#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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5 questions all marathoners-in-training don’t want to answer

5 questions all marathoners-in-training don’t want to answer

Ahhh the quintessential training questions. Marathoners love to talk about their training, but there are a few questions we prefer you don’t ask. While we realize that many non-runners mean well, some questions should just be off-limits.

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The Power of 48-72 Hours

The Power of 48-72 Hours

Ah, runners. We can be undoubtedly dedicated to our sport and our training (I’m trying to say that nicely, but what I really mean is that we don’t know when to quit). Running long distances requires the mental stamina to push through physical pain, so we are used to working through pain vs. stopping to rest.

Something I coach all of my athletes to understand, though, is that it may be better to rest for 48-72 hours rather than continue to push when each step hurts worse and worse. Hear me out.

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Handling Minor Injuries During Training

Handling Minor Injuries During Training

A question I am asked a lot as a running coach is What do I do when I am injured? Usually, runners are on two completely opposite sides of the spectrum: Run through the pain to stop all together. As someone with a minor injury at the moment, you’ll be happy to know that there is an in between!

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