Ten things your kids won’t say to you when we look back on this time in history

Ten things your kids won’t say to you when we look back on this time in history

1. You fed me too many pre-packaged meals. 2. You let me watch too much TV and screens. 3. I wish you would have put more effort into making me do more common core math assignments. 4. Fresh fruit would have been better than packed fruit, obviously. 5. I wish you would have cooked more [...]

#AskCoachCourtney: Can I run outside during the COVID-19 pandemic?

#AskCoachCourtney: Can I run outside during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The short answer: Yes... ...with caution. I’ve been giving my athletes five tips to follow as they embark on outdoor running during this challenging time. Here are my top five tips! TIP #1: Avoid crowded areas, parks, and trails. I know this is tough for a lot of us. I was looking forward to logging [...]

February Training Update: 2020 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend

February Training Update: 2020 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend

When early registration for the 2020 DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon opened, I immediately registered for the full. I ran it last year, and I was determined to do it again AND beat my time. And then the whole house came down with hand, foot, and mouth disease. The kids got better, but mine lovingly [...]

Run Coach Picks: Last Minute Gifts For The Runners In Your Life (Amazon Prime!)

I'm a Black Friday goer. I love it! I am at my first step by 5:00 am Friday morning along with a map that shows me how to make all of my stops without having to make any left turns (totally serious -- I live in a shopping hub, so this is necessary). It never [...]

#AskCoachCourtney: Why is my heart rate so high during easy runs?

#AskCoachCourtney: Why is my heart rate so high during easy runs?

I love this question, and it's a common one: Why is my heart rate (HR) so high during easy runs? In this edition of #askcoachcourtney, I'll explains the ins-and-outs of heart rate zones, why they matter, and steps you can take to better control and maintain a suitable heart rate for long-distance run training. Why [...]