Stop thinking more is better

More is not always better.  Actually, that statements isn’t accurate – the majority of the time, more is not better.  If you’re reading this then there is a good chance that you are either a) type A, b) have some serious type A tendencies or c) you’re not type A, but when it comes to…

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Stop the negative self-talk and you will run faster

Stop the negative self-talk and you will run faster.  If you go into a workout or race while telling yourself it’s going to go poorly, the chances of it going well are slim.  Now, I’m not saying that if you just flip this and have flowery self-talk that you will run faster.  But there are…

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Stop allowing the GPS to rule your running

You need to treat your GPS running watch as a tool – a tool that can help you with your running.  A GPS is a great way to groove marathon pace or half marathon pace in a workout.  But it’s not something you should be running with on your easy days.  So many runners tend…

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Stop Doing Posts

Note about the Stop Doing posts. My copy of Jim Collins’s book Good to Great is marked up – in three different colors of ink – and is easily one of the 10 most influential books in my life. One of the small gems in the book is the idea of a “Stop Doing List.” Obviously he’s flipping the…

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Stop blowing off strides

You need to do strides.  You need to do them several times a week – running strides before your workouts and running strides on your maintenance days.  Most runners I coach run their strides on Monday and Friday as part of their maintenance days.  They work out on Tuesday and often they have strides before…

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Stop running with bad posture (aka “make sure you run up tall”)

Let’s say you are running on a treadmill and someone is viewing you from the side – you should NOT be leaning forward more than 1º or 2º.  But when runners get tired, the vast majority of them lean forward at the hip. This is bad because they are now striking the ground too far…

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Stop trusting a calculator

I love online calculators because they provide some great insights into comparable performances at various distances.  But like any useful tool, you have to know how to use the tool if you want it to work for you.  Let me give you two examples, both using a half marathon time, showing how a calculator can…

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Stop undervaluing the Long Run

It’s easy to blow off the weekly long run when you hear that running at your threshold pace is the best way to develop the aerobic metabolism.  There are numerous studies that show this to be true.  But the long run is part of the recipe for all elite runners and should be a part…

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