Archive for August, 2011

Runners need to balance the scale between properly preparing for a run and actually running. Runners tend to place too much emphasis on the run and not enough on the preparation. Proper planning actually begins days before a run and can begin with the completion of a previous run.

Fueling within 30-60 minutes of completing a run allows your recovery to begin as well as the preparation for your next run. Focus on foods and recovery drinks with a 4 to 1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein. Chocolate milk is always on the top of my list. Properly cooling down and stretching also sets the stage for a full recovery and reduces the risk of injury.

The key ingredients of proper run planning include proper rest, adequate hydration and listening closely to how your body is adapting to each run. Monitoring your resting heart rate each morning is one of the best indicators of how well rested you are. Monitoring RHR (Resting Heart Rate) regularly allows you to establish a baseline or average RHR. Anytime you have an elevated RHR you should consider cutting back the distance and pace of your run, cross training or taking the day off completely. A well-timed and much-needed rest day is as important as a great workout.

Maintaining a more strategic approach to your training allows you to capitalize on the intense effort running requires. You will also establish more rhythm to your running and build a stronger foundation of confidence. Getting into great shape is only part of the equation for optimal training…confidence is another key ingredient to getting the most from your training.

Establishing a more scientific approach to your training will provide a lifetime of enjoyable and meaningful running.

As Macie Jo and Rider prepare to start school on Monday, I’m also preparing for the upcoming Boston Marathon season. All the charities from the 2011 Boston Marathon are returning and the Marathon Coalition is planning to add two new charities for the 2012 Boston Marathon.

It’s exciting to look forward to a new TEAM of runners and also having numerous runners returning from the past year. I’m still so motivated to be the best possible coach after 16 consecutive years of coaching runners for the Boston Marathon. I consider it a privilege to work with such compassionate and charitable runners. I lost my interest in working with runners interested solely in performance improvement long ago and have been far more inspired by runners committed to making such a significant difference in the lives of others.

Let there be no doubt, performance improvement and being compassionate are not mutually exclusive; charity runners have an undying commitment to both.

I look forward to forming the 2012 Marathon Coalition TEAM and beginning another wonderful journey of empowerment!

I spent a wonderful afternoon recently visiting a friend in Birmingham, Alabama. Our visit reminded me of the importance of enjoying family, great health and having hope. I met Gary during my visit to Confederate Motorcycle Company in Birmingham several years ago and I was intrigued by him the moment we met. He was wearing bib overalls, completely tattooed and had an amazing spirit. We’ve remained in regular contact in the subsequent years.

Gary has lost most of his material possessions as he committed himself to his infant son’s battle with a brain tumor. I met his son, Elijah, as we strolled through the Barber Motorsports Museum. I paid little attention to the hundreds of exotic motorcycles as we caught up on so many things that afternoon. I was so taken by his commitment to his son and daughter and the passion in which he lives his life. He has committed himself to the fight against pediatric cancer in such an admirable way.

At the conclusion of our visit I shared with him how much I admire how he’s handled the past several years and all the challenges his family has encountered. His spirit and commitment to making such a significant difference in the world and lives of so many is so inspirational. His example and focus will serve as a constant reminder to enjoy the blessings in my life and not be bothered by small things I have absolutely no control over.

Money cannot buy the most important things in life…particularly hope, health and happiness…and friends like Gary Seritt Jr.!