#AskCoachCourtney: Can I run outside during the COVID-19 pandemic?

#AskCoachCourtney: Can I run outside during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The short answer: Yes…

…with caution.

I’ve been giving my athletes five tips to follow as they embark on outdoor running during this challenging time. Here are my top five tips!

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2020: The Year Of P3Running

2020: The Year Of P3Running

As most of you have seen on my social media accounts, I am honored to be chosen as a 2020 #P3Runner! P3R is the Great Oz behind Pittsburgh’s greatest races including the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, Fleet Feet Liberty Mile, EQT Ten Miler, and more.

As someone who has been a part of the Pittsburgh Marathon blogging program in 2016, 2019, and now 2020 — I am amazed at how the program has grown and evolved in the most positive ways.

Keep reading for perks you can expect just for following along with my training and reading my blog!

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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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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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