Category Archives: Training Tips

When We Were Fast II: Running with Dave Reed and the high school guys at The Boardwalk

All my most vivid memories of running workouts are summer ones. One workout our club did every summer Wednesday evening in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s was our boardwalk 8-mile tempo run. Unlike our track workouts, which started at … Continue reading

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When We Were Fast: 23-minute tempo runs with Dave Reed

Since the Vancouver Falcons club (VFAC) is putting on their annual Dave Reed Classic 5K race this Saturday, I decided to write about Dave, one of my oldest running friends. Dave, a member of both VFAC and the Phoenix Running … Continue reading

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20-minute cardio workouts at the gym

In a previous post, I pointed out that it’s possible to do a good cardio workout in only 20–25 minutes, whether you’re running, using machines at the gym, or swimming. Today’s post will give examples of workouts I do on … Continue reading

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Incredible 20-minute workouts

I’ll bet my readers never expected to see a headline on my blog that sounds like it comes from a trashy fitness magazine. But I’m writing this article because experience has shown me that it’s possible—and often desirable—to do a … Continue reading

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Runners’ Obsessions Part 3 (cont.): Training for the 1984 Olympic marathon trials

My immediate recovery from the Toronto Marathon was pretty good. I had no injury issues and was back to hard training in a couple of weeks. I do remember that I felt tired and performed at a slightly sub-par level … Continue reading

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Runners’ Obsessions Part Two: Dr. Greg Wells and Project Ex

Dr. Wells’s story: a superb example of a Type A personality pushing to the limits A few days ago I came across a blog post by Dr. Greg Wells, who has launched what he calls “Project Ex” in his attempt … Continue reading

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The ABCs of running: a guide for young and beginning runners

It’s cross–country season! This post is written in response to a reader who asked me what advice I could give to a group of middle school-aged runners who are preparing to do a fun run in a few weeks. My initial reaction … Continue reading

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Balancing on the edge of overtraining: Olympic Training Log Sept 3-Sept 9

Overtraining High-performance athletes (and many highly-motivated recreational athletes, too) walk a fine line between training hard and pushing themselves too hard. Both our bodies and our minds have limits and it’s possible to push over the edge into an exhaustion zone. At … Continue reading

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The friends who got me to the 1988 Olympics + Olympic Training Log Aug 27-Sept 2

As I’ve copied my Training Log here over the past few weeks, I’ve realized again how incomplete memory can be. I had forgotten just how much a few people helped me get ready for the Olympics during that crucial summer … Continue reading

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Racing into shape: Two 3,000m races in seven days

Notes on my Olympic training for this week As I look back over my Olympic Training Log for this week, I’m amazed at the workout load I could handle 24 years ago. I ran a 3,000m race and followed it … Continue reading

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