How Should Runners Manage Windy Conditions?

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Coach Jack Daniels was quoted in the Arizona Daily Sun about how runners should approach training in windy conditions. The wind can certainly be a drag (yes, pun!) on your training, so make sure to be aware of weather conditions ahead of time, especially during the winter and summer, then plan out where you’re going to do your run for the day. Jack does a great job of explaining how you can actually use the wind to your advantage with a little planning.

Trail Running Shoes Vs. Road Shoes

Check out Coach Sherry’s column in the Arizona Daily Sun about the benefits of trail running shoes.

“Many runners would rather take their chances with a sprained ankle or bruised foot than trade in their favorite road runners for the running equivalent of a tractor trailer. Want to add a little more difficulty to 30-minute climb on a 15 percent grade at 8,000 feet? Throw on a pair of trail shoes from about 10 years ago. Fortunately, a lot has changed in 10 years. Technology has advanced and every major running shoe manufacturer offers a lightweight, stable, protective, breathable trail running shoe.”

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Give Barefoot Running A Try

Run SMART coach Vince Sherry contributes a column titled, “High Country Running,” to the Outdoors section of the Arizona Daily Sun. His latest piece is on barefoot running. Check out Vince’s take on the latest running fad. Below is his opener from the article…

Make An Adjustment If Workout Isn’t Going As Planned

I came across an important article on RunningTimes.com titled, When a Workout is Going BadlyShould you cut it short or gut it out?

It’s an important article because every runner has encountered this problem when training towards a specific goal. If a key workout isn’t going as planned because you’re sluggish or not in it mentally, make a quick adjustment by cutting it short and taking another day or two until you’re ready to run it effectively. On days when you’re struggling to hit your workout splits, maybe due to poor weather conditions, focus more on the effort and less on how fast you’re actually running.

Coach Rosetti
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How Good A Runner Can I Be?

The following is an article I have shared with my Run S.M.A.R.T. Project runners in the past and I’d like to share with you all:

I think it provides some very interesting insight into the question that we all face: “how good a runner can I be?”

Running Goals and How to Get There

Listening to the interview that Coach Daniels gave Flotrack made me think about how goal setting relates to every athlete.  He primarily discussed high school athletes but goals serve as the compass for every athlete from recreational joggers to world record holding elites.  So much has already been said about this topic that many runners and coaches forget the basics in goal setting.  A few years ago Pete Pfitzinger wrote a great article for Running Times on the subject and it’s worth rereading.  Here is a link to the article on his personal website:

http://www.pfitzinger.com/labreports/goals.shtml

After reading the article, the next step in the process is evaluating your current progress and working with your coach to establish appropriate goals for the coming weeks and beyond.  Pursuing goals and reevaluating during the process isn’t easy but with patience and guidance from an expert coach you will surprise yourself with how far you can progress.  I’ve experienced it as an athlete and coach and I continue to learn daily about goal setting.  I recently posted on my personal blog about the process of working toward my athletic goals.  Hopefully you can find something useful in my experiences.  Here’s a link to the post:

http://blakeboldon.blogspot.com/2009/03/from-good-to-great.html

Happy Running,
Blake
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