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To What Extent Is It Possible to “Cram” for a Marathon?

By Matt Fitzgerald / April 27, 2020 / 0 Comments

We’re all familiar with the phenomenon of cramming. You fail to attend any of your American Civilization 101 classes or to do any of the required reading all semester, and then, with one week remaining before the final exam, you hit the books and burn the midnight oil in a heroic effort to catch up […]

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The Carbohydrate Drip Approach to Race Fueling

By Matt Fitzgerald / March 9, 2020 / 0 Comments

The latest edition of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism features a study that will be of interest to any runner seeking to perfect his or her race fueling practices. Conducted by scientists at the University of Bath and the University of Nottingham, the study compared the performance effects of consuming carbohydrate in small doses at […]

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The Joy of Running Angry

By Matt Fitzgerald / March 2, 2020 / 0 Comments

I’ve finally gotten around to reading Graem Sims’s excellent biography of Percy Cerutty, Why Die? One of the things I like about it is how liberally it quotes from Cerutty’s writings, which are of mixed, yet surprisingly high, quality. I’ve highlighted a number of passages, including this gem: “To race superlatively I hold that one has to […]

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On the Importance of Starting Endurance Races with a Full Emotional Fuel Tank: My Black Canyon 100K Postmortem

By Matt Fitzgerald / February 17, 2020 / 0 Comments

During my flight from Oakland to Phoenix last Friday, a mantra for the following day’s Black Canyon 100K trail run came to me: Stay positive. I realized instantly that it was the perfect choice for the occasion because it made me feel more relaxed about the looming challenge.  I don’t really get anxious before big races […]

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How to Deal with Race Day Cold Feet

By Matt Fitzgerald / January 20, 2020 / 0 Comments

We’re all familiar with the phenomenon of cold feet. You want something very badly until you’re on the brink of getting it, then suddenly you’re not so sure you want it anymore. Usually associated with nuptials, cold feet strike not only brides and grooms on their wedding day but also endurance athletes on race days. […]

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The Benefits of Rust-Buster Races

By Matt Fitzgerald / July 8, 2019 / 0 Comments

Let me be clear: Many if not most endurance athletes race too often. I consider over-racing to be one of the most common and costly forms of self-sabotage in endurance sports. Check out this past post of mine for a full rant on the topic. But in this post I’m going to toss a curveball at […]

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Join Eliud Kipchoge and Me in Running a “Kamikaze Marathon” This Fall

By Matt Fitzgerald / May 27, 2019 / 0 Comments

Exercise scientists have two basic ways of measuring performance in their studies. One is a time trial, where subjects are asked to cover a specified distance in as little time as possible (or cover as much distance as possible in a specified amount of time). The other is a time to exhaustion test, where subjects […]

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Don't Panic: My Ironman Santa Rosa Race Report

By Matt Fitzgerald / May 13, 2019 / 0 Comments

At some point during the three-hour drive I undertook with my wife, Nataki, from our home in Oakdale, California, to Santa Rosa last Thursday I came up with a motto for the Ironman I would race two days later: Don’t panic. The phrase arrived out of the blue, as they say, but it did not […]

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What a Quarter Century As an Injury-Prone Athlete Has Taught Me about Pain (Spoiler Alert: Not Much)

By Matt Fitzgerald / April 8, 2019 / 0 Comments

As a youth runner I never got injured. But then, what young runner does? Kids are made of rubber. Act Two of my life as an endurance athlete has been a different story. Since I got back into racing in my late 20’s (I’m now 47), I have experienced four separate multiyear overuse injuries (in […]

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Racing Is the Enemy of Training

By Matt Fitzgerald / March 4, 2019 / 0 Comments

One of the more common forms of self-sabotage perpetrated by endurance athletes is racing too often. Now, before I go any further, let me state quite clearly that racing often is not necessarily a mistake . . . if you don’t particularly care about achieving peak performances in competition. For many people, athletics is more […]

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“The Price Is Right” Analogy of Marathon Pacing

By Matt Fitzgerald / October 8, 2018 / 0 Comments

The fall marathon season is upon us, and you know what that means: Thousands upon thousands of runners will hit the wall before they reach the finish line, slowing down precipitously over the final miles of the race and consequently falling short of their goals. But you don’t have to be one of them! A […]

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How to Set a Good Race Time Goal

By Matt Fitzgerald / June 11, 2018 / 0 Comments

Many of the posts I write for this blog are inspired by athlete FAQ’s. Well, this is another one. And, quite honestly, I’m note sure why it has taken me so long to write it, because it answers one of the top three most frequently asked questions I get from runners who either have read […]

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"You Are Not a Watch" (A Lesson in Pacing)

By Matt Fitzgerald / May 21, 2018 / 0 Comments

In the context of endurance racing, pacing can be defined as the skill of distributing one’s effort across a defined distance in such a way that the distance is covered in the least amount of time possible. Although the body does the visible work in any kind of endurance race, the skill of pacing is […]

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Are Bounce Back Marathons a Bad Idea?

By Matt Fitzgerald / April 30, 2018 / 0 Comments

On April 24, eight days after American running star Galen Rupp dropped out of the Boston Marathon in the 20th mile with hypothermia and breathing problems, organizers of the Prague Marathon announced that Rupp had been added to the start list of their event, to be held May 6, a day shy of three weeks […]

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Letters to the Coaches: Top Training Tips from David

By David Warden / December 29, 2017 / 0 Comments

David, This season I’m doing my first marathon, first olympic tri, and first ironman. I am super stoked to get to do these workouts! I really love how organized your program is and I used your website to set up all my zones and stuff and it makes a ton of sense. I trained for […]

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The Livelihood Mindset Vs. the Hobby Mindset

By Matt Fitzgerald / December 18, 2017 / 0 Comments

Running is a hobby for the vast majority of runners. Only for a tiny fraction of the runner population is the sport a livelihood. Because the pros depend on their race performances to put food on the table, they typically do everything in their power to maximize their performance. This no-stone-unturned approach to running is […]

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Letters to the Coaches: Triathlon Running Power Plans and Electrolytes

By David Warden / November 11, 2017 / 0 Comments

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 […]

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Mental Strategies for Race Day

By Matt Fitzgerald / November 6, 2017 / 0 Comments

When you wake up on race morning, you’re either physically prepared to achieve your goal or you’re not. There is nothing you can do to change your fitness level in the final hours before the gun goes off. Your mind is another matter. Recent science has demonstrated that the thoughts and emotions a runner experiences […]

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