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Team RunnersConnect continues the strong push through fall with 6PRs and strong efforts in tune-ups races

Ron Darin ran the 642 Marathon in Kuwait City, Kuwait finishing this race distance in the time of 3:45:20 which was a PR by 1 hour. Really good run to Mile 18. Started getting cramps. No gatorade on course and was reluctant... 

There is nothing chilly about Team RunnersConnect results race with 6PRs and outstanding efforts in all race distances from 5K to the marathon.

Annaliza Fleuri ran her first marathon at the TCS New York City Marathon in NYC finishing this distance in the time of 4:44:16. This was my first ever marathon! I finished at a respectable time of 4:44:16 despite horrible conditions... 

Team RunnersConnects beats the cold front that blasted its way into the season with 6PRs and many solid race efforts from the 5K to the marathon.

Sascha Fennel ran the New York City Marathon in NY, NY coming across the finish line with a time of 4:01:04. The New York City Marathon is probably the most special one there is. It is my third participation. The other two have... 

Team RunnersConnect crushes their goals with 7PRs and several race debuts.

Gertrude Jewell ran the the Marine Corps Marathon  in Washington DC finishing this race in the time of 4:25:16 which was a PR of 14 minutes and 22 seconds. Going into it as my 2nd marathon, I worried about setting my bar... 

Team RunnersConnect keeping it hot as the weather turns cool with 12PRs in all race distances from 5K to the Marathon.

Theresa Brennan ran the Baystate Half Marathon in Lowell, Ma finishing this race in the time of 2:14:11 which was a PR by 3 minutes. I’ve been struggling for the past year just to complete long runs and races. I never... 

Teams RunnersConnect smashes through October with 12 PRs and several first time races from the 10K to the 50K.

Chris Carrier ran the Chicago Marathon in Chicago, IL finishing this race  in the time of 3:49:42 which is a PR of over 19 minutes. This was my second marathon. Last year in the same race, I ran a 4:08+ and this year my finishing... 

Team RunnersConnect picking up stream with 6 PRs and 4 race debut is the half and full marathon.

Sean Regan ran the Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis, MN coming across the finish line with a time  of 3:24:57 which a PR by 12 minutes. Twin Cities was marathon #3 for me. It turned out to be a really good race. 3:24:57... 

Team RunnersConnect starts the marathon season with several HUGE PRs and Top overall finishes.

John Ranger ran the Berlin Marathon in Berlin, Germany coming across the finish line with a time 3:28:51 which was a PR by 26 minutes and 31 seconds. My second marathon and first major. Went in with a plan to run a BQ of 3:25 or... 

Team RunnersConnect rolls into early fall with a bang of 11PRs and several race debuts.

Matthew Stewart raced the Sydney Marathon in Sydney, Australia finishing this race with the time of 2:59.08 which was a PR by 7 minutes.   Well I cracked it. Sub 3 hours for the first time! While this race represents... 

Team RunnersConnect closes down summer with 7 PRs, a Race Debut and Age Group awards.

Amy Thomas ran the Erie Presque Island Marathon in Erie, PA finishing this distance in the time of 4:09:10 which was a PR by 1 hour and qualified for Boston!! I qualified for Boston by 50 seconds!! When I joined Runners Connect,... 

Team RunnersConnnects carries the hot streak into September with 4PRS and 2 course PRS

Heidi Bush ran the Ross Marathon in Tasmania, Australia finishing in the time of 3:55:14 which was a PR by 17 minutes. This was my third marathon and my first since joining RC and I just wanted to finally run sub-4:00. I’d... 

Team RunnersConnects closes August down with several monster PRs and age group awards.

Maryjane Llamas ran the Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach, VA finishing the race in the time of 2:25 which was a PR of over 20 minutes. Rock-n-Roll HM in Va Beach is always Labor Day weekend (hot and humid). I ran... 

Team RC takes on August’s last blast of heat with 7 PRS, 2 wins and several age group awards.

Kyle Bowman raced a local track 5K  in Ohio coming across the finish line with a time of 15:29 which was good for a first place overall finish. Ran 5.31 for the last 1.1mi=finishing time was 15.29. Wasn’t my fastest time... 

