Pete Tanguay


Garmin Report – Report the score

by on Feb.21, 2010, under Training Runs, Wisdom

Accidentally clicked on the running folder in my Garmin software and saw my total mileage and calories burned since I started using it in late February 2008.  Kind of mind boggling.  This device is a testimonial to the truth – “Know the Score, Report the Score and the Score will Improve”

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Thoughts on improving running

by on Dec.22, 2009, under Wisdom

I recently asked a very accomplished running friend some advice on training and getting faster at my running.  He had a lot of good tips, but also some excellent quotes/thoughts that I enjoyed:

“You just have to train hard and believe that the breakthrough is around the corner.”

“Your body has to be convinced your really serious before allowing for the physiological adaptations that permit you to reach a new level.”

So, patience is a big piece to the puzzle that’s not talked about enough.

Remember these words from the running doctor, George Sheehan, when he wrote, “What should I do after running a marathon?” Sheehan anwers his own question with “Run another, and another, and find that much more about myself.” With experience comes faster times. Sheehan would agree that repeatedly putting yourself through this cycle, You will “become the person you were meant to be.”

Thanks Bob.
(read about his 2007 Kona Ironman)

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Yasso 800’s

by on Jan.11, 2009, under Wisdom

I was talking to someone who has qualified for and run the Boston Marathon and asked her advice. She said the key workout was the weekly Yasso 800’s. Basically if you want to run a 3:35 marathon, you need to be able to run 10 800’s in 3 minutes and 35 seconds each with a 3 minute 35 second rest between them. 800 meters is about 1/2 mile. Start with 4 the first week and add one each week until you get to ten, which should be a couple weeks before your race. Bart Yasso was the race services director for Runners World and a you can click here for a link to an article about this.

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Jimmy Green Training Advice

by on Jan.10, 2009, under Wisdom

Had a great talk with Jimmy Green this morning at breakfast. He’s been out
of running for the past few years but when he was running, he trained hard
and was very successful at short and long distances. Here is some of his

  • You have to train fast to race fast.
  • Warm up the first mile or so and then start your watch.
  • Set your goal pace and then increase your distance at that pace until
    you are at the distance you want to run this pace at. For example, if you
    want to do a 3:30 marathon, get used to an 8 minute pace at 3 miles, then
    go to 5, 7, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20. If you can’t sustain it at the higher
    miles, go back down and start over.
  • Run the last mile all out on every run.
  • Run a lot of races. When he was running, he tried to do a race every
    weekend if there was one. He especially liked the 5k and 10k races.
  • Speed work is critical, try to do it twice a week. Your body has to
    learn to run faster. If you train at a certain pace all the time your body
    will lock in to that pace. Speed work breaks that lock.
  • Lose weight. Every pound you do not have to carry makes you faster.
    Period. You can’t starve weight off, you have to work it off. At his
    training peak he ate 2 eggs and toast for breakfast, chicken breast and
    salad with lowfat dressing on the side for lunch and tuna salad for dinner.
    On Sunday he ate whatever he wanted and as much as he wanted. Said that one
    day a week splurge is fine as your body won’t know what to do with it and
    will shed it.
  • Building strength in the gym was a key part of his training.
  • Talking with him affirmed the value of talking to experience. There is a
    lot of good training literature out there, and most of what he said is in
    line with it. However, to be able to sit at Stoby’s on Saturday morning and
    hear the life experiences of someone who ran a 3:14 marathon and was among
    the people who started the Conway running club 18 years ago is priceless.

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    Lengthen the back of your neck

    by on Jan.05, 2009, under Wisdom

    Excellent posture video to help with posture, especially when running, in Danny’s Chi Running blog. Basically he says to work on lengthening the back of your neck to keep your body aligned, increase your lung capacity by up to 30% and improve your posture/running.

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    Staying warm and cool

    by on Jan.04, 2009, under Wisdom

    Conversation with Jeff, Dana and Christian after running: When running in the cold, if you head out to run and you are warm, you have too much on. Protect your head as that is where you lose heat first. Keep your body evenly covered as large muscles in the legs will lose a lot of heat, even though they don’t feel cold. The body will try to keep the heat to the extremeties first. In the summer time, don’t wear a hat as you want to lose heat. Consider switching to a visor.

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