‘Life in the Fast Lane’ Twenty eight years ago I was three weeks out from participating in my first marathon, the New York Marathon circa 1990. I say participating as I think of it as disingenuous to say I was racing it. Don’t misunderstand me. I do not mean to suggest I was running easy or was not trying. Far from it. I just don’t think I knew what racing was and I certainly did not know how to race. Believe me when I tell you I tried with all my heart and I don’t think of i
Life in the Fast Lane Racing is more than just stepping to the line !! Racing is more than just the sum of the parts of training….
I believe we can draw 25-35% more out of ourselves on race day than we can with any training session. How do we explain that? Some of that % is simple enough, rest, fueling, adrenaline etc but a great deal of it is the unknown and the unexplainable… it just is what it is !
However more and more I see the pressure of people attaching their self e
Life in the Fast Lane It was twenty years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play......... Well ok, it was not twenty years ago today but it is almost the twenty year anniversary of perhaps my single greatest racing performance of my life...not in terms of winning, I have been blessed to win my fair share of track and road races, in fact on this occasion I did not even meet my expected time goal but oh, on so many levels I surpassed every goal I set for myself and perh
Life in the Fast Lane How many Boston Marathon legends can you name here? (and NO I am not including yours truly in that statement/question!) As many of you know about me I started my running career a long long way away from the Boston Marathon, literally and figuratively.. Prior to my first Marathon completed in New York in 1990 in 4.41.43 Bob Glover in his excellent book 'The New Competitive Runner's Handbook' had brought me up to speed on the lore, tales and legends of the
Life in the Fast Lane A short little blog today, the daily musings of a professional running coach~ simply to say to my reading audience that for more than two decades now I have thought this simple yet fun little board game to be a great metaphor for the life of a runner, especially the life of a competitive runner...~ We start each season (each training Macrocycle) at the bottom of the board and with intelligent sequential training methods we steadily move through each cycl
Life in the Fast Lane In my experience as an athlete and professional coach, the area that I refer to as the 'secret weapon' is Core Strength. No doubt a buzz phrase these days and on the cover of health and fitness magazines tempting you to try some product or workout on the promise of the perfect abs... Yet, this is so misguided...true core strength is stealth, invisible, it is quietly for function and ultimately performance, not for show ! I consider myself extremely fortu
Life in the Fast Lane Too many runners in the opinion of this coach play it safe, stay in their comfort zone, literally and figuratively. Today's musing specifically refers to racing in one's home area against the same (or very similar competition) often resulting in stagnant times but placing high in one's age group or in the case of some of the faster runners in the area, placing on the podium or even winning the race. Don't misunderstand me, I am not suggesting one should
Life in the Fast Lane~ Athletes, We are connected by a common bond of being competitive athletes. We share in the pain and the elation of “Daring to Fail”. “Declare your intent” to yourself and to those who take interest in what you are doing. If you pin a race number on, then do not make any preemptive excuses about this tweak or that tweak, this sprained ankle or that dodgy hamstring.......if they are issues, do not pin the number on! If you make the excuses when asked by
Life in the Fast Lane This past Saturday I went to see the movie Patriot's Day with my son Luke..It is awkward to say a movie is good when it relates to such historical tragedy but it is certainly well done and very sensitive to the very sensitive subject matter. Of course it is hard to know how factual elements to the movie are but we are as runners in particular very aware of many of the details that emerged at that fateful time back in April 2013. For me personally as far
It is true that at the center of the distance running world is the glamor of training and racing or even just completing the mighty marathon..that holy grail of a 26.2 mile foot race...to some it may seem that I have raced many myself, 27 to be exact with 26 completions but in full disclosure this was over a 23 year span and thus spread out over a good period of time so the relative density was quite low. It is also true that for coaches such as me a good deal of our athlete