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How to Pace Your First Half or Full Marathon

The key is to run by how you feel on race day.<p><i>Sandra asks: I’m running my first marathon in</i> <i>Cleveland</i> <i>this May, and I’m wondering if you have any tips on pacing. How fast should I start? Should I use the Pace Team?</i><p>Excellent choice in races, Sandra, and a great question too! My racing philosophy is a …


What's the Difference Between Fartlek, Tempo, and Interval Runs?

Here's a quick breakdown of these three major types of speed workouts.<p><i>Hi Jenny, I just read your article,</i> <i>'</i><i>What Should I Do During the Off Season</i><i>?'. Very helpful, thanks! Could you briefly explain to me the difference between fartlek, tempo, and interval runs? Thanks! Mary</i><p>Hi, Mary. Thanks for the …


What Are My Carb Needs for Half Training?

Tips on proper running nutrition for your first half-marathon.<p><i>Hey Susan,</i><p><i>I'm preparing to start training for my first half and I'm concerned about getting the right amount of carbs during training. I'm hoping maybe you could give me a few tips on how to better satisfy my carbohydrate</i> …


The Brain and Physical Limits

Researchers improve endurance by applying electricity to the brain.<p>Quick follow-up on some research I blogged about a few months ago, about a Brazilian study in which they applied direct electric current to a part of the brain associated with feelings of discomfort, and found that cyclists were …

The Brain

Motivational Poster #50

When you're a runner, some workouts are good. Some are bad. Some just OK. But every so often...


Three Ways to Improve Your Marathon Finish Time

Here's how to modify your race training to improve speed without wearing your body out.<p><i>I'm training for my third marathon this fall and want to improve my speed without getting hurt. I've had a variety of aches and pains through the past two seasons of training and would love to train and finish</i> …