Creating Your Race Plan

Creating A Race Plan

I’ve often referenced a ‘race plan’ in posts about preparing for and surviving race day. Several people have asked me what a race plan is, or if it’s the same thing as setting race goals. So I figured it was […]

Finish Line Decisions

Finishing a race you’ve trained for (seemingly forever), is an emotional experience. I’ve found this particularly true of marathons, where training basically takes over your life for months, but it’s true of any race. Whether the day went according to […]

Race Day Strategies: The Starting Chute

Starting Chute

My least favorite part of race mornings is killing time once I’m actually in the starting chute. I’m not a fan of the whole starting line, hurry-up-and-wait, killing time thing, but up until the time we are actually lined up, […]

Virtual Races: Why You Should Give One A Shot

Virtual Races

When you think about a ‘race,’ chances are you think of a mass of humanity running together. A crowd at the start, endless porta-potty lines, and a small army of volunteers making it all happen. And until recently, if you […]

26 Marathons, 26 Memories

Big Sur Marathon 2013

Growing up, we celebrated Golden Birthdays when your age matched your birthday day. So if your birthday was April 12th, your 12th birthday was your Golden Birthday. I recently ran my 26th marathon. Well, technically it was my 25th full […]

Anatomy Of A Pace Band

Pace Band

Many races offer pace bands for runners to use on race day. Along with pace groups, pace bands are a great tool to help you reach your race day goals. If you’ve seen these things at an expo and aren’t […]

Race Day Strategies: Running With A Pace Group

Pace Group on Race Day

It is increasingly common for races to have pace groups for marathons and half marathons. I’m seeing more 10ks and shorter distances with pacers. With a good race strategy and a little planning, a pace group can be a great […]

Race Day Strategies: Dealing With Race Day Crowds

Big Sur Marathon Start Line Tent

Strategies For The Crowd Averse Runner Marathons are getting bigger every year. The largest marathons like Chicago and New York are both now nearing 50,000 participants. It’s great that running and marathons are gaining in popularity, and I know many […]