More research on marathon training with just 3 days per week of running

The FIRST scientist who first studied the idea of training for a marathon by running just 3 days per week have conducted a follow-up study.  Whats interesting about this research was they included more experienced marathoners this time around to … Continue reading

Cross Training for Runners

One of the more controversial recommendations that I make is that runners of average genetic talent should not run the high volumes or frequencies so often recommended by conventional training wisdom.  Generally speaking, for runners with average genetic talent I … Continue reading

A comparison of the 5 training elements

There are 5 primary training elements that comprise a training program and influence endurance performance:  frequency, intensity, duration, volume, and specificity.  Do all 5 elements influence performance equally or are some more important than others?  Conventional training wisdom often suggests … Continue reading

A physiological explanation for 30 years of marathon training advice

A physiological explanation for 30 years of marathon training advice  The Jan/Feb 2007 issue of Running Times magazine (RT) contained a very interesting article by Jonathan Beverly titled “30 Years of Marathon Training”. In this article Jonathan examined the marathon … Continue reading

Does increasing mileage make for a faster marathon?

Does increasing mileage make for a faster marathon?   Runners training for a marathon are typically advised to increase their weekly mileage in order to perform optimally.Why do runners, and marathoners in particular, focus on mileage so intently?  Is increasing mileage … Continue reading

Do all runners benefit from increased mileage?

Do all runners benefit from increasing mileage?  Runners are often advised that the number one thing they can do to improve performance is to increase their weekly mileage, up to as high as 100 miles per week.  However, research on … Continue reading