a few weeks out from the race and then a few short and quick workouts marathon pace workouts to keep your legs fresh and race ready.
This brings me to this weeks 5 Minute Barrier; I’ll give you a few tools to beat Taper Madness and recognize if a traditional taper is right for you.
As the saying goes, “Marathon training is a cruel mistress”, why else does every marathoner feel the need to tell you about their training regardless if you have asked our not?
It’s a lot of time, effort and sweat equity put into one day, months away, where you will test your mettle on the road…
Which is why you need to be cautious with which marathon training plan you choose!
You need to choose a plan that will work best for you; a plan that will fit within your time constraints but also work with your body and how you as an individual respond to training. However, sometimes it’s hard to tell which plan will work best, especially if you are unsure what to look for!
Take the plan below for instance: Continue reading “Marathon Training: Generic Plans Vs A Whole Body Approach Pt. 1”
The Boston marathon has come and passed and as much fun as it was watching the elites leave it all on the course, it’s easy to forget about the thousands of other runners who have overcome the odds and have logged countless miles to make it to the start line in Hopkinton. The purpose of this article however is not to talk about the training it takes to make it to Boston, that can be reserved for a 1 on 1 conversation, but to talk about what a finely tuned race plan can do for your race. The elites are great at this and the runners that perfectly execute their plans are the runners that find themselves in a good position down the homestretch. Much can be gleamed from post-race interviews of elites and how they felt they executed their plan and if they were prepared enough.
For example we can look at Desi Linden and Shalane Flanagan to see two contrasting views post marathon. A little background info, going into the race Shalane and Desi were the top two Americans and I thought Shalane had a chance of winning the race and possibly going after the American record. Desi however stuck to her race plan while Shalane wasn’t able to execute like she had wanted. This is where post race interviews can shed insight into how you should prepare for a marathon. Continue reading “Learning From The Elites: Post Boston Marathon 2015”