Author Archives: 'Marathon' Matt Forsman

A Few Strategies to Beat the Heat

I grew up in Kansas. I could always count on summers that were brutally hot and humid. Doing anything during the summer was tough, let alone running. My first few attempts were disastrous. I wilted in the face of the tough conditions and was reduced to walking. But, these initial, painful, abortive attempts provided some […]

Rock Your Recovery!

The act of running is demanding. Every footstrike delivers anywhere from three to seven times your body weight in impact force. Running breaks your body down. The demands of running can dehydrate you, deplete your glycogen stores, create microtears in muscle fiber, and (temporarily) compromise your immune system. While you need to log the miles […]

How to Crush Your Track Workout

Every runner I meet wants to get faster. There are numerous ways to address your need for speed. But, spending some quality time at the track is one of the best ways to find that extra gear or two. But, the track is daunting. The ominous oval promises discomfort, hard work, sweat, and fatigue. It’s […]

An Ode to the Running Club

I had a jarring experience recently. Someone asked me what the difference was between a meetup group and my run club. I wasn’t taken aback by his inquiry necessarily. I got what he was driving at. He ran with a meetup group or a running crew previously, but had never been part of a club. […]

What’s It Like to Produce a Race? It’s a Marathon!

Years ago, I watched an inspiring documentary called Run For Your Life. While the film involves running, it’s largely about an eccentric character named Fred Lebow. Through hustle, creativity, and chutzpah, Fred managed to create a little event called The New York City Marathon. Fred’s story lit a fire under me. I loved the idea […]

A Few Running Setbacks and How to Deal With Them

While virtually every runner I work with has a unique story, there’s a common theme that comes up no matter who I am helping. Every runner wants to avoid injury while running at a high level. I always struggle with how to address this idea when it comes up. I gently try to convey the […]

How to Have Your Best Run Ever

If you’ve been a runner for any amount of time, you’ve likely experienced a run or two that was less than stellar. Similarly, you’ve probably had a few runs that were transcendent, amazing experiences. It’s not always easy to hone in on why one run set your world on fire and another one burnt you […]

Are You Overdosing on Running?

I am an addict. My addiction is one that is likely familiar to you. It’s running. It could be worse. As far as addictions go, running is about as good as it gets. Running slows the aging process. It stimulates brain cell growth. It bolsters your immune system. There are innumerable benefits to running. But, […]

A Handful of Reasons Why the Half Rocks

The marathon gets all the glory. Dreams of conquering 26.2 inspire countless to lace up and run every day. The marathon is glorious, but you can’t get there effectively without completing a few intermediary steps. One of these big intermediary steps is conquering a half marathon (or two). You’re not really ready for 26.2 unless […]