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1st January
written by John

My name is John Hopple and welcome to TheRunnersguide.com. I have been running for over 20 years. I ran track and cross country in high school and then went on to be a four time All-American while attending Malone College. After college I competed as a post-collegiate athlete and coached at the high school and college level. I have been very fortunate to be coached and associated with many top coaches in the country. Which includes my college coach Jack Hazen and Joe Vigil who coached 2 Olympic medalists in the 2004 Olympic Games. I have run a 4:09 mile, 29:35 10k and a 2:42 marathon. Currently I am being coached by Matt Woods and training for the masters ranks. I am married and have 2 children who enjoy going to races. I will be sharing marathon training tips to help you with your next marathon.


  1. Rafael Zepeda

    Hi John

    I would like to know if the 2.42 marathon you made it as a master or younger and if you righ now run for fun or competitive.
    Do you still have goal to achieve?
    Have you ever run the LA marathon ?
    Thanks for your time answering all my questions.

    Rafael Zepeda

  2. 15/06/2008

    Hi Rafael,
    I ran that a few years go. I want to do well in December at the US Cross Country Championships as a masters runner. I have never ran the LA Marathon.


  3. 03/12/2009

    Hi John,

    My nephew Patrick McGlade is going to run a marathon a day for 4 months (approx. 2400 miles) to raise awareness and funds for the Arthritis Foundation. He will run through 8 states and over 50 towns.

    He starts Jan 2 at 9am from Bella Terra Mall in Huntington Beach, Ca (see below or log on to: http://way.to/Patricksrun4arthritis)

    Thought members of TheRunnersguide.com would want to come out and help us kick off this amazing race. We would like to invite runners to come out and run the first leg of this amazing race with Patrick.

    Even you can physically join us, helping us spread the word out would be a huge help!

    As supporters of this great thing called running, I am sure you can appreciate the effort, energy it takes to accomplish such an amazing feat!

    Please forward information listed below or perhaps you would consider posting a piece on your website?

    Any and all support is greatly appreciated!

    Would be happy to answer any questions,




  4. sunita

    Hi John,
    I wanted to know how to get the best running shoe and also if its ok to run late night or in afternoons…as due to my work profile i cannot make a fix timimng in morning.

  5. 01/07/2010

    I have tried most of the name brands and they are similiar. The most important thing is how the shoe fits your foot. So if you pronate you want to get a shoe that fits that condition. I suggest you go to your local running store and have them fit you.

    Its fine to run late afternoon or night. I sometimes have to do that.

  6. Tiffany

    Ha John, I love running. I just can’t live without running. Is there any benefits of running? Please let me know! How can I improve my running? Sent me some comments! I would appreciate your kindness.



  7. 02/07/2010

    Hi Tiffany if you go to my website http://www.therunnersguide.com there is a lot of info to help you. My advice is to adapt slowly to miles you run and make sure you listen to your body. Meaning if you feel very tired back off on the intensity or volume. I hope this helps.

  8. Pradeep

    HI.. i am little hesitant to run at night as i feel active after the run and hv trouble at sleep, which keeps me dull the next day @ work. so i tried for three days and then stopped .. should i continue running at night for a long time before reaching any conclusion

  9. 18/08/2010

    If that is the best time to run for you continue. The body will adapt after a while.

  10. Mark

    Hi John,
    Am in training for the Dublin Marathon. Am doing a ten mile race run tomorrow. I try as much as I can to take on as much liquid as possible, but still find after my long training runs 8miles+, that my urine colour is not what it should be. How much liquid should be drank roughly a day, on running days? What would your liquid intake be? Any extra information, I would be grateful.
    Thanks for your time.
    Regards Mark.

  11. 20/08/2010

    Hi Mark,
    What I normally do is weigh myself in the morning especially during the summer. Once I am done running I change into dry shorts and weigh myself again. As you know you will may have lost up to 6 lbs. Throughout the day I drink liquids to get my weight back up to the morning weight. I normally take in a drink from NUUN.com. Its like gatorade, but without all the sugar. I hope this helps. let me know.


  12. Mark

    Thanks John for your reply.

    The ten mile race went well, ran it in 80mins flat. I made myself drink 500ml of lucozade before went to sleep, then again when i got up at 8am. And finally another on way to race. The race started at ten. After it everything was as normal, much better than my previous runs. Am gonna start following your above advice with the weighing.

    (my next race run will be the dublin half marathon, next month)

    Thanks again.

  13. 22/08/2010

    Great job Mark. The weather should be better by than in Dublin. Let me know how it goes. Good Luck.

  14. marie

    Hi John. I have been running on and off for a while now about 3-5 miles each time but recently increased my running distance to 6-7 miles. My goal is to be able to run a half-marathon, my problem is, due to my work schedule and kids, I only really have time to run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays avery week. Is it okay to train onthose days only, or do I have to try to aim for a daily run as much as I can?

  15. 25/10/2010

    Hi Marie,
    If possible if you can get a Tuesday run that would be nice. In a perfect world running 6 to 7 days would be best, but family is much more important.


  16. mary

    John I am 53 and have started running with my dog at night. I am too old to start running?

  17. 02/04/2011

    Hi Mary,
    You are never to old. You want to make sure you take it slow. I normally tell people to run and walk at first. Meaning walk for 5 minutes and a light jog for the next 5 minutes. It takes between 21 to 28 days to adapt to a stress. Keep me posted.

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