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April 18, 2018
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Plantar Fasciitis and IT Band Injuries with Dr. Brianne Showman Brown

Plantar fasciitis and IT band injuries are words that every runner will come across eventually – hopefully only in an article and not from personal experience. Let’s face it: Nobody wants a seat on the injury bus. But sometimes we end up there... 

April 11, 2018
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Meet Boston Marathon Winner and Run Forever Author Amby Burfoot

Boston Marathon Winner Amby Burfoot writes about the spirit of running forever in his newest book, just released. OK, we know that nobody actually runs forever. But, Run For As Long As Possible doesn’t really have the same ring. And when most runners... 

April 9, 2018
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Do Custom Training Plans Work Better Than Basic Plans?

A few weeks ago I published a post with the data on the success rate of basic training plans. I held off on publishing the data of our own custom training plans because I wanted the focus to be on the analysis of the basic plan data and not appear like... 

April 4, 2018
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A 50 Year, 50 Week, Long Run Challenge with Running Icon Bob Anderson

One race a week for 50 weeks at 7 minutes per mile at age 64! In this episode we speak with Bob Anderson photographer, filmmaker and founder of Runner’s World Magazine, My Best Runs and runner-finisher of a grueling year-long race challenge that consisted... 

April 2, 2018
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Why the Training Between Your Goal Race Might Be More Important Than Your Actual Race Training

There’s a common theme I’ve seen emerge the last couple of years with runners I’ve talked to. Simply put, it’s neglecting the training in the months between goal races. It could be “taking a break during the cold winter months”... 

March 28, 2018
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Shoe Drop Transitioning and More with Tony Post of Topo Athletic

This week we introduce to you Tony Post, Founder of Topo Athletic, an innovative running shoe company that launched in 2013. Tony harnessed over 30 years of industry knowledge and competitive running experience to create a company with a range of shoes... 

March 26, 2018
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Why Basic Running Training Plans Don’t Work

Today marks a somewhat historical day in RunnersConnect. We’ve stopped providing basic training plans – PDFs, Excel, anything that isn’t personalized; free and paid. Why you ask? Well, we found that they just don’t work. Last year... 

March 21, 2018
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NYC Marathon, Dogs, Crohn’s Disease & Overcoming Adversity with Ali Feller

Meet 3:51 marathoner, author of the Ali On The Run blog and host of the Ali On The Run Show podcast, freelance writer and editor, Ali Feller. Ali’s appearance on this week’s episode was suggested by listener, Angie Sherman and for that, we are certainly... 

March 14, 2018
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Running Injuries – How to Avoid Them, How to Treat Them, and How Sitting Kills Our Running with Dr. Sandy Baird

In this episode, Dr. Sandy Baird shares her personal journey into chiropractic care, her approach to injury prevention and treatment, nutrition, and footwear. We also learn about different self-treatment and prevention exercises to help keep us on our... 

March 7, 2018
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The Importance of Hydration (and tips for how to stay better hydrated) with Vishal Patel

It’s understood that we need to stay hydrated not only during physical activities, but in general. But how can we improve the efficiency with which our bodies use hydration? A former collegiate track and field athlete, Vishal Patel has worked with Olympic... 

March 5, 2018
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Why You Might Not Lose Weight (and Even Gain Weight) When You Eat Less and Run More

There’s a saying that I simply love as a coach and athlete: Simple ain’t easy. This phrase applies to a lot of what we hope to accomplish as runners to get healthy, get fitter, and lose weight. If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s... 

February 28, 2018
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Should You Consider Barefoot Running and Paleo? Interview with Dr. Brett Hill

While admittedly not a super-athlete growing up, Dr. Brett Hill was naturally drawn to distance running and the mental determination it required. As he studied to become a successful chiropractor, he realized that his lifestyle habits directly influenced... 

February 21, 2018
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Balancing Work, Family & Training with Run Cover Model & Mother of 3 Dorothy Beal

You could easily say that freelance writer, professional blogger, public speaker, coach, 3:11 Marathoner, wife and mother of three Dorothy Beal has a lot on her plate. Like many of us with busy lives outside of our training, Dorothy has had to learn how... 

February 14, 2018
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Introducing the New Host of Run To The Top: Stephanie Atwood

This week we introduce, certified nutritionist, award winning speaker, best selling author, running coach, certified rafting guide, AND the new host of the Run To The Top podcast, Stephanie Atwood. Stephanie is the founder of Go Wow Living and host of... 

February 7, 2018
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How Should I Train Between Marathons? Coaching Call With Pam Rountree

We’re doing a coaching deep dive again this week with another of our athletes, Pam Rountree. Pam recently completed two marathons with seven weeks of training in between, but no significant improvement in her time. She would like to reach her goal in... 