6 Big PRs Keeps Team RunnersConnect Hot in August.

Kathy Balme ran the Midsummer Night’s Run 15K in Toronto, Ontario coming across the finish line with a time of 1:17:25 which was a PR of 4 minutes and 35 seconds. I didn’t know what to expect with this race, as... 

Team RunnersConnect throws down 5PRs and a win and several course improvements.

Brian St.George raced the Longyear Lake 5K in Chisholm, MN coming across the finish line in the time of 16:49 which earned him a PR and win and a course record. The race went pretty well to my plan. I wanted to go out a bit... 

Team RunnersConnects blazing through the summer with 8PRs

Bobby Smith ran the Woodstock 5K in Anniston, AL finishing this distance in the time of 20:13 which was a 31 seconds PR. The race did not go as planned and I missed my finish time goal but I did set a :31 personal course record.... 

Teams RunnersConnect had a red hot weekend from a Race Win, PRs and First time races.

Kyle Bowman raced a hometown 5 mile race in Ohio finishing not only 11 seconds faster than last years time but took first place overall winning the race in the time of 26:54. Pretty pleased with race: 5mi splits: 5.16, 5.25,... 

Team RunnersConnect continues the hot streak with 4PRs and some season bests.

Brian St. George raced a 5K in Minnesota coming cross the finish line first with a time of 17:03 which not gave him a PR but overall win for this race. I finished with a 5:11 3rd mile (didn’t think that was possible) and... 

Team RunnersConnects Continues to Sizzle in July with 6PRs

Dennis Moore ran the Rock the Crossroads in Kansas City coming across the finish line in time of 25:01 which was a PR of 42 seconds. 97 degrees, PR, but most memorably this was the first race run with the entire family. My... 

Team RunnersConnect brings July in with a bang: 12 PRs and several stellar first races in distances from the 4 miler to the marathon.

Sean Regan raced the Kids Against Hunger 5K in Minneapolis, MN coming across the finish line with the time of 19:52 which was a PR of 44 seconds. This 5K was a PR for me, by 44 seconds. Goal was to break 20 minutes, and I finished... 

Team RunnersConnect keeping it hot with 6 PRs and several Age Group awards

Eran Geyari ran the Tel Aviv Half Marathon in Tel Aviv, Israel finishing with a time of 1 hour and 54 minutes which was a PR of 4 minutes. 30C with 89% hunidity. Very tough conditions. I was focusing on keeping my good form... 

Team RunnersConnect bringing in 5 PRs and several Age group Awards in all distances.

Siobhan Donegan ran the 40TH Annual Paul Mailman 10 Miler in Montpelier, VT finishing in the time of 1:15:22 which gave her a 2nd place in her Age Group Award.  I had never actually run a 10 mile race so I guess this was... 

4 Ways Training With a Group (Even Online) Can Make You a Better Runner

There is a reason that the best runners in the world train in groups. A community of runners with similar goals and dedication drive each other to be the best version of themselves. Long distance running is a notoriously lonely... 

Team RunnersConnect heating it up with 9 PRs as well as several amazing first races

Heidi Bush raced the Launceston Ten which is a 10K in Tasmania, Australia finishing with the time 45:51 which was a PR of 2 minutes and 11 seconds. After not racing a 10K in 5 years and having no idea what to expect, Heidi... 

Cathy Ahearn from Learn to Run Strong Stealing From RunnersConnect

I can’t believe I am writing these words again. For the second time in a month I’ve found a “running coach” stealing and selling the RunnersConnect Strength Training for Runners Program. This time, Cathy Ahearn from... 

4 PRs (Including a 17 minute Marathon and 7 Minute HM best) Highlight the Weekend

Eric Thomas ran the Northern Olympic Discovery Marathon in Port Angeles, WA completing the distance in the time of 3:33:49 which was a PR over 17 minutes which placed him the 34th runner out of 332 runners. This was a great race experience.... 

5 PRs and several first ever races in the Marathon, Half and 10 miler.

Alexandre Charest ran the Marathon Baie-des-Chaleurs in Carleton-sur-mer, QC, Canada finishing in the time of 3:33:46 which was a PR of 5 minutes and 4 seconds. He was able to run this time on an usually hot day with little... 

