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People always make fun of our sport, telling us it is boring or that it is an individual sport where everyone is out for themselves.

We all know they couldn't be more wrong.

Sure, some days are boring, and some days are very lonely, but when you get to race day, that is where we are out there with thousands of others, almost working as one to reach our goals.

If you love that camaraderie between runners, you can take it one step further, and that is what we are discussing on the podcast today.

Obstacle races where you literally help one another over the obstacles, team relays over 200 miles (with bourbon at the end), and just how much fun you will have along the way as you challenge yourself in a new way.

Listen to the head of Construction and Obstacle design (Terry McMahon) from Warrior Dash, Co-Founder of Obstacle Racing Media (Matt Davis), and The Bourbon Chase Race Director John Sheryak

If you need a laugh on this Wednesday, look no further!
Have you run a Warrior Dash? The Warrior Dash is a part of this fantastic trend of obstacle races, a running race that combines all sorts of physical feats to spice up your run. They will show you that no matter what you look like or how fast you are, you CAN succeed and accomplish things you never thought you could. These obstacles mean a diverse group of people can tackle one goal together at a fun, challenging event that gets you out of your c...
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Running brings us a euphoria that almost nothing else can give. It brings us highs that make us beam with pride.

But it can also knock us so low, that we wonder why we would ever want to do this to ourselves. Especially when you just cannot get a break, and the downs just keep getting worse.

But you CAN get through the struggles, and you WILL.

Coach Sarah gives some advice for how to get through the tough times.
Taking the good with the bad. It can be hard to find peace in a sport when things don’t go right, and actually things often go very wrong, over and over again. Running is for everyone (no matter what some people say!), but how long it takes to get addicted to running will depend on the person, just like the amount of time it will take to get better at running, and of course, stop getting injured. People often wonder why running is so hard at firs...
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Ultras are growing in popularity, but they can be terrifying due to all the unknowns associated with a race so different to the comfort of our marathons.

Let's see if we got all your ultramarathon questions answered in this post.

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With the recent attacks on runners, there is a real threat to the beauty and simplicity of the sport we love so much as it is shamed in the media.

But we DO need to make sure safety is always put first while we are out there, and that is why we brought on Olympian Todd Williams of RunSafer to tell us how to avoid situations that could put us at risk, and of course, what to do if you do find yourself in a situation where your life is on the line.

Will you do us (and the running community) a favor, please?

Tag a friend in this post, and help us spread this important message to as many runners as possible.

Let's get our sport back.
Running has been in the spotlight a lot in the past few weeks, and not for a positive reason. Because there have been some recent physical attacks on runners, it’s important to understand how to stay safe while running. Do you know what to do if your life is in danger? This information is important for men and women alike. Todd Williams, two-time Olympian and black-belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, is the founder of RunSafer.com. He talks to us toda...
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How do you get faster as a runner?

Run more miles, right?

That is true, but many of us cannot handle high mileage, nor do we have the time to fit it into our busy lives.

There is another way.....3 ways actually, and our expert Matt Phillips is here to explain how you can run faster, without more mileage.
Most runners are aware that in order to improve distance running performance, weekly mileage needs to increase. Research supports this: in the 2007 study ‘Training Characteristics of Qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials’, exercise physiologist Dr. Jason Karp found a strong correlation between training volume and performance in male and female qualifiers. But the journey of increasing weekly volume is paved with potential pitfalls, as ...
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How do you know when you are recovered from a hard workout or race?

Do you give yourself the usual tactic of a few days easy, and then give it a go?

Have you ever gone out there to give it a try and felt tired, flat, and just....well, exhausted?

Not exactly a boost for our confidence.

Well, power meters have now been created for runners, and they can tell you when you actually are recovered, and not only that, but when you are ready to race, so you can go out there and CRUSH it.

Jim Vance, author of Run with Power, is here to revolutionize the running world. But do you believe this will work? Or is it just too much technology?

Take a listen, and let us know what you think.
We all know about power meters for cycling, but now there are power meters for running too. Today, Jim Vance the author of “Run with Power,” will explain what power meters are and how they can be used in training. Or, if you are new to running and are interested in how to obtain goals, Jim will speak about how a power meter can help you. Some of the topics that you’ll hear about include: Jim’s background as a triathlete Jim’s book, “Run with Po...
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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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Ever wondered what your ideal race weight is?

