Category: Marathon

  • Why is it Good to Negative Split Your Marathon?

    One pacing strategy gaining popularity among experienced runners is negatively splitting the race. Instead of starting the marathon strong and fading towards the end, negative splitting means running the second half of the race faster than the first.

  • Marathon Hydration

    Marathon Hydration

    I have run 20 marathons and have learned what hydration plans work and don’t work for me during a race. I have run multiple races in India, where I was already sweating in the start corral and races in the desert with 20% humidity. I live in Minnesota, where it can be -20f and 100f.…

  • My Mumbai Marathon Adventure

    I signed up and ran the Mumbai half marathon in 2020 one year ago today. Our plan was to land a day before the race in order to get my race bib and get some rest before the race. My adventure started in Minneapolis, then a short layer in New York and a direct flight…

  • How many days do you run?

    I have tried all sorts of running routines from running every day to running only 3 days a week. When I first started running I tried everything and of course, got a lot of things wrong. The main thing I did, in the beginning, was to not take any easy days. I always thought I…

  • Running like an Icelandic Horse

    Sounds crazy right? Running on ice. In Minnesota we can encounter trails like above for 8-9 months a year. December through February we can nearly guarantee these conditions. What do we do? If you remember my article about “Screw in my shoes” you will see that we have options for running on the ice and…

  • What I think I look like running

    You are at the start of your marathon and in the back of your mind is the elite runners you have seen running the entire race with their effortless strides and graceful form. You don’t imagine yourself looking like this, you KNOW you look like this. Everyone around you is so impressed and is saying…

  • 6th Major Marathon

    Today is Jan 13th and Susan and I have a chance to sign up with Marathon Tours for the Tokyo Marathon. We had been signed up for the 2020 race but the COVID pandemic took care of this. I hadn’t intended to all the majors when I started running but soon got excited when I…

  • The freezing cold long run morning

    I recently sat at my kitchen table on a cold winter morning, eating a small bowl of oatmeal and asking myself; “Why am I going out for a 3 hour run today when it is 10f?” Yes it seems ironically funny and it is something I ask myself almost every Saturday in the winter. For…

  • What to eat? The Long Run Dilemma.

    I have struggled with nutrition on long runs since I started doing long runs. My usual go to meal is a bowl of oat meal but as you get into longer and longer run the one bowl of oat meal is not going to stick around for long. I have also struggled with an upset…

  • Music or no music?

    Do you like to run with music in your ears or do you like to listen to the world go by? I have three different scenarios when I listen to music and when I don’t. Your solo long run – I usually listen to something on a long run where I run by myself. This…