Top Marathon Calculators

Reviews – VDOT – Jack Daniels’ Running Calculator

I have not tried the VDOT approach, but do intend to do more research into this program, but this is the calculator from the site that is the authority on Jack Daniels’ training methods.  Check out their site and here is their calculator.

Competitor Tool Shed with Pace Calculators

Competitor.com who is tied to all of the great RnR Marathons & Races has what they call their Toolshed. These are some basic pace calculators and a little confusing to use. The VDOT calculator is interesting and simple, so makes the calculators worth trying out.

Recent Reviews

Reviews – VDOT – Jack Daniels’ Running Calculator

I have not tried the VDOT approach, but do intend to do more research into this program, but this is the calculator from the site that is the authority on Jack Daniels’ training methods.  Check out their site and here is their calculator.

Review – Advanced Marathoning

For more advanced runners looking to set a new personal record, this is about as good as it gets.  This book covers every aspect from initially thinking of setting a PR, planning, preparation, race strategy and much much more.  This is a highly recommended book that is well worth the $20 or less you will need to pay for it.

Now, I just need to see if this will help me so I look like the people finishing on the cover vs. the completely non-photogenic pictures I am always faced with.

Highly recommend Advanced Marathoning!!!

Review – Runners World Book for Beginners

Big Book of Running for Beginners


This book is not as good as the Runners World calculators.  While the concept is great, they missed out on really connecting with the person looking to become a runner and tries to get them more into additional purchases.

While not a total waste of time, we would still recommend you try out some of the other options and methods out there first.  Perhaps Hansen’s.

Do you have a medal display?

Marathon Medal Frame

If you are like me, you spend a lot of time visualizing your times, pace and finish time. Once you finish, you think about what you need to do for the next race or marathon. Slower to start or more training for the final miles. You cherish the medal and it sits on the counter or desk for a while, then goes away into a drawer or box. Here is a great new solution for your medals. Let them out of the box!  These medal frames by Medal Blocks are simple to display and look awesome.  It is definitely the best medal display on the market.

Looking for a gift for a marathon runner. You can’t go wrong with this sleek & unique medal display!

Boston Marathon 2015 Qualifying Time and Pace

Now that the 2014 Boston Marathon has been completed, it is time to start planning on 2015.  While there have been changes to simplify the entry, it is still quite an achievement to run a qualifying time to have a chance.  Here are the Boston Marathon qualifying time and pace requirements for 2015.

Age

Men

Pace

Women

Pace

18-34

3:05

7:03

3:35

8:12

35-39

3:10

7:14

3:40

8:23

40-44

3:15

7:26

3:45

8:34

45-49

3:25

7:49

3:55

8:57

50-54

3:30

8:00

4:00

9:09

55-59

3:40

8:23

4:10

9:32

60-64

3:55

8:57

4:25

10:06

65-69

4:10

9:32

4:40

10:40

70-74

4:25

10:06

4:55

11:15

75-79

4:40

10:40

5:10

11:49

80+

4:55

11:15

5:25

12:23

 

Looking to Run a Marathon? Considering Jeff Galloway’s Program

Jeff Galloway’s Training Program is a very effective method for people who want to become good runners and even those who look forward to adding more miles to their running capability without facing fatigues and injuries. During the course the trainees are advised to work on their breathing rate following the ‘huff’ and ‘puff’ rule which requires you to take frequent walk breaks and slow down the pace. There is always an exam at the end of a ten week term, which is either a 5K or a 10k run.
This program is a smart way to run as it gives you a congnitive control over each workout that you carry out in the daily routine. It also allows couch potatoes to get rid of their lazyness and become good runners making it a good program for beginners. The non stop runners can also benefit from this program as they get motivated to add extra miles, preparing themselves for marathons and helping them improve the finish times in all races. It allows the runners to gain control over fatigues and experience less stress on the weak links.
This training program focuses mainly on taking frequent breaks, which helps to conserve the energy stored in your body that allows you to run longer distanced preventing injury. It helps break up the distances into manageable units, reducing the chances of aches, pains and allows speedy recovery. There are many runners who successfully use this method and there has not been much complaints about it. The Galloway’s website also offers electronic watches that beep when its time to switch and you can also keep track of the time spent running or walking. According to different coaches, Galloway’s plans are a great success and it’s a very effective strategy to increase mileage to the longer distance races.

Hanson’s Marathon Method Review

Review of Hanson’s Running Method Book

I am a big fan of the Hanson’s Marathon Method.  Coming from somebody who hasn’t run more than 18 miles as a training run prior to my last 5 marathons, I agree that the long run is not a mandatory part of any marathon training program.  While my decision not to run the long runs is more out of necessity as I don’t have the time for them, I also agree that the traditional preparation for a marathon is outdated.  This is a great program as it does focus on the quality of your plan versus the buildup and quantity of the miles.

If the book is not enough, Hanson’s coaching plans start at just $25/month.