What Would Spock Do?

Lieutenant Commander Spock is one of the most iconic nonhuman (well, technically half-human) characters in television history. When I watched Star Trek as a child, my understanding was that Spock’s lack of emotion made him really smart. I’m not sure if this was Gene...

Make 2019 Your Year of No Excuses

Recently in this space I wrote about a study in which French researchers looked for associations between “psychosocial factors” and the likelihood of failing to complete a 140-km ultramarathon. My focus then was the finding that runners who scored high on measures of...

Book Review: Inside a Marathon

Book Review: Inside a Marathon

On October 3, 2018, runnerworld.com published an article titled, “Galen Rupp: American Record Could Go Down in Chicago.” In its ninth paragraph, after providing some background on the existing American record for the marathon and Rupp’s buildup to the 2018 Chicago...

I’ve Got Your 2019 New Year’s Resolution

I’ve Got Your 2019 New Year’s Resolution

I came home from my time with the Northern Arizona Elite professional running team last summer convinced that every serious athlete should carve out a little time each day for what I will loosely classify as physical therapy. I’m talking about foam rolling, mobility...

Mental Predictors of Physical Performance

Every endurance athlete is familiar with the idea that certain physiological tests can be used to predict endurance performance. For example, the classic VO2max test is a very reliable way to assess how well an athlete is likely to do in a race or time trial. Other...

The Two Words That Best Describe an Effective Training Program

“Hard fun.” In my opinion, this two-word phrase constitutes the ideal description of an endurance training program that’s really working. As a coach, I can’t think of anything I would rather hear an athlete say in response to the question, “How would you describe your...

Macro Pacing: What It Is and Why It Matters

Ever since my book How Bad Do You Want It? was published in 2015 I’ve received a steady drip of emails from struggling high school runners, and occasionally also from their coaches and parents. Last week I got one from a runner who was frustrated by a seemingly...

“The Price Is Right” Analogy of Marathon Pacing

The fall marathon season is upon us, and you know what that means: Thousands upon thousands of runners will hit the wall before they reach the finish line, slowing down precipitously over the final miles of the race and consequently falling short of their goals. But...