Brief Thoughts: Long easy runs in marathon training

The long run is a central piece of marathon training for everyone from recreational marathoners all the way up to national-level competitors.  There are a lot of reasons why distance runners, and marathoners in particular, do long runs; these include increasing mitochondrial and capillary density, improving leg strength and resilience to the pounding of a … Read more

Basic Training Principles for Middle and Long-Distance Running (booklet)

Download link at Google Docs (click) “Rome, 1960.  World record holder Roger Moens headlined an impressive field in the men’s 800m final at the Olympic Games.  At the gun, Moens led with a fast pace, and by 600m, the lead pack had thinned to five runners.  It looked to be a sure victory for the … Read more

The Updated Training Wisdom of John Kellogg

John Kellogg is an enigmatic, immensely intelligent personality who is something of a legend in internet circles.  He is best known for coaching Weldon and Robert Johnson, the twin brothers who founded LetsRun.com. Weldon Johnson was a 4:28 miler in high school and a 30:14 10k runner in college whom Kellogg coached to a 28:06 10k … Read more

Preparing for championship races with Renato Canova

One of the wonders of the internet is its ability to connect people of very different backgrounds and geographic locations.  Because of the web, everybody can have access to information that would be otherwise unobtainable.  Today we’re going to see a prime example of this. Renato Canova is an Italian coach of considerable fame.  He … Read more

The cumulative damage theory of injuries

I’ve had injuries on the brain lately.  Why do they happen? My high school’s training room had a sign outside that said “Running injury? TOO MUCH, TOO FAR, TOO SOON.”  Needless to say, the trainer wasn’t very helpful.  But the medical/scientific consensus isn’t much more helpful than that.  Overuse injuries are “tissue damage that results … Read more