The Marathon Nutrition Blueprint: A Guaranteed Formula to Never Bonk During the Marathon Again

As many loyal readers likely know, we’re launching our Marathon Nutrition Blueprint today! In the past two weeks and over the course of the last few months, we’ve written articles on everything from how to calculate your rate... 

The last weekend of May ends in a bang for Team RunnersConnect with 9PRs, one marathon debut and one come back race..

Dean Roberts had his marathon debut at the Ottawa Marathon finishing in a stellar time of 3:45:20.  Running this marathon completely without a watch or garmin as he forgotten it at home on its charger. He also had to work... 

10 PRs and 3 Amazing First Ever races in the 5K, 10K and Marathon for Team RunnersConnect

Mark Slagle ran the Cleveland Marathon in Ohio coming across the finish line in the time of 3:23:27 which was a 11 minute PR. I PRed pretty big and feel like I have a lot more in me. Midway through my training cycle, I had... 

Matt Johnson of RunnerAcademy Stealing and Plagiarizing from RunnersConnect (and why it matters to you)

The RunnersConnect team and I work extremely hard to deliver awesome, free content to you as much as we can. We publish articles on this blog at least three times per week and they’re always free, well-researched and hopefully... 

5 PRs Highlights the Weekend for Team RunnersConnect

Alberto Pinton raced the Kungsholmen Runt 10K in Stockholm, Sweden finishing in the time of 39:45 which was a 53 second PR. First time ever under 40min. I’ve developed as an adult runner since my first 10k race, which I... 

Several Huge PRs, a few comeback races and First time ever races of distances from the 10K to 50K.

Samantha McMenamy ran the Wallis Sand Half Marathon in Rye, NH finishing in 2:02:08 which was a 26 minute PR. Thrilled to be able to run this half after being on a wait list, Samantha ran a strong and consistent race on this... 

JC Sawyer: Boston Marathon Aspirant

Lives: I currently reside in western Massachusetts with my wife, Laura, going on 3 years—and she is my number one running fan (it matters)!—and two dogs (Luna, an Australian Labradoodle, and Jack, a Jackapoo). This May we... 

16 PRs from the 5K to the Marathon for Team RC over the weekend

Dennis Moore ran the Garmin Land of Oz Half Marathon finishing in the time of 1:54:12 which was a 2 minute and 5 second PR. The conditions on the course went from pleasant to monsoon-like rain, wind and hail. He was went out... 

15% Discount on Boulder Running Clinic Videos (and 7 snippets that deliver concrete, actionable advice)

Coach Jay Johnson has been gracious enough to offer the RunnersConnect team a discount on his Boulder Running Clinic videos. I want to tell you a story about why I think these clinics are a great way to learn, give you the details... 

Mark Slagle: Dad with a Passion for Running and Big Goals

Lives: I live in the Cincinnati area Works: I work as an IT administrator at a K-12 public school district. Hobbies: I work in IT and education, so gadgets and educators are a requisite passion.  Personally, I love to cook, read,... 

Special Boston Race Results Edition

Eric Sullivan ran the Boston Marathon in 3:00:57 which was a PR for him. He did an excellent job pacing and did not go out too fast but the quads still wanted to shut down at mile 23. Eric held it together in those final miles... 

Monster PRs at 50k, Marathon and HM Lead Team RunnersConnect

Matthew Stewart ran the Australian Running Festival 50k Ultra in Canberra, ACT, Australia finishing in the time of 4:01:36 which was a huge 58 minute PR. Matthew had beautiful running weather this run his race. The course... 

Eric Sullivan: Returning to a Boston Qualifier after a 16-year Hiatus

Lives : San Francisco Bay Area. Works: I’m a CPA that doesn’t do taxes.  (I’m a consultant that prepares complex insurance claims) Hobbies: My hobbies are running (obviously…perhaps better described as... 

6 PRs from the Mile to the Marathon – Team RC Runs Strong into April.

Greg Kline ran the ORRRC Marathon in Xenia, Ohio finishing in 3:35:52 which was a personal best by 6 minutes. He had great weather conditions although had to work through nausea to finish strong. I did not hit a wall though,... 

Novice Runner Turned Boston Qualifier in Less Than a Year: RunnersConnect Team Member Matt Stewart

Name: Matt Stewart Lives: Currently live in Sydney, Australia, although I was born in Auckland, New Zealand and married to Emma (also a RunnersConnect runner). Work: Osteopath Hobbies: Running (obviously!), bodysurfing How long... 

