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The "Broken Marathon Challenge" Race Report

On May 17th, Joe Rich embarked on a Marathon Challenge. This was not a straight forward marathon. At the beginning of each hour – first run at 8AM, last run at 8PM - Joe ran at least 2 miles (the first run was 2.2) until he got to a full marathon. Read his race report, including nutrition, pacing, mental strategy, and his fastest split (the second to last run) in this blog post!
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First 5K!

Congratulations on signing up for your first 5K! Whether you’re participating in a traditional race or a virtual race, it’s time to start training. Grab a friend and let’s get going. Follow this training plan and in six weeks you will be ready to run your 5K.
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Running 101

Are you just getting started with running? Check out our top 8 tips for beginners!
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Get Busy Livin'

I was once what you might call a bit of a ‘reluctant flier’. While I didn’t quite have a B.A. Baracus-type of anxiety around it, it wasn’t my favorite means of transportation. I wouldn’t not fly, but I would definitely check to see how long the drive would have been, for places where I wanted to go. And while I typically ended up boarding a plane to get to those places, it was rare that I actually enjoyed myself on it. You see, I hated turbulence. The plane would start shaking, and maybe do that little drop-thing that it does, and my head would instantly go to that scene from Castaway, when the FedEx plane plunged into the Pacific.
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What To Do - The Million Dollar Question

Someday, 20-30 years from now, the next generation of endurance sport athletes, and non-athletes for that matter, will ask the million-dollar question: “What did you do during the COVID-19 Pandemic?”
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Treadmill Training

The fall races have concluded and the ramp up for the next season has not yet begun. Athletes are enjoying their time off, catching up with friends and family, and perhaps enjoying the relaxed lifestyle a little bit too much. But once the new year comes, it’s time to get back on the horse and resume a structured training program. Unfortunately, for many of our athletes, this resumption coincides with less hospitable outdoor training conditions. Gone are the long, warm days, replaced by the short, cold, icy days. As a result, much of off-season training is done indoors. On the run, that means time on the treadmill. Many athletes dread the treadmill runs, so how do you keep your athletes motivated and best utilize the time indoors?
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Tapping Into The Power of Now With Your Sport

As a triathlete, a cyclist, a runner trying to achieve your goals, you are most likely very driven. Your competitive spirit is brimming over the top and that motivates you to train. Add in your job/career and your family and it’s clear how busy your life is. Add in the context of a culture that glorifies busyness and has made exhaustion a status symbol. Burnout and even resentment toward your sport of choice is a very real possibility. As someone who has been in endurance sports as an athlete and a coach for many years I have seen countless athletes come and go.
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The Mary Cain Effect

Perhaps you remember an opinion article written a few years ago in the New York Times titled “How The ‘Shalane Flanagan Effect’ Works.” Written by Lindsay Crouse, the story celebrated Flanagan’s 2017 NYC Marathon victory. It highlighted her ability to lead teammates within her squad for the betterment and enlightenment of herself and others, while embracing the message that success doesn’t necessarily mean that others need to lose for us to win. Our gain doesn’t have to be another’s pain; that “power in numbers” always trumps one’s own lonely rise to the top. This article sparked a wave of female empowerment of “women empowering women” and the infamous “%*K Yeah” moment of female success.
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Aging Gracefully (In Sport)

This past February I did a 3/20 test on the bike. For those non-QT2 folks reading this, that’s our version of an FTP test. In other words, ride really hard and see what kind of average power and heart rate you can produce.
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Can You Train Too Hard?

We’ve all done it. We all fall into the trap. The summer months have arrived, and it takes every ounce of our being to not take to the open road, and launch into every workout full-blast, determined to sweat our hearts out in the summer sunshine. We do this willingly, visioning our dreams of completion, achievement, personal bests, and all the other race day feels. We want our friends on Strava, Garmin, and all forms of social media to see how fast we went. How strong we are. How far we went, how far we’ve come, how far we’ll go. But is it too much? Is it too hard? Will you reach that goal?
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Training
On May 17th, Joe Rich embarked on a Marathon Challenge. This was not a straight forward marathon. At the beginning of each hour – first run at 8AM, last run at 8PM - Joe ran at least 2 miles (the first run was 2.2) until he got to a full marathon. Read his race report, including nutrition, pacing, mental strategy, and his fastest split (the second to last run) in this blog post!
Congratulations on signing up for your first 5K! Whether you’re participating in a traditional race or a virtual race, it’s time to start training. Grab a friend and let’s get going. Follow this training plan and in six weeks you will be ready to run your 5K.
Are you just getting started with running? Check out our top 8 tips for beginners!
I was once what you might call a bit of a ‘reluctant flier’. While I didn’t quite have a B.A. Baracus-type of anxiety around it, it wasn’t my favorite means of transportation. I wouldn’t not fly, but I would definitely check to see how long the drive would have been, for places where I wanted to go. And while I typically ended up boarding a plane to get to those places, it was rare that I actually enjoyed myself on it. You see, I hated turbulence. The plane would start shaking, and maybe do that little drop-thing that it does, and my head would instantly go to that scene from Castaway, when the FedEx plane plunged into the Pacific.
Someday, 20-30 years from now, the next generation of endurance sport athletes, and non-athletes for that matter, will ask the million-dollar question: “What did you do during the COVID-19 Pandemic?”
The fall races have concluded and the ramp up for the next season has not yet begun. Athletes are enjoying their time off, catching up with friends and family, and perhaps enjoying the relaxed lifestyle a little bit too much. But once the new year comes, it’s time to get back on the horse and resume a structured training program. Unfortunately, for many of our athletes, this resumption coincides with less hospitable outdoor training conditions. Gone are the long, warm days, replaced by the short, cold, icy days. As a result, much of off-season training is done indoors. On the run, that means time on the treadmill. Many athletes dread the treadmill runs, so how do you keep your athletes motivated and best utilize the time indoors?
As a triathlete, a cyclist, a runner trying to achieve your goals, you are most likely very driven. Your competitive spirit is brimming over the top and that motivates you to train. Add in your job/career and your family and it’s clear how busy your life is. Add in the context of a culture that glorifies busyness and has made exhaustion a status symbol. Burnout and even resentment toward your sport of choice is a very real possibility. As someone who has been in endurance sports as an athlete and a coach for many years I have seen countless athletes come and go.
Perhaps you remember an opinion article written a few years ago in the New York Times titled “How The ‘Shalane Flanagan Effect’ Works.” Written by Lindsay Crouse, the story celebrated Flanagan’s 2017 NYC Marathon victory. It highlighted her ability to lead teammates within her squad for the betterment and enlightenment of herself and others, while embracing the message that success doesn’t necessarily mean that others need to lose for us to win. Our gain doesn’t have to be another’s pain; that “power in numbers” always trumps one’s own lonely rise to the top. This article sparked a wave of female empowerment of “women empowering women” and the infamous “%*K Yeah” moment of female success.
This past February I did a 3/20 test on the bike. For those non-QT2 folks reading this, that’s our version of an FTP test. In other words, ride really hard and see what kind of average power and heart rate you can produce.
We’ve all done it. We all fall into the trap. The summer months have arrived, and it takes every ounce of our being to not take to the open road, and launch into every workout full-blast, determined to sweat our hearts out in the summer sunshine. We do this willingly, visioning our dreams of completion, achievement, personal bests, and all the other race day feels. We want our friends on Strava, Garmin, and all forms of social media to see how fast we went. How strong we are. How far we went, how far we’ve come, how far we’ll go. But is it too much? Is it too hard? Will you reach that goal?