Category Archives: Ultra-Marathon

Coaches, parents, runners – who needs mental game training more?

I’ve seen a lot over my years of coaching youth runners, directing running camps, working with parents and other coaches. I have indeed seen┬áthe proverbial good, the bad and the ugly. In almost every case there is no malice or … Continue reading

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Stop the Presses – This will kill you!

As many of you know I have a ┬áhard time joining the bandwagon for fads, poor science and bad research studies/interpretations. Alex Hutchinson writes some pretty good stuff for Runners World. Most recently he wrote about a controversial study that … Continue reading

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Running Camp – Can Adults go Too?

Every summer the popular thing to do if you have children is to find camps to send them to. Camps exist for every taste – from cheer, to leadership, to knitting, to soccer to running. But, what about a break … Continue reading

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Top 4 Mental Game Barriers for Endurance Athletes – Part II

This is a continuation on the Top 4 Mental barriers for Endurance Athletes – (part I here). Barrier #2 – “I’ll practice mental toughness on my good days or when I’m ready.” Mental toughness is rarely shown when everything is … Continue reading

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Top 4 Mental Game Barriers for Endurance Athletes – Part I

Ask any endurance runner what part of marathoning or ultramarathoning is mental and the answers are as variable as the people you ask. While one runner will state with certainty “it’s 90% mental” another will equally assertively state “it’s 10% … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Plan B Races

For years I have advocated a couple specific elements to enhance distance racing success. 1. Always have a second, third or even fourth back-up race in line in case something goes wrong on that ONE big day you’ve targeted all … Continue reading

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Doing it for the Challenge

So, I got to thinking the other day. Yes, this does happen from time to time. And no, it’s not always a good thing. Anyway, I got to thinking about a comment I hear over and over again from athletes … Continue reading

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