In October of last year I was in for my yearly physical and complaining about how I was experiencing more soreness than usual, higher level of liver enzymes (as diagnosed by her lab work), and experiencing a higher RPE (rating of perceived excerption during workouts).

After a longer conversation she suggested the cause could have been as simple as overtraining.

I told her “no”. I said the last time you took lab work, my liver enzymes were much lower and I was at peak for a marathon build. No way could I be overtraining with my current training load. …


Depending on where you are in the country, your weather is starting to shift. For some that is towards the desirable, wonderful crispness of spring, for others you’re starting to stare down into the ugliness that is humidity and heat.

Heat is one thing and easy for us to spot. But do you actually know how to spot a horrendously intolerable humid day? Do you know how to adjust your running as a result?

Last month after the flash snow storms in Texas, the following weekend athletes who were racing for Olympic Qualifiers were hit with sudden heat and humidity…


Fall marathons are opening up, weather is getting nice. People are starting to eye the idea of marathon training. Whether you’re new to running or even a seasoned marathoner I’m sure you’ve heard a lot of things about what marathon training is like. Maybe you’ve even gone through it enough to build your own conceptions about it.

But the thing is, marathon training looks different on everybody and one person’s story can somehow become the one-size-fits-all version that gets hyped up. …


Whether it’s not running on a day we were scheduled to, or skipping a workout for an easier run, we’ve all been there before. If we’re in the middle of working towards a specific goal, there’s conflicting opinions out there on whether this matters or not.

Some overly restrictive programs or coaches, or perfectionism mindsets might call a day off a death sentence towards forward progress. They might tell you that you might as well start over now. Other ideologies might say, well a day off here or there doesn’t matter does it? …


So you’ve got a race coming up and you’re trying to figure out what you’re capable of running if you’re just “tough enough”. Maybe you just had a huge race with a great PR and you do some mental math. Maybe you have been running your easy days at X:XX pace. Maybe you plugged in an old race time into one of those fancy “race-time predictor” calculators. Maybe you’re on the VDOT system and it tells you what your time “should be”.

How do you go about predicting what your goal time and race pace should be for a new and upcoming race, particularly when that race is a different distance?

WELL, LET’S START WITH WHAT WE SHOULDN’T DO. DON’T TAKE ANYTHING FROM A CALCULATOR OR VDOT AS THE GOSPEL.

Why not? A few reasons:

1. Assuming perfect training –

Those calculators work through formulas based off the assumption that you are equally fit for all races and have had ideal training for the event you are making the prediction for. Why is this problematic?

Well, we know that not every training block looks the same. Depending on your life and your training schedule you might have been better prepared for…

Becky Taylor

I am a high school science educator and owner of Taylored Training. I work with athletes of all levels to reach goals of any size. www.tayloredtrainingrun.com

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