Friday, November 19, 2010

Muddy times ..... Training update .... Running Room clinics and coaching

So this week Kim got some awesome pictures or maybe that's awful pictures depending on your point of view that another runner took of her at Haliburton. I remember that it was pretty muddy but had managed to blot it all until now. Anyway here is the photographic evidence and for fun now just pretend its pitch black running by headlamp in the middle of the night with only another 30 miles or so to get to the end of the 100 miler. Talk about fun times.



Last week I ended up pushing my weekly mileage to just over 100k. This week all is still going well and I should be close to 110. I managed to get in 30k last Sunday and my legs felt decent afterwords. Then on Tuesday I went out for 14k easy and could have thrown myself a party once I got done. For the first time in months my easy run felt really easy at my normal pace instead of tired at a slower then normal pace. Could my legs actually be starting to feel normal again? Could it be? I am not going to say yes just yet but all the signs are encouraging.

I have been coaching a marathon clinic at the running room and we are just heading into week 10. It has been interesting to say the least. I have mostly enjoyed it but the clinic is very small and so sometimes there are not very many people to actually coach. Hey did you hear that tumbleweed roll by? No sorry I couldn't hear it over the chirping of the crickets. Of the people that are out regularly there are some good runners and they all are a lot of fun. Some of them even listen to me and think I have a clue about what I am talking about. That is cool, scary and hilarious all at the same time. The clinic ends in January (that's why its small with it being off season, honest its not because of me I swear). Currently I dont have another clinic in the spring as they have a regular marathon coach as opposed to me the irregular coach. Hopefully something will come up tho but if not I will just focus more on Longboat.

This weekend I also start my first classes to begin working towards my National Coaching Certification. Once I get certified they will have to listen to me Mummhahaa!!

Oh ya I did end up throwing my name into the lottery for Western States. With only a 1 in 5 chance of getting in I figure it could take a few years.

27 comments:

  1. Wow, those trails look like a world of slop! Great pictures, though. Glad to hear training is going well again! :)

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  2. Sloppy muddy trails trump snow covered any day!

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  3. i don't know about running those trails during the day, and certainly not at night! for some reason it *just* clicked with me that it can get very dark on a trail-ultra. not sure why i never thought of that before... coaching cert - very exciting!

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  4. Don't worry. Even after you get your coaching certificate people will ignore your advice :)

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  5. Nice to see the muck during the day for sure. And I only got to enjoy the last 25miles of it pacing Keith...that was tough enough!

    Good to hear that you're enjoying coaching the clinic. Very rewarding and I'm sure that the clinic participants fully appreciate your knowledge, experience and enthusiasm.

    Good luck with the NCCP

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  6. The regular coach invites you back in January for guest appearances and speaking engagements.

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  7. Love the mud, but I'm not sure how I would like it after dark though.

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  8. Very interesting about the coaching. I think that's great to share your knowledge and experience with others. I'm sure they really appreciate it. Good luck with the resto of your certification.

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  9. Cracking shot of clarty trails - I'd be straight through the deep bit!

    Paul

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  10. I love muddy trails, but maybe not for 100 miles. Best of luck for WS!

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  11. looks just like england there chris!

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  12. Chris,
    Very cool blog and thanks for the comment a little over a week ago.

    Just started following your blog and I love me some trail running!

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  13. You're right I forgot how bad it was. And that's on the Saturday afternoon. By Sunday, I remember thinking that Saturday the trails were nice.

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  14. I'm glad to hear your legs are going well again :)

    Awesome photos of the running trail path through that beautiful landscape. I am always interested to read your running posts and training reports.

    Enjoy the rest of this weekend Chris!

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  15. Once I get certified they will have to listen to me Mummhahaa!! ~ Nice!

    That is some serious shoe-sucking mud there. What do you use to keep your feed in shape running that kind of slop for long periods??

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  16. ...Sorry - keep your "feet" in shape... ;-)

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  17. addicted2cappuccinoNovember 21, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Awesome pics but that race sounds gruelling.

    How was the coaching course? There was only one runner in today's marathon clinic. He left a few minutes before me so I didn't get to do the Boston Special.

    Oh well, maybe in 2011?

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  18. The trails look muddy, but beautiful :)

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  19. so fun that you're getting into the coaching! i would do just about anything to have a reliable group of people to run with. my running friends are mostly spotty and rarely can be counted on for runs longer than 3 miles...

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  20. Wow that is one muddy trail, kinda makes me like roads a little more. I love mud don't get me wrong but I don't think I'd like 100miles of it.

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  21. 20% isn't bad odds. Good luck with that (I think - are you SURE you want to do it?)

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  22. Those look like some tough trails alright. WS100? good luck dude.

    So what did you think about Racing Weight?

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  23. Those look like very serious trails....now sure about running them in the night though! Good luck!

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  24. Good for you sticking with your small RR group; I bet you're a great coach and they'll all improve their performances and thank you.

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  25. Chris! Come back! Post more!!!

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