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Richard Rorty

The Case for Pragmatism in Endurance Training

By Matt Fitzgerald | April 11, 2021

Among the first books I read after graduating from college (and thereby gaining the freedom to create my own syllabus) was Richard Rorty’s Truth and Progress. It served as my introduction to pragmatic philosophy, and I liked it. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “Pragmatism is a philosophical tradition that—very broadly—understands knowing the world […]

Matt on Beach

Researchers Uncover New Reasons Not to Overdo HIIT

By Matt Fitzgerald | April 4, 2021

There’s a good chance you came across the following headline, or another one like it, a couple of weeks back: “Too Much High-Intensity Exercise May Be Bad for Your Health.” These click-baiting newsflashes referred to a new study out of Sweden’s famed Karolinska Institute that looked at the molecular and metabolic effects of a HIIT […]

Training for Endurance

The Difference(s) Between 80/20 Training and the Maffetone Method

By Matt Fitzgerald | March 27, 2021

Phil Maffetone is nothing if not consistent. In 1995, I copyedited his book Training for Endurance, a pro bono task I was given by my boss at Multisport magazine, the late Bill Katovsky, who was a close friend of Phil’s. At that time, I was just beginning to ease back into running after a seven-year […]

Starting Over

Guidelines for Starting Over with Running

By Matt Fitzgerald | March 21, 2021

I’ve never seen more runners starting over than I have within the last year. Many, like me, have had to start over after a bout of Coronavirus. Others have had to do so after race cancellations robbed them of motivation. Even outside of pandemic years, though, starting over is a common phenomenon in running. More […]

Yoko Shibui

Want to Train More? Better Eat More!

By Matt Fitzgerald | March 13, 2021

The body is smart. When you increase your habitual activity level, your body consumes more energy and therefore requires more energy input from food to meet its elevated needs. No problem. Our bodies are outfitted with internal sensors capable of detecting such caloric deficits and ratcheting up appetite in response. Same thing when your habitual […]

Bill Rodgers

How to Train “80/20” without Really Trying

By Matt Fitzgerald | March 7, 2021

Every once in a while an athlete asks me if the training plans offered in one of my older books such as Braining Training for Runners or Triathlete Magazine’s Essential Week-by-Week Training Guide are still relevant or have been rendered obsolete by the 80/20 training plans I peddle today. My stock answer to this question […]

The Trouble with Mental Toughness

By David Warden | March 6, 2021

At the February 1982 Ironman World Championship, Julie Moss had a comfortable lead with less than 2 miles remaining. Then her body began to shut down. Staggering and crawling, she dragged herself across the finish line, and into endurance sports lore. The broadcast of Moss’ determination on ABC’s Wide World of Sports has motivated thousands […]

Henry David Thoreau

That Coach Is Best Who Coaches Least

By Matt Fitzgerald | February 28, 2021

In his classic political manifesto Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau writes, “That government is best which governs least.” It’s an interesting idea. Thoreau does here not deny that government serves a necessary function, but he does contend that it performs this function best when it does the bare minimum for the citizens it serves and […]

No Hope

Improve Your Mental Game with the One-Month “No Hope” Challenge!

By Matt Fitzgerald | February 21, 2021

I once coached a runner, let’s call him Kevin, who used the word “easy” more often than any athlete other I’ve ever worked with. It was like some kind of verbal tic. He deployed the adjective at least once in almost every post-run comment he left on his online training calendar. Granted, “easy” has some […]

Matt Laughing Running

Laughing All the Way to the Finish Line

By Matt Fitzgerald | February 15, 2021

Dear Dr. Young, The good news is I have heart disease . . . These are the actual first words of an email message I sent to my primary care physician a couple of weeks ago. I had just undergone an angiogram to determine the source of an abnormality seen in my EKG reading during […]