Team RunnersConnect closes out March with a Roar with several PRs and one big 50 mile race.

Dean Roberts ran the Inaugural Love Run in Philadelphia finishing in 1:50:16 which was a PR by 1 minute 51 seconds. The conditions were cold and they have heavy rain through the race. Dean ran a very smart race starting at his... 

5 PRs and Awesome Boston Tune-Up Races Highlight the Weekend for Team RunnersConnect

Catherine Smith ran the hilly and challenging Georgia Half marathon in 1:57:45 which was a PR by 1 minute. She was able get run a solid time despite have frigid cold temps and dealing with winds.  Although I didn’t run... 

Team RunnersConnect Member: Kathy Balme

Lives: Campbellford, Ontario which is about 1 ½ hours east of Toronto. Works:  At the hospital as a physiotherapist, and divide my time between the inpatient orthopedic floor, where I see people who have just had orthopedic... 

5 PRs, a Boston Qualifier, and Amazing Debuts Highlights the Racing Weekend for RunnersConnect

Buddy Gray ran the Tobacco Road Marathon and not only ran a 3 minute PR but ran his first BQ time with a finishing time of 3:22:26. Reaching his goal of running a Boston Qualifying has been meet with so much emotion by Buddy as... 

RunnersConnect Team Member: Alexandre Charest

Lives: The beautiful little town of Rimouski by the St. Lawrence river in the province of Quebec, Canada. But since the river is  salted, has tides and is 30 miles wide we often say that we live by the sea. Works: I am a... 

March begins with great race results for Team RunnersConnect

Russell Friedberg ran the the Little Rock half marathon finishing 1:33:07. This was a hilly course and the conditions were windy, rainy and cold. Russell placed 7th in his Age group and 53rd overall of 6500. Wasn’t trying... 

RunnersConnect Team Member: Donna Ferguson

Lives: I live in Southern Indiana overlooking the City of Louisville, Kentucky skyline Works: Paralegal for a local law firm and as well an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach. Interests: My husband and I are blessed... 

Springing into the competition for Team RunnersConnect

Rajeev Singh ran a 3:17 PR in the half marathon finishing in 2:25:04. Rajeev ran a smart and consistent race showing many signs fitness gains. In all 7 HMs ran by me before this (last one year), I always struggled and lost my... 

From “I’m not a real runner” to “I’m a runner with miles to go” – An interview with RC Member Dennis Moore

Lives: Currently lives in Kansas City, but grew up in Georgia and Tennessee. Works: Former high school principal, currently a corporate chaplain. Interests: Outside of running, I enjoy golf (I get my money’s worth!), reading,... 

Sweet Racing this Valentine’s weekend for Team RunnersConnect

Eric Eidsmoe ran the Ice Cube Half marathon in Mt Pleasant, Michigan as a training run finishing 7-8 minutes faster than his goal at 1:57:22.  Conditions were cold but beautiful with no wind which made for a great running. Eric... 

New to Running with Big Goals: Jennifer Smith

RC Team Member Jennifer Smith Lives: Chattanooga, TN with my husband, three kids and son-in-law. I have five dogs, a cat, two chickens and two horses. Works: Branch Manager at a bank and I also attend University of Central... 

Big Results follow Team RunnersConnect

Greg Doherty ran the Hilton Head Half marathon with his friend and RunnersConnect teammate Keith Hughes. The day was cold and rainy but that dampen their spirits to run strong to PR with a finishing time of 1:52:33. This was... 

How a Mother of Two Developed the Ability to Push Herself and Have Confidence in Her Training

RC Member: Ann Harambasic Lives: Arizona Works: Civil Engineer, Mother of Two. “Between work, running, swimming and family duties, I have little time for much else but I am content and thankful.” How long have you... 

The cold didn’t freeze out the RunnerConnect Team

Dean Roberts ran a 10K PR in his second race of the year. What’s more is he PRed by 4:26 over a 10K he ran 6 months ago!! Dean crossed the finish line at 48:07. He is on a roll in his first year of running and racing. A... 

