Does Running Symmetry Matter?

Credit: Doug Mills (New York Times) In a 2017 NY Times article (NYT) about Usain Bolt’s running form, it notes that his right leg appears to produce 13% more peak force than his left leg and that his left leg stays on the ground 14% longer than his right leg. Antti Mero, an exercise physiologist […]

Role of the Big Toe in Running

Within the world of running, there is a lot of information about biomechanics – primarily in respect to the knees, hips and ankles. What is often left out is the toes and more specifically, the big toe. The body is one big kinetic chain which means that when running, no body part functions in isolation. […]

5 Tips For Coaching Through The Pandemic

These are stressful times – no doubt about it. From an endurance sports perspective, with very few in-person events being held and not knowing what 2021 is going to look like in regard to the race calendar, there are a lot of unknowns. However, despite the current climate of things, athletes are still being coached […]

The Value of Easy and Hard Days

As an endurance sports athlete for over 25 years and as a coach for over 20, there is one training mistake that I’ve found most all athletes (including myself) make at some point or another. As the founder of UESCA, I’ve also heard this from plenty of our coaches Athletes don’t go easy enough or […]

Hesitating To Start Your Coaching Practice? 4 Truths You Need To Hear!

I get asked with some frequency what is needed to start a coaching practice. This question is often asked by those that have been ‘sitting’ on the idea of starting a coaching business, or have started the process but haven’t launched. While I could discuss the specifics such as legal business formations, coaching software options, […]

The Science of Stretching – Simply Explained

Pre-stretching reduces performance. Stretching is dangerous. You must hold a stretch for at least 10 seconds. These are just a few of the topics surrounding stretching that are thrown around with some frequency. So what is the truth about stretching and what is shall we say… less than accurate? To get to the bottom of […]

Psychological Performance Factors

The focus of training and racing within endurance sports primarily focuses around the physical aspect.  There is often so much of a focus on physical performance that the psychological element of training and racing gets left out of the conversation.  Passion Some athletes just have more passion for their sport than others. This isn’t good […]

Does Your Race Have Meaning?

Most races that weren’t cancelled this year are being held and condensed into the late summer/fall. This means that there are a plethora of races coming up to select from. So how do you choose? If you’ve already registered for an event that got postponed to this fall, that likely is at the top of […]

Your Coaching Business – Where To Go From Here

Things are starting to open up in many areas across the US/internationally, and many races are finding dates to reschedule their events to this fall. So the million dollar question is – what does this mean for you as a coach? Start at the End When planning out a competition season, it is commonplace (and […]