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The Greatest Benefit of Aerobic Fitness Is Never Talked About

By Matt Fitzgerald | January 22, 2022

Like a lot of children of the 1970s, I grew up mostly outdoors. Perhaps it was different in the big city, but in the piney woods of southern New Hampshire where I was raised, kids had to find their own fun, yet there was plenty of fun to be found if you looked hard enough. […]

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The Less You Need Your Smartwatch, The More Useful It Becomes

By Matt Fitzgerald | January 18, 2022

In 2020, the journal Psychology published a study on device dependency in runners. Pierluigi Diotaiuti and colleagues at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio gathered information about training device usage from 111 runners, who also completed a questionnaire designed to assess device dependency, which was scored on the basis of how individual subjects answered […]

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Effective Endurance Training Is as Simple as Never Taking Two Steps in the Wrong Direction

By Matt Fitzgerald | January 5, 2022

For the past several months I’ve been writing a book that will serve as the official study guide for the 80/20 Endurance coach certification program. As you might expect, working on this project has afforded me the opportunity to reflect deeply on my philosophy of coaching. It’s impossible to summarize this philosophy in a pithy […]

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It’s Like Leaping a Ditch: Pacing Demystified

By Matt Fitzgerald | January 3, 2022

Pacing is such a familiar part of the sport of running that it’s often taken for granted. Few runners spend much time thinking about pacing. Not coincidentally, most runners also aren’t very good at pacing. The purpose of this article is to explain what pacing is. Having a clear understanding of this vital running skill […]

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Easy Ways to Customize Your Readymade Endurance Training Plan

By Matt Fitzgerald | December 27, 2021

Call me strange, but I love building training plans. It’s one of my favorite activities, right up there with training itself. That’s why I got together with David Warden to create 80/20 Endurance, which, as you well know, exists for the primary purpose of creating training plans for endurance athletes of all types and abilities. Nevertheless, […]

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Please Don’t Assume Faster Athletes Look Down on You Just Because They’re Faster

By Matt Fitzgerald | December 18, 2021

Recently I had a disturbing experience on social media. I know, I know. Join the club, right? But This one’s worth sharing, I believe. Let me start by saying that I’m not naïve in these matters. I’ve been aware for some time that social media is a cesspool of idiocy and viciousness. That’s why I […]

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How to Impress Your Coach

By Matt Fitzgerald | December 13, 2021

I once coached a runner who had a strong desire to impress me. Every now and then during our weekly FaceTime catchups he would ask me, in reference to a recent strong workout performance, “Were you impressed?” or else he would say, in reference to a recent workout in which he had overreached and blown […]

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No One Ever Regrets Attending a Running Camp

By Matt Fitzgerald | December 6, 2021

The first adult sports camp I participated in was a Multisport School of Champions event hosted in San Diego by Triathlete publisher John Duke and eight-time Ironman world champion Paula Newby-Fraser way back in 1996. Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to take part in many more triathlon and running camps, and I remember each […]

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The Trouble with Troubleshooting

By Matt Fitzgerald | November 27, 2021

Fifty years ago, a runner who had been doing all of his recent training before the sun rose shifted to a new schedule that had him running later in the morning. To his surprise, his first several daylight runs felt harder than normal, and it took him longer to complete his usual routes. (This was […]

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Keeping Up with 80/20 Endurance

By Matt Fitzgerald | November 22, 2021

There’s a lot going on at 80/20 Endurance—so much, in fact, that you might be having trouble keeping up with all of it. Never fear! Within eight minutes (unless you’re a slow reader), you will be fully caught up on the major happenings here. Ready . . . Go! A New Book Earlier this year, […]

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