Helen Klein was in her mid-50s and had never run a mile when her husband, Norman, approached her about running a 10-mile race together. Helen decided she didn’t want Norman to run the race alone, so she began running around the yard with him — starting with a fifth of a mile and adding a fifth of a mile each day. After 10 weeks, Helen could run 10 miles.
The retired nurse didn’t stop there, though. She went on to become a legendary ultramarathoner and world record holder. She was even honored for her accomplishments by being selected to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City at the age of 79.
The key to her success and running longevity? Consistency.
It’s about the getting there
If you haven’t been running for a long time, you may be surprised when a runner you know talks about how he or she missed a morning workout but is going to fit in a run later that day. You may think that if...
Most runners understand the idea of consistency and how small consistent steps can pay off with a huge reward. Major milestones are not reached overnight, and meteoric rises are usually followed by similar falls. Runners, especially long distance runners, understand the idea of grinding out for rewards. We search for the appropriate inspiration and motivation to keep training. Motivation wanes, but a deeper understanding is unflappable.
The 3 steps more important than motivation
Motivation will get you to start a run and may help finish a run
What it means to become a runner and living a healthy lifestyle
Running as one aspect of your overall health
The balance of pushing hard and recovery
How commitment leads to action that creates consistency and enjoyment
Building a more positive attitude towards running
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What’s the best way to keep running as I age? How do I maintain speed/pace as I age with less injuries?
How to go from walking to running
How to stop blisters
How to introduce strength training without decreasing running miles per week and not getting injuries
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For many runners, eating is about so much more than food — it’s about fuel. We know we need fuel to power our workouts, and we know that what we eat before a run can affect how it will feel. For example, we know that if we eat a cheeseburger 10 minutes before heading out the door for an interval run at lunchtime, it’s probably not going to go well. Similarly, we know that skipping breakfast before that lunchtime workout likely won’t go well either. But that’s where things get a bit hazy for most of us.
What is the secret formula for proper fueling that will have us training our best and running our strongest on race day? Unfortunately — as you’ve probably already guessed — there isn’t just one answer. That’s because, like most aspects of running, fueling isn’t one-size-fits-all.
The three main food groups of running
At its most basic, fueling as a runner consists of eating a good balance of...
Everyone wants the secret to proper fueling during a race and the exact nutrition plan following a workout or race. While there are certain guidelines and general methods that work better than others, a major part of the picture is overall nutrition. In this episode we will highlight some details that you can take away as tips, but focus on the big picture. We also cover how nutrition, like most things in life, comes down to your mind. You are a runner, an athlete, a healthy person.
What does proper nutrition look like for athletes?
Foods that can help you feel better from your previous or next workout
How to balance food groups
What should you eat before, during, and after a run?
Simple carbs that can become rapid fuel
What’s the ideal macro combination?
Many runners like the slogan “I run for the....”
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You decide to run your first half marathon. You’ve heard 12 weeks is how long you’ll need to train, so you pick a race that’s exactly 12 weeks away on the calendar, print out a schedule you find online, and tape it to the wall for accountability.
You have a reason you want to run this race: You used to go on four-mile runs regularly, but then you took a few months off while you were pregnant and now you want to get back into it and push yourself farther.
The schedule looks doable, starting with a four-mile long run and building up each week with one-mile increases. It also includes some speed work, which you’ve never tried before but figure will be fun.
Fast-forward four weeks, though, and your left knee starts to hurt when you land on it during a run. You keep going and hope it will go away, but on the next run it’s worse. You skip your following two runs, one of which is your long run, then decide you need a whole week off. By the...
You have decided to run a race and are aiming for a new personal best. So you ask your friends what they have done for training. Then, you check out google and see what that suggests. You do the best you can to combine both pieces of information and plan out your next few months. You end up missing some days, skipping some workouts, and adding in a few different things. When you show up at the race, you are not entirely confident and as the gun fires, you take off questioning your preparation. Why do generic plans not get the results you want?
The importance of having a plan
What is a generic plan?
Why generic plans fail a lot of runners
What about workouts
The details of how and when is tricky and varies by the athlete
What about your running body
What about your mind
Tell us your goal that you want to achieve before the end of the year!
We've got a special bonus episode with one of our real life runners, Shelly Bernot! Shelly shares her running journey with us, and we talk more about the idea of growth mindset.
Shelly realized that she was operating from more of a fixed mindset throughout her life, so when she shifted to a growth mindset, it opened up new possibilities and identities for her.
Today we talk more about:
What is growth mindset
How growth mindset can help us in our running journey
How it can help us in the rest of our lives
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Do either of these “more is better” phrases sound familiar to you? “I want to run faster, so I’m going to skip the recovery day on my training plan and replace it with another tempo run.” Or, “I want to run farther, so even though I’m only getting six hours of sleep, I’m going to get up at 4 a.m. so I can add more miles to my run.”
If you’ve been running for awhile, they probably resonate as something you’ve said to yourself at least once in your running history. That’s because we runners pride ourselves on our ability to do hard things. We wake up early, we run the miles, we drink the coffee (only for those of us who like “the coffee,” of course), and, basically, we get things done. That’s why, sometimes, the hardest thing for runners is taking a break and letting our bodies recover — especially when our training is going well, we’re feeling good, and everything is firing on...
I need to run faster so I will run faster. I will run farther. I will sleep less so I can fit in more. I will squeeze in the workout because that is what the calendar says. Without the workouts, the rest of my training is pointless, because this is everything or nothing. This training style sounds dedicated and powerful, but actually misses a major component of any quality plan.
Today we are talking about the often neglected aspect of our training plan: recovery. How important is recovery in our running?
Training requires pushing limits to break down so you can rebuild stronger
How does recovery affect you as a runner?
Sometimes doing the hard things isn't what you think
What are the benefits of proper recovery?
How much recovery do we really need?
What are the different methods of recovery?
Tell us what you did for recovery this week!
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