Introducing, RunTuff (again!)

Until recently, RunTuff was the personal website of Steve Perks, who allowed me to usurp it for my coaching services at the suggestion of Josh Perks. I am very thankful for this, as I did not have to worry about coming up with a clever name or going through all the trouble of getting a website up and running. A few weeks ago, Josh re-organized his websites and handed over RunTuff.com to me after archiving Read more…

Ruth Shields’ Syracuse half marathon Race Report

Editor’s (aka Matt’s) note: I asked Ruth to write a race report for the recent Syracuse Half Marathon because I felt that this race was the culmination of all her hard work recently, and perfectly reflected how she has been able to improve and smash her goals. Please take all her kind remarks about me with a grain of salt, as she is obviously still on a PR high. Now, on to her report! I’ve Read more…

Age and training

When I was in my twenties, training was easy. I would just run as many miles as I could, and complete progressively harder and bigger workouts leading up to a goal race. Then, after a brief respite, I would start all over again, trying to get just a few more miles per week out of my legs than I did in the previous cycle. It was time consuming, and it took a lot of effort, Read more…

The triathlon… waits another year

For the three of you that read this blog, you know that I had idiotically signed up for a sprint triathlon this year. I wanted to do something outside my comfort zone, and that would encourage me to do some cross training and learn how to swim. Well, I got out of my comfort zone, I did some more cross training, but that last item is a bit of a sticky one. Even after going Read more…

Recent race results

I’ve been remiss in posting race results lately, so here are a few RunTuff performances from the past few weeks: Ruth Shields ran the Emily McWilliams memorial mile in 7:30 on June 27th.Ann Lynn ran the Revolutionary Run 5K on July 4th in high temperatures and humidity in 33:07.Crys Holm suffered through hellish conditions on July 6th to complete the Sodus Bay Lighthouse 5K in 46:28.Ruth Shields ran the world-famous Delta Chicken Run 5K in Read more…

Post Boilermaker Thoughts

This past Sunday was the Utica Boilermaker 15K, which I have run every year since 2001. In 2006, I ran under an hour for the first time, and ever since then I have tried to equal or surpass that feat. My times have ranged from 54 minutes on an uncommonly cool day, to 59 minutes after bopping around Europe for two and a half weeks prior to race day. This year, I knew I was Read more…

Triathlons are dumb

Well, that got your attention, didn’t it? You may think that I am just using a clickbait title, and here I will explain how actually, I think they are not dumb, and all will be happy and shiny. But that’s not the case. I’m sticking by my opinion, and that is: triathlons are dumb. But you see, I am also of the belief that marathons are dumb, and ultramarathons are dumb, and lots of things Read more…

Newport Marathon race report

I don’t write a lot of race reports these days, mostly because I haven;t done any races that I thought worthy of an actual write-up afterward. But I feel that it would be good for me to write up a recap of the Newport Marathon in Oregon. My training leading up to this race has been sporadic at best. I spent much of last fall and winter enjoying a bit of a hiatus from hard Read more…

Tapering is for chumps!

Okay, now that I have your attention, let me explain myself. Tapering is most assuredly not for chumps, and is practically a requirement for running a good marathon. But I am not going to taper for the Newport Marathon on June 1st. Why not, you may ask? Because my training has been so sporadic and minimal, that a taper would make no sense, given the lack of volume I am running right now. Consider: before Read more…

Team RunTuff tenaciously tackles tough ten-milers

All alliteration aside (see what I did there?), two RunTuff athletes performed very well on May 5th at two different 10-mile races. Ruth Shields went to Syracuse to run the notoriously challenging and hilly Mountain Goat 10-miler, and smashed her goal of 90 minutes by running a superb 1:27:22! Ruth continues to impress me with her toughness and great attitude. Next up for her are the three upcoming Rochester Runner of the Year races in Read more…

It’s all about the gains, baby!

Over the past few years, I have tried various strength routines in an attempt to not only get stronger, but to become more injury-proof as well. I even have a strength training for distance runners plan that I have used in the past. But I find myself doing that less and less these days, and trying other plans. Brad Stuhlberg’s Minimalist Strength Workout seems to be the best one so far. Now, pundits will claim Read more…