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Training for the Long Run

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I’ve been fortunate to have remained healthy, motivated and passionate about long-distance running over the years. I believe some of this longevity is due to training principles and guidelines derived from years of success and failure.

March 2015

  • Training for the Long Run
  • Wool Running Apparel Review
  • Modeling Values in the Ultra Community
  • The Race Is the Reward
  • Fat Burning: A How-to Guide
  • Ultrarunning and Burnout
  • The Rise of the Running Camp
  • The Real Badwater
  • A Purpose for Every Run


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