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Karl Gruber

Karl Gruber
Karl Gruber has been a runner for 35+ years, and has logged over 50,000 miles of running. He has completed 78 marathons and 2 Half Iron Man triathlons. In 1996-’97, Gruber successfully ran and completed 52 marathons in 52 weeks to raise money and awareness for leukemia research. He is the author of the book Running For Their Lives, and he continues to run on a daily basis for his health, wellbeing and sanity. 

Hard Workouts to Improve Lactic-Acid Threshold

by Karl Gruber
Coach Karl Gruber knows lactic acid may not be the main reason for post-marathon soreness, but it still is a contributor to soreness. If you would like to improve your lactate threshold, shorter, harder workouts like a one-mile race could help to improve your body's capacity to use it for fuel. Read more

Marathon Done? Start Again!

by Karl Gruber
Soon after completing a half or full marathon, the majority of runners get the itch to do the whole thing over. Coach Karl Gruber encourages you to get back at it to maintain your physical fitness level and continuing to enjoy the runner lifestyle and camaraderie of the running community. Read more

How to Deal With the Post-Race Blues

by Karl Gruber
Well, you did it! Yes, that marathon or half marathon is now in your rear view mirror. While the feeling of satisfaction comes any time you conquer the beast known as the full or half marathon, coach Karl Gruber says you should also expect the post-race blues after every race. Read more
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How a Race Course is Measured

by Karl Gruber
Anyone who has run a race wearing a GPS to record their stats, including run distance, will swear up, down and backwards that the course was too long. Coach Karl Gruber's piece of advice is to not stress over what your GPS says about the length of the race course. Read more

Marathon Crunch Time

by Karl Gruber
You can use any term you want to describe the final month of training - peaking, final prep, fine tuning, crunch time, etc. What really matters is that you focus both physically and mentally with laser-like intensity to get ready to race as well as you possibly can. Read more

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