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Coach Tom McGlynn

Coach Tom McGlynn

Tom started runcoach in 2002. His main objective was to equip more runners with the successful training philosophies he was exposed to. In 2007 Tom and the team found a way to make our proven training more widely available through the new online resource

Tom has qualified for the Olympic Trials Marathon three times (2000 ’04 and ’08). He trained under legendary coach Harry Groves at Penn State and graduated in 1996. Tom ran with the Nike Farm Team and Coaches Jeff Johnson, Vin Lananna, Jack Daniels and Ray Appenheimer from 1996-2004. From 2004-2006 Tom served as Assistant Distance Coach to Frank Gagliano for the Nike Farm Team.

Through runcoach Tom has helped thousands of runners set new PR’s. He has trained Marathoners ranging from 2:15 to 8:15 and remains convinced that anyone can improve their running with the right approach.


Many of you probably worry about having "love handles."  This exercise works your

lateral ab muscles (which includes your external and internal obliques) and

systematically eliminates "love handles."

May 18, 2010



Don't neglect the stretching part of the routine!  You're going to be working your abs in later exercises.  It's important to loosen those muscles up before you start challenging them.

February 23, 2010

More Exercise is Better

This is for all of you wondering why we run through the winter, the cold and rainy days, and all the aches and pains.

More exercise is better so let’s keep running.

February 15, 2019

Barefoot Running

Here’s some more supportive data on the benefits of running barefoot and an interesting analysis of force distribution with an without shoes.

Born to Run Barefoot - John Dodge

To clarify our recommendation is that athletes run 5-10% of their weekly mileage barefoot on a soft surface.  So for the athlete running 20 MPW that’s 1-2 mile per week barefoot.    We are most interested in the variance of foot strike, flexion and force distribution which helps strengthen the plantar facia, achilles tendon and calf muscles.

The article includes two videos from the Harvard University Skeletal Biology Lab that outline the force variance of barefoot running.

They can be viewed here:

Barefoot Normal Strike

Shoe Strike

To pass along to your non-running friends!


Story Highlights

  • Stanford University study finds that running did not damage joints in aging runners
  • Runners still need to take precautions: Don’t run with injuries, wear proper shoes
  • Aging runners less likely to die from certain ailments, study says

Full story here.


This is a great read about endurance activity and increased heart metabolism.

One of the key points is that the research was done with heart rates at 65-75% of capacity.  Since maintenance pace keeps you in the 65-80% MHR range this study is highly applicable to running.  The fact that these stimuli seem to return the heart to a metabolic state of youth could be paramount in heart disease prevention and overall cardiac throughput.

In theory our threshold/10K/VO2 work could stimulate an even greater cardiac metabolism since we operate closer to 85-95% of MHR.

If you’re in anywhere between 30-90 years old, this is a great read.

Exercise Makes Hearts Grow Younger

A year ago we lost a great friend, husband, son, brother, and competitor in Central Park. This weekend in NYC there will be several activities in his honor including a park bench dedication and a large group of Notre Dame Alumni running the race.

My heart goes out to his wife Alicia, parents, siblings and close friends. He is gone from our sight but very much present in spirit.

The Chicago Marathon has a dilemma on its hands that could have long lasting implications.

Wesley Korir’s time was the 4th fastest automatically timed finish of the day on Sunday. Chicago will not pay him the 4th place finisher’s purse of $15K based on the IAAF rules that require all elite runners to start with the elite race.

On one hand I want to scream at the Chicago Marathon to show Mr. Korir the money.

On the other hand the 4th place finisher has an argument in that Korir did not have to compete with the best runners nor did he follow the rules of competition.

What do you think?,0,36016.story


Just a quick post to let you know that I will officially go out on a limb and say that Haille G. is the best runner of our time and quite possible all-time. Gebreselassie broke the World Record in the Marathon yesterday and became the first person to average 4:43/Mile for 26.2 consecutive miles.

This is crazy fast and my hat’s off to Haille who has run another race that I couldn’t even imagine.

He is simply awesome.


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