How should I run now that I’m over my sickness?

Most of us are going to get sick at some point during the year.  You might get the flu from a child or you might get a case of the common cold as a simple result of being in public places.  For your running training, the key to getting better is simple.

First, don’t come back to running until you are 85-90% better. Just lay low and take time off.  Don’t rush coming back to running until you feel well.  You will find other information on the internet about sickness “above the head or below the head.”  My experience with coaching runners, both in person and online, is simple: when they follow the 85-90% suggestion, they don’t take any steps back in their training once they resume training.

Once you’re feeling 85-90% well, you must have the discipline to run easy for the next few runs.  You have to be 100% before you run your next workout or long run.  And you also have to be 100% the day before that workout or long run.

Let’s say you were on a Tuesday workout/Saturday long-run schedule (the schedule I like for busy adults with hectic lives). [Read more…]

What days should I do my strides on?

I received this question from a coach in the private Q & A.

You recently tweeted about the importance of doing strides on easy days. Does this emphasis apply to days following races or hard workout?

I think it is crucial to do strides on easy days. Following a race or a hard workout, not so much.

Following a race you want to do an easy run or a cross training day. You need to recover from the race and you don’t need to be doing strides as part of that recovery. The day after a hard workout, you basically want to do the same thing.

You want to do strides on the easy days BEFORE the workout and BEFORE the long run. [Read more…]

Distance Running Recruiting – Free Q&A

I’ve been working hard to make Distance Running Recruiting a reality and I’m so pleased that today we are launching the site. The goal of the site is simple – educate parents about the recruiting process for high school runners. The recruiting process is complex and we help families effectively navigate through the process. We are not a recruiting service.

We have a free Recruiting Guide that I recommend you download if you are a parent, student or coach.  Click here to download the guide.

There are some great interviews with college coaches and articles on the site, so check those out if you have time.  We are adding content each week.

One of the key elements of becoming a member of the site is that each month you have the opportunity to get a question answered in that month’s Q&A. I thought it would be helpful to share a Q&A for free for the next week to give parents, students and coaches a chance to ask questions.

Use the arrows on the right side of the Q&A to “vote up” a question, moving that question closer to the top of the list. We will work our way down, answering the most popular questions first.

Enjoy!

Podcast 030 – Phil Wharton on Marathon Recovery, Part 2

Here is part 2 of my interview with Phil Wharton on marathon recovery.

It’s great to hear his story about how he recovered from the three times he ran 2:23 for the marathon.

Make sure to check out the Wharton Post-Marathon Recovery Plan that Phil and Jim Wharton have shared with us. Click here to download the PDF.

The plan utilizes Active Isolated Flexibility, which Phil and Jim have brought to the running world.

From today through next Tuesday, October 21st, you can use the code “october15″ to get 15% off Flexibility for Runners and the Strengthening for Runners videos from RunningDVDs.com (see introduction to the videos below).

Click here to download the audio. Or you can listen to the podcast via iTunes.

Podcast 029 – Phil Wharton on Marathon Recovery, Part 1

Want to know how to recover from a marathon?

Phil Wharton knows how to help people recover from a marathon. Listen to him describe the plan that he and his father Jim have created in this podcast.

Click here to get the Wharton Post-Marathon Recovery Plan PDF.

The plan utilizes Active Isolated Flexibility, which Phil and Jim have brought to the running world.

From today through next Tuesday, October 21st, you can use the code “october15″ to get 15% off Flexibility for Runners and the Strengthening for Runners videos from RunningDVDs.com (see introduction to the videos below).

Click here to download the audio.  Or you can listen to the podcast via iTunes.

October 2014 Q&A