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Running Basics Interactive Online CEU Course

I'm excited to announce the launch of my new interactive online Running Basics CEU course available through National Personal Training Institute Global. (Earn CEU credits for NASM, AFFA, and NATIONALPTI)! This course will help fitness professionals, personal trainers, fitness trainers, and coaches feel more confident working with runners, better meet the fitness needs of their running clients, and widen their client base by offering programs designed for runners of all levels. Through 1...
Tags: Fitness, Sport, Running, Exercise, Run, Personal Trainer, NASM, Running Coach, Runner, Runnerdude, Runnerdudes Fitness, Continuing Education, CEU, NASM AFFA, Affa, Nationalpti


New "Running Basics" CEU Course!

  Excited to announce the launch of my new Running Basics CEU course available through National Personal Training Institute Global. (Earn CEU credits for NASM, AFFA, and NATIONALPTI) This course will help fitness professionals, personal trainers, fitness trainers, and coaches feel more confident working with runners, better meet the fitness needs of their running clients, and widen their client base by offering programs designed for runners of all levels. Through 1/19 you can save 30% of the reg...
Tags: Sport, Running, Run, Fitness Trainer, Personal Trainer, Running Coach, Runner, Runnerdude, Runnerdudes Fitness, Continuing Education, CEU, Continuing Education Unit, Running Basics, Running Unit, NASM AFFA


Ask the Coach: What's the Best Fuel?

As a running coach, one of the most asked questions I get (especially among my race trainees) is, "What's the best fuel, fat or carbs?"I learned along time ago, that like politics, food can be a very emotional topic for people. So, I'm not here to say one fuel is bad and one fuel is good. I can share from personal experience and from the research which tends to be better for a runner. As an individual, you an decide what's best for you. And as always, consult with your physician and/or registere...
Tags: Sport, Fats, Carbohydrates, Running, Run, Carbs, Burke, Zinn, Marathon Training, Running Coach, Runner, Runnerdude, Race Training, Running Tips, RunGreensboro, Ask The Coach


Don't Forget To Shop Local

Small Business Saturday is in November, but you don't have to wait until one special day to support local businesses. Today while buying my morning coffee, I realized I was basically a small-business billboard today. Almost everything I was wearing was purchased locally and I myself am the owner of a small business. It's easy to be lured to the big box stores or the online giants, but small business is a vital part of the local economy. Many small business invest back into the local communi...
Tags: Fitness, Small Business, Sport, Running, Run, NC, Triad, Greensboro, Running Coach, Runner, Runnerdude, Runnerdudes Fitness, Shop Local, Omega Sports, Mindful Supply co, Team Smiley


Why Do You Run?

It's hard to believe I've been running for 35 years. I known so many people over the years who have tested the running waters, and have left the sport for one reason or another. Of course my job as a running coach keeps in running, but I have 25 years of running under my belt when I wasn't a coach. So what's kept me running?  Sure, I run for the health benefits. Sure, I run to help keep my weight in check. Sure, I run to help keep my 54-year-old self in shape. But I'm not so sure those are...
Tags: Sport, Running, Run, Greensboro NC, Running Coach, Runner, Runnerdude, Running Inspiration, Running Motivation, Runnerdudes Fitness, Run Coach, RunGreensboro, Rungso


Hitting the Training Wall?

Many half or full marathoners can attest to hitting a wall of self-doubt that smacks them in the face about halfway through their training.For first-time half marathoners it's often around mile nine. For first-time marathoners it's often around mile 15, 16, or 17.Things are going just dandy in their training  and then all of the sudden, they have a tough run and reality smacks them in the face. "Oh my God! That was hard!" How am I ever going to run 10 or 11 more miles!"This experience is pretty ...
Tags: Sport, Running, Marathon, Run, Half Marathon, Marathon Training, Running Coach, Runner, Runnerdude, Running Tip, Hitting The Wall, Marathon Wall, Running Mantra, Running Moxie


What Type of Race Trainee Are You?