How to structure your training and succeed when your goals are to lose weight, get healthier, and run your first race

Most articles about training center on how to run your fastest race possible. This is logical given the somewhat universal physiological realities of trying for a new personal best – the lessons can apply to everyone. However,... 

7 Surefire Ways to Reach Your 2014 Resolutions

As 2013 fades to 2014 we are reminded that it’s that time of year again; the time when we start to think about the goals we want to achieve next year. Fitness centers, coaches and runners alike expect two things of the next... 

Cold Temps Bring Fast Times for Team RunnersConnect

Winter is in full swing in most of the northern hemisphere, and with that a step back for many from competitive racing, but some members of Team RunnersConnect simply need their fix! Five people jumped in races this past weekend,... 

Case Study: Ross Bielak

Ross Bielak is a 42-year old Denver, Colorado native, who came to RunnersConnect in November, 2012, dealing with constant foot and knee pain, overweight, and needing to solve both of those before reaching his goals. He’s been... 

RunnersConnect Team Spotlight: How Joe Freiburger Inspires a City

Joe Freiburger, a pastor in Nevada, has lost fifty pounds in 2013 and inspires his entire city to increase their fitness. Joe Freiburger was not a runner. Oh, he gave it the ol’ college try, as they say, but it just wasn’t... 

Leaves, Personal Bests Fall in November’s First Weekend

As the leaves fall off the trees in the northern hemisphere and seasons begin to change from fall to winter, Team RunnersConnect continues to push onward and improve every single week. The first weekend in November was no different. Late... 

Marine Corps Marathon, et al bring personal bests for Team RunnersConnect

One of the major races on Team RunnersConnect’s schedule this fall has been the Marine Corps Marathon. A race that was almost cancelled due to government shutdown, “MCM” happened, and it was great! Team RunnersConnect... 

Seven PRs, Two Marathon Debuts as Fourteen Race for Team RunnersConnect

Personal bests abounded across the world this weekend as Team RunnersConnect sent fourteen athletes to the starting line in areas as widespread as California, Tennessee, Ohio and Norway. Two members of the team ran their marathon... 

Team RunnersConnect CRUSHES Chicago and sees several Boston Qualifiers

Nearly twenty members of Team RunnersConnect lined up last weekend, the weekend of both the Chicago Marathon and the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) Half Marathon in the United States, as well as the Melbourne Marathon Festival... 

RunnersConnect Team Spotlight: Erin King – How Running Changed a Life

Erin (right), with her husband, sister and two children after they had all raced in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. “Perhaps (running) is something I was meant to do.” Not many people look back at their childhood and... 

Fourteen Race As Fall Racing Season Heats Up

The fall racing season is absolutely in full swing, and it showed this weekend as fourteen members of Team RunnersConnect lined up and raced across the world. Adam Feder ran a 5k in Atlanta in an effort to raise money for cancer... 

RunnersConnect Team Races to Personal Bests, World Record

The RunnersConnect Team raced all over the world the last weekend of September, 2013, and saw several personal bests as athletes wrap up their summer/fall racing season, including a world record for the Double Road Race distance. Jesse... 

RunnersConnect Team Spotlight: James Elwood – Two Thousand Days of Success

James Elwood ran his debut marathon at the Vermont City Marathon in May, 2013. January, 2011 in Windsor, Connecticut was cold. James Elwood was nearly thirty-seven years old, and he was dying. “I was troubled with a lingering... 

Team RunnersConnect Sends Seven to the Line from September 20-22

Seven RunnersConnect members lined up to race over the weekend, over distances ranging from one mile to a marathon, and even a trail 5km race! Two runners ran personal bests and several others had top finishes despite less-than-ideal... 

RunnersConnect Team Spotlight: Thirty Years of Runing with Matt Garvey

Future Ironman Matt Garvey competing at a recent race. Fifty-two year old Baltimore, Maryland native Matt Garvey was a soccer player, through and through. But when his high school girlfriend started running consistently, he started... 

Team RunnersConnect Sees One Personal Best, Two Top Finishes Over Weekend

As the RunnersConnect Team begins to taper for their various fall peak races, three members toed the line and raced this weekend. Erno de Korte ran a one minute personal best when he crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 53 minutes,... 

