Dealing with Pre-Race Jitters

In the days before a race, some pre-race jitters and nerves are normal. Whether it’s your first race or your 50th, whether it’s your ‘A’ race of the year or a small neighborhood 5k, a few butterflies or a spinning […]

Overheard At The Marathon Expo

Overheard at the marathon expo

Several times a year, I act as a pacer for various marathons and half marathons. When I’m a pacer, I often find myself spending a bunch of time manning the pacer booth at the race expo, answering questions and promoting […]

Why You Need To Do A Race Postmortem

Race post Race post mortemmortem

If I’m training for a big race, I pretty much always have (and follow) a training plan (I am a type-A planner after all). I also usually have (and follow) some type of race plan. Historically (read: before I started […]

5 Reasons To Do A Flat Runner

Flat Runner

If you haven’t spent much time on social media, you may not be familiar with flat runner photos. I know I hadn’t seen them before I got more involved in Instagram in the past year. When I first saw them, […]

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, […]