Brief Thoughts: Are hard workouts counterproductive?

Since my mission to write a set of comprehensive articles detailing the most common running injuries (the “Injury Series” here on RunningWritings) has morphed into a colossal undertaking, I’ve decided to break things up a bit with a new occasional, hopefully weekly series entitled “Brief Thoughts,” which I intend to be shorter, less-scientific musings on … Read more

Ferritin, hemoglobin, and iron deficiency in distance runners

Attention readers! This article is officially outdated! I’ve released a new and updated article on iron deficiency in runners that is much more complete.   >>Click here to check out the updated article!<< When a distance runner begins to struggle early on in workouts and races, suffers from excessive fatigue, and often feels there’s no “gas … Read more

When threshold training isn’t threshold training

Most runners are familiar with threshold training.  It’s been the chief contribution to real-world training from the field of exercise physiology.  In principle, it’s simple: there is a “tipping point,” physiologically speaking, when incremental increases in speed become progressively more difficult.  Training right at this sweet spot should raise the threshold, moving that “tipping point” … 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 different types of fatigue

In my last post, I discussed how a preponderance of studies show that your running mechanics change when you are fatigued.  The specifics of what changes occur are difficult to discern, as they likely vary from person to person.  Before moving on, I noted a problem with conflating all of these studies, a problem that … Read more