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Elite-level Motivation: It’s Not (Quite) What You Think

Elite-level Motivation: It’s Not (Quite) What You Think

Elite-level Motivation: It’s Not (Quite) What You Think by Kevin Beck Last week, I did a very hard but rewarding 45-minute structured fartlek workout here in Boulder, elevation 5,300’ (give or take). My coach, a two-time Olympian and extraordinarily warm and generous human being named Kathy Butler, has a way of setting up workouts thatRead more about Elite-level Motivation: It’s Not (Quite) What You Think[…]

Dodging Eight Common Half-Marathon Mistakes

Dodging Eight Common Half-Marathon Mistakes

Dodging Eight Common Half-Marathon Mistakes by Kevin Beck   Now that we’re approaching midsummer, you’re probably training for at least the possibility of a half-marathon if you’re not training for a full marathon. If not, what follows is still likely to be useful to your race planning and execution. The half-marathon isn’t just a stepping stoneRead more about Dodging Eight Common Half-Marathon Mistakes[…]

Marathon Training Basics: Have You Been Neglecting Tempo Runs – or Doing Them All Wrong?

Marathon Training Basics: Have You Been Neglecting Tempo Runs – or Doing Them All Wrong?

Marathon Training Basics: Part 4: Have You Been Neglecting Tempo Runs — or Doing Them All Wrong? by Kevin Beck — This is part 4 of a four-part series about the basic needs of serious marathoners. When I wrote an article about tempo runs for Running Times in 1999 (in those days, no one foresaw thatRead more about Marathon Training Basics: Have You Been Neglecting Tempo Runs – or Doing Them All Wrong?[…]

Marathon Training Basics: How Specific is Your Race Preparation?

Marathon Training Basics: How Specific is Your Race Preparation?

Marathon Training Basics: Part 3: How Specific is Your Race Preparation? by Kevin Beck — This is part 3 of a four-part series about the basic needs of serious marathoners. If you’re a modestly experienced competitor and getting ready to run  a 5K or a 10K, it doesn’t take a great deal of creativity toRead more about Marathon Training Basics: How Specific is Your Race Preparation?[…]

Marathon Training Basics: Are You Running Too Hard on Easy Days?

Marathon Training Basics: Are You Running Too Hard on Easy Days?

Marathon Training Basics: Part 2: Are You Running Too Hard on Easy Days? by Kevin Beck — This is part 2 of a four-part series about the basic needs of serious marathoners. One of the most common questions thrown around the running community is “How fast should I run on my easy days?” Evidently thereRead more about Marathon Training Basics: Are You Running Too Hard on Easy Days?[…]

Marathon Training Basics: Are You Running Enough?

Marathon Training Basics: Are You Running Enough?

Marathon Training Basics: Part 1: Are You Running Enough? by Kevin Beck — This is part 1 of a four-part series about the basic needs of serious marathoners. Look closely at that simple question and apply it to an honest assessment of your own running. What’s the highest mileage (or kilometrage) level you have reachedRead more about Marathon Training Basics: Are You Running Enough?[…]

Marathon Training Basics: Introduction

Marathon Training Basics: Introduction

Marathon Training Basics: Introduction by Kevin Beck — This post introduces a four-part series about the basic needs of serious marathoners.  Over 15 years ago, when I was working on a Running Times article about Keith Dowling, the top U.S. finisher at the 2002 Boston Marathon, Keith opined: “Some say there’s no magic formula. IRead more about Marathon Training Basics: Introduction[…]