Tag: running

  • Running when sick: how to know if I can go out

    The flu has officially arrived in my home (which is not so surprising with a baby daughter bringing all sorts of viruses home from day care). When it comes to running I don’t really bother about having a bit of a runny nose. Usually I can just continue training. As a matter of fact I […]

  • Become a better runner with a running shoe rotation.

    Besides the fact that some of you might find it enjoyable to buy new running shoes, studies have shown that it is actually beneficial to your running and your wallet (go tell that to your spouse!) to rotate multiple running shoes in a week. Using multiple shoes throughout the week reduces the chance of injury […]

  • Heart beats: Cardiac Drift and how to deal with it

    You might have noticed that sometimes during a long run, at a certain point in your run, your heart rate goes up, while the intensity of the run remains the same. This rise in heart rate is called cardiac drift. In this post I’ll dive into what is cardiac drift and how to deal with […]

  • How to carry gels in a marathon

    I remember in the lead up to my first marathon I would literally lay awake at night worrying how I could carry all those energy gels during my race, as I planned to run light: shorts, singlet, socks, speedy shoes. Those worrying days are over: I have nailed it. And now I’m sharing with you: […]

  • How to: Periodization in marathon training done right!

    Whether you are a professional athlete, or recreational distance running enthusiast, once you train year-round, you have to consider periodization in marathon training. In this post I’m going to give you the building blocks so you can do it too. By periodized running we mean that you break up your training cycle into several blocks. […]

  • Running in the grey zone and (Not) sticking to the plan

    We all know this: yesterday you’ve done your tempo work so you’re supposed to do your recovery run today. Your coach has put your workout in Trainingpeaks: 45 minutes in zone 1-2. However, that is NOT what you do. You’re going of way to fast. You are not sticking to your training plan. You’re just […]

  • How to do hill repeats without hills

    Living in Amsterdam where it’s basically pancake flat, it is hard to incorporate hill training into my training cycle. As there are some great benefits to running hills, I use bridges instead! i’ve made myself a running course where I cross the canal over some of the tallest bridges. I managed to get 140 meter […]

  • How to train for a marathon: a beginner’s guide

    You’ve come here because you are planning to run a marathon. Now you want to know how. Seek no more! This is your definitive guide: How to train for a marathon. Instead of starting this post with stuff like: it takes time and dedication etc. etc. I’m just gonna dive right in. It is a […]

  • Running in the off-season

    Running in the off-season

    It’s been two weeks today. Two whole weeks of no running. Except the three times I ran for half an hour. But considering the amount of half hours there are in a week, three times half an hour is the same as not running, right? I’m now in the prospect of Running in the off-season. […]

  • What you learn from running a marathon

    Running a marathon is much more a journey than a single event. And we go through that journey for all sorts of reasons: just to prove to ourselves that we are capable of doing so, some (at least one I am aware of) to commemorate a loved one that passed away, and others… because they’ve […]