Chicago Marathon Recap I left off with my last blog just 2 weeks out from Chicago. That final big workout I did went really well, but it left my hamstring/glute in not the best shape. The hamstring felt tight the morning before, and then during the workout. It wasn’t all that bad, but with a… [Read More]
Knowledge is power. I’m sure you’ve heard that one a few times. Knowledge is important in our lives. It enables us to make a whole lot of A’s; assumptions, accusations, and when we have conflicting knowledge, arguments. Knowing creates conflict, comfort and security, nerves, and so many other things that I’m sure you’re all well… [Read More]
It’s 5:30 in the morning and we’re driving through a thick fog that blankets the farm roads of southern Pennsylvania. We are on our way to the USA Cycling National Road Championships, where I will be competing in the U23 Time Trial later that day. I’m not nervous – being nervous means that you think… [Read More]
A final “bigger” week of training in the books for me. The last 2 weeks before the race we will begin to taper with a cutback on weekly volume and length of workouts. For this week my focus was on keeping my energy levels as high as I could, and getting one more really tough… [Read More]
Another solid week of training in the books this past week. It started off on Monday and Tuesday being pretty normal 10 + 4 mile double days. I was definitely still feeling pretty tired on both days from my big 26 mile long run the past Sunday. Coach Ben asked if I felt recovered at… [Read More]
It took me until the final two years of my 15-year racing career to really understand how to train perfectly in an imperfect world. And what I mean by “imperfect” is by no means a slam on life itself. It’s simply a word that dignifies the bigger picture and global importance of events in our… [Read More]
This week’s post will cover my last 2 weeks of training as I raced Monday September 3rd, so there weren’t as many workouts to recap in each week; but overall the last couple of weeks have been productive including that US 20k Championship race. On the week leading up to the race, I started with… [Read More]
The pursuit of fitness continued this week. I reached my highest weekly volume of the segment so far, and had a couple of really good workouts. These workouts will certainly help me for Chicago, and will help me in my next race which will be the US 20k Championships on Labor Day. The week began… [Read More]
This week started with driving back to Flagstaff from our family vacation in Santa Barbara. After my failed workout on Sunday, part of my conversation with Coach Ben afterward was strategizing what way to maximize recovery to be prepared for hard workouts this Wednesday and Saturday while negotiating the long drive back home and how… [Read More]
On the cusp of my 50th birthday, this is a great time to reflect back on my athletic career, which began at the ripe old age of five. Literally thrown into the deep end of the pool to follow my older siblings into the sport of swimming, my parents held no aspirations for me beyond… [Read More]
This week would not be too big of a progression from last week in terms of volume, but the workout and long run were definitely going to be a lot more challenging. Monday and Tuesday got off the same way last week did, with easy run doubles of 10 in the morning and 4 in… [Read More]
Ironman to FKT: The Training I have had a lot of questions about my training for the Vermont Long Trail, where I recently set the Fastest Known Time (FKT) for women over the 273 mile trail. Last season I raced five iron-distance races, and three half-iron distance races. This season, I ran two ultra marathons… [Read More]
I’m going to start a detailed account of my training leading into returning to the Chicago Marathon in 2018. I raced there last year and finished in 12th place, the 3rd American; running 2:13:41. That was my first marathon since January of 2015, returning from a hip injury that caused me to miss the Olympic… [Read More]
Final Surge has partnered with Endurance Nation as the official training platform for Endurance Nation members. Members can now use Endurance Nation training plans with all of the features Final Surge offers in their web and mobile training apps.
Introducing the Pain & Injury Report (PAIR), a simple way for athletes and coaches to track pain and injuries that occur during workouts. By tracking pains and injuries closer, coaches can help athletes take the necessary steps to overcome them quicker or avoid them altogether.
Mark Allen, 6-time IRONMAN¬ World Champion has partnered with Final Surge to produce a special training program for triathlon. In addition, Allen will be a spokesperson and advisor for all Final Surge triathlon endeavors.