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Between Season Training

Between Season Training

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | By Hal Higdon

The most important program to follow between seasons is one that allows you to build base. Cover some miles without worrying how fast you're covering those miles, since cold weather and road conditions ...

Using a Drop-Out Marathon as Training

Using a Drop-Out Marathon as Training

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | By Hal Higdon

You know that you have the strength to start; do you have the strength to stop? If you are entering a marathon for training you should have the discipline to stick to your plan.

How To Avoid Fading at the End of a Marathon

How To Avoid Fading at the End of a Marathon

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | By Hal Higdon

The marathon is an event where discipline is extremely important. You need the discipline to slow down at the start so you can speed up (or at least maintain speed) at the end.

Are Back-to-Back Marathons Unhealthy?

Are Back-to-Back Marathons Unhealthy?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | By Hal Higdon

Running a second marathon two weeks after a first, that’s a stretch. That person will barely have recovered from number one, thus bad things may happen in number two.

Marathon Race Day Eating

Marathon Race Day Eating

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | By Hal Higdon

For a marathon, the night before meal won’t get you much past the 20-mile mark. You definitely need a pre-race meal the morning of the run. 

Nutrition and the Marathon

Nutrition and the Marathon

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | By Hal Higdon

Proper nutrition will always be important for those participating in any endurance sport. When training for a marathon focus on the training, not losing weight.

Consistency in Training

Consistency in Training

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 | By Hal Higdon

The most important part of any training program is maintaining consistency in training. If you can do that, you still can achieve the dream.

Best Training Plan for Improvement

Best Training Plan for Improvement

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | By Hal Higdon

By suggesting a few options, Hal helps a reader by providing some options for taking their training to the next level.

Planning Far Ahead For a Marathon

Planning Far Ahead For a Marathon

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | By Hal Higdon

You certainly would seem to have a good shot at nabbing a BQ based not only on your background, but also because you (wisely) are planning far, far ahead.

Alternatives to Heart Rate Formulas

Alternatives to Heart Rate Formulas

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | By Hal Higdon

Your predicted maximum heart rate based on the 220 minus age formula probably is not accurate. Rather than planning your workouts around what appear to be false numbers, try experimenting with Perceived Exe...

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