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Look at that running form.

Does that look like an 85 year-old man to you?

Us neither.

But it is.

Ed Whitlock ran a 2:54 marathon age 73, a 1:50 half marathon aged 85, and just a few weeks ago,

Ed was able to run a 51:07 10k and 6:51 1500m just days apart.

Hear his story, and never allow any of your running friends (yourself included) to say "I am too old to....".

Tag a friend who has uttered this phrase, and learn from the master.
Today we are talking to Ed Whitlock, who is 85 and still breaking running records. Ed began his running career when he was 14. He continued running when he went to University, but took a break from running after he injured his achilles. Ed started running again when he was 40, breaking all sorts of running records to this day. Some of the topics that you’ll hear about include: What motivates Ed to keep running When is it a good idea to take a b...
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We push ourselves as hard as we can go in workouts.

We give up social events to rest the night before a long run.

We deal with the dead toenails and blisters.

It is all part of training, and we (mostly) love the journey.

BUT, the higher up you go, the more value every single session you do has to your performance, and maybe you are holding yourself back, losing the effectiveness of all those sacrifices you made.

Want to learn from the very best? Today, Dirk Friel from TrainingPeaks explains how each and every once of us CAN run the race of our lives when it matters, on race day.

Oh, and you are going to LOVE what he found out about easy days, tune in to hear more.
Hiring a coach to help train can get expensive, but today we are going to hear from Dirk Friel, the Founder and CEO of TrainingPeaks about why it’s a good idea to consider a coach. Or, If you are an experienced runner and thinking about becoming a coach, Dirk has some great advice for you. Some of the topics that you’ll hear about include: Dirk’s background growing up with fitness. Dirks journey from chasing his dreams to Europe as a young pro...
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Who else is fed up of the humidity and summer sunshine making running and racing very tough?

You might feel better once you see what we found about how the humid weather affects runners, and how to adjust your paces for training and race day.

Know any friends with races coming up. Give them a confidence boost as they prepare to battle the heat.
How many times over the last few months have you stepped outside, from the comfort of your home, into what feels like a sauna. The air feels so thick, you can almost feel yourself sweating before you even take a step. Running in hot, humid weather does not ever appear to get any easier either. Even heat training for running doesn't make it feel any more comfortable, although we do get used to running in the heat over time. But what is the other o...
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Once you are over 40, all you can do is plod along for slow miles, right?

WRONG!

Masters runners in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and even 70s can (and SHOULD) still do speed work.

Not only will it keep things exciting, but it will even prevent injury.

Could your friends benefit from reading this?
Masters running did not always exist. There was no running advice for older runners, and running over 50 was considered rare. Many thought that running was harmful for middle-aged people. But slowly, more older runners training for races began to show up. The masters division of running was born, and now you can use age graded calculators to find out exactly where you fit, especially if you continue running after age 60 and beyond. We know age an...
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Anyone else wish they could recruit more family and friends to the world of running?

"Oh, I will....sometime"

"Not right now, I have pain in my knee....maybe next time"

"If I had a training plan....."

Well, now you can give them one.

We all know once they get hooked, there is no going back, but this 10k training plan may just get them there.

Oh, and we researched 10 training systems, so even if you are a well seasoned runner, there is plenty of new information for you too!

What is the most creative excuse you have heard?
The ten thousand meters is in a bit of a rough patch these days. With few international-caliber track meets offering a 10k, and most top distance talent taking to the roads to capitalize on the huge prize pools at major city marathons, the formerly-premier distance race is now mostly an afterthought. A few years ago, there was even talk of removing it from the docket of Olympic track races! Fortunately for those of us who aren't trying to set a w...
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Most of us hate change.

We like our comfort zone, and we like being in control of our situation.

But sometimes letting go of that control, and handing the reins over to someone else can make a HUGE difference almost instantly.

That is what happened with one of our newest members, Alex Viderman who was in great fitness, but just could not get his races to come together....until now, where even the heat did not slow him down on his latest 5k.

Congrats to Alex as our Runner of the Week for his 5k at the Arizona Sunrise Series in 20:19.

"A month ago I’ve was pushing myself really hard in training and thought I was in great shape, but ran my worst 5k to date (21:25).

I realized I needed help and turned to RC. With the new training schedule, I noticed I was doing the same volume as before, but running more easy miles, more race-specific workouts, and no moderate miles.

Overall, I started to feel faster, and my body started to recover quicker from the harder workouts.

Fast forward a month with RC, I ran a 20:19 5k (1:06 improvement) in 10-degree hotter weather (95 degrees). During the race I felt my endurance had improved a lot as well. I did not hit the wall on mile 3 like I did in my previous race.

Instead, my mile 3 was my fastest mile and I was able to pass several people at the end to finish 6th out of 249 overall and 1st in my age group 35-39!"
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Runners get injured.

We know that.

We also know the common ones; runners knee, achilles tendinitis, shin splints. Probably so well that we do not even need to read an injury guide anymore.

But what about those other injuries, the ones that when you type in your pain into a google search, it comes up with crickets....or non running related articles that tell you one thing, the one thing you do not want to hear: cease all activity until pain free for 4 weeks.

Not ideal, and definitely not written by a runner.

Bursitis is one of those, and especially as bursitis can occur in the hip, knee and heel, it is a troubling injury.

We created this ultimate bursitis injury guide based on the research there is out there, and we hope it can help runners all over not feel so helpless when it creeps up.

If you have a friend who has been struggling with knee, hip, or heel pain, could this be what is wrong?
Many of the injuries that hamper runners are the result of small, seemingly insignificant bits of tissue becoming aggravated. This is certainly the case with bursitis, an injury that can affect a number of different locations in the runner's lower body. As much as we convince ourselves that we are being smart with our training, most of the time, we know deep in our hearts that this hip pain, knee pain, or heel pain while running is something that...
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Kids make life hectic.

