Best GPS Watches for Marathon Training: 2022 Edition

If you have a marathon in your sights, one of the best investments you can make is in a great GPS running watch – and here are our up-to-date recommendations for the best watch for marathon training! In order to train effectively, you have to be able to track your runs. A GPS running watch … Read more

Best Ultra Running GPS Watches: 2022 Edition

In this post, I share the best ultra running watches on our radar, and give you some pointers on what to look for in a GPS watch for your ultramarathon! Finding a good GPS watch for your ultramarathon – the training and the race itself – requires some research.    The requirements of an ultramarathon … Read more

The Science of Carbohydrate Loading

By David Peterson A valid connection between hypoglycemia, fatigue and premature termination of exercise been firmly established and therefore carbohydrate loading is a proven form of boosting running endurance in prolonged events lasting more than two hours in duration. While there are various methods of carbo-loading, the process basically involves consuming large quantities of carbohydrate-rich … Read more

Would You Pass The Army Combat Fitness Test? Here Are The New ACFT Requirements

The U.S. Army is rolling out a new fitness test, the ACFT 3.0, the first change to the test in 40 years. Back in 2013, the Army realized they had a problem when they were evacuating more soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan due to preventable musculoskeletal injuries than combat injuries. Frankly put, soldiers were not … Read more

The 10 Best Gift Ideas For Runners: 2022 Edition

Here’s our pick of the best gift ideas for runners – selected by our team of coaches and runners from the Marathon Handbook community! Whether it’s the upcoming holiday season, celebrating a new PR or a birthday, there’s always a reason to treat the runner in your life – even if that’s you! With this … Read more

6 Downsides of ONLY Running: Why Runners Need To Cross Train

The health benefits of running are hard to argue with: being a runner can improve your cardiovascular and muscular fitness, as well as make you live longer and improve your mental health. However, like everything in life, too much of one thing can lead to imbalances and weaknesses. Runners have a bad reputation for ignoring … Read more

The Ultimate Guide To Cross Training For Runners

Cross training for runners is an essential part of a sustainable, healthy, strong, and injury-free running journey. By mixing up your training plan with other activities – be it strength training, yoga, or swimming – cross training is important for helping you level up your running and hit new PRs. But when done incorrectly, cross … Read more

How To Train For a Triathlon: A Guide For Runners

Taking the step from running to triathlon isn’t a continuation of the linear progression of a runner, but a widening of your training scope – it means adding new disciplines and incorporating several different training modalities at the same time. In this article, UESCA-certified Triathlon coach Sam Farnsworth walks us through how you can go … Read more

10 Bulletproof Steps To Consistent Early Morning Runs

For some runners, early morning runs are actually pleasurable. Frankly though, most of us would rather spend the time in bed. In general, we encourage you to run when you can. It’s always best to build up a habit that’s sustainable, so it becomes a lifestyle rather than a phase. That being said, early morning runs … Read more