ShareMarathon Training Schedule
A Marathon Training Schedule can seem to be more challenging than the actual marathon. As challenging as your marathon training schedule may seem, keep this in mind; only 1% of the entire population of the world has seen the finish line of a marathon. And if you have never crossed the finish line of a marathon, you are about to become one of the 1%.
My marathon training schedule is for beginner runners to seasoned veterans. It is actually a modification of my 50 Mile Training Plan with tempo runs,
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ShareHow to Run Faster: 10 Tips
How to run faster is a question that I get asked a lot. How to run faster for me takes a few key steps since I am an ultra runner and slow and long is my normal. Currently I am taking my “how to run faster” advice myself since I am training for the 2012 Fiesta Marathon with hopes of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. How to run faster is going to push most people out of their comfort zone. Prepare to be uncomfortable, even miserable. I train with
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ShareRunning in Pain for almost Two Decades
Ultra trail running is something I never imagined doing. Over a decade of running with shin splits to ultra trail running pain free. I have shared parts of my story with fellow runners, but I would like to take the opportunity to tell a more complete story about how I became a pain-free ultra trail runner.
It is a story of my experiences of putting on my first pair of running shoes, the pain and misery that I suffered along the way, to become a pain-free ultra trail
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ShareUltra Marathon Running Shoes
Ultra marathon running shoes are something that I buy a lot of. Here is a question that was posed to me about Ultra marathon running shoes.
Q) Ray, haw many pairs of ultra marathon running shoes do you go through in a year?
A) Wow, ultra marathon running shoes are something that I buy a lot of. I do go through a lot of pairs of ultra marathon running shoes in a year. If I had to guess I would say that I go through at least 8-10 pairs of ultra
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ShareMichelle Goes from 5k to Marathon for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Michelle is a dear friend of mine that I meet while she and her family lived in Colorado. What I found interesting is that Michelle lived outside of Boulder, Colorado (where you walk down the street and can’t help but run into an elite athlete), and it took her moving to the Boston area to be inspired to run a marathon. Not only has Michelle decided to run a marathon, she is doing it for those who can’t. Here is her story.
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ShareI have been having IT Band Pain when Running, what do you suggest?
Michelle) Ray, for my training for the Boston Marathon (my very first marathon) I have to admit this is the hardest week I have had so far… weather didn’t help it much as all of my runs were on a treadmill (barf!) It could stop snowing now I think we are good (we may never see the grass or roads again). My knee bothered me all week, tired, unmotivated but pulled through and just got it done. Hoping to relax tomorrow and
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ShareThe Inaugural Bear Chase Ultra Trail Race: 50 Miles 50k, Half Marathon, and 10k Excellent Planning
Congratulation goes David Manthey (race Director) and all of his volunteers and sponsors for putting on a great inaugural Bear Chase Ultra Trail Race! It was very apparent that the race was well thought out and had all the things that a trail runner looks forward to in a trail race. Everything from registration, packet pick-up, parking, course markings, and aid stations were well planned.
The Start of the Bear Chase Ultra Trail Race
I ran the
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ShareMy Sister Laura’s Running of the Vasque Golden Leaf Half Marathon Trail Run
Laura (Hawaiian Shirt Ray’s sister) has worked very hard this season on improving her running gait/form and logging plenty of miles with the goal of running the Vasque Golden Leaf Half Marathon Trail Run. Working with her running coach Janet Runyan (my coach too) they put together a plan to accomplish running the Vasque Golden Leaf Half Marathon Trail Run. Laura was very flexible with her training program due to her military commitments and volunteering in the Dominican Republic after the earthquakes.
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ShareRocky Mountain Double Marathon (52.4 miles)
May 30, 2010
Wyoming Double Marathon
There I was at the starting line of my third race in as many weeks and totally exhausted. I ran the Cleveland Marathon May 16th and set my PR of 3 hours 36 minutes 30 seconds. Then the next weekend May 22nd, I ran the Jemez Mountain 50 Mile Trail Run in 14 hours 35 minutes and it kicked my butt. So coming to the Wyoming Double Marathon I pretty much was only motivated to run the single
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ShareCleveland Marathon: Race Review
Start of the Cleveland Marathon
Sunday, May 16, 2010
This Cleveland Marathon review is of the event and not my experience running the marathon. I want to offer readers an account of how the marathon’s race directors organized the Cleveland Marathon.
Cleveland Marathon Race Expo
On the Friday before the Cleveland Marathon I went to downtown Cleveland to the Convention Center where the packet pick-up and race Expo were located. The Convention Center is located where the marathon finishes and across the street is the Rock-N-Roll Hall of
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