Stop thinking that you have to run more or run harder to PR

You don’t have to run more miles and you don’t have to run harder to PR.  Now, don’t get me wrong – if you do one or both of those things and – and this is a big and – you stay healthy, then there is a good chance that you will run a PR.…

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Stop blowing off Functional Strength

Simple question: Can you do a one-legged squat?  If you think of running as a series of one-legged hops, then you should be able to squat on one leg.  Why?  For the simple reason that you’re going to land on one leg after taking off in the air from the other leg, i.e. you’re basically…

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Stop thinking more is better

More is not always better.  Actually, that statement isn’t accurate – the majority of the time, more is not better.  The fact that you’re reading this means 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…

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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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