RunnersConnect Team Spotlight: Catherine Smith, Perpetually Chased by Running

Catherine Smith, with her Big Peach Running Co. running group. This is the story of a girl who, despite her best efforts, simply has been unable to escape her fate: she is to be a runner, through and through. Many times she’s... 

Getting “Chicked” – A History of Women’s Running

It is easy to take running for granted. We often complain about bad workouts and slow race times without taking the time to think about just how privileged we are to have a strong pair of legs beneath us, capable of pounding the... 

Five Race, Including Three Personal Bests, For Team RunnersConnect

Another five members of the RunnersConnect Team laced up their racing flats this weekend, and three of them finished the day with freshly ink in their personal record books. In Dallas, Texas, Brian Schmidt and his son jumped in... 

RunnersConnect Team Spotlight: Logging Kilometers with Dan Rose

Dan giving a thumbs up during his recent half marathon debut. In January 2013, Dan Rose found himself lying wide awake in the middle of the night. Fighting restless legs, Dan did the last thing he knew to do: he laced up his shoes... 

RunnersConnect Team Sends Seven to the Starting Line in Preparation for October Marathons

For the second week in a row, an entire gaggle of RunnersConnect athletes laced up their racing flats and got after it. Seven runners toed the line and five saw personal bests, while the other two were intentionally treating the... 

RunnersConnect Team Spotlight: Jachima Taino Prepares for Marathon Debut

Jachima and her boyfriend, Jeff, during a recent vacation in Chinatown, San Francisco. Where do you live? I live in Tampa, Florida, aka the Big Guava. (Yes, really.) How old are you? I have one more year in my twenties and I’m... 

RunnersConnect Team Races On Three Continents and Has Stellar Results

This weekend the RunnersConnect Team had saw members racing on three different continents as they continued to represent as one of the strongest teams in the world. Two different members of the team, Dan Rose and Pat Flynn, made... 

RunnersConnect Team Spotlight: “Prodigal Son” Martin Dolphin Chases Boston Qualifier

Martin Dolphin took two decades off of running before coming back to the sport in 2012. We chatted with him a little bit about his goals, and his history, in this week’s edition of the Team Spotlight. Age: 44 What do you hope... 

RunnersConnect Team Split: Some Prep For Fall Marathons, Others Wrap Up Season

As the IAAF World Championship track meet took place in Moscow, four members of the RunnersConnect team hit the starting line this weekend and we saw two summer training cycles come to a couple of fantastic finishes, and two fall... 

RunnersConnect Team Gears Up For October Marathons

Three members of the RunnersConnect Team lined up for tune-up races this weekend as they prepare for their late October marathons. Hannah Nolan led the way with her club championship half marathon race, where she finished in 1... 

Race Results: A Look Back at the Last Couple of Weeks

A few of the Team RunnersConnect members enjoying a short shakeout on Sunday Hey Team, it’s been a while. It just didn’t seem appropriate to get into race results last with so many people still struggling to make sense... 

RunnersConnect Team Spotlight: Simeon Bayles

Where do you live? NY, NY How old are you? 37 How long have you been running for? Just over one year. What do you hope to achieve through RunnersConnect? RunnersConnect is my tool to help achieve my goals in running.  Those goals... 

Alberto Sala-who? Nike wha? Team RunnersConnect Tears It Up!

Nancy rocking her brand new Team RunnersConnect t-shirt before her awesome HM! We open up this week’s race results recap with the Scotland Run 10k that was held in Central Park (NYC) on April 6th. It was the obvious choice... 

RunnersConnect Team Spotlight: Danny Tateo

Where do you live? Westchester County, NY, in a town called Armonk. How old are you? 48 How long have you been running for? About three years, two and a half years seriously (my wife says too seriously). What do you hope to achieve... 

RunnersConnect Team Spotlight: Debra Hexsel

Where do you live? Kingwood, Texas (26 miles from downtown Houston) How old are you? I’ll be 57 on April 6 How long have you been running for? Trick question. This go around since July 2011–when I successfully gained... 

Breaking the Tape: The Latest Race Results

And we have our first win of the year! Vicente Lorenzo Cabahug is the big winner. All we got for details so far was this: 1st place! oh yeah! 3.0 kilometers in 0:13:05 I guess not much more can be said of it. A win speaks for... 

