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Decker Half Marathon Race Plan and Why Coach Jen Loves It.

DECKER HALF MARATHON Sunday, December 11th @ 8 AM   Race Details: Travis County Expo Center 7311 Decker Ln Austin, TX 78724 Packet Pick-up: Fri 1-5 PM & Sat 10 AM – 4 PM @ Rogue Running – 410 Pressler St. Clothing Drop off @ Mile 2 Weather Forecast: Lows in the 50s w/morning clouds [...]

Get Faster Faster

Every runner wants to run faster. Sure you do. Even if you’re just trying to finish races and not set any speed records, you still want to run as fast as fast as you can. Everyone does. But, there are really only two basic ways to run faster: You can increase the length of your stride and cover more ground or you can increase the number of strides you take.

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Lessons Learned: What A Stud Taught A Pud

I consider myself a very lucky guy. Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to run with some of the world’s greatest runners from Olympic gold medalist icons like Herb Elliott and Rosa Mota to American heroes such as Bill Rodgers, Meb Keflezighi, Steve Scott and Alberto Salazar. I’ve learned something from every one of them. But there’s one great runner who I ran with many years ago who has always stood out for me. That man is Rob de Castella.

Fall Marathon Training On Three Runs A Week

When you make the decision that you want to run a marathon, you’ll quickly discover all sorts of elaborate training plans and schedules designed to get you to the finish line. Almost all of them require you to run at least four or five days per week with perhaps a day or two of cross-training thrown in.

Pick Up Speed With Strides After Every Workout

Summer’s almost done and the cooler, dryer weather is right around the corner. For many, it's marathon, while for many others, it's time to start cranking up the mileage and long runs for half marathons and marathons later this fall. Or, for the two biggies in the Austin Distance Challenge: The 3M Half (January 24) and/or the Austin Marathon/Half ( February 14).

Using Long Runs As Experiment To Prepare for Race Day

One of the Golden Rules of marathoning is also one of the simplest: Don’t try to do anything on race day which you haven't done in training. The marathon is not the time for experimentation with new shoes, strategy, clothes or nutritional supplements. Doing so, might work out but chances are that experimenting with something [...]

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.

Get Fast Faster With Weekly Tempo Runs

The primary reason why most of us train is quite simple: To get better. Although “getting better” means different things to different runners, it is clear that, as runners, we want to enjoy our activity and still advance our fitness goals. If we run races and marathons, we want to run faster and hopefully, set a personal best and/or compete in our age group division.

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.

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 Practice Negative Split Pacing This Fall

Runners are generally very positive, upbeat, highly motivated people. But, irony of ironies, negative running is a good thing. Particularly for racers. Allow me to explain. A negative-paced race is more properly termed “negative splits” and what it means is running the second half of any race or long run faster than the first half. [...]

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 [...]