#AskCoachCourtney: Do I have to run a 20 miler when I train for a marathon?

Welcome to #AskCoachCourtney! Each week or two, I take questions from my loyal readers and followers. I had a few submissions this week, and this one stood out to me because it's often debated: Is a 20 mile run a standard necessity during marathon training? The short answer: No. There are a lot of coaches [...]

What If I Don’t Run?

I don't know about anyone else, but since I began running in 2014, I often wondered what would happen if I stopped running. What would I do? What would I talk about? It seemed foolish to even think of such a thing! Running became such an integral part of my life, my day-to-day, my weekly [...]

Whatever You Do, Don’t Stand Still For Too Long: Tips For Getting Back To Disciplined Training

Whatever You Do, Don’t Stand Still For Too Long: Tips For Getting Back To Disciplined Training

A common comment among marathoners is that when they found themselves around that dreaded 20 mile mark, they realized that if they physically stopped, they probably wouldn't have been able to get started again. I agree, and I learned to walk -- albeit slowly, at times -- rather than stop. I, too, knew that if [...]