Your First Week As A Runner

Your First Week As A Runner

I see a lot of people starting their running journeys, and it makes my heart so happy. Running is a great way to maintain level and strong mental health, keep yourself healthy and in-shape (notice I didn't say "skinny"), and get outdoors while maintaining good ol' social distancing. So, how do you get started safely, [...]

#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 [...]

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 [...]

PGH Marathon Training Update | 5 Recovery Must-haves

PGH Marathon Training Update | 5 Recovery Must-haves

As many know, I am now in the peak weeks of training for my first full marathon - the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon on May 5, 2019. This week, my long run is 18 miles. Next week...it's the dreaded (but necessary) 20 miler. Throughout training, I have made a few mistakes (okay, maybe more [...]

Five Reasons Run/Walk/Run Is A LEGIT Running Method

Five Reasons Run/Walk/Run Is A LEGIT Running Method

Most people who know me, and most of my athletes, are aware that I support run/walk/run intervals as developed by Olympian Jeff Galloway. Not only can RWR intervals help you recover quicker, but they can also help you continue running when you're down for the count otherwise. I mean, if someone told me I had [...]