Ground Contact Time and Running Performance

Thursday, December 3, 2009 | By Matt Fitzgerald

There are literally dozens of different variables that are relevant to running performance.  But one that is often overlooked, may just be one of the most important.

Improve Your Stride Without Trying

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 | By Matt Fitzgerald

Does switching to Chi or Pose running make you more efficient?  Matt Fitzgerald argues that efficiency develops unconsciously, and offers up a few great exercises to develop the proper mechanics.

Pre-Season Ski Conditioning

Monday, October 12, 2009 | By Jason Amrich

You have all new ski equipment -- shaped skis, bindings with riser plates, and the latest boots.  You feel totally ready to hit the slopes.  But are you? 

What is Your Training Formula?

Thursday, September 24, 2009 | By Matt Fitzgerald

Exercise scientists are just beginning to explore the idea that individual genetic profiles may one day be used to develop customized endurance training prescriptions.

Estimating Training Stress Score (TSS)

Monday, September 21, 2009 | By Joe Friel

Training Stress Score® (TSS®) is a way of expressing the workload from a training session. It is the product of the workout’s intensity and duration.  Find out more about it in this article.

Using a Power Meter for Triathlon Pacing

Thursday, September 17, 2009 | By TrainingPeaks

If used to correctly, a power meter is a powerful tool that can increase training accuracy, efficiency, and facilitate a much higher level of post race or workout analysis. 

How to Nail the Ironman Marathon

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 | By Matt Fitzgerald

The marathon is where Ironman dreams die. It is very difficult to run a strong marathon after riding 112 hard miles, and in fact it is seldom done.  Here's how to nail your next Ironman marathon.

The Best Way to Monitor Your Run Training Daily

Saturday, July 4, 2009 | By Matt Fitzgerald

Training effectively in distance running is not a simple matter. Running coach Matt Fitzgerald discusses the best way to monitor your run training on a daily basis.

How Long Should My Training Cycles Be?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 | By Matt Fitzgerald

Matt Fitzgerald breaks down how long you should train for your next race.  He examines training cycle lengths, and what factors you should consider when planning your next cycle.

Resting Between Run Training Cycles

Monday, April 20, 2009 | By Matt Fitzgerald

Rest and recovery are some of the most important parts of a training plan.  In order to take steps forward, athletes may need to take a few steps back.

Ideal Body Fat Percentage for Female Distance Runners

Friday, April 3, 2009 | By Dr. Rick Kattouf

As a general rule, elite female athletes (runners and triathletes) that are lean and muscular are approximately 14-16% body fat. This is a very healthy BF range for elite female athletes.

The Tyranny of the Comfort Zone

Monday, February 9, 2009 | By Matt Fitzgerald

Many athletes never truly go outside their comfort zones, but when they do, the results are unbelievable.

A Runner's Guide to Fabulous Abs

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 | By Pacific Health Laboratories

A chiseled midsection doesn't just look good; it's also good for your running. But how do you get great abs? Running alone won’t do the job. 

Training Seasonally for Running

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 | By Matt Fitzgerald

How does one practice a seasonal approach to racing most effectively? Simple: Heed the following three simple guidelines.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Training

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 | By Jeb Stewart

Here are some simple tips and strategies to help you adapt on the fly and make the most out of the training time you do have.

How Much Should I Weigh: Body Composition

Monday, December 22, 2008 | By Pacific Health Laboratories

Body weight tells you little about health and fitness. Body composition tells you so much more. Here's why your body fat percentage is a much more meaningful metric than weight for endurance athletes.

Run TSS Score (rTSS) Explained

Friday, December 19, 2008 | By Stephen McGregor, Ph.D.

Calculating your Run Training Stress Score (rTSS) for running is a useful tool for coaches. This article explains what rTSS is and how it is calculated. 

What is Base Training?

Friday, October 24, 2008 | By Joe Friel

The Base period is the time of year when you train to train, not train to race. That means in base you are preparing the body for the greater stresses that will follow in the build period.