#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 in a bit TOO much?

These are important questions considering that the wrong or old running shoes can cause pain and injury. Today, special guest Josh Boggs and I will give you the answers to some quintessential shoe questions.

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

#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 who would disagree with me (Hal Higdon included), but based on what we know about the science of running and high impact exercise, whether you run 20 miles during marathon training or not is individual and varies depending on your easy run pace, goals, and more.

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5 questions all marathoners-in-training don’t want to answer

5 questions all marathoners-in-training don’t want to answer

Ahhh the quintessential training questions. Marathoners love to talk about their training, but there are a few questions we prefer you don’t ask. While we realize that many non-runners mean well, some questions should just be off-limits.

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#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.

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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 I stood still, that would be it for me.

Another friend who ran the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon said that he “made the mistake” of stopping sometime after mile 20 and felt his whole body “lock up.” I feel you, bro. I feel you.

As are many things marathoners hoard as life lessons, as is this: No matter what your goal is or what you are passionate about, you’re going to feel burnt out at some point. They key is not to stand still for too long.

As someone who been low-key running since May and is just started to really get back into training, here are my top 3 tips for those ebbs and flows in your running career.

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