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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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As much as we train hard and do everything we can to be ready for a race, sometimes, it just doesn't come together and we struggle on race day.

We can analyze all day long, but sometimes, its just a bad day.

But after that race, you can either let it affect you going forward, or move on and focus on the next one.

Our Runner of the Week had a bad marathon after coming back from an injury, but he recovered, rested up, and nailed his first 5k back! We are excited for Luc Berthouze to continue to improve in all distances now that he is healthy!

Today, we would love you to help us recognize Luc for working through the injury, overcoming an disappointing race, and then smashing his PR by 1minute 41 seconds to run a 20:58 at the Hove Promenade Parkrun!

"I initially joined RC just to get me through my first marathon. But then, whilst I did enjoy finishing the race, I realised that what I really enjoyed was the training! So I signed up long term. This race is just the result of great advice by both coaches and community. Thank you!"

Congratulations Luc!

Are you going to let one bad race define you?
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Technology means that we are finding cures for many health issues, but arthritis is one that we are yet to figure out.

Arthritis makes running rather......difficult.....if not impossible, and once it sets in, there is no going back.

But is it as bad as we think?

Or is there something we can do to keep running as we were before?

The findings weren't good, but by following these 7 tips, you can limit the damage.
As we live longer and scientists find cures for all kinds of health conditions, we can be lulled into a false sense of security thinking that if we can put it off long enough, we can dodge most of the diseases, and nurse almost any injury back to health. Anyone can take up running, right? That it is never too late, and 60, 70, 80, even 90 year olds have taken up running and added years to their lives by doing so, but is this for everyone? Our fri...
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Think running comes easy to elite runners?

Phoebe could not even keep up with the slowest runners on her team, and no one believed she was going to do much, except one person......Phoebe!

She believed in herself, and committed to her goal, even when it seemed like it would never happen.

But it did, and it will for you too.

Chase those dreams, and never let anyone tell you that you can't.

You will love this interview. Phoebe is relatable, fun, and not what you expect (in a good way!)

Oh, and she finished 6th at the Olympic Trials in the 800m a few days ago!
On the Run to the Top podcast, I try to vary the types of guests that we have. Today, I’m excited to be interviewing a professional runner. Phoebe Wright has a lot of accolades, but first and foremost, she’s down to earth and simply wonderful to talk (and to listen) to. You’re sure to enjoy today’s episode. Phoebe is a Nike athlete and a five-time NCAA champion. She is currently training for the Olympic trials. She has a blog and gave us a great ...
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CHOOSING to take time off (other than for injury) is only for marathoners, right?

They beat their bodies down, and they NEED the recovery.

But what about the rest of us? Surely we are okay to keep racing?

Wrong!

Here is why taking time off now, could make you take a HUGE leap in your personal records next season.

Don't believe us? Maybe one of these nine reasons will convince you.
Marathon training is like preparing for a boxing title match: months of lonely workouts culminating in one exhausting battle. Brings a lot of satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment, but what if we want to focus on the shorter distances? If you're in the midst of a season of 5k, 10k, and half marathon races, there's no definitive end-point, no end-all be-all day that defines your season. This can make it tough to pull the plug—especially in th...
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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 love to geek out on the latest research, and what to eat is something we are particularly interested in.....only plays a small part in our running ;)

Matt Kadey wants us to move away from the processed junk, from putting those chemicals into our bodies while we are training.

He is here to talk with us today about foods you can make yourself, at home (and they are easy) for the before, during, and after running.

If you care about your nutrition, and want to run your best, you are going to learn so much today from this Dietitian.

What is your favorite homemade runner food?
Do you know what to eat before you run, during a long run, and after a workout? Should you eat before you run? How about what to eat after a short run or jog? As a runner, you are probably aware of the importance of eating well, but do you know what to eat before a morning run and how that may be different to what to eat the night before a long run? Maybe you have trouble because you don’t like to cook, but at the same time, you don’t like to rel...
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When something hurts, most of us don't even bother going to see a doctor, we all know what they are going to say.......

STOP RUNNING.

But often, there is another way, only if you can find a medical professional you can trust to help you get better.

We give you all the options, and how to know what to look for, so you can find the therapist you need, near you!

Who have you found most helpful with your injuries?

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Running while pregnant is not safe for your baby, right?

Wrong.

That was the old thinking, but now, doctors have completely different recommendations for pregnant women.

Today we have professional runner Sarah Brown, who was recently featured in an ESPN web series about her training for the Olympic Trials. Meredith Mikell, author of Faster After Baby also gives some fantastic advice for everyday runners.

It doesn't matter if you are too young to even be considering children, expecting a child right now, or even on to being a grandparent, this will interest and inspire every runner out there.

Running moms and dads, how has your running life changed since having kids?
In the past, running while pregnant was always a definite no as it was not considered safe to run while pregnant, but in recent years, doctors have told us it is ok to run during pregnancy. Not only can you continue running during first trimester and keep going as long as your body can handle it, but you can run faster after baby, as our guest Meredith Mikell, explains. This is one topic that many female runners will need to consider at some poin...
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When injury strikes it can be easy to feel sorry for yourself and lose all motivation to train.

Will it really make a difference?

After all, running is what we love, not using an elliptical or swimming laps. Where is the runners high?

Our Runner of the week is proof that not only does it work, but you can smash your PR after a long time away from running (if you do it right!).

Kari Ingebritsen took almost 2 minutes off her PR in the 5k at the Red, White and Bloom race in Minneapolis to run a 27:56!

We are so proud of Kari as she spent 6+ months working through a hamstring injury cross training and PT.

"I am very humbled to be chosen given all the fantastic people that are members of the Runners Connect community. After my hamstring injury last fall, I wasn't sure I was ever really going to be able to run freely and see my potential.

This dedicated group of people helped me keep my spirits up, and the all the coaches, especially Coach Jamie, very patiently worked with me through many months of crossing training on the bike and physical therapy, methodically adjusting as I provided feedback. Of course I also listened to the podcast and read any article I could to learn more about the sport in hopes I could use some of that one day.

All that work resulted in a fantastically fun race for me this week as I finally was able to push myself. This community is the best."

Not impressed enough by 6 months of dedication to rehab?

How about this?

Kari never missed even one cross training session when injured, and made sure to get up very early to workout before her kids get up!

Now thats dedication!

Probably not many! We are so proud of you Kari.

We would love if you would help us celebrate this wonderful member of the community and congratulate her on all her hard work and perseverance!
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None of us want injuries.

Yet they happen, over and over again.

Pool running is by far the best way to stay fit while injured, but only if you do it right.

We explain the benefits of pool running, how to aqua jog correctly, and give you 7 workouts that will leave you feeling like your heart is going to explode.....okay, so maybe not quite that bad, but they are HARD!

Any friends who are injured will appreciate this as they struggle with their fitness. Can you give them something to be positive about?

Have you ever tried pool running? What did you think?
I hate being injured. It doesn’t matter if you’re an elite runner logging 120 miles per week or you are training for your first 5k; if you need to run, but have recently become injured to the point where it hurts too much to run, it can be physically and emotionally hard to deal with. Unfortunately, getting injured also very common. Respected bio-mechanics expert Jay Dicharry estimates that 82% of runners will get injured at some point in their r...
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The Former Linfield Track and Cross Country Coach used this type of therapy, and invented some shoes for the swimming pool workouts.
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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.