January 31, 2018
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When Is It Too Soon To Run Another Marathon? Coaching Call With Wayne Jimenez

We’re doing something a little different today on Run To The Top and we hope you find it helpful. One of our athletes, Wayne Jimenez, recently DNF’d a marathon at mile 16 and was not sure why. He has completed marathons and half-Iron Mans, but just... 

January 24, 2018
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Are Physical Limits in Our Heads? Interview with Alex Hutchinson

We’ve long known the biggest barriers in running are those we create in our own heads, but according to Alex Hutchinson and the latest research, there are ways we can bypass these barriers to push farther and faster. A National Magazine Award-winning... 

January 22, 2018
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4 Reasons Your Training Plan Will Fail (and what to do about it)

It’s that time of year again when most runners are starting the real meat of their training plan. The recovery period is over, you’ve had your few weeks of building back into a plan, and now the real work begins. But, when was the last time... 

January 17, 2018
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How to Maximize Training for Busy Lives – with Duncan Larkin

If an airplane wing is too rigid, the plane will crash, and according to author and marathoner Duncan Larkin, the same is true for us runners. When we adhere too closely to our training plans or even, as Duncan says, the tenets of his own books, we don’t... 

January 10, 2018
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The Fitness Tribe Making Exercise Fun (and Free) – with Bojan Mandaric and Brogan Graham

The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club? You know how it goes. Lucky for us, the opposite is true for the founders of November Project, a fitness movement popularly known as the “Fight Club”... 

January 3, 2018
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Why You Should Train Movement, Not Muscle – with Jay Dicharry

While most of us know we need to do strength work to truly see results, according to Jay Dicharry, this is a waste of time without also practicing movement and mobility. One of America’s leading physical therapists and the author of Anatomy for Runners,... 

December 27, 2017
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Run to the Top Special – The Greatest Hits of 2017

As we enter the bell lap for 2017, I wanted to do something a little special for this week’s episode. Just as it’s good to reflect back on a season and extract all the learning moments, I wanted to reflect back on the best lessons from Run to the... 

December 20, 2017
IT Band syndrome can be painful and frustrating. We have the ultimate guide to help you prevent, rehab with exercises, and recover from your IT Band pain.

IT Band Syndrome Injury in Runners: Stretches, Preventive Exercises, and Research-Backed Treatments

Running can be tough in the best of times, but when the pain keeps getting worse until you cannot run another step, well, that is heartbreaking. If you feel like the pain is coming from anywhere along the muscle on the outside of your thigh from your... 

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Psychological Weapons to Conquer Your Inner “Chimp” – with Dr. Simon Marshall

If you ever have thoughts and feelings you wish you didn’t, there’s a good chance you’re human. But there are ways to put a stop to those thoughts and feelings, and that’s where Dr. Simon Marshall comes in. A competitive triathlete and world-renowned... 

December 18, 2017
If you want to run fast and feel good while doing it, you need to eat the right foods to fuel your run (and avoid stomach upset). This article explains how and why.

What to Eat Before a Run

What should I eat before I run? It’s an age-old question faced by many runners both new to the sport and those who have been training seriously and are looking to fine tune their training diet. While you won’t find one specific super food... 

December 13, 2017
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From Paleo to Vegan: How Your Diet Affects Your Metabolic Efficiency – with Bob Seebohar

He’s back! World renowned dietitian and exercise physiologist Bob Seebohar joins us again to delve deeper into the growing research surrounding his two concepts of metabolic efficiency training (MET) and nutrition periodization. If you listened to... 

December 11, 2017
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How Important is VO2 Max? What Does Yours Acually Mean?

It’s hard to get too far into reading about training without encountering the phrase “vo2 max” or hearing about “VO2 max testing.” But what is VO2 max and how does it relate to runners? When VO2 max tests were largely the... 

December 6, 2017
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From Sideline To Starting Line: Our Editor’s Entry Into Running with Jeremy Noessel

Our guest this week is an incredible guitar player, amazing singer song-writer, and the best audio editor you could ask for, and I’m not just saying all that because he’ll be reading this while he edits the show. If you haven’t already guessed,... 

December 4, 2017
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The Ultimate Injury Guide Everyone Needs To Read

In a constant quest to run faster and further, we should not as runners be surprised when from time to time things start hurting. Performance gains come from forced adaption, i.e. your body will only adapt if you force it to work through sufficient load. Just... 

November 29, 2017
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Michael Hammond: Keeping Perspective in the All-Consuming World of Running

Michael Hammond is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he competed in cross country and track, earning two ACC titles and four NCAA All-American honors. His individual efforts led his team to four ACC team championships: one in cross country, two in indoor... 

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