Bonus roundup

I’m off enjoying spring break with the family this week. The good news, though, is that I read so many good things in March that I felt it was a good time to share a bonus roundup.

In this bonus roundup:

Why you should eat a big breakfast.

How strength training makes you faster.

Don’t just tell yourself to avoid a bad habit. Replace it with a good habit instead.
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Monthly roundup: March 2018

I’ve been reading a lot of good things this month. So much, in fact, that I might give you a bonus roundup next week.

For now, though, I have three interesting topics to share. First, we know caffeine is a performance booster but does it work for everyone? Second, who should we be modeling our running mechanics after? Third, how well do we do at monitoring our hydration during workouts?
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A coach I follow and greatly respect says there’s a big difference between a coach with 20 years of experience and a coach with 1 year of experience repeated 20 times.

I believe this also applies to runners.

But what does it mean and why does it matter?
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Why I (generally) assign effort based workouts

I drive the runners I coach crazy at times. Why? Well, I’m sure there are many reasons but one of the big reasons is because I assign workouts by effort. I don’t make it easy for them, saying something like mile repeats at 7:00 or half mile repeats at 2:50. Instead, I say mile repeats at 10K effort or even something more vague like slightly faster/harder than half marathon effort.

Why do I do this? Believe it or not, I’m not just trying to be difficult.
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