#AskCoachCourtney: What are the best running books to inform and inspire my running? #COACHPICKS!

#AskCoachCourtney: What are the best running books to inform and inspire my running? #COACHPICKS!

Welcome to #askcoachcourtney! This series answers your running questions through use of experts and research in the field of exercise science. This week, you might as well open your Amazon app as you read because this post is all about BOOKS!

When books and running collide, I feel giddy — these are two of my favorite things! That’s why I was so excited when a reader asked me to write a post about running books. I collaborated with some fellow RRCA coaches to bring you our topic book pics!

If you want to make 2020 a year of opportunity, inspiration, and smart running…keep on reading. PS: All of the titles are links, so if you want to learn more about the books and read Amazon reviews, click away!

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#AskCoachCourtney: When should I buy a new pair of running shoes, and how do I know when they’re broken in enough to race?

#AskCoachCourtney: When should I buy a new pair of running shoes, and how do I know when they’re broken in enough to race?

Welcome to this edition of #askcoachcourtney: Your running questions answered by an RRCA certified coach and other experts/research!

Ah, the mystery of running shoes: When should you buy a new pair? How do you know which ones to buy? How can you tell if they’re broken in enough? How can you tell if they’re broken in a bit TOO much?

These are important questions considering that the wrong or old running shoes can cause pain and injury. Today, special guest Josh Boggs and I will give you the answers to some quintessential shoe questions.

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#AskCoachCourtney: Do I have to run a 20 miler when I train for a marathon?

#AskCoachCourtney: Do I have to run a 20 miler when I train for a marathon?

Welcome to #AskCoachCourtney! Each week or two, I take questions from my loyal readers and followers. I had a few submissions this week, and this one stood out to me because it’s often debated: Is a 20 mile run a standard necessity during marathon training?

The short answer: No.

There are a lot of coaches who would disagree with me (Hal Higdon included), but based on what we know about the science of running and high impact exercise, whether you run 20 miles during marathon training or not is individual and varies depending on your easy run pace, goals, and more.

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