For so many busy, on-the-go runners, just about the only time we have to get our run in during the work week is during our lunch hour. It isn’t a lot of time, but if that’s all you have, you have to make the most of it.
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.
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.
Massage has been around forever. Even the Greeks used some type of massage. Runners have known about its practicality and benefits for decades, but, until the past years, it seemed sports massage was only available for the elite athletes.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.