Can Music Help You Run Faster? Dr. Phil Maffetone Says “Not” When You’re Actually Running

Many runners depend on their tunes to get through their workouts. Other runners never run with music, using the syncopated beats of their breathing or footstriking as their private cadence-like metronome to propel them forward. So, is there a right way or wrong way when it comes to music and running?       ...

Getting in Marathon Race Shape

It’s a dilemma and challenge for many marathon runners. You have two important races that are only six weeks apart, and you want to perform well in both. Several weeks ago, I placed tenth overall in the Air Force Marathon. But come next weekend, I will be racing in the Marine Corps Marathon along with...

Flying High At 46!

I want to share with you the amazing story of Colonel Mike Wasson. Mike is a good friend and long-time United States Air Force teammate. We are the same age (46) and have shared similar experiences in our running and busy professional careers — trying to balance family, work, health, and running. Mike...

Was Ryan Hall’s DNF in the London Olympic Marathon Due to Overtraining or Shoe-Related?

U.S. runner Ryan Hall seemed like a lock for a top-ten finish at the London Olympic marathon. After all, eight months earlier in Houston, Texas. he had placed second in the Olympic marathon trials in 2:09.30. But to the amazement of many, Hall was a DNF in London, withdrawing around the 11-mile mark while...

Revisiting Triathlon After 17 Years: Triathletes are Still Overtraining!

It’s a pleasure to share this thought-provoking essay by Dr. Phil Maffetone with Natural Running Center readers. Phil’s reach into the world of triathlon began when the sport was still in its infancy; and thankfully, his influence continues to this day. There’s a reason why his teachings and writings on...

‪Video: Men’s Mile at the 2012 Nike Prefontaine Classic

At last week’s prestigious Prefontaine Classic track and field meet, James Kiplagat Magut of Kenya, leads the pack in the mile race, and eventually wins in 3:54.16; former Stanford star Russell Brown (on the outside) finished second in 3:54.48. Brown’s PR for the mile is 3:51.45
, and he now...

Building Speed Through Downhill Workouts

by Dr. Phil Maffetone. When all the training ingredients are in place, and your diet and stress are under control,your aerobic base. And as your workout pace increases, you develop more aerobic speed. This means you’ll be able to run at a faster pace with the same effort or heart rate. And, you’re...

The Sprinter

The following quotes about sprinting come from the soon-to-be published book, “1,001 Pearls of Runners’ Wisdom: Advice and Inspiration for the Open Road,” and edited by Bill Katovsky. The quotes themselves come from the fertile brain of Steven Sashen, 50, an All-American masters sprinter...