#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 [...]

Recap: 2016 Akron Half Marathon

Recap: 2016 Akron Half Marathon

For months, I broadcasted a time goal that I knew I probably wasn't entirely ready for: a sub two hour half marathon. Momentarily, part of me thought that I might be able to pull it off, but deep down, I didn't think I was ready. My hope was riding on the race atmosphere, not my ability. [...]

Taper Toolbox: Keeping Yourself Sane & Healthy Before A Race

Taper Toolbox: Keeping Yourself Sane & Healthy Before A Race

Taper weeks affect all runners differently. Some of us enjoy the decreased, easy mileage; others have a hard time taking it easy for the last couple of weeks before a race. Either way, there's a lot more time to think into everything. It can be tempting to want to over-prepare or alter your routine the race, [...]

The “Last, First Last” – An Open Letter

The “Last, First Last” – An Open Letter

Dear Mother Who Changed Three Diapers While Screaming At Her Kids Before The Race, To answer your question, yes – this is “it.” This strong willed, soft-hearted girl is “it” for me. I’m used to hearing “time for another one yet?” and “Aww, you have to have one more!” So, your over-used comments and your [...]