The Volume Building Begins

There are 86 days until my goal race, The Richmond Marathon.  I’ve kept my mileage in the 50-mile-per-week range over the summer and this will be the first week I’ll hit the 60s since training for Boston.  And I’m looking forward to it. Everyone’s optimal mileage is different.  Some people race marathons well running fewer […]

Copycat GU Gels

Well, that didn’t take long.  I really didn’t want to make a gel out of maltodextrin.  Without really knowing much about it, maltodextrin just seems like a weird laboratory concoction that companies must use because it’s cheap or shelf-stable or something.  It can’t possibly be good for you and it’s about as far from a […]

When Strength Sabotages Speed

“Make the hard days hard and the easy days easy.”  This is pretty standard running advice that basically means you should avoid doing strength training on rest days so that you can get a full rest to recover your best.  The only problem with this advice is that it’s hard to go hard twice in […]