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When you do a fall marathon, the majority of the training is in the dog days of summer.  Furthermore, the Chicago Marathon has been known to have very unpredictable weather.  I have run this particular race when it was 40 degrees with wind and rain as well as in weather so hot that after 4 hours they literally forced everyone stop and walk directly back to the finish line.  So while it’s hard to predict what the weather will be like on race day, hot weather is much more of a performance inhibitor than cold weather.

Read more on Keep your cool in the heat…

We have all heard that stretching is very important to keep injuries at bay; but let’s face it, when we’re done working out we really don’t
feel like spending that extra time to stretch afterwards.  Either we’re pressed for time or we’re tired.

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A common question athletes have when training for a marathon is should they do strength training.  First and foremost, let me differentiate the difference between my definition of strength training and cross training.  Strength training is weighted resistance exercises such as leg press, squats, bench press, pull ups, etc.  Cross training are activities such as swimming, elliptical, rowing, cycling, etc.

Read more on Marathon Strength Training…

This article will discuss the differences between using training plans and hiring a coach as well as outline the benefits and drawbacks of each.

The wintertime is the optimal time to create highly efficient, safe (not traffic to worry about), and incredibly effective cycling workouts.

Strength Training

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There is currently much debate on the topic of strength training. There have been several research studies that have shown more performance improvement in athletes without strength training. So does this mean you should not strength train?

Fear is Good

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One of the biggest limiters to achieving our true potential is fear. Let’s talk about fear and how it relates to athletic performance.

First time Ironman athlete Julie posted a comment on our blog asking how to prepare mentally for the Ironman race during the taper. She writes “now that you have all your hard-earned endurance training done, how does one align the mental preparation with that to feel ‘ready to go’ day of.”

This question is quite common and we felt that it would benefit many first time Ironman athletes if we were to write a bit about this.

When athletes ask me what is the proper way to taper for a race, I usually relay to them one of my favorite quotes: “What you do can’t help you, what you don’t do can hurt you”. Uhm, what did you say? What I mean by that quote is…

Volume vs Intensity are two main questions asked by our athletes; which should I do when and how much of each makes sense. As a general rule, increasing volume and intensity at the same time does not work and exposes the athlete to injury risk…