The 26 Golden Rules of Running

Here are my 26 Golden Rules of Running – universal truths about running that are applicable to almost all runners, regardless of background and experience level! The idea is that if you follow these 26 rules, you’ll have a long, happy, and successful relationship with running. The golden rules touch on every aspect of your … Read more

Should You Drink Coffee Before Running? Here’s How Much To Drink

A common question for runners is “should I drink coffee before running?“. It’s undeniable that coffee, and specifically the caffeine it contains, can provide a performance-enhancing boost. Athletes across the world are aware of this, and it’s backed up by hundreds of studies. But is coffee – or any form of caffeine really – right … Read more

The Ultimate Sober October Guide: How To Maximize A Month Off Booze

October is the perfect month to launch into a health and wellness challenge like Sober October – the darker nights are setting in, your motivation for healthy habits naturally wanes a little, and you can see the excesses of the holiday season on the horizon. Those are some of the reasons I committed to a … Read more

How To Become Antifragile: Embrace Chaos, Run Better

The book Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) and it’s ideas have spent the last six months rattling around in my head, and influenced how I think about running, exercise, what to eat, how to live . . . In fact, it’s one of the best health and fitness books I’ve read – even though … Read more

Adventures in Distance Running and Keto: How To Run Far on an LCHF Diet

In this post, I’m going to share my experience and advice in adopting the keto diet for 10-14 day cycles as a distance runner.   We’ll explore the background of ketosis, explain the potential benefits, and address the nay-sayers.  Interested in keto and running? Let’s jump in! The principle behind the ‘keto’ diet is that … Read more

Barefoot and Minimalist Running: The Ultimate Guide

Ever since Chris McDougall’s Born To Run book burst onto the scene just over 10 years ago, there’s been a huge amount of interest – and hype – in barefoot-style, or minimalist running. The central premise of the book was simple: that humans didn’t evolve to run with an inch of padded rubber beneath their … Read more

Why I Stopped Running Ultras – Stepping Off The Hedonistic Treadmill

It’s been over 3 years since I ran an ultramarathon. That might be surprising to some of you – especially those of you who have read some of the many ultrarunning articles I’ve put out in that time, or checked out the Ultra Runner’s Playbook. In between, I took an unplanned break from distance running. … Read more

7 Bucket List Marathons, Chosen By Marathon Runners

Looking for some inspiration to choose a bucket list marathon? Here’s my pick of some of the most life-affirming, awe-inspiring marathons around the world. One of the best things about running a marathon is that it gives you the opportunity to travel. Sure, running local marathons is awesome – but when you combine a marathon … Read more

Coronavirus for Runners: What To Do If Your Race Is Postponed

Recently, the global news has been dominated by the outbreak of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. As public bans and lockdowns come into place, the virus is beginning to affect how we live our lives. Whether it’s heightened hygiene practices, or avoiding large gatherings (the Tokyo Marathon was recently canceled for general entrants), or even the … Read more

How You’re Screwing Up Your Long Runs

Many runners are conflicted or confused about the advice that long runs should normally be done at a slow and conversational pace – in this post, I’m going to dig into the details and reasoning behind this. Long runs are easily the most popular topic that runners email me about. As an online running coach, … Read more

The Key Brain Chemical for Run Recovery (And 3 Ways To Increase It)

Runners are always looking for ways to accelerate their run recovery process. Whether it’s ice baths, massage guns, or recovery supplements, there’s an entire industry built around the tools that can help you recover faster. And run recovery is important: the faster you recover, the sooner you can resume training, increase the load on your … Read more

Running A Marathon Isn’t Meant To Be Easy

Have you signed up for a marathon recently? Marathon training and running your 26.2 miles isn’t going to be easy. But then, it’s not meant to be easy. If it were, everyone else would do it. Running a marathon is meant to be hard. And that’s maybe the greatest reason to run one. Of course, … Read more

Endure, by Alex Hutchinson – Notes on My New Favorite Running Book

Hey guys, Today I’m going to break form somewhat and deliver what is essentially a book report.    I don’t usually go into detail when discussing books here, but Endure by Alex Hutchinson had so many valuable insights for endurance athletes I felt compelled to write about it – and capture some of my notes for my own future … Read more