Life can get crazy when you're training for a half or full marathon, and sometimes life and throw things at you the can affect your training. If you are working with a running coach, remember he has created a plan for you. Also remember that your training plan is a guide, a guide created specifically for you and your goals. As a running coach for going on 10 years, I've come to realize there tends to be four types of race trainees — the "Sporadic" , the "Anal Retentive" , the "Ignorer" ...
Tags: Sport, Running, Run, Don, Half Marathon, Marathon Training, Running Coach, Runner, Runnerdude, Race Training, Half Marathon Training, Run Coach, RunGreensboro, Types Of Runners


Are You Listening?

Runners are notorious for digging a hole and jumping in. We'll push and push thinking that if we just push a little harder, we'll break through that wall and that pain we’re experiencing will just magically disappear. While sometimes a little push is just what you need, other times, REST is better. So how do you tell the difference of when to push and when to rest? The key is listening to your body, knowing the difference between, "I don't wanna" and "I can't" and know the signs of fatigue an...
Tags: Sport, Running, Injury Prevention, Run, Don, Greensboro, Marathon Training, Running Coach, Overtraining, Runner, Runnerdude, Race Training, Running Injury, Signs Of Overtraining, Resting Heart Rate


The Beauty of a Good Run

I love it when my fall race trainees who are training in the summer have a mild temp/weather run day. They finally get to see their hard work is paying off.You see here in North Carolina, the summers can be brutal for race training. We are blessed with high temperatures June-August. We are also blessed with high dew point.I've preached (my pastor dad would be proud) the High Dew Point sermon over and over, but for most runners, they still internalize a poor run as a reflection of their effort or...
Tags: Sport, Running, Heat, Marathon, North Carolina, Run, Denver, Marathon Training, Running Coach, Runner, Runnerdude, Running Tip, Race Training, Running Tips, Running In The Heat, Dew Point


Run to the Top Podcast: The Value of a Coach with RunnerDude Thad McLaurin

Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to chat with Stephanie Atwood, the host of the Run to the Top podcast on RunnersConnect.net. Stepnice wanted to chat about the vaule of having a Run Coach. So I said sure! Stephanie is currently located in Mexico, that made the interview kind of cool too, knowing we were talking Running across two countries.  We mainly talked about the value of a run coach, but we also hit several other running related topics. When you have a chance, I hope you'll ...
Tags: Podcast, Mexico, Sport, Running, Run, Stephanie, Running Coach, Runner, Runnerdude, Runnerdudes Fitness, Thad McLaurin, Run Coach, Run Podcast, Run To The Top, Runners Connect, Runnersconnect


The New Normal: Running Over 50

53 And Feeling Good! It's funny how age sneaks up on you. I've been running for almost 35 years (man that in itself makes me feel old). Started when I was a college kid in 1984.  Really didnt' get serious about trying to set PRs until my early 40s. Set my 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Marathon PRs when I was 42.When you're in your 20s, the 40s seem really old. When you're in your 40s you realize that's not really old. You actually realize that you can be pretty competitive, even if it's jus...
Tags: Stephen King, Sport, Running, Run, Mom, Dad, Laura, Luke, NC, Greensboro, Running Coach, Runner, Runnerdude, Running Tip, Running Inspiration, Runnerdudes Fitness


Running Shorts Show Podcast with RunnerDude

Checkout the new The Running Shorts Show podcast! Host Eddie Wooten interviewed me about RunTheBoro. Check it out!  [Author: RunnerDude]
Tags: Podcast, Sport, Running, Greensboro, Running Coach, Runnerdude, Runnerdudes Fitness, Runnerdudesfitness, Runtheboro, Eddie Wooten, Downtown Greensboro, Running Postcast, Running Shorts Show, Runtheboro2018


