Taper Week vs. Recovery Week


There seems to be a growing confusion lately with what to do the week leading into a race. I see Instagram pictures of what appears to be a vacation which their lack of Strava updates confirm and is closely followed by a “Well, my legs just felt flat today” post-race depression. Ever experienced this? Well maybe your taper was to blame.

Photo campaign #runthissummer and share your moments


Summertime is holiday time. As well as running time? There are probably two types of people: some use their spare time to excessively dedicate themselves to training. However, there surely are those amongst you, who, once on holiday, take a break from training as well, even if they are actually training for a goal set up for autumn. 

The reasons and excuses for refraining from training during summer/holiday time are manifold: day trips, a day by the outdoor pool, a barbecue in the evening, travelling, lack of a suitable running course on holidays, and many more. Here are some pieces of “run-this-summer” advice, showing you how to combine holidays with running training: a win-win situation.

No matter if you are a summer training champion or if you always find excuses for postponing running sessions by one, two or several days-  document your summer-running moments and share them with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or send them to us by e-mail.

You can win 3 Polar Bluetooth heart rate belts, 1 Salomon running backpack, 3 mini band sets, 3 Running.COACH sets and 4 Bronze Subscriptions (2x 3 months and 2x 6 months).

You can find all information on the photo campaign #runthissummer below.

Run-this-summer advice

  • Take advantage of the fact that summer is the brightest time of the year and run early in the morning, before breakfast, if possible: The feeling after an active start of the day is wonderful and guarantees a good mood for the whole day. Furthermore, it is not too hot yet and the rest of the day can be filled with other activities.
  • Combine your visit at the outdoor pool with a training session. Why not run there? You’ll be rewarded a comfortable refreshment afterwards.
  • Active day trips: Go to places by bike and use this as an alternative base training.
  • Explore your holiday environment: There is nothing more exciting than training in a new running environment. Why not conduct your sightseeing while jogging for a change? Don’t forget your cell phone, in order for you to be able to take pictures and to have a map with you just in case.
  • Run along the beach: An awesome feeling that has to be taken advantage of when being on beach holidays. Why not try running with barefoot?
  • Swimming, Aquajogging and water gymnastics are good alternative forms of training for summer.
  • Replace your running session with a short strength session by the outdoor pool or at the beach. Use your own body weight and bring your Minibands (see photo above).
  • And most importantly: Have fun and enjoy summertime. We would like to see that in your pictures, too.

Photo campaign: #runthissummer

How do you train in summer? Do you execute any of the run-the-summer tips or can you come up with further ones?

No matter whether at home, far away, in a city, in the mountains or on the beach: capture your summer running moments and share them with us on

Facebook: Tag Running.Coach in your post

Instagram: Mention us (@running.coach) in your post and use the hashtag #runthissummer

Twitter: Direct your tweet to us (@runningcoach_me) and use the hashtag #runthissummer

Or send us your photos by e-mail: info@runinngcoach.me

The photo campaign lasts until 14 August 2016. We will be regularly re-posting the best photos on social media and later show them in a picture gallery. The winning photos are chosen by a jury and published by the end of August 2016.

And don’t forget: #runthissummer!

Pacing Strategies: What Runner Type are You?


It’s competition time. The hard training weeks are behind you. Now, it is important to recover well and to turn your training into results. One decisive factor in order to succeed is your strategy for the race. Competitions are all about finding the right pace.