Understanding Endurance through the Lens of Muscle Fiber

Understanding Endurance through the Lens of Muscle Fiber

In this post we provide a baseline level of understanding of the physiology that allows–or limits–the ability to go far and fast. This is an essential building block toward understanding how a runner’s endurance and speed relate. And if your aim is to get across the finish line as quickly as possible, you need to develop not just the endurance to cover the distance, but the ability to cover it at your goal pace. We present here a modern understanding of the physiology of endurance and speed–one in which we can train them as two sides of the same coin. 
The Future Is Female Coaches - Alison Staples

The Future Is Female Coaches - Alison Staples

In The Future is Female Coaches series, we’re celebrating the women of our sports who are leading, inspiring, and making us all stronger. This week we’ve interviewed Alison Staples, the 5K and 10K coach at Charm City Run and current Half Marathon and Marathon coach for the Maryland chapter of Team in Training.
The Future is Female Coaches - Dani Filipek

The Future is Female Coaches - Dani Filipek

We continue our celebration of the women of our sport who are leading, inspiring, and making us all stronger this week with an interview with Bakline Ambassador Dani Filipek, who has experienced every facet of the sport from the middle school track team, to life as a professional runner. She currently coaches athletes at all levels for Luke Humphrey Running. 
What Are You Training For?

What Are You Training For?

Without mesocycles and training blocks to number our weeks and measure progress, it can be hard to stay focused, or even motivated to train. ‘What am I training for’? may even become a question we ask ourselves when there seems to be little point in getting out the door. There’s another way to look at this gap in the race schedule, though: instead of training for an uncertain finish line, we can train for the next starting line.
Tierney Wolfgram - Taking the Long View

Tierney Wolfgram - Taking the Long View

At the Olympic Trials on February 29th, sixteen year-old Tierney Wolfgram ran shoulder-to-shoulder with the top American women--many of them twice her age. We caught up with Tierney to find out what it's been like to make the switch from high school cross country practice to training for the Olympic Trials.
The Future is Female Coaches - Mary Johnson

The Future is Female Coaches - Mary Johnson

In The Future is Female Coaches series, we’re celebrating the women of our sport who are leading, inspiring, and making us all stronger. This week we’ve interviewed Mary Johnson, who wears many hats as a runner, strength coach, running coach, mom, and founder of Lift.Run.Perform.
Celebrating Boston - No Matter Where You Are

Celebrating Boston - No Matter Where You Are

We’re a little heartbroken not to be running Heartbreak Hill on Monday, but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the Boston Marathon. Whether you’re running your own solo race or just putting your feet up, we have some suggestions on how to get your Boston fix this weekend. 
Boston Marathon Course Strategy

Boston Marathon Course Strategy

Congratulations—you’ve made it! Just qualifying for the Boston Marathon is worth celebrating. Oftentimes, as marathoners who enjoy type-A fun activities (like marathons), we lose sight of how epic it is to even be at the start line and have the privilege to compete amongst the world’s best. Throw in the most unpredictable weather each year, and you’ve got yourself one of the most celebrated days in the running universe. Be prepared for the course and know what to expect!
2022 NYC Half Marathon Course Strategy

2022 NYC Half Marathon Course Strategy

Bakline's Official 2022 NYC Half Marathon course strategy post. NYRR has changed the course several times over the years. Fortunately, the 2022 course is the same as the last time we wrote this review for...2020. The race has been cancelled since then. This year, we return to the streets. This article is to help you prepare for the big day.
What Goes Into A Marathon Training Plan

What Goes Into A Marathon Training Plan

My college coach still holds a grudge against one of my teammates for asking, "Do you like... make up these workouts on the spot?" My teammate thought she was complimenting our coach in good fun, but the idea that he was just throwing workouts out there with no deeper thought was disconcerting, to say the least. It's a lesson that I took to heart, and still hold to this day: just because you "know your stuff" doesn't mean that you want to prescribe workouts on the fly.Writing marathon training plans is just about second nature to me at this point. But that doesn't mean that a lot of time, effort, and love will go into each and every plan. So how does a coach know what will work for you? Click "Read More" to see the full post.