Run to the Top Extra Kick Podcast | Answers to Your Running Questions

Your running questions answered by our expert coaching staff 5 days per week
RSS Feed
Run to the Top Extra Kick Podcast | Answers to Your Running Questions

All Episodes
Now displaying: Page 7
May 17, 2017

Our days are composed of a lot of ups and downs, and these are a product of different physiological processes following a 24-hour ‚Äúcircadian rhythm". 

So how should you time your run to ensure you feel great and get the biggest bang for your buck?

Coach Hayley answers this question for you in today's daily podcast.

May 16, 2017


Cadence, stability, and foot strike are three of the most important components of your biomechanics, and improving them can lead to fewer injuries and faster times.

But what can you do to better your running form?

Coach Hayley answers this question for you in today's daily podcast.

May 15, 2017

Pace, speed, heart rate, cadence...These are just a few of the data points smart watches provide us these days post run.

But, which ones are the most important?

Whether you just want to save and remember the most important data points or you're focusing on taking actionable steps with your data, this can be important.

Coach Hayley answers this question for you in today's daily podcast.

May 12, 2017

How do you run a marathon by feel?

What should your breathing be like? How will it change as the race progresses?

Many racers who want to run more instinctively have this question and Coach Danny helps you devise a race plan in today's daily podcast


May 11, 2017

Are there strength training moves specific for training and adapting the muscles you'll be using during a hilly race?

You betcha! And Coach Danny is here in today's daily podcast to help you develop a plan for which ones to include in your training.


May 10, 2017

You might have read or been told that it's not a bad idea to choose entirely different models and/or brands of shoes to serve during a training cycle.

For instance, if you have three pairs, maybe have two alike and a third that is different, the theory being that it might help prevent injuries by making the muscles work slightly differently while supporting you in a different shoe.

Is this true? Are there any benefits to training with different shoe models?

Coach Danny answers this question in today's daily podcast

May 9, 2017

Today we received a great question from Susan:

"I read from a couple different sources that if you are sore after a marathon then you didn't train enough to simulate the race.

Basically said that training wasn't ideal or perfect if you are sore. I followed your training plan really close and I was really sore post race. I didn't even "race" the marathon.

What are your thoughts?"

Coach Danny tackles this question in today's daily episode.

May 8, 2017

Recovery boots are one of the latest gadgets to hit the market.

Promising faster recovery and better workouts, they could be the trick to training harder and easing the stress of long runs and harder workouts.

But, do they actually work?

Coach Danny answers that question in today's daily podcast

May 5, 2017

We all know that training for the marathon leads to numerous physical adaptations and benefits that make you a better runner.

But, what about during the race itself?

Does racing 26.2 miles make you fitter? Or, does the extreme distance negate any of the benefits?

Coach Michael shares his knowledge and helps answer this great question.

May 4, 2017

How should you feel after a workout or long run?

We talk a lot about how certain runs should feel when you're doing them, but what should it feel like after the run, later in the day.

For example, if you feel flat or need a nap later in the day after an interval workout, are these warning signs or par for the course?

Listen to Coach Michael give his advice in today's daily podcast

May 3, 2017

Too often, runners find one race distance they like and continue to train for that one distance repeatedly.

This can lead to burnout and stagnated results.

So, how do you fit in training for two marathons a year?

How do you balance overall progression with training for the specific demands of the race?

How can you structure your yearly training calendar to optimize your results and training?

Coach Michael answers all these questions for you in today's daily podcast.



May 2, 2017

Why do your shoulders and arms get so sore when you run?

Is it the way you're holding them? Your running form? Weakness in that area you need to strength train? Something else?

Coach Michael digs into the science to help answer this question.

May 1, 2017

Maybe you want to add some additional aerobic training without increasing the pounding on your legs.

Perhaps you need to add some cross training to stay healthy.

Or maybe a triathlon is on your mind in the future and adding some biking will help you stay fit.

Whatever your reasoning, what's the best way to incorporate cycling into marathon training?

Coach Michael shares his insights

Apr 28, 2017

What should you do when your iron (ferritin) levels are low and you can't seem to get them up while you continue running?

Should you rest? If so, what happens to your fitness?

If you try to train through, how long will it take your iron levels to return to a healthy level?

Coach Claire helps you figure out this complex issue in today's daily podcast episode.

Apr 27, 2017

How do you properly fuel for the marathon?

It's a loaded question with lots of subset questions?

How do typical recommendations change based on your weight, tolerance for taking in fluids and gels, and how long it will take you to finish?

What do the signals your body give you, such as feeling nauseated or having a full stomach, actually mean?

Coach Claire dives into all the details to help you setup a nutrition plan to meet your fueling needs.


Apr 26, 2017

When racing, especially during a longer race like the marathon or half marathon, is it better to use your GPS watch or race by feel?

What are the pros and cons to both methods?

Coach Claire helps you determine which is best for you, how to blend the two approaches, and ensure you execute your race plan.


Apr 25, 2017

It's one of the most common questions we get - how do you lose weight without sacrificing your running performance?

Truth is, it's a difficult balance. But, if you have the right information and a solid plan in place, it is indeed possible.

Coach Claire walks you through exactly how you need to approach this tough task so you can accomplish both of your goals - running well and losing weight.

And, if you want more info, you can join us for our Running Nutrition Summit May 5th-7th:


Apr 24, 2017

How do you prepare yourself for a cold weather race when you're training in hot conditions?

Maybe you're training all summer or in a warm part of the country for a potentially cold fall race or winter race. You don't want to get shocked by the cold temperatures and have it impact your performance.

Coach Claire gives you her advice on how to adapt your training.

Apr 21, 2017

Let's face it, carrying water with you during your run can be difficult.

So, are there ant tricks or tips you can learn to make it easier?

Coach Jeff gives his opinion in today's daily podcast.

Apr 20, 2017

Have you noticed that sometimes your heart rate seems to rise throughout a run, even when you keep the pace the same?

This is called cardiac drift and it's extremely important to understand for runners who train by heart rate.

Coach Jeff explains why and how to counteract this in your training.

Apr 19, 2017

Have you ever finished a long run or tough workout and know you have to refuel, but you're just not hungry?

This actually happens a lot (and we'll explain why).

Plus, if this does happen to you, what should you do? Coach Jeff gives you some awesome tips to get through these days and still ensure you recover properly.

Apr 18, 2017

Injuries suck.

Cross training is never going to be as fun as running, but if you do it right, you could come back stronger and faster.

So, the question is - what is the most effective type of cross training. The ellitpical or aqua jogging?

We dig into the research on both, outline the pros and cons, and give you some effective cross training workouts.

Apr 17, 2017

Is it advisable to do speed workouts when the weather gets in the 80's or 90's?

Or one can continue with only aerobic workouts?

With summer approaching soon for many, this is an important question and critical to talk about when it comes to training smart in the summer.

Coach Jeff gives you the in-depth answer and some really nifty tips to make your workouts in the heat much easier.

Apr 14, 2017

Most runners have been there. You just start your run and all of a sudden your stomach starts turning and soon you have a full on stomach ache.

So, how do you prevent an upset stomach when running?

What can you do before and during your run to make sure you don't suffer again?

Coach Michael gives his thoughts and advice in today's daily podcast.

Apr 13, 2017

How do you structure a 10k training plan for maximize effectiveness?

What should your speed workouts look like? What about your long runs? Oh, and mileage too!

Coach Michael breaks down how to approach creating your own 10k training plan in today's daily podcast.

1 « Previous 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next » 10