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 [...]

2020: The Year Of P3Running

2020: The Year Of P3Running

As most of you have seen on my social media accounts, I am honored to be chosen as a 2020 #P3Runner! P3R is the Great Oz behind Pittsburgh's greatest races including the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, Fleet Feet Liberty Mile, EQT Ten Miler, and more. As someone who has been a part of the [...]

#AskCoachCourtney: When should I buy a new pair of running shoes, and how do I know when they’re broken in enough to race?

#AskCoachCourtney: When should I buy a new pair of running shoes, and how do I know when they’re broken in enough to race?

Welcome to this edition of #askcoachcourtney: Your running questions answered by an RRCA certified coach and other experts/research! Ah, the mystery of running shoes: When should you buy a new pair? How do you know which ones to buy? How can you tell if they're broken in enough? How can you tell if they're broken [...]

#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 [...]