RunnerDude Shoe Review: New Balance 880v7

If you've read any of my shoe reviews or posts about my own running shoes, then you know I have pretty persnickety feet. With my job as a running coach and fitness trainer, I put in a lot of miles each week and I'm on my feet most of the day. It takes its toll. So, when I find a shoe that works for me, I love to share.Omega Sports our local running store here in Greensboro, asked me to review the New Balance 880v7, I was excited, but a bit skeptical too. Not really in the shoe itself, but wheth...
Tags: Sport, Running, New Balance, NC, Greensboro, Running Shoe Review, Neutral, Running Coach, Runnerdude, Runnerdude's Fitness, Omega Sports, 880v7, Neutral Trainer, New Balance 880v7, Runnerdude Shoe Review


Yea Taper Time! Boo Taper Time!

During a past training cycle, I overheard one of my runners telling another runner (who sometimes runs with us but isn't one of my race trainees), that he was in his marathon taper time. The other runner proceeded to tell my runner, "I never tapered before a race. It's a waist of time. You lose too much of what you've gained." My runner proceeded to say, "I don't know, I really think there is something to this taper thing. I'm going to follow what my coach has planned out for me. I mean I paid ...
Tags: Sport, Running, Marathon, Run, Doubt, NC, Greensboro, Running Coach, Taper, Runner, Runnerdude, Running Tip, Race Training, Half Marathon Training, Injury-prevention, Marathon Race Training


A Conversation With My Camelbak

Funny how some runs are very uneventful while others become quite memorable. Today's was quite a memorable one. Beside, the loose pit bull I made friends with by turning and running in the other direction, the drug deal I witnessed, taking a picture of two cyclists (one from Colorado and one from Virgina) that asked me if I'd mind taking a pic of them (they referred to me as "Nice Guy"),  and seeing fellow runner and friend Amanda Coble at Lebauer Park and a drive-by honking from Lisa Garrison, ...
Tags: Colorado, Sport, Running, John, Strava, Bondi, NC, CamelBak, Anywho, Virgina, Greensboro, Nice Guy, Long Run, Hydration, Marathon Training, Running Coach


Running Shorts Interviews RunnerDude

I'm usually the one doing the interview, but turnabout is fair play. This week, Eddie Wooten, the senior sports editor of the News and Record and host of the running blog, Running Shorts interviewed me for the anniversary of the blogs 5th year of the Runners Profile series where Eddie features a different local runner. Over the past 5 years, Eddie's featured 263 runners! It was great taking time to chat with another fellow runner. Eddie's blog, Running Shorts has become a great center point for ...
Tags: Google, New York, Boston, Sport, Chicago, Military, Running, Eddie, State, Tabata, NC, Felt, Triad, Greensboro, Running Coach, Runnerdude


Taking That Leap

I wanted to be an architect like Mr. Brady. This morning I Facebook messaged with a friend who was telling me he was miserable in his current job. I told him to think about what was worse, being safe in his current job but miserable, or (albeit scary) taking a leap of faith and make a change and do what he really wanted to do. It made me reflect on my own past decisions.When someone asked me as a kid what I wanted to do when I grew up, I'd usually say I wanted to be an architect. I think ...
Tags: Motivation, Facebook, Usa, Boston, Inspiration, Sport, Running, Career Change, Dad, Asu, Life Change, Fitness Trainer, Raleigh, Brady, UNC, UNC Chapel Hill


RunnerDude Shoe Review: Hoka Bondi 5

If you've been following me on social media the past year, you may recall, that I've had quite the time finding a long run shoe that worked for me. My long run shoe of choice had been the Hoka Huaka. Then last year Hoka discontinued the shoe and I was lost. A runner without a shoe. Because I put so many miles on my feet and metatarsal issues in both feet, I can't just wear any shoe. Yes, I have very persnickety feet. So when Omega Sports (our local sports store) asked if I'd give the Hoka Bondi...
Tags: Sport, Running, Bondi, NC, Hoka Hoka, Greensboro, Greensboro NC, Huaka, Hoka, Running Shoe Review, Running Coach, Runnerdude, Hoka Bondi, Bondi 5, Maximal Running Shoes, Maximalist


