//Half and Full Marathon Training

Reflections after a difficult race (AKA Zooma follow-up)

When I shared my Zooma race report earlier this week, I got a bunch of comments I wasn't expecting. Many were supportive, but others (vitually) rolled their eyes and said I was whining or need to toughen up. It's always interesting to see how people perceive me through the words I write, which I didn't [...]

Yasso 800s Detailed and Explained

First of all, the name: Bart Yasso is the chief running officer at Runner’s World. I have no idea what that entails, but Bart has been running for something like a century and a half and I've known him just about that long. He’s run a zillion marathons and done all sorts of wacky running stunts (such as running across Death Valley to the top of Mount Whitney in July and doing another race nude). If you’ve ever been at one of the major city marathons, you may even have met him at the Runner’s World booth. Chances are he even remembers your name from another race.

Summer Recovery: The Hard/Easy Method Explained

If you have started your training this summer for a fall marathon or half (or about to start it) and have been closely following a training schedule, you probably will have noticed that there’s always an easy day, recovery run or complete rest day following every hard or long run. This is the classic hard/easy training method that nearly every runner follows. Even though there’s a huge difference among training schedules, every reliable schedule incorporates this hard/easy style of training.

10-Step Recovery Plan For Austin Half/Marathoners

This isn't exactly a newsflash, but marathons aren't just tough to run. It's tough to recover from one too. A marathon pushes the body to the max and stresses every part of your system and structure. If you finished the Austin Marathon or Half Marathon on Sunday, congratulations.

Oppressive Humidity Makes for Tough Austin Marathon and Half; David Fuentes Wins Third Austin Half

One of the Golden Rules of marathoning is a good day for spectators is a bad day for racing. For the third year in a row, temps were ideal for marathon-watching but brutal for marathon running. Actually, the temps weren't all that bad

Austin Marathon Newbies? It’s Time To Work On Your Marathon Plan

Don't look now, but the Austin Marathon is just over the horizon and it will be here on February 15th before you know it. If Austin is your first marathon, you need to formulate a game plan today. You had a training plan to prepare you for the Austin Marathon; now you need a marathon plan. Failure to have a good one is a prescription for failure.

How To Use Your Long Runs To Experiment For The Marathon

Any experienced marathoner will tell you that the No. 1 rule for beginning marathoners is simple: Don’t try to do anything new on race day or the day before the marathon. The marathon is not the time for experimentation with new shoes, strategy, clothes or nutritional supplements. Doing so, might work out, but chances are [...]

Training with Mac: The Mental Aspect to Training

A huge part of running is how to make yourself go when you just don’t feel like it. In this regard, you could say that half of our sport is mental. In other words the mind is what makes you get up and go and helps you run your run best when you need it. [...]

Training with Mac: How To Improve Your Form for More Efficient Running

As a runner, you have probably had the same experience I have had many times: A non-runner asks you how to run. How do we do it? Or, what is the best way to run? But there is no best way. Running is a natural activity that doesn’t necessarily need to be taught. One of [...]

Use Shorter Races This Fall To Build Marathon Success

Running a marathon isn’t quite as simple as waking up one morning and deciding to jump into the starting corral and cruise through 26.2 miles. If it were that easy, everyone would do it. Nor would it be as rewarding and as great a life-affirming experience as completing a marathon can be. Instead, training properly [...]

Making The Long Run Easier

There’s just no way of getting around the fact that the most important element of any marathon or even half marathon training program is the long run. It is absolutely essential that every aspiring marathoner consistently logs numerous long runs during the three or four month marathon buildup period. It’s quite simple: Do the long [...]

Training With Mac: Marathon Training Speed Workouts for the Track

As we detailed last week, speed work - especially strength work - doesn't have to be on the track. But after a few weeks of building strength off the track, it's advisable to go to a track and aim for a certain time to run for a specific distance. What I suggest is base everything [...]

Marathon Mileage: Finding the Right Balance

Nobody can tell you precisely how many miles per week you need to run to successfully complete your first marathon or half marathon. Every runner is different as are the individual goals and levels of ability. But one of the most important questions any runner—regardless of experience—must answer when training for the marathon is how [...]

Training With Mac: Finding Your Optimum Long Run Pace And Distance

Building endurance from weekly mileage is the most important part of distance running, but the long run with its endurance boost is the most important part of weekly mileage. Most marathoners are acutely aware of the import of the long run, but either don't know how far or fast it should be. Just like the [...]

Training with Mac: Finding the Right Weekly Mileage

If you are just starting a buildup for a late fall marathon, one of the parameters you'll have to figure out is your weekly mileage. That mileage can go up some weeks and down during others, but you need a solid approximation of how many miles—on average—you'll run. As marathoners, we're all ambitious people but [...]