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Training for First Full Marathon with The Training Program in the Book

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shayne Francis Aug 9, 2015. 1 Reply

I have registered for my first full marathon, which will be in October, and I will be using the training program from the book to prepare for it. I am currently in Phase 2 of the program and will be…Continue

Tags: 2, Long, Run, Phase, Mileage

Pre-race Nutrition

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patrick Garrick Nov 5, 2014. 3 Replies

I am probably pretty well fat adapted, as I general eat a pretty low carb diet. Most pre race nutritional plans suggest heavy carb loading during the days preceding the race. For someone fat adapted…Continue

TCI Program and Injuries

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lori Enlow May 2, 2014. 12 Replies

I was in the middle of week 6 of the TCI training program when I injured my right achilles. I'm still not sure whether it is tendonitis or whether I strained it while running on a trail pocked by…Continue

5K During Week 4 of Phase I

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patrick Garrick Mar 25, 2014. 2 Replies

I have decided to do a 5K this weekend. It's nothing serious, but it is for my daughter's school. I am in week 4 of Phase I of TCI, which appears to be a "rest" week. Should I repeat the week after…Continue

Tags: schedule, TCI, 5k, race

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How many years have you been running?
What is your goal race for the year?
Kansas City Marathon
What is your greatest running accomplishment?
5+ minute PR in my second 1/2 Marathon
What is your "ultimate dream" running goal?
Boston Qualify

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Year Number 5

Posted on April 3, 2016 at 8:40am 2 Comments

I just caught Eric's interview on the Connect Run Podcast while on my 8-miler yesterday. Excellent interview, Eric! While listening, it reminded me of how far I had come as a runner since I started 5 years ago and how The Cool Impossible had helped become a better runner.

I was diagnosed with hypertension about 7 years ago at age 36. At the time, I was a smoker of 17 years, sitting around much of the day, and eating fast food regularly. Somehow, I had deluded myself…


Reaping the Benefits of TCI

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 10:30am 3 Comments

This is my second time through the TCI program. Last year, I focused mainly on transitioning to the forefoot strike and my form in general. I find that I am benefiting even more this season having already gone through the program once before.

I completed my 1-mile retest yesterday and was 55 seconds faster than I was when I tested at the beginning of this training period! That was in 20 mph winds also. When I started my training I wasn't sure how feasible my personal 5K goal was, but…


I love those 10 second sprints in Phase I!

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 12:03pm 3 Comments

I get to feel like a track star for a bit. :)

I am really enjoying my second time though the TCI program thus far. Last time it was all about adjusting to the form changes and getting used to running a little slower during most of my easy runs. This time, I have really been able to focus on the bigger picture. Instead of just trying to make sure I land on the forefoot and get my cadence down, I can really tune in to the entire form (stability, consistency, and…


My Cool Impossible Update

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 10:18am 3 Comments

Well, it was a great end to my season. I crushed my previous HM by over 5 minutes! Thanks to Eric for the book and his replies to this forum over the year as well as to all of you who have participated here. I am sore in all the right places this morning (calves, glutes, and hip flexors), so I know that I transitioned well.

Aside from the increased weekly mileage and the form tweaks, the rolling hills long runs in phase 2 helped e the most I believe, since my race had about 4 miles of…


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