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Letters to the Coaches: Daily Workout Order

By David Warden | November 30, 2017

David, I sometimes have to do the workout for a particular day in a different order than specified in the plan. For example, today calls for a swim, then a run. Due to my schedule today I need to do the run and then the swim. How big a deal is that? I know some […]

How to Train (and Eat) during the Winter

By Matt Fitzgerald | November 29, 2017

Many runners don’t know how to train during the winter. They know that they should train, but they lack a clear sense of the purpose of winter workouts. And if you don’t know why you’re running, it’s difficult to determine how to run. Assuming you wish to be in good racing shape for one or […]

Letters to the Coaches: Alignment of 80/20 Heart Rate and Power Zones

By David Warden | November 27, 2017

David, I am pushing through first weeks with Garmin + Stryd to track it. I noticed that my power zone 2 running results in running in HR zone X calculated on your calculator for threshold HR delivered by my Garmin fenix 5. Would it be a clear sign that I overstated my threshold Power? Is […]

Become a Better Pacer with These Simple Games

By Matt Fitzgerald | November 22, 2017

Pacing is the art of getting to the finish line of a race in the least amount of time possible given the current state of your body (fitness and fatigue levels, etc.) and external conditions. Generally, this requires that you distribute your effort quite evenly throughout the race and that this evenly distributed effort leave […]

Letters to the Coaches: When and How to Test Zones

By David Warden | November 16, 2017

Dear David W, I’m going to buy your plan for the level 3 half marathon plan. I have a race (in Madrid, Spain) on April 8 which by my calculations will have me starting Dec 31/Jan 1… I had a bike wreck in a triathlon a few months ago that resulted in broken bones, concussion, […]

Think a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet Might Help Your Running? Think Again!

By Matt Fitzgerald | November 14, 2017

One of the hottest areas of research in exercise science lately concerns the effects of low-carbohydrate, high-fat (LCHF) diets on endurance athletes. The latest addition to the literature on this subject comes from a study led by A.J. Heatherly at Middle Tennessee State University and published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Eight […]

Letters to the Coaches: Frequency of Hard and Easy Workouts

By David Warden | November 12, 2017

Hi Matt, I just finished reading your book 80/20 Running. I liked the basic idea and I also have experienced my biggest fitness gains with mostly slow exercising. But I have one question that I did not find an answer – but maybe there was.. As a triathlete I currently do hard and slow workouts […]

Letters to the Coaches: Triathlon Running Power Plans and Electrolytes

By David Warden | November 11, 2017

Hi David, I hope you are well. I was excited to receive your email about the addition of 80/20 ironman plans with running power targets. I’m currently using the level 3 Pace and Power ironman plan, but would love to try the power and power plan. Is there a way to get access to this […]

New Study Affirms: Runners Should Change Their Stride Only to Avoid Injury Recurrence, Not to Improve Performance

By Matt Fitzgerald | November 8, 2017

There are two rationales for changing the way you run. One is to improve performance by reducing the energy cost of running at any given pace. The other is to reduce injury risk. Scientific research going back decades has consistently shown that when runners intentionally alter their natural running form, they do not become more […]

Letters to the Coaches: Falling in Love

By David Warden | November 7, 2017

Dear David, I think I’m falling in love with my mail carrier. I can’t afford all the unnecessary orders I’m making just to have more packages delivered (with signature required!) I need to take this to the next level. How can I ask her out? Sincerely, 1st Class Male Dear 1st Class, I recommend the […]