“Barefoot” Running Step by Step

by Rachel Coleman, Featured Athlete | In April I ran the 2010 Salt Lake City Half Marathon “barefoot.” I was running the race with my husband, Aaron, my thirteen-year-old daughter, Leah, while pushing my ten-year-old daughter, Lucy, in a jog stroller and that combination took most of my attention. It was only around mile 10 that I even remembered that I was running the race “barefoot” and smiled that something that had seemed like such a big deal only four months back had almost gone unnoticed…

Training for a Marathon: Part 3

by Sage Rountree, USA Triathlon Certified Expert Coach & Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher | Congratulations—you’ve made it through the sometimes grueling, always interesting process of training to run 26.2 miles. The race is fast approaching, and your nerves are probably getting frazzled. Let’s look at what you can do on race week and race day to have the best possible experience and finishing time.

Training for a Marathon: Part 2

by Sage Rountree, USA Triathlon Certified Expert Coach & Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher | As you move deeper into marathon training, you’ll need to pay special attention to taking care of yourself while you handle the workload. Proper nutrition and rest are critical, and they’re the focus of this piece…

Training for a Marathon: Part 1

by Sage Rountree, USA Triathlon Certified Expert Coach & Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher | The marathon is a rite of passage for serious runners and for many non-runners, too: 26.2 miles of self-examination and self-knowledge. It’s also a doable goal for almost everyone, given the right circumstances and build-up. In this series, I’ll talk you through the process…

Get a Running Start

by Sage Rountree, USA Triathlon Certified Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher
Here on Athleta Chi, you’ll find my plans to get you through a fast 5K, 10K, or half marathon race. But if you’re not already running, that doesn’t mean it’s out of reach…

Training for a Half Marathon

By Sage Rountree, USA Triathlon Certified Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher
The half marathon suffers from its label as half. Completing this distance is an accomplishment belittled by the name of the race—it feels like a whole adventure, not half of anything. At the same time, this is a distance that most runners can accomplish without undue trouble. You—yes, you—can probably finish a half feeling good…

Training for a 10K

By Sage Rountree, USA Triathlon Certified Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher
Ready to build on your 5K success? Running a 10K requires more sustained focus than the 5K. You’ll probably learn some interesting facts about yourself and how you handle intensity, and this in turn gives you more strength in all areas of your life…

Training For a 5K

By Sage Rountree, USA Triathlon Certified Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher
Maybe you used to run but got out of the habit when life got in the way. Maybe you’re happy with your current gym routine and the occasional jog. Maybe you already run some and feel intrigued by the stories of your friends who run marathons. Training for a 5K is a great place to start your trip to becoming a runner…