We all know that.

But only parents with your children can truly know just how organized and flexible you need to be to get your run in.

During these times, we often pick races that are simple, flat, and in our comfort zone, and that is exactly what Simeon Bayles did NOT do this weekend.

Simeon Bayles does not pick the easy way out. Transitioning from a professional mountain biking background, and with three young children at home, Simeon is just beginning his journey as a runner.

But that does not mean he finds a local 5k as his first race.

Simeon raced a climb to the top of a mountain race, involving 1500ft of elevation gain in just 1.67 miles.

No easy feat for any runner, but Simeon crushed it, finishing first in his age group and second overall.

This new runner has a bright future, and some big goals for this fall. After a start like this combined with a huge cross training base, we may see something special in the future.

"Given that we all have limited time to get our workouts in, RunnersConnect takes the stress out of wondering if I’m getting the “right” workout in. I simply do the work and can show up on race day confident that I’m properly prepared to push myself. The personal touch of working with a coach and the community is also great."

Oh, and as if this wasn't impressive enough, Simeon's wife also ran, finishing 13th overall!

Strong couple indeed!

Help us celebrate Simeon, and show him that the running community is the best support network out there.
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As tough as it is to actually do, most of us by now know that it is bad to compare yourself to other runners and the journey they have been through on the way to their goals.

But did you know that comparing yourself to yourself is just as bad for your confidence?

Especially as we get older, looking back on previous performances can leave us with a serious case of the runner blues.

Bet you never thought two elites would be the best people to explain why that is, and show us what life is REALLY like as parents chasing BIG dreams.

But they are, and you are going to love this power couple, Steph and Ben Bruce from Northern Arizona Elite.

Although a word of warning, they are so in demand, to become one of their coached athletes, you may be put through a rigorous application process ;)
Today we are talking to a couple who have grown up together in their running careers. They met in college, dated long-distance, got married, and are now the parents of two young children. This is in addition to having thriving running careers and keeping up with their coaching and their blog. Stephanie and Ben Bruce are the guests today, and this is a fantastic show for parents and non-parents alike, as they give a lot of great advice. They’re b...
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When we are young, we feel invincible.

It is almost impossible to imagine anything that will stop you from running faster and you believe that those tragedies or slow downs you hear about will never happen to you.

But then they do.

Either through aging or through something more dramatic, we are reminded that our bodies are not machines.

Matt Long - Speaker was sucked under a 40,000 pound bus, becoming one with the bike he was riding on his way to work.

It was a miracle he survived, and after 40 surgeries in 2 years, he set a goal, to run the TCS New York City Marathon. But first, he had to let go of who he was, and learn to be the best he could with his "new" body.

This story will bring tears to your eyes, and make you cherish every run for just how lucky we are to be able to get out there and do it.

How did you adjust to changes in your running body?
Today we are talking to a very inspirational guest. Matt Long is the author of The Long Run. Some of you may already know his story: In short, he was hit by a bus, spent six weeks in a medically induced coma in the ICU, and was told that he would be lucky to walk with a cane. Matt was extremely determined and never gave up when it came to getting back on his feet and back into his regular life. Astoundingly, he ran in the New York Marathon aft...
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Finding a training plan for a race is pretty easy, there are hundreds, if not thousands of options, but when it comes to learning how to mentally prepare for a race, there is hardly anything out there!

But we are trying to change that.

Author and Sports Psychologist Scott Welle has some simple and manageable advice on how to build mental toughness for your running.

Listen with your running friends and commit to your mental training together.
Do you ever feel like you are holding yourself back by the mental aspect of running letting you down in a race? If so, you’re not alone! No matter how good a runner you are, it’s likely that you spend a lot of time convincing yourself that you’re not as good as you actually are. This is part of human nature. Today’s guest gives us some pointers on overcoming mental obstacles and getting ourselves to where we want and need to be in our running and...
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As selected athletes make their final preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics, it is easy to forget the heartbreak of the ones who almost made it.

This has been quite a controversy in the UK this week with Alison Leonard being left behind from the 80 person strong Great Britain and Northern Ireland Team as they only took 2 runners in the 800m (despite her hitting the qualifying time multiple times).

Alison poured her heart out, sharing her raw, honest thoughts on .

What are your thoughts on this? What would you suggest for selecting athletes for the Olympics in the future?

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Every runner loves support and inspiration. We give you a whole community of it and personalize a training plan just for you.
Introduction
We all have different reasons for running, but we have one thing in common, we LOVE to run!

We noticed that we as runners tend to do our best when we are supported (and injury free!). That is why we created a community setting for our coaching programs, so we can connect runners (see what we did there!) all over the world even if your town is not exactly a runner mecca. 

Your fellow runners will motivate and inspire you during your struggles, and celebrate your accomplishments!

We care about the science behind the running articles, and take the time to give you the best information research can find about every running topic you could want to know about.

We are committed to being the running resource you can trust to give you what you actually need as a runner, rather than the fluff that most other websites give you.

We find the most influential and experienced running influencers (as well as everyday runners who have a story to tell) and have them on our Run to the Top podcast to share their knowledge and inspire you. 

Most of all, we want to spread our expertise and passion to inspire, motivate, and help you achieve your running goals through our supportive coaching community. 

We believe that if we use all that research, we can make you a training schedule that is customized to your exact fitness level. We then provide you with a team of experienced coaches to answer your questions and support your training.

Most importantly, we are supportive of all runners no matter your speed, goals, size, age or experience level. Running is one of the only sports where it’s all about pushing yourself, not competing or comparing yourself to others.