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. "My cousin couldn't walk for days after she finished her marathon -- you sure you want to deal [...]

#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 [...]

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 [...]

Derailed And Pissed – Handling Unexpected Changes In Training

Derailed And Pissed – Handling Unexpected Changes In Training

We are in the heat of spring race training. Today is the last day of February (THANK GOD...also, Punxsutawney Phil, I want my money back), and most of us start ramping up our mileage in mid-march/early-april. As a mom of three living in Northeast Ohio, I'm no stranger to germs and the frustration that comes [...]