RunnersConnect Team Spotlight: Bill Rotella

Bill, before the running bug bit him. Where do you live? New Smyrna Beach, Florida How old are you? 55, soon to be 56, but only 33 in my heart as that was how old I was when I ran the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) in 3:38 How long... 

Runners Connect Team: Their Goodst Results Ever?

It was another spectacular weekend of globetrotting PR’s by the RunnersConnect team. Although I was excited to see Erno de Korte’s PR at the Drunense Duinenloop half marathon (1:59:16!), I was really excited by his... 

RunnersConnect Team Spotlight: Tereza Terahata

Where do you live? I live in the crowded city of São Paulo, Brazil. It has a population of almost 12Mi, if you can you believe that! How old are you? I will turn 39 in July, but people say I look much younger How long have... 

A Typical RC Race Weekend: PR’s and Division Wins!

Well, we only got four race results submitted to us this time. Although the quantity was down, the quality was not lacking in the slightest. There’s some good variety in this as well, since Monte ran a 5k, Bill a 15k, Nancy... 

RunnersConnect Team Spotlight: Sweeny Choong

Where do you live? Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia How old are you? Will turn 44 years end next month. How long have you been running for? Since 2007. That’s when I resigned from Citibank, Malaysia and became a homemaker. My son... 

RunnersConnect Crew Sets PRs All Over the World

Another big weekend of races from RunnersConnect members. What made us anticipate this round even more was that some of our more active community members were lining up testing their mettle. The amount of support that evident... 

RunnersConnect Weekend Race Results – February 16th-17th

The RunnersConnect team was out in force this past weekend. By my count there were three PR’s and sadly one race cancellation (sorry, Eduard). Here’s what your fellow runners accomplished: Pebble Williams ran a 2:22:56... 

Hurricane Sandy Can’t Stop the RunnersConnect Team from 7 PRs and 112 minutes of Total Improvement in One Weekend

Hurricane Sandy couldn’t stop the natural force that is the RunnersConnect team this weekend! With 7 new personal bests totaling a whopping 112 minutes of improvement, this was one of the most successful weekends of running... 

4 Personal Bests Highlight a Fantastic Weekend of Racing

The RunnersConnect team kicked off the month of October with a bang with 4 personal bests and a smattering of great races across the globe. From Marathons to 10ks, the RunnersConnect team dominated the roads. Here are some of... 

2 PRs and a Triumphant Return to Racing Highlight the Weekend for RunnersConnect Members

The first official weekend of the Fall was another solid weekend of racing for the RunnersConnect team as athletes continued their tune-up races or put the finishing touches on their summer racing seasons. Up first was Pearson... 

A Flurry of New PRs Sets the Tone as RunnersConnect Members Open the Fall Racing Season

The Fall racing season is heating up now that the weather has started to cool across the country and the RunnersConnect team is wasting no time setting a flurry of new PRs. It’s finally time for all of our athletes to show what... 

RunnersConnect Members Crush 5k and 10k PRs as Fall Marathon Training Approaches Full Swing

I know we’ve been a little absent the last few weeks with providing weekly updates and congratulations to the RunnersConnect team members that have raced and recorded PRs this summer. With races a bit more spread out and the... 

Race Results July 21st and 22nd

Thanks to summer temperatures continuing to make runners feel like they’ve taken three steps backwards, we didn’t have the normal slew of runners taking to the streets last weekend to race. However, we still had three... 

3 personal bests and the story of one runner’s transformation into the runner she always wanted to be

RunnersConnect members after the 2012 Boston Marathon. From left to right: John Pereira, Tracie Winters, Coach Jeff, and Debbie Basham While the list of personal bests this weekend isn’t quite as long as normal (everyone’s... 

The Science of Compression Gear for Runners

One of the big fads recently in the running world is compression wear. Whether it’s compression shorts for sprinters or compression socks for marathoners, it’s hard to attend an athletic event without seeing somebody decked... 

You can race well off cross training – even if you’re injured

In my last two posts, I shared a marathon specific block of training as well as a two-week training cycle of training that didn’t go well because I failed to listen to my body and give it the rest it needed. Continuing along... 