Hydration and Fueling Tips for Before, During, and After the Run

"Bad" runs can occur at any time with any runner. The causes can be everything from your head just not being in the game to lack of sleep. But, more often than naught, a bad run is the result of improper hydration and/or fueling. I've compiled a few basic hydration and fueling tips in the video below. Take a look. Hope there are a few good takeaways for you. Give them a try and see you have a better run. RunnerDude's Hydration and Fueling Tips from Thad McLaurin on Vimeo. [Author: RunnerDude]
Tags: Fuel, Sport, Running, NC, Greensboro, Long Run, Hydration, Marathon Training, Running Coach, Runnerdude, Running Tips, Thad McLaurin, Fuel For The Long Run, Fueling, Tips For Runners


Need a Track for Speed Work? Pshaw!

Not doing speed work as a part of your weekly running because you don't have access to a track? Pshaw! You don't need a track!I hear it frequently from runners. "I don't do speed work because I don't have access to a track." It's a common misconception. Because speed workout mimics most track events such as 800s or mile repeats, many runners think speed work needs to be done on a track.  Well, it doesn't.Except for two weeks of vacation, I do a weekly speed workout with my RUNegades running grou...
Tags: Sport, Sprint, Running, NC, Greensboro, Running Coach, Runnerdude, Fartlek


No More Shoe Woes-The Mizuno Wave Rider 20

If you've been following me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter then you're probably aware that I've been struggling with finding a long run shoe. My favorite Hoka Huaka was discontinued and the suggested replacement just did not work for me.So, I decided to go back to another maximalist shoe that I had previously worn the Altra Paradigm. I had worn several pair of the 1.0 and 1.5 version, but the new 2.0 version was revamped and in doing so, the shoe was created smaller. The 9.5 that I had alway...
Tags: Adidas, Sport, Running, Richmond, Morton, Facebook Instagram, John Dewey, Clayton, NC, Lawndale, Greensboro, Greensboro NC, Mizuno, Asics, Running Shoe Review, Running Coach


Spring Race Training Meeting!

Hard to Believe, But Training for Spring Half and Full Marathons is Just Around the Corner! Training for spring races starts at RunnerDude's Fitness as early as November for some of the early spring marathons! Whether you definitely have a 5K, 10K, 10Miler, Half or Full Marathon selelcted for the spring or you're just contemplating the possibility of racing in the spring, come to our  free  info session to learn more about the RunnerDude's Fitness Race Training Program.  No obligat...
Tags: Sport, Running, Marathon, NC, Greensboro, Marathon Training, Running Coach, Runnerdude, Race Training, Runnerdude's Fitness


Beginning Running Program Starts Soon!

Thinking about learning to run? The Next RunnerDude's Fitness Beginning Running Group starts Nov 10th! With our program, we don't just set you off on a run/walk program, we teach you the elements of good running form, how to breathe properly, and we provide you a supportive group that will safely help you reach your goal of running 30 minutes with no walking by the end of the 12-week program. Our program focuses on good form and building endurance, not pace or speed. Even though it's a gr...
Tags: Sport, Running, Run, Beginner, NC, Greensboro, Running Coach, Runnerdude


Why Only 20?

One of the most frequently asked questions by my marathon trainers is, "Why is our longest run only 20 miles?" It's a valid question. When they trained for their half marathon, their longest run was 13 or 14 miles so most would assume they'd run 25, 26, or 27 in their marathon training. Like in many cases with non-running circumstances, the obvious, may not be the best scenario.The Internet is a culprit in making most novice marathoners think they should run the full marathon distance prior to ...
Tags: Sport, Running, Marathon, NC, Ultra, Greensboro, Long Run, Marathon Training, Running Coach, Runnerdude, Race Training, Running Tips, Group Run


