Wall Street Journal Gets It Right . . . Almost

     Yesterday the Wall Street Journal published an article entitled “Who Quits Before Race Day.”  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204394804577009862755909108.html?KEYWORDS=marathon+quits
     In this article, the author notes that many running injuries are caused by excessive training mileage, and that a marathon can often be completed on fewer miles than many people assume.  This is especially true of the taper period immediately preceding the race, the author notes, when runners should be cutting back their mileage and giving their bodies time to heal all the little aches they’ve accumulated, and rest up for the big day.
     So far, so good.  But what about filling the gaps that are found in most running programs?  It isn’t until the second to last paragraph of the article that the author notes that a runner “Sens[ed] that high-mileage running in the absence of other exercises left him vulnerable, [and the athlete] says that in the future he will spend more time in the gym strengthening the muscles in his shoulders, back, and buttocks.”  As the readers of my book Smart Marathon Training know, that should have been the lead story!


About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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