There are a lot of ways runners can spend a lot of money to enhance their running: top of the line shoes, fancy technical apparel, recovery tools, even special sports performance analyses. With all of the ways you can spend a lot of money as a runner, it’s nice to have some free resources to turn to. In this post, I’ve compiled what I think are the best free Internet resources for runners. I hope you find them as helpful as I have!
McMillan Training Calculator – The McMillan Training Calculator is wonderful for figuring out what pace you should be doing your training runs at, as well as predicting finish times for different distances based on a recent race. When training for my marathon PR, I ran a 10K tuneup race at a shorter distance and plug that time into the McMillan Calculator to make sure I was at the right fitness level to break 4 hours when I ran my marathon. Knowing that my fitness was where it should be gave me a lot of confidence going into my marathon, which really helped me on race day.
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Runner’s World What to Wear Tool – I consult the What to Wear tool all the time when I’m not sure if I should wear a short sleeve or long sleeve shirt or how many layers I should wear in the winter. I always check to see what I should be wearing on race day with this too, too.
Hal Higdon’s Training Programs – I’ve trained for a couple of races following Hal Higdon’s programs, and I know several serious runners (many BQs under the belt, etc.) who swear by them. Best of all, they’re on his website for free!
Marathon Guide and Half Marathon Guide – Sometimes you want to run a race at a particular time, but don’t know of any races that are held during that time of year. Or, you may want to be thinking of a backup race in case of bad weather during your goal race. I love Marathon and Half Marathon Guide because they contain a complete list by date and by state of all of the marathons and half marathons, respectively, in the US and several locations in other parts of the world. Some races are also rated so you know what to expect, or whether you want to spend your money on the race in the first place.
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Runners: Would you add anything to this list?
Have you ever used any of these resources?