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In It for the Long Haul

By Matt Fitzgerald | December 1, 2020

In December 2011, Manhattan-based psychologist Bob Bergeron put the finishing touches on a book titled The Right Side of Forty: The Complete Guide to Happiness for Gay Men at Midlife and Beyond. To mark the occasion, he posted the following cheerful announcement on his website: “I’ve got a concise picture of what being over forty […]

Geoffrey Kamworor

The Solution to Every Type of Challenge an Endurance Athlete Might Face Can Be Summarized in Two Words: Get Real

By Matt Fitzgerald | November 22, 2020

Sports comebacks come in infinite varieties. They range in nature from falling down during a race, getting back up, and winning despite the mishap to going off the rails with alcohol or drug abuse, cleaning up, and subsequently attaining new heights of performance. Underneath all of this apparent variety, however, lies a consistent pattern, which […]

Ingrid Kristiansen

When You’re Fit, You’re Fit

By Matt Fitzgerald | November 14, 2020

On May 5, 2019, Stephanie Bruce won the USATF Half Marathon Championship by 21 seconds with a time of 1:10:43. The following day, she asked her coach, Ben Rosario, for permission to compete in a 5000-meter track race on May 16th. Ben gave her his blessing, and 10 days later Steph set a new personal […]

Happy Gilmore

Good Perfectionism and Bad Perfectionism

By Matt Fitzgerald | November 7, 2020

Is perfectionism a good thing or a bad thing? If you Google the word and browse through the results, you’ll come away with two different impressions of perfectionism: It’s bad It’s complicated When I conducted this search myself just now, the top results included a 2018 BBC article titled “The Dangerous Downsides of Perfectionism” (“It’s […]

The World’s Fastest Ironman?

By David Warden | November 1, 2020

First Look at Ironman® California The newly-announced Ironman California has infused some much-needed excitement into the 2021 racing season. The inaugural Sacramento event will take place on October 24, and while a new Ironman course always generates some buzz, this venue has all the components to be the fastest on the circuit. Coach David was part […]

2016 Napa Valley Marathon

The Difference Between Athletic Development and Getting Fitter

By Matt Fitzgerald | November 1, 2020

Last year I was contacted by a very interesting person, we’ll call him Brad, who became a professional skateboarder in his teens, then transitioned to professional snowboarding, and then made a go of qualifying for the PGA Tour (making is as far as the Nationwide Tour), and subsequently started getting into triathlon. Now in his […]

Thorsten Emig

Why Runners Should “Listen to the Scientists”

By Matt Fitzgerald | October 25, 2020

“We can neither deny what science affirms nor affirm what science denies.” I forget who said this, but whoever said it, it’s true. If you’re not so sure about that, it’s likely because you’re misinterpreting the statement as meaning that science is always right about everything. But that’s not at all what it says. What […]

Sprinting

Why You Should Sprint During Off-Season Endurance Training

By Matt Fitzgerald | October 16, 2020

Something is wrong with my body. I don’t have a diagnosis yet, but I think I might be iron deficient. Other possibilities are burnout, a low-grade viral infection, low blood pressure, stress, and vitamin D deficiency. What I know for certain is that I feel terrible when I exercise, and particularly when I run. I […]

Meatballs

It Just Doesn’t Matter

By Matt Fitzgerald | October 12, 2020

I belong to a generation whose every member has seen the movie Meatballs. Among its most famous scenes is the one where Camp North Star head counselor Tripper Harrison (played by Bill Murray) delivers a fiery motivational speech to his young charges on the eve of North Star’s annual beatdown at the hands of rival Camp […]

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How Sex Can Make You a Better Runner

By Matt Fitzgerald | October 5, 2020

Let me start with an apology. This post is not about sex. It’s actually about hermeneutics, or the discipline of textual interpretation, as it applies to endurance training. I knew that if I promoted a post about hermeneutics on social media, no one would read it, so I deliberately mislead you. Dastardly, I know, and […]