How to Develop a Strong Finishing Kick for Your Marathon

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In the racing world, kick refers to sprinting towards the end of a race.

Having a good kick doesn’t happen by accident. Some runners have more natural proclivity toward running faster, but kick has to do with neuro-muscular training. It involves a combination of physical and mental preparation.

I was recently interviewed by a writer for Men’s Running Magazine on the subject of how to achieve a sprint finish at the end of your run.

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Race Recap | Winthrop Marathon and Half Marathon

What is vacation without running a half marathon?

We vacation every year in Port Townsend, Washington. Angie, being the marathon junkie that she is, signed us up for the Winthrop Marathon about 180 miles away.

My initial response was, “That’s too far to drive for some obscure little race.”

To get to Winthrop from Port Townsend requires taking the ferry to Whidbey Island then a 4 hour drive over the Cascade Mountains.

Angie’s response was, “What would be so bad about a scenic drive through the mountains?”

I acquiesced. We left our three kids in the capable hands of their grandparents and we headed to Winthrop.
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The Power of Thinking Big in Your Marathon Training

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Thinking big is highly individual.

You may decide to run a 100 mile ultra-marathon like Eric Strand.

Your personal best right now may be running for 5 minutes without stopping and a marathon seems so out of reach. It’s not.

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Six Tips for Big Marathon Logistics

When Angie and I go to a big city marathon she leaves all the logistics to me.

This includes finding the hotel, finding the expo, finding the starting line, getting back to the hotel, and parking the car in crazy downtown environs. (In New Orleans we paid $35 to park for 1 hour!)

We recently ran the Kentucky Derby Marathon in Louisville, KY -a city of 741,096 according to their Wikipedia page.

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Race Recap | The Kentucky Derby Marathon

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My plan is to run a marathon in all 50 States. I’m always looking to add a new state to my collection. I had my eyes on the Kentucky Derby Marathon in Louisville, Kentucky for some time hoping I could work it in on my calendar.

This is a large event with almost 18,000 runners –most are participating in the half or “mini” marathon.

Every marathon has its own personality. We found this race to be fun, well organized and able to capture the personality of the city. Here is my race recap: Continue Reading →

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The History of the Marathon

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When you run a marathon you become part of a living history.

Crossing the finish line connects you to those who have endured the toughness of marathon training before you.

Over 500,000 people will run a marathon in the US alone this year.

Here is the history of how our sport came to be.

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How to Manage the Marathon Munchies

The long runs required for marathon training can really increase your appetite which makes it more challenging to take in fewer calories than you burn.

Plus, it’s easy to fall into the trap of justifying eating whatever you want because you ran 20 miles.

If you’re training for a marathon and want to lose weight, be conscious about your food intake. Here are four ways to keep your appetite in check. Continue Reading →

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Maintaining Your Momentum in Marathon Training

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Keeping good steady momentum is crucial to meeting your running goals.

There will be times when you might feel unmotivated or bogged down in your marathon training. In this post I will show you five great ways to keep your enthusiasm for running and exercise week after week.

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Race Recap: Wisdom from the New Orleans Rock n Roll Marathon

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I finished the New Orleans Rock and Roll Marathon in 3:36:47. I missed qualifying for Boston by 1 minute and 47 seconds!

Even though I didn’t qualify, I’m not overly disappointed with my performance. I set a personal record -beating my previous best time by 7 minutes. I think that the lessons I learned during this race will be helpful as I continue to reach for my personal best in the future.

If you take the time to analyze your race experience you’ll find valuable lessons to apply to future marathons and even other challenges in life.

“Every time I fail, I assume I will be a stronger person for it. I keep on running figuratively and literally, despite a limp that gets more noticeable with each passing season, because for me there has always been a place to go and a terrible urgency to get there.” -Joan Benoit Samuelson

Maybe you’ll be running a half or full marathon this spring. Here are three essential marathon strategies. Continue Reading →

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How to Build Muscular Legs

Guest Article by Fitness Expert and Triathlete Ben Greenfield

Of all the sports on the face of the planet, professional cycling produces some of the most impressive legs. But you don’t have to ride a bike for 4-6 hours a day to get those same rock-hard quads, rippling thighs, and powerful, muscular calves. Instead, in this article, you’ll learn how to use a highly effective series of strength and toning moves to get legs like Lance Armstrong.

By splitting the legs into three basic muscle groups, the quadriceps, the hamstrings and the calves, you can create a strategy for targeting each section. Here is how: Continue Reading →

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