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Heart Rate Based Run Training: Maffetone Method 101

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Have you ever watched the movie Cars? There is a part in the movie where Doc Hudson tells Lightning McQueen he must go left to go right. I always thought that was a genius lesson in the movie. Sometimes we have to do something that seems so illogical, but really will get us to our goal in the long run. Heart rate based run training reminds me of this very lesson.

You must slow down to speed up. In ...

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Why Heart Rate Based Run Training?

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Why Heart Rate Based Run Training?

I train strictly via Heart Rate based run training. It’s been about 20 years since I first began distance running (I ran sprints in high school for a year, but I don’t count that!) and I was not always an advocate of heart rate based training.

Up until about 5 years ago, I trained according to my pace. I took nothing else into account…only my pace. I had a run scheduled and would check a box. ...

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Foot Strike in Running: Does it Really Matter?

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You’ve likely heard a lot about foot strike in running. You may have asked yourself, “does it matter where my foot strike is?”

Yes.

Consistently having a heel strike is like putting on the brakes with each step. It can be an inefficient way to run. Your anterior chain must  work to slow down your forefoot. Your posterior chain will have to work to get your momentum going again. This can lead to a whole host of problems from shin splints, to knee, IT band, and hip ...

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2017 Nuun Ambassador!

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I am beyond thrilled to announce that I was selected as a nuun ambassador for 2017! I have been using their products since I started my marathon running in 2009 and I am proud to represent them.

However, I noticed an interesting thought pattern happen when I received the selection email. It’s interesting how sometimes when I am chosen for something or attain a goal, I notice self-limiting beliefs run through my head.  Continue Reading →

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What do heart rate training and yoga have in common?

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If you have ever tried heart rate training, you may know that it is the most humbling, ego-less type of run training there is. It can be extremely mental.

If you haven’t, let me put it into perspective. My PR for a 5K is about 25 minutes. That was a recent PR and I could still likely run that if I got out there ...

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Who are you inspiring?

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Often, while I am out on a long training run, I reflect on things for which I am grateful. I always seem to think of how I started endurance running.

I feel such gratitude it is overwhelming. I thought I would share my story and hope you share yours, as well!

It was 2000, I just finished up my freshman year of college ...

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5 Tips To Get You Back on Track to a Healthy Lifestyle

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We’ve all been there. A pound here, a pound there and pretty soon you’re up 20 lbs. + and feeling awful.

With more and more Americans leading busy on-the-go lifestyles and working desk jobs, it seems to be a common challenge. Rushing kids from here to there or working long hours, fast food and take are are easy, but not always healthy.

As of 2011-2012 more than two-thirds of adults were overweight or obese (68.6 percent). It’s hard to break the cycle of unhealthy ...

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Want to start heart rate training, but don’t know where to start? Here a some tips to get you started:

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It’s hard to know where to start when it comes to heart rate training. What zone do I need to be in? What’s the best way to monitor my heart rate while I’m running? Here are my tips on getting started heart rate training!

  1. Invest in a heart rate monitor (at the very least). Notice I did not say, “a garmin” or “an apple watch”. You don’t need anything fancy. All you need to monitor is where your heart rate is ...
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