Muscle Fiber Types – Overview and Application

Hello UESCA coaches, current and future! I hope your 2022 is off to a good start and you are excited about the upcoming opportunities coming up with the UESCA including new certifications, continued partnerships, and the overall growth of our UESCA coaching community. Today’s blog discusses the different muscle fiber types our muscular system consists […]

Risk Based Pacing (Part Two)

Welcome back to part two of our blog – Risk Based Pacing. In the previous blog we discussed the science and physiological responses of our brain and how it communicates to our body when assessing how we push our body through certain stressors that may occur. In this blog (part 2), we will discuss how […]

Risk Based Pacing (Part One)

Risk based pacing is an important part of all endurance sports, whether it be a single discipline event (i.e., half-marathon) or a multi-discipline sport (i.e., triathlon). Risk based pacing is perhaps one of the most important things to master, as it can be the difference between finishing strong and dropping out. The general theme with […]

The Importance of Educating Athletes

I remember sitting through most of my classes in high school with extreme boredom and for lack of a better word, hatred. Math, physics, chemistry, you name it – I hated it. As a result, I was an average student at best whose goal was just to pass and move on to the next grade. […]

The Often Overlooked (and Most Important) Training Variable – Fun!

It goes without saying that training for endurance sports can at times be grueling and sometimes, downright painful. Whether it be the 4am wake-up to get in a workout before work, or suffering through a hard set of intervals, training isn’t always a walk in the park – nor should it be. However, and the […]

7 Steps to Create an Annual Running Training Program

As the 2021 calendar year is winding down, it’s time for most of us to plan our own and our athletes’ training programs for the upcoming year. This post primarily focuses on the coach/athlete relationship but the content is just as applicable to self-coached athletes. While there are many different ways to construct a training […]

Minimizing the Chance for GI Distress in Ultramarathons

Reducing chance for GI distress in ultrarunners

You’ve probably seen the commercials with someone having a bad case of indigestion and dropping a few white tablets in a glass of water to create a magical, fizzy concoction that is supposed to alleviate the bloat and stomach issues … or the goopy, pink soup-like drink that helps with similar multiple stomach ailments. While […]

Benefits of Low Intensity Training

As endurance athletes, we are subjected to a plethora of information in one aspect or another regarding how we can improve our training and racing outcomes. Whether it be the latest gear (shoes or heart rate monitors), fueling sources (drinks, energy bars, gels, and food sources), diets (keto, paleo, vegetarian, etc..), and more. Training programs […]

10 Differences Between Road Racing and Ultramarathons

runners vs. ultrarunners

I’m not going to lie – prior to creating the UESCA Ultrarunning Coach Certification with ultrarunning coach, Jason Koop, I must admit, I fell into the group of people that more or less viewed an ultramarathon as just a ‘long marathon.’ As such, I deduced that in order to create an ultrarunning program, all you […]

11 Ways UESCA Is Different From The Competition

The most common question that we get at UESCA is, “How is UESCA different from other certification companies?” Fair question to say the least. With multiple certification options out there, it can be confusing to say the least to find the one that is right for you. In this post, we will delve into 11 […]