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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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How to Never Have a Disappointing Race

By Matt Fitzgerald | November 15, 2021

On October 12, 2020, two days after she finished third in the Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:27:19, American professional runner Sara Hall posted the following message on Twitter: “Committed 100% to the goal. Suffered through my best training I’ve ever done. Showed up healthy, excited, confident. Executed the plan. Fought [till] the end. […]

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New Study Shows How to Taper Better for Your Next Marathon

By Matt Fitzgerald | November 10, 2021

The era of big data has arrived in sports science research, and I couldn’t be happier. For a long time I was skeptical about sports science as a source of useful information about how to train effectively as an endurance athlete. The typical study was just too limited in scope and too simplified in comparison […]

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Face the Wind

By Matt Fitzgerald | November 1, 2021

Even before long covid scrambled my brain, I was absentminded. It sounds like such a benign foible, but absentmindedness can be deadly. For example, it nearly killed my dog in a Kansas hotel one time. It was a raw, gray Friday at the tail end of March, stubborn winter turfing out nominal spring. I’d just […]

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