John Lofranco is a coach, English teacher and freelance writer. He is the founder and head coach of the McGill Olympic Club and runs the website Montreal Endurance. He’ll be blogging about training tips for all levels of runners.
The body (really the brain!) has a unique and highly effective way of choosing the best pace that can be sustained for the particular race distance… if only we would let it.
A few weeks into the new year, most people’s resolutions are now facing their first big test. The first few days were easy. It’s once you get back into the daily grind when old […]
What is the best bit of running advice you can get? Love running. It sounds obvious, right? And yet, a perusal of recent click-bait lists claiming “27 things every runner thinks on a run” […]
Here is the third and final instalment of a series on winter running. Part one focused on beginners, and part two on those with some intermediate experience. This week, we’ll take a more advanced view. […]
I get asked a lot about improving running form, and, I have to admit, I am often at a loss about what to say. Many people feel very strongly about this topic — some […]
The long run is often the centrepiece of a training week, especially for marathoners. It’s a great aerobic stimulus, and for marathoners and half-marathoners, it can be a race-specific workout, too. Many runners will […]
Canadian Running magazine had a poll on their site the other day asking if runners counted their runs in kilometres or miles, or if they “just run.” I’d like to suggest a third alternative: […]
Last week we examined the reasons for racing and the reasons we feel nervous before a race. One of the reasons we covered was fear. The other reason we tend to get nervous before a […]
Last week I described the various possibilities for racing. I just wanted to set the table for a deeper discussion of why we race, and what we can do to feel good about it. […]
Last week we looked at basic tempo runs, and some variations of tempo pace training. This week, we’ll discuss faster intervals that remain in that “tempo” range. Cruise pace Cruise pace is faster than tempo, […]
American Olympian PattiSue Plummer tells her high school girls cross-country and track teams to remember “we are racers, not runners.” There is so much interesting about this idea, and also so much anxiety and […]