One of the things that I hear a lot from runners around me is “Coaches are for fast runners only” or “I’m (or he or she is) too slow to have a coach” or something to that effect. I have to say that this is indeed quite disappointing to hear. To me, getting a coach isn’t … More Do I Really Need A Coach?
Let me tell you the story of FM. We went to school together back when Nirvana smelled like teen spirit and Sharon Stone made quite a name for herself. We were long distance rivals back when our definition of “distance” was two loops around our university campus around the College of Commerce building, along the … More Success Story: After 12 Years, A BQ
What is it about marathoners? We fantasize most of our training season about getting to taper phase then, once it gets here, we hate it. Today, I completed my last real long run before my goal race, the Ottawa Marathon, May 29th. That gives me 2 weeks to recover, prepare mentally and get my body … More Taper Time by Karen Simpson
Our brand spanking new social media coordinator, Allegra Swanson, also writes for the Canadian Running Magazine. In her blog, she talks about her training one confession at a time. Below is a reprint from her post on March 3rd earlier this year. Confession: Sometimes my workouts are inexplicably bad. I like to think of myself … More Confessions from a middle-of-the-pack half marathoner
Continuing on from my last post, the flip side of the equation in 80/20 training is running approximately 20 pct of your weekly mileage at a hard pace. And by hard, I don’t mean your goal pace for the full (MP) or the half-marathon (HMP). Granted that those paces may feel hard towards the end … More Burning Question: Why is Threshold Pace Important?
One of the most frequently asked questions that I hear in our little group is “Why do we need to run so slowly?” As you might have guessed, in this our first week of training, I’ve asked the group to run slowly…extremely slowly. To a point where I barely broke a sweat after an hour … More Burning Question: Why Do We Need To Run Slowly?