10 Tips to Better Eating

I've always eaten a pretty good diet, but for the last 3 years, I've really focused on better, healthier eating on a consistent basis. As a result, my immune system is stronger, my cholesterol levels (LDL and HDL) are awesome, and I've lost over 20 lbs which I've kept off. Weight loss was not my main goal, but it was a nice benefit. Being healthy was and is my priority. Below are 10 tips I have to offer in helping you transition to a healthier eating and a healthier lifestyle.1. Think Lifestyle...
Tags: Sport, Turkey, Weight Loss, Running, Healthy Eating, Brussels, Personal Trainer, Greensboro, Running Coach, Runnerdude, American Institute for Cancer Research


Shin Splints No More

Whether you're new to running or training for a marathon, runners can fall victim to ouchy shins. This pain down the inner or medial portion of the lower leg along the shin is commonly referred to as shin splints. Often a runner experiencing shin splints will first notice the pain after the run. Overtime, the pain will surface during the run.The correct term for what you're experiencing is medial tibial stress syndrome.  The cause of medial tibial stress syndrome is often debated, but most ag...
Tags: Sport, Running, Injury Prevention, NC, Greensboro, Running Form, Running Coach, Runnerdude, Shin Splints


10 Tips to Prevent the Marathon Training Blues

Runners often get discouraged when training for a marathon. Their lack of performance and/or motivation can be due to numerous factors. In the video below, I share 10 tips for helping to prevent the marathon training blues. If you're currently experiencing the training blues, listen to the tips and see if any of the suggestions may be the cause of your discouragement with your training. (Correction: In Tip#3, I state "the body sends blood to the muscle layer to help cool down the body." I meant...
Tags: Sport, Running, Marathon, NC, Greensboro, Marathon Training, Running Coach, Training Tips, Runnerdude, Race Training, Running Tips, Thad McLaurin


Need a Running Coach?

I hear it all the time..."I'm not good enough to have a running coach." I usually respond with, do you have a personal trainer?" Answer: "Yes."It's pretty common for individuals to think it's perfectly normal to have a personal fitness trainer, but then to think that only the elite or professional athletes need a running coach. Coach...Trainer....it's all semantics."Coach" usually refers to someone training athletes in a specific sports field, be it football, baseball, soccer, swimming, running,...
Tags: Training, Sport, Running, NC, Greensboro, Trainer, Running Coach, Runner, Runnerdude, Running Tip, Runnerdudes Fitness


Build Confidence. Don't Break It Down.

When I was in middle School in the late 70s, I was overweight and not athletic at all.  I never wore shorts. Actually didn't wear jeans either? Evidently back then the only thing clothiers thought kids my size wore was plaid. Just what the "fat Kid" needs, right? Plaid.  Man I can't tell you the lasttime I had a burger and fries. I remember having to run the mile in Mr. Wade's 8th Grade PE class. Yes, I ran the mile in my plaid pants and my plastic/vinyl "athletic" shoes ...
Tags: Motivation, Kids, Fitness, Montana, Inspiration, Running, North Carolina, Smith, Duncan, Wade, Brandon, NC, Greensboro, North Carolina Coast, Running Coach, Runnerdude


Enter to Win a Free Pair of Saucony's!

If you're a neutral runner or an over-pronator, Saucony has two shoes just for you! The Saucony Triumph and Hurricane are not new shoes, but they been updated the past few year making them evern better than ever.Check out the specs on both shoes below, then at the bottom of the post enter for a chance to win a free pair of Hurricanes or a free pair of Triumphs! The Saucony Hurrican ISO2 with EverRun was recently named "Editor's Choice" by Runner's World in the 2016 Spring Shoe Guide.  Thi...
Tags: ISO, Drawing, Hurricane, Running, Contest, Giveaway, Triumph, NC, Saucony, Runner 's World, Greensboro, Running Coach, Runnerdude, EVERUN, EVERUN Landing Zone, EVERUN Topsole