Training schedule of an elite runner

Periodically, athletes that I coach will ask me about my training schedule while I was competing at a high level. While I certainly wasn’t an Olympic caliber runner, I did have some impressive training partners and workouts,... 

Having to go to the bathroom when running

Oh that dreaded feeling, you know the one where you’re in the middle of a run and all of a sudden you have to go to the bathroom. The majority of runners don’t like to talk about it, a few like to sit around and tell their... 

Staying motivated when running in the winter

A few weeks ago, I recorded a video with some great winter running tips and strategies. The main focus of the article and video was to highlight logistical strategies for winter running – where to run, what to wear, and... 

Running in the Winter – Dealing with the Cold, Ice and Snow

By Coach Jeff Running in the winter can be a definite challenge. Having trained most of my life in Maine, Providence, and Michigan, I’ve faced just about every cold weather scenario you can imagine. I’ve run in Gunnison,... 

What you can learn from elite runners – The 2011 NYC Marathon

I love watching great marathons, especially the New York City Marathon because of the lack of pacers, which results in mano-a-mano racing. Not only is the competition thrilling, but watching elite runners can be a great learning... 

Race Results from Oct. 7th – Oct. 9th

Wow, another superb weekend of racing for RunnersConnect athletes. I feel a little repetitive each week, but this has really been amazing month stretch of performances. RunnersConnect was represented in every corner of the US... 

Relax To Race Faster and More Consistently

Runners are inherently obsessive athletes. What else can explain why we wake up at ungodly times to run or why we spend countless hours pouring over training data. For serious and recreational runners alike, achieving goals and... 

Benefits of Compression Clothing for Runners

Athletes, especially runners, are always on the lookout for that extra one or two percent improvement in their training. Lately, running circles have been enamored with compression gear – socks, pants, tights, you name it.... 

How to Breathe When Running

“How do I breathe when running”. Surprisingly, you’re not alone if you’ve ever asked yourself this question or solicited advice from your running partners. As a running coach, I’ve encountered this... 

Boston Marathon Qualfying 2012

Note: Read this update if you’re interested in how to information on qualifying for the Boston Marathon in 2013. Big news for all runners interested in participating in the 2012 edition of the Boston Marathon. The BAA recently... 

Does Stretching Help Reduce Injuries

The USATF (USA Track and Field) just released a study that claims stretching before a run does not reduce the risk of injuries. Per usual, the USATF is behind on the latest developments in scientific research as even I have reported... 

Running in the Heat

The summer is almost upon us and the temperatures are rising. That means it’s time for the typical barrage of articles about how drinking water is important (oh, really), wearing light-colored clothing is the best summer running... 

Running with a Purpose

Running is a simple sport, right? Put on some shorts, shoes, and a shirt and head out the door; put one foot in front of the other and soon you’ll be tearing up the race course…umm, don’t we all wish. If you’ve ever done... 

Boston Marathon Pace Calculator

Running the Boston Marathon? Master the fabled course with this Boston marathon pace calculator Qualifying for the Boston Marathon is one of the most prestigious accomplishments in all of running. The storied race is the biggest... 

Calories Burned While Running

One of the questions that I get the most when I start coaching a new runner, especially someone who is training for the marathon, is how much more should they eat to supplement their increased calorie expenditure from running.... 

Forgot to pack heat? I’ve got you covered

Heating your muscles before a run can be one of the best ways to help ward off creeping injuries and get your body primed for high level exercise. Simply speaking, the warmer the blood can get around the areas that are tight,... 

How to stop side stitches when running

As an online running coach, I get a lot of questions about side stitches as they will occur at some point in almost any runner’s lifetime. While there has been a lot of articles written about what exactly a side stitch is and... 

When the Weather Outside is Frightful

This particular article might come with much needed advice for some or rather useless information for others, depending on where you live in the World. Recently, Maryland was blitzed with over three feet of snow in four days and... 

Musings on Training – Yasso 800’s

I’m always on the lookout for interesting training topics and discussions. Recently, I assigned one of my athletes, Jordan Kinley, a workout consisting of 10 x 800 meters with 30 seconds rest. Jordan had a great workout,... 

Aerobic vs. Anaerobic Training

Learning the difference between anaerobic and aerobic training is the key to improving your personal best in any race. Training and racing at the appropriate levels is the single most important change in your training that you...