Archive for April, 2008

I reviewed the manual at least once, and then skimmed a few chapters from the books.  I was relatively sure of getting a good score, and was mightily surprised by making it barely.   Well, yuck.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any more time to devote to this review as I have to get on with my training.

So, my name will be listed on the RRCA website soon as a certified RRCA coach! There is still so much I need to know.

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I just ran the Big Sur Marathon out in Big Sur, CA and Monterey, CA this past weekend. Please follow this link to see all photos I took before and during the race. Enjoy!


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Sure, it was a small field.

I had to coordinate with family at the finish, so I actually had to take a minute at mile 24 to call and warn them I was on my way. Wouldn’t you know it, I could have taken the race in my category if I just kept running? Funny, but true.

Always a next time.

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Well I finally crossed the divide.

Attending an RRCA Coaching Certification Course in Long Island. RRCA (Road Runner Clubs of America) is the nationwide association of running clubs. They set standards and certifies race courses of all distances in the U.S.

I have to take a first aid and CPR course in addition to passing the final exam within one month. When I complete the requirements, my name will be added to the list of certified running coaches in the U.S.A. I hope I won’t get too busy as far as completing these additional requirements.

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Washington State

Getting back to Seattle after visiting Yakima for a local run.  The Snoqualmie Pass was partially blocked by a small avalanche.  Delayed for an hour or so, but I enjoyed the majestic scenery.  I even took some pictures!

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I zig-zagged.  Leaned in.  Leaned back.  Increased turnover with shorter steps.  Normal gait with more pronounced arm movement.  Does it all really matter?

Not if you haven’t trained in pacing for hills.  The main problem is that your pace will slow down in response to the pitch.  You work harder on the climb, so it is natural to lose track of your pace.  If you have not trained for it, you’ll eventually notice that you can lose as much as 3 min/mile on an up-slope.  So if your MP is 8 min/mile, that means 11 min/mile.  It feels a lot like going nowhere fast!

Downhills are interesting.  The screamers are hard to handle, since gravity pulls you anyway.  The best way to handle these is to be in-between braking (or holding back) and falling forward.  If you are running a series of small hills, try to keep pace so that you don’t lose very much time going up and you keep a natural pace coming down.  That is harder than it seems.  What I do is something that running coaches don’t recommend;  I slow down going up, and speed up going down.  But it only really works for the steeper hills.  For short hills, you can’t gain much running fast on the downhill portion.

I just completed three hilly marathons in a row.  My body is holding up well, no problems with my joints.  Maybe I should start running trail marathons to take advantage of more hill training.

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I have a masochistic streak.

When given the chance, I push myself over the edge.  It’s like I delight in finding out what the limits are.

This past weekend, I did a double marathon–that is, two marathons over two days.  What made this different is that I had to drive close to 6 hours in between two venues.

To top it off, both courses just happened to be the hilly sort.

On the second day, I felt like a car running out of gas on a hill.  Going nowhere fast.  But still, the maniac in me powered on knowing it ain’t over until the fat lady sings.

I guess it is best to blog this while I still remember the work this past weekend.  I will almost certainly forget this tomorrow, and be on my way to the next borderline lunacy coming around the corner!

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