Thursday, December 15, 2011


The new issue of Running Times magazine arrived yesterday. I’m pretty sure the whole thing was written with me in mind.

First, the main message on the front cover say; “Get Serious in 2012”. And one of the sub-headings is; “How To Train, Not Just Run”.

Greg McMillan’s article is titled “Hodgepodge isn’t a Training Program.” In it, he mentions, “I’m a firm believer that every workout you do should have a purpose.” Obviously, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard this, however, the timing echoes nicely with the Rubio comments I’ve been posting lately.

Steve Magness has a nice piece on the benefits of two-a-days and “why non-elites should consider running twice a day.” Not only does he explain the benefits, but he also talks about when to incorporate them, based on the effect you’re trying to achieve.

Rachel Toor takes on the challenge of letting someone coach her and finds; 1) she cares about getting faster and 2) she’s willing to change (somewhat) to get there. I can relate to both of those things. She talks about finding out that her “endurance far exceeded her speed” and that all the sudden she was “running with a purpose.” Also relatable. Finally, today’s QOD probably applies to a lot of runners.

Of course, I have to mention the piece on Minnesota’s Lehmkuhles by local writer, Mackenzie Lobby.

These articles just represent the tip of the iceberg. There looks to be a lot of other interesting articles. Glancing through the magazine again, I just noticed that from page 30 to 66 there are only 2 advertisements. Otherwise, it’s article after article. Great stuff, RT!

Tomorrow I’m going to share my 2012 U.S. Olympic trials marathon preview, so be sure to check back.

Quote of the Day;

“Some puritanical part of me believed I shouldn’t have to ask for help, especially since, after two decades of running, I thought I knew this stuff.” – Rachel Toor

1 comment:

Kevin said...

Chad, it's been very intersting to see your posts over the past several weeks. I feel like I am in a similar situation trying to focus on definitive goals and running with a purpose in 2012. Thanks for your insights and the note about the Running Times issue. Will have to pick that one up.