Training Through a Health Crisis

GENERAL TRAINING ADVICE Given that there is significant uncertainty about the implications of the coronavirus and COVID-19, the following advice is given recognizing that the current situation may change, so please stay alert and take all recommended precautions to keep yourself and your community healthy. Keep moving.  At this moment, cities and states throughout the … Read more

March 15: Advice for Runners During our Public Health Crisis

See what we have written for the national RRCA community here: Runners are optimistic by nature, but it’s hard to super optimistic in the face of the current public health crisis of coronavirus and COVID-19.  As an athlete, you may be feeling a little down, a bit stressed, and a lot unmotivated. As a … Read more

Training on Trails

Why trails? The simple answer is, running on trails adds variety to your training.  Running and hiking over uneven terrain produces different physical challenges that improve strength and coordination.  Basically, you become a better overall athlete.  Not to mention, trail running is usually more scenic.  Ever looked up and been in complete awe of the … Read more

Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Hill?

Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Hill? Hills will make you stronger. For the most part, you don’t need to run fast uphill to get stronger, especially when you’re just starting to train. Start out by including hills in some of your runs or walks a couple times a week to let your hips, glutes, … Read more

Why Group Training?

Why Group Training? After college I was terrified that I wouldn’t run if no one was expecting me to. I’d spent 4 years running for a division 1 school where I did everything my coach told me to do. Thankfully, I did keep running even without having my workouts posted on a bulletin board. It … Read more

Tucson 10k Training: Start Now!

Tucson 10k Training: Start Now! Phase 1: Getting your groove on. Start here if you need to spend a few weeks making running part of your regular schedule. The more consistent your running is, the easier it will be to build and add intensity.  In this phase, the important thing is getting out the door. … Read more

Summer in Tucson: What to do to get in shape

Summer in Tucson: What to do to get in shape It’s about 5,000 degrees outside in the Old Pueblo, with eggs frying on the sidewalk and eyelids sticking to eyeballs – not a great time to be a distance runner.  The heat in Tucson will make it hard to run a lot – your average … Read more

Train for the Festival of Miles: One Mile At a Time

Train for the Festival of Miles: One Mile At a Time Here is a 5-week training schedule to start you on your running adventure, one mile at a time. Week 1:  April 24-30 Run for 10 minutes or 1 mile (whichever comes first) at an effort level that feels relaxed.  Don’t push the pace.  If … Read more