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Jason Fitzgerald

Silver Spring, Maryland
Strength Running is a training resource for distance runners, helping you get stronger, stay healthy, and race faster. Founded by 2:44 marathoner Jason Fitzgerald, Strength Running provides coaching services and unique content on how to take your running to the next level.
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How to Prevent Shin Splints: Mike Young on Shin Splint Treatments, Causes, and Myths by Jason Fitzgerald Posted in: Blog Posts in Running In this article, you’ll learn how to prevent shin splints – even though it’s a tricky injury to treat. For a coach, shin splints are the most frustrating injury because ther ... Read on »
More Confidence, Faster Racing: How Kris Ran a 32 Minute Marathon PR by Jason Fitzgerald Posted in: Blog Posts in Running How confident are you as a runner? If you say something like this, you’ll make me smile like a proud coach: “My training has gone so well that I know I’ll run a PR – it’s ju ... Read on »
It’s Here: The “50 Inspiring Quotes” Free Ebook by Jason Fitzgerald Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Every so often, a run will leave you breathless. In this case, I mean that both figuratively and literally: This photo was taken at over 6,800 feet altitude in the foothills ... Read on »
3 Lessons Learned From Running in the Mile High City (and trail photos to make you drool) by Jason Fitzgerald Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Many of you know that I moved to Denver, Colorado this summer with my family. We’re in the heart of the city and loving it. But last May, I visited for three weeks and explo ... Read on »
What advice would you give a new runner about running injuries? by Jason Fitzgerald Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Let’s talk about your support network. Do you have one? Do you have an inner circle of trusted runners you can reach out to for advice? I’ve been fortunate to have had hundr ... Read on »
50 Quotes to Inspire You to Run Down Your Dreams (new ebook!) by Jason Fitzgerald Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I started Strength Running in 2010 to share my passion, expertise, and love of running with the world. For over four years, SR has grown in leaps and bounds and I’m thrilled ... Read on »
Fresh Foam, Fresh Feel: The New Balance 980 Trail Shoe Review by Jason Fitzgerald Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Earlier this year I mentioned that New Balance running shoes never resonated with me. But now, I’m loving them. First it was the New Balance 1400 (I’ve since bought another ... Read on »
Are Hill Sprints a Secret Weapon for Injury Prevention and Speed? by Jason Fitzgerald Posted in: Blog Posts in Running How many of us sprint on a regular basis? My guess: only a tiny minority of runners ever sprint. It’s important to understand the definition of the word sprint: it’s to run  ... Read on »
How to Become An Ultramarathoner: 5 No-BS Steps to Running Your First Ultra by Jason Fitzgerald Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Doug Hay is a 5-time ultramarathon finisher and the creator of the trail running blog, Rock Creek Runner. Just recently he finished the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile ... Read on »
The Uncanny “7 Strategies to Run Your Fastest Marathon” Podcast with Matt Frazier by Jason Fitzgerald Posted in: Blog Posts in Running The marathon: for many, it’s a mythical unicorn. Capturing a great performance can be elusive and may take years. Jason and Matt on the days they ran their fastest marathons ... Read on »
Struggle with Foot Injuries? Get Healthy With These Foot Exercises by Jason Fitzgerald Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Why do we ignore strength exercises for our feet when each foot contains more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments? The human foot is an anatomical miracle, able to supp ... Read on »
Frustrated, Slow and Injured: How DeAnne Got Healthy And Ran a 22 Minute PR by Jason Fitzgerald Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Transforming the lives of runners is why I love this job. Hearing the successes of my athletes gets me up in the morning and excited to get to work. Nearly every day my inbo ... Read on »
Change is a Good Thing: Announcing the Next Chapter of My Life by Jason Fitzgerald Posted in: Blog Posts in Running In the immortal words of C.S. Lewis: It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are li ... Read on »
How to Sleep Better, Faster, Longer: The Ultimate Guide to Hacking Your Sleep by Jason Fitzgerald Posted in: Blog Posts in Running “I call them business meetings,” pro marathoner Ryan Hall once said about his daily nap. Ryan is the fastest American marathoner and half marathoner of all-time and is so ad ... Read on »
The Importance of a Running Annual Review (here’s one of mine too) by Jason Fitzgerald Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Rarely do we take a meaningful amount of time and step back from the bustle of our daily lives to reflect on our accomplishments and progresss. But it’s a valuable tool that ... Read on »
9 Reasons You’re Running Slow (and how to fix them to get faster) by Jason Fitzgerald Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Isn’t it funny that when something isn’t working, most of us just “buckle down” and try harder (even if you’re lost doing the wrong thing)? But often “what got you here, won ... Read on »
When Are You Ready to Run a Marathon? by Jason Fitzgerald Posted in: Blog Posts in Running A few weeks ago a runner emailed me and said: “I started running a few weeks ago and I’m up to 9 miles per week with a 4 mile long run. I’m also working on increasing the ru ... Read on »
The 13 Weirdest Things Runners Do by Jason Fitzgerald Posted in: Blog Posts in Running If you run, you’re probably a huge weirdo. But don’t worry, I am too – and there’s safety in numbers so I’m glad you’re here! After running for 16 years, my life has become ... Read on »
The 5 Traits of a Good Running Coach (and when you should think twice) by Jason Fitzgerald Posted in: Blog Posts in Running In the fall of 2001 after the season’s first home cross country race, I went on a four mile warm-down with a few other runners from the Varsity team. After the run as we wer ... Read on »
Everything You Need to Know About Running in the Heat This Summer by Jason Fitzgerald Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Summer training ain’t easy. With skyrocketing temperatures, high humidity, and scorching sun it can feel like it’s impossible to get in a good run. A long run or fast workou ... Read on »