What an athlete consumes is just as important as when it’s consumed. Regardless of your goals—if you’re looking to shed some pounds, gain some muscle mass, increase energy levels, amp up your workout, or tweak your competition prep— the proper nutrients and timing gives you that edge!
As we get closer to the Vermont City Marathon and the miles are piling up from week to week, the aches and pains are piling up as well. Hopefully, most of you are experiencing the usual feelings of stiffness and soreness that you would expect after your long runs or after a speed workout— the kind of soreness you have come to expect when
Winter is a great time of the year to focus on your weaknesses. This is accomplished through run specific training and an individualized strength and flexibility program. We have already highlighted the importance of a well designed pre-marathon training plan. In this post, we will talk about strength and flexibility.
Meghan contacted me in 2010. She had a few years of running experience but never followed a progressive plan. Her results were average, yet her mind-set, passion for running, and strong work ethic revealed great potential. Our goals were to help Meghan evolve into a mentally and physically strong athlete while avoiding injury.
The goal of the taper is to reach a state of physical and mental readiness. The taper should start 21 days after your last long run. At this point in your training, the hard physical work is done. As hard as it is, the best thing you can do to ensure optimal performance on race day is to pull the throttle back gradually.
Most runners are aware of the importance of marathon taper, resting the body so you can maximize your potential on race day. The 3 week taper is well known. The body recovers from all the hard training, muscle tissues are repaired, glycogen stores are replenished, and you are physically peaking. However, there is another component of the marathon taper that is often overlooked: the mental aspect.
Are you ready to take your marathon training to the next level? Do you want to PR in your next marathon? Are you worried about injury with faster run training? Continue reading to learn how to safely incorporate interval training into your training plan and get the PR you deserve!