You know, the weight where you will be efficient, light, and ready to smash that PB?

We use race weight calculators to tell us exactly where the dial should sit to leave us fit and fast as we head into our race.

So we start to cut calories...quickly...but it is okay right? We are in taper time, so it won't do any harm

Or will it?

Let's see what the science says.
Race day is coming. You have put in the hours, followed your marathon training schedule exactly, and made it through days you were so tired you could barely make it up the stairs to go to bed. But now you want to make sure you do not do anything to mess it up, and this is usually around the time our minds start to plague us with doubts. And you start to think that maybe you can shave a few more seconds for optimal racing if you reach your ideal r...
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Running is a slog most of the time.

It can sometimes seem like we are never going anywhere....except backwards, but it is those small incremental changes we make day after day, that will eventually lead to HUGE positive outcomes that make us feel alive, and we are reminded why we did it.

Pete Magill, Author of Born Again Runner has fantastic advice for runners of every level and speed.

If Pete can go from death's door to one of the best masters in the world, why can't you accomplish your dreams?
If you’ve ever given up on running once, or twice, or maybe twenty times, then this is the episode for you. Pete Magill is my guest today and we’re talking about why it’s so easy to quit running, and how it’s just as easy to start back up again. Pete is the author of the transformative book “The Born Again Runner”, and he breaks down key training techniques that will change the way you put together your runner’s body. For Pete, running became ...
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Most of the Run to the Top podcast guests are requests from our listeners.

You asked for more training philosophies from coaches; you got it.

You asked for specific running workouts for different distances (800m, mile, 5k, 10k, half, marathon); you got it.

You asked for Tina's husband (and coach) Steve to share his secrets; after many hours of persuasion; you got it.

Don't miss this one of a kind episode.....insight into what it's really like to be married to an elite runner.
Not many runners are able to have their spouses act as their coaches, but as you may know, my husband and I are an exception to that rule. Today we’re talking to Steve Picucci, who is the head cross-country and track and field coach at Moorehead State University in Kentucky. He also happens to be my husband, and he coaches me as well. Steve has an innate ability to understand what each individual runner needs when it matters. This is part of wh...
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When we have a big goal in mind, it is easy to focus on the splits, "I MUST get to the 800m mark in x:xx, I MUST hit the mile at...."

And sometimes that works really well, but most of the time, letting your body tell you the pace to run, is the way to run your best, and that is exactly what our Runner of the Week did.

Anthony Boyadjis accidentally hit the split button instead of the start button at the New York Road Runners (NYRR) 5th Avenue Mile, but that was probably the best thing that could have happened to him, as he ran by feel and executed perfectly!

Congratulations to Anthony, who ran 24 seconds faster than the last mile he ran two weeks ago to finish in 6:33 officially in the mile.

As masters athletes, it often feels like the times just keep on getting slower, especially in the shorter distances, but Anthony is proof that this is not always the case, running faster in this mile than he has in 5 years.

"While being named RunnersConnect Athlete of the Week is a great honor, they've got it backwards. I should be honoring RunnersConnect.

Although running for 43 years and counting, these cutting edge training programs and coaches have introduced me to fresh training techniques. They have allowed me to train harder and faster, resulting in my fastest times in years, all while avoiding injury. You can't ask for more than that!"

So take a lesson from Anthony, ditch the watch in your next race, and give shorter races a try (even if you are a masters). You never know just how fast you can run if your expectations stay out of it!
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Remember when you were younger and life seemed like it was sooooo busy. Between seeking out your soulmate and going out to eat late at night after a night of dancing, it felt like there was barely any time to exercise.

And running? Well, that just made you sweaty and red cheeked.

Now you see those younger years were a lot less hectic than life now, and you seem to fit more into a day than you did in a week back then.

Life happens, but staying healthy and running is still important to you, but sometimes it is almost impossible to get all your training in.

We asked Sarah Russell to find us the best ways to fit training in, when there is no time, but a goal race coming your way.

How do you sneak your runs in?
Our lives are busier than ever. We are all frantically juggling family life and long working hours; some statistics showing the average working week in the US to be close to 36 hours, with some professions working 40 or more. That’s before we even include cooking, housework, gardening and DIY, social engagements, study and additional commitments. With so many demands placed on us, it’s no wonder that training slips down the list of priorities. Bu...
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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.
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