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Epictetus

Why You Should Treat Negative Emotions Like Pain

By Matt Fitzgerald | December 19, 2020

Try not to react merely in the moment. Pull back from the situation. Take a wider view. Compose yourself. –Epictetus Have you seen that television commercial for Advil, the one targeting active folks like us, with the tagline, “When pain says you can’t Advil says you can”? This slogan encapsulates everything that is wrong about […]

Smiling Runner

How Not to Screw Up Your Maintenance Training

By Matt Fitzgerald | December 12, 2020

No athlete can get fitter year-round, and no athlete should try. But letting yourself go completely is not the only alternative to actively pursuing peak race fitness. It is possible to maintain a solid foundation of fitness with a training pattern that is infinitely sustainable, allowing you to transition smoothly back into progressive, race-focused training […]

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

It’s Only Pain

By Matt Fitzgerald | December 5, 2020

I’ve been learning a lot about pain lately. My sudden interest in the topic was sparked by the collaborative work I’m doing with Ryan Whited on a book about self-managing athletic pain and injury. The new science of pain is utterly fascinating and completely contrary to prevailing beliefs about the deceptively familiar phenomenon. I credit […]

Echocardiogram

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 […]