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Web resources for training that every runner should know:I offer this advice to marathoners: When you're at Mile 18 or 19 and cooked, don't get trapped into looking for the next mile marker. Don't look for it. It's a Zen thing. Just blank out everything around you except the foot strike you're working on and just go.- Dean Karnazes
First Timers, Beginners, Novice Runners
- Common race lengths: When somebody tells you about the marathon they ran over the weekend do not ask them "How far is that?" or when refering to the upcoming 5K you plan to run do not tell somebody "This will be my first marathon!". I hear this more often then one would think!
- 5K- In Track & Field events it is refered to as the 5000 meters. In road races and cross country (trail) races the name is shortened to 5K (K=kilometers meaning 1000 meters). In miles that is 3.1 miles.
- 10K- Same as the 5K only twice as long. This is the longest standard track event. In miles a 10K race is 6.2 miles long.
- Half Marathon- Not a standard Track & Field distance nor an Olympic event but the most popular and fastest growing race distance in running. It is 13.1 miles long. Rarely you may hear it refered to as 21K
- Marathon- Not a standard Track & Field distance but a very popular Olympic event. It is 26.2 miles long. Rarely you may hear it refered to as 42K
- Common Ultramarathon race lengths.The literal definition of an Ultramarathon is anything beyond the Marathon distance. You will hear the term used to describe a variety of race lengths but the 4 standard distances that represent the vast majority of "Ultras" are:
- 50K- This entry level distance is 31.1 miles
- 50 mile- This distance is what many "elite" ultra runners consider as the bench mark for a person to be a "real" ultra runner.
- 100K- The least common of the 4 common ultra distances this race is 62.1 miles.
- 100 Mile- Although many races exist beyond this distance this is generally considered the pinnacle in ultra running distances and those that run these races are highly revered. Especially those who can run the distance in less than 24hrs. The elites will finish this distance routinely in sub 20 hour times.
- A Guide to Common Running Terms A dictionary of running terms for beginners.
- Pace Gadgets Galore- Everything from Pace Calculators to Pace Wristband Chart Creators can be found here
- First Trail Race - excellent advice & insight on what to expect at your first trail race
- First Half Marathon Training Schedule - Hal Higdon's of course.
- First Full Marathon Training Schedule - Hal Higdon's of course.
- First Ultramarathon Training Schedule - very realistic plan from Ultra Ladies Running
- The Ultimate Ultramarathon Training Plan- Runners World Article
- The Dream Season- Ian Torrence offers a step-by-step guide to design your own training plan for any distance.
How to run: (It's not the same as walking!)
- How to tie your shoes video
- Best Running Technique Part 1
- Best Running Technique Part 2
- Mountain Running Tips from Max King & Tommy Manning
- Running Analysis of Heel Strike versus Forefoot Strike- In this VIDEO a Sports Medicine Doctor gives a very dry explanation of the difference between these two gaits. Informative yes! Entertaining no. Definitely worth watching.
- What is forefoot (midfoot) running? In this VIDEO Newton Running founder Danny Abshire demonstrates the finer points of forefoot running: proper athletic position; finding your sweet spot; the difference between walking stride, jogging stride, efficiency running and sprinting; and using the "Land, Lever, Lift" technique to perfect your form.
- How to Avoid Heel Strike: In this VIDEO Chi Running's Danny Dreyer provides instruction on avoiding heel striking.
- Natural Running Form explained by Sage Canaday
For the most part, we exist in a numb, dead society. I’m doing my best to be alive and running in the mountains is the best way I’ve found to do that. And because I love the effortlessness that sometimes occurs while cruising down a cushy pine-needle singletrack or even while grinding up a switchback above tree line. I love how I can run up and into a mountain cirque or over a pass and be completely dwarfed and humbled by the sheer immensity and grandiosity of the landscape and I love flying down the other side with the breeze in my hair and the gravel in my shoes and the burning in my quads and the branches in my face and then when I'm finally all worn out there's nothing like peeling my shoes off and just sitting. Just being at rest. Running sharpens the focus on life and intensifies the emotions. Is there any better reason to do anything?- Anton Krupicka
"A strong core is critical to maintaining good form over long distances!"- an old Irish parable passed down from the ancient Druids (I think)
- Training Log- Free Download- This is the epitome of what a training log should be!!!
- Speed Work- What's the Difference Between Fartlek, Tempo, and Interval Runs?
- Going long without too much sacrifice - An interview with Tim Tweitmeyer giving practical advice and insight into the ultra running world.
- 4 ways to use long runs for marathon training- An article I found on Active .com that gives practical advice on going long and how to approach the longer distances.
- Healthy feet for running 100 milers - Great advice on how to care for your feet and not just for the ultra folks!
- A basic understanding of the Keto Diet- High fat, moderate protein, low carb for very long endurance runners who want to utilize fat for fuel rather than sugar.
- Fat for fuel, my ketogenic diet experiment while endurance training. article written August 2013
- Trail Running Soul: A great all around website for trail runners!
- Endurance Training & the Immune System- From UltRunR.com- Check out what Karl King has to say. The other posters in this thread are "interesting".
- Mind Power- Discover Your Mindpower and Boost Your Ultrarunning Performance
- Running fast and injury free. This is only for those who enjoy research and reading. This is a .pdf book that is 60 pgs long that centers around GORDON PIRIE'S LAWS OF RUNNING. If your seeking knowledge, this is the source.
- How to Become a Consistent Runner and Nail New PRs - Article from Active.com
Cross Training for better trail running:
- Basic Cross Training for beginners
- Trail Runner Magazines Cross Training Section: Always great articles on the subject
- 5 exercises to make you faster- Strength specific exercises that really work
- My Article on Cross Training- Written in Nov of 2012 this article is about the many benefits of cross training the winter away.
Hip Flexors, Quads, & Love Handles all in one move!