What Kind of Athlete Are You?

  It’s always a little bit hard when an athlete I have been coaching makes a decision to move on. Whenever it happens (and it’s obviously happened plenty in my now almost 20-year career as a coach), I’ve learned not to take their decision personally, yet I’ve learned it can be a great opportunity to […]
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Feeling Stuck? (TIPS On How To Manage The Inevitable Ups and Downs)

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain Have you ever felt discouraged that things don’t seem to […]
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Can You Become A Better Runner?

Whether its right here in our Pursuit lab during a gait analysis, or out on the trail or road or over a beer at the local pub, I always, ALWAYS relish the opportunity to talk to anyone about running. (Anyone who knows me KNOWS how much I can talk, talk, and talk some more about […]
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Class Is In Session! Get Your Learning and Fun On!

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” – Albert Einstein “Caveat Emptor” – Latin for let the buyer beware Hi Everyone! Coach Al here. Today I’m jumping up onto my soapbox. I guess I’m a little tired of looking around me (and online as well) at coaches and […]
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The Challenge of Changing Beliefs and Perceptions in Athletes

Musings from Coach Al True or false? Pain in the joints or muscles when exercising is normal. Being “tough” and training through pain or injury is sometimes necessary, and should be considered a source of pride. Strength training is not necessary for runners or triathletes. Stretching should not be targeted to particular areas. One must […]
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What Is YOUR Biggest Priority?

  A runner reached out to me recently because he has chronic hip pain and hasn’t been able to train consistently. He was frustrated and clearly not happy. I did a quick screen to look at his movement quality, and noticed among other things, that he had some muscle imbalances including some very short calves. […]
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Racing Tips and Two FREE Bonuses

In response to a recent survey I sent out to some athletes on our mailing list, many told me how frustrated they are with an on again-off again running injury cycle. Quite a few also said they have learned the hard way that when they're injured, they can't train, and when they can't train, they can't improve.
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Can an “old” injury literally haunt you for years?

Let’s say you’re walking down the sidewalk one day and you get a tiny little pebble inside of your shoe. You feel it instantly, and it hurts for a moment. You might even yell, “ouch!” So you stop. Take off your shoe and turn it upside down and shake. The pebble falls out. No big […]
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