12.5 easy ways to screw up a marathon

12.5 easy ways to screw up a marathon

It is exactly one week since I ran the Illinois Marathon in my slowest ever (uninjured) time. Age grading the result in the Yale Run Age calculator (aka The Runner’s Time Machine) confirmed that I performed as my 75 year-old self. In short it was a ‘stinker’.

Recalling the interview with the eminent sports psychologist, Dr. Jim Afremow, a winning mindset looks at a defeat as a learning opportunity. Dr. Jim advocates “Win or Learn” rather than the more typical Win-Lose mentality.

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8.5 tips for making running goals that last

8.5 tips for making running goals that last

For many runners, the New Year signifies a fresh start; a time to think about goals and the commitments you plan to make. Yet, for all the initial enthusiasm, keeping yourself motivated, committed (beyond Jan 2nd) and moving toward the accomplishment of those goals is often tough.

If you’re tired of setting goals and making resolutions that quickly fade, consider our expert tips to help you stay focused.

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I think, therefore I am a runner

I think, therefore I am a runner

As a runner, your biggest asset (or sometimes your greatest enemy) is your brain. What you think and feel on and off the road also has a huge influence over how you perform once you lace up. In his latest book (The Runner’s Brain)…Dr. Jeff Brown - the psychologist for the Boston Marathon medical team and member of Runner’s World magazine’s scientific advisory board, outlines how you can literally rewire your mind for a lifetime of athletic success.

Full of fascinating insights from runners of all abilities-including champion marathoner Meb Keflezighi and other greats….the book includes key information that's been proven to work both in the lab and on the road. We are therefore delighted that Dr. Brown, Liz Neporent, Rodale Books and Runner’s World have agreed to share an excerpt.

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Matt Fitzgerald: How bad do you want it?

Matt Fitzgerald: How bad do you want it?

In his fascinating new book How Bad Do You Want It?, coach Matt Fitzgerald examines more than a dozen pivotal races to discover the surprising ways elite athletes strengthen their mental toughness. Each chapter of How Bad Do You Want It? explores the how and why of an elite athlete’s transformative moment, revealing powerful new psychobiological principles you can practice to flex your own mental fitness.

Matt and his publisher Velopress, have kindly given us permission to republish a section of the book focused on mental preparation for races.

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Why Is Running So Hard?

Why Is Running So Hard?

Matt Fitzgerald is an acclaimed author, highly sought-after coach of runners and triathletes, and sports nutritionist of worldwide reputation. His mission is to inspire, educate, and help athletes and fitness enthusiasts achieve their goals. In this episode, Matt explores why the greatest athletic performances spring from the mind, not the body and provides an introduction to his fascinating new book How Bad Do You Want It?

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