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How to run less without sacrificing your speed in the winter

Additional-considerations-for-winter-running

We’re in a new year! And, unfortunately for us fair weather runners, we’re also in the two darkest, coldest months of the year. I find this season the most challenging when it comes to running. There are no birds chirping like in spring, no 5:30 a.m. sunrises as in summer, and no colorful leaves crunching […]

6 ways to get faster in 2016

How to improve your speed and run faster this year

Running is both a lifestyle and a sport. As a lifestyle, it influences what you eat and drink, how you sleep, and often, how you spend your weekends. As a sport, it comes with the trapping and inspiration of competition. Once you have raced, for most people, the goal is to get faster, to perform […]

Group running: lost motivation found

Lost motivation found through speedwork

In the past, when I was in a running lull, I signed up for a race. Having a deadline on the calendar was usually enough to get my butt in gear – whether the event be 3 weeks or 3 months away. Lately, though, that hasn’t been enough. A couple of months ago, I registered for a race […]

How to run faster this year

How to run faster this year

Want to get faster this year? We’ve got you covered. There are a bunch of actions you can take to increase your pace. Try the following: Have a solid base. Before you work on picking up the pace, it’s best to have some endurance. Make sure you can run at least 5-6 miles comfortably before worrying about […]

How to stay on pace

How to set and keep your pace

If you’re gunning for a certain finish time, you know exactly what pace you need to hold over those 6.2, 13.1, or 26.2 miles. But actually maintaining that pace through the entire course? That’s easier said than done. Running consistent miles at a steady pace is challenging. First, your body needs to learn what the […]

Get faster, no speedwork required

Run faster, without traditional speed workouts

A friend and I were talking half marathon training the other day. She’s run a couple half marathons and wants to PR in the distance in the fall, but she has a problem: she hates prescribed speedwork. If a training plan calls for 800m repeats or tempo runs, she won’t do the workout. It’s just […]