How To Pick Your First Half Marathon

Picking your first half marathon

For many first-time half marathoners, picking their first race is simple. There is a home-town race or a race they have always dreamed of doing. But for others, it can be a surprisingly hard decision. If you don’t know which race […]

Aid Station Etiquette For Runners and Volunteers

Aid Station Etiquette

Races are generally straight forward affairs (literally). You start and then you run forward until you hit the finish line. But one area can potentially cause trouble: the aid station. At aid stations, runners can cut each other off (hopefully […]

What To Do When It All Goes Wrong On Race Day

Wrong on Race Day

You can do everything right in training. You can do all of the training runs, nail the speed work, do each and every strength and stretching session, and carbo load to perfection Sometimes you can do all of that and […]

Expecting the Unexpected on Race Day

expecting the unexpected

I now live in the Bay Area, so it’s pretty easy to be lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to the possibility of terrible race day weather. We may get the occasional sprinkle in winter, but […]

The Marathon Expo: Don’t Psych Yourself Out

Big Sur Marathon expo

Many beginning marathoners underestimate how much of a mental challenge training for a marathon is. The physical challenge is obvious, but the mental part can take them by surprise. I’ve had trainees at the start of a training program flat out not […]