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If You Want To Do Things You've Never Done Before...

Here’s a phrase I love to use with athletes: 

If you want to do things you’ve never done before, you’ve got to do things you’ve never done before. 

You asked your kids to do things like a new warm-up or new post-run work to run PRs in May.  

Now that it’s May you are going to ask them to do things they’ve never done before: 

  • Go out at a faster pace 
  • Sit back longer and trust...
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High School Runners - Take a break between Track and XC

Almost every serious distance runner will end the track season saying, “I know I could have run faster.” Even if the season ended with multiple PRs and great races in the final two weeks, serious runners always want to make the next jump in performance, which is why summer training has always been so important for distance runners. 

But before athletes start training for cross country, they need to fully recover from the track...

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Warm-up for Doubling

One of the biggest questions coaches and athletes have during the track season is what to do to properly warm-up when the athlete is running two races. Great question! 

After they finish the first race of the day, the athlete should take 10-15 minutes until they feel mostly back to normal. They can choose to jog for 2-3 minutes, though this isn’t necessary. What is necessary is the following mobility work, to ensure their body...

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A simple, two-week plan for recovery after cross country

The first 4-6 weeks of training following the cross country season should be one the most serious for high school runners. The reason is two-fold. 

First, athletes need to fully recover from a long race season. Obviously, they need time off if they had a minor injury or a “niggle.” More often, athletes simply need to give their bodies time to recover and regenerate. Coaches have always (rightly) insisted on some...

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Imagery for Runners

What follows is an excerpt from the Geek Out section of my book, Simple Marathon Training. Enjoy!

Use Imagery to Run Your Best Race

I strongly believe that runners need to use mental imagery to run to their potential on race day. Using imagery isn’t complicated. Find a quiet space and imagine yourself going through the race. A quiet spot and 3-10 minutes is all it takes.

I used imagery on and off during my collegiate career. There is no...

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Growth Mindset for Runners

What follows is an excerpt from the Geek Out section of my book, Simple Marathon Training. Enjoy!

Growth Mindset, by Travis Macy - Ultra Endurance Racer, Author of The Ultra Mindset

Years of experience as an athlete, teacher, and coach have taught me that a subtle distinction in mindset can lead to a significant difference in improved performance, health, and enjoyment in running.

I learned about growth mindset vs. fixed mindset when I read...

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