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October 6, 2015

So, What Next?

Yeah, I’ve got the hardest part of my season still ahead of me, but I like to think ahead. I’m constantly scheming and planning. It helps me distract myself during training to think about what’s next. And it helps to keep me focused through a season to see that life goes on after I appreciate that it’s almost inappropriate to try to plan so far ahead even though I’m still about 4 weeks from my goal race of the New York City Marathon.  But, I’ve already registered to running the Goofy Challenge again in January. It requires a special kind of preparation to do a marathon[…continue reading]



September 9, 2015

Back to Action!

by pyrad
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With the time of year, I could call this a “back to school” article, except that I’m back to training after an injury. So, a few weeks ago I got a pretty bad scare when I was worried that I had a stress fracture in my foot. There were a few things that could have caused it. The first was that I was trying a new shoe that was half-a-size too small and was putting a lot of pressure on the top of my foot. The second and more likely cause was overtraining. I had a wonderfully intense week on[…continue reading]



August 10, 2015

My Transition Quality Phase of training for summer 2015

Summer 2015 Training Plan: Transition Quality

The Early Quality Phase of my summer 2015 training is over. I’m not say it is over well, but it is over. As I mentioned in my review of July, I had a breakdown in discipline towards the end of that month which resulted in missing quite a few workouts, including a 10-mile long run. And I only got in 2 of the 6 quality runs for this phase. But, it’s too late to go back and fix that so, onwards and upwards! Up next is the Transition Quality phase of the program. This is the phase that sucks the most! It has the most[…continue reading]



July 13, 2015

Early Morning Workouts: An Ode to #5amRunClub

I’ve been running at least once a week in the VERY early morning this season for at least 6 weeks now. I’ve done it before, but I think is the first time I’ve consistently kept renewing my membership in the #5amRunClub. I love these early morning runs and there are a lot of benefits, but there are also a ton of challenges and tricks I need to do to get going.   EARLY MORNING BENEFITS Why in the world would you want to get out of bed that early? Isn’t it crazy? Well, it feels like it sometimes, but it’d definitely worth[…continue reading]



June 26, 2015

Summer 2015 Training Plan: Early Quality

The Foundation and Injury Prevention Phase of my summer 2015 training just kind of flew by! the 5 runs a week looked really intimidating, especially since a lot of them would be for #5amRunClub. But, I got through most of it! I’m pleasantly surprised by how strong I feel after this base re-building phase. Up next is the Early Quality phase of the program which marked by the introduction of interval work. This period also has a modest increase in mileage. When I went through this phase last summer, I started well but didn’t get in all of the quality workouts. I feel like[…continue reading]