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…


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…


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. …


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…


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…

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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