Run S.M.A.R.T. Running Retreat Itinerary

The 1st Annual Run S.M.A.R.T. Project Running Retreat will take place in Flagstaff, AZ on July 19th – July 25th. The following is our first unveiling of the retreat’s itinerary. Minor revisions will be made over the next few weeks but for the most part this provides a close look at what we have planned and how each day is structured. Email [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to sign up for the retreat.

Runners and Magnesium

Don’t overlook the importance of Magnesium in your diet while training.

“In many nerve cells, magnesium serves as a chemical gate blocker – as long as there is enough magnesium around, calcium can’t rush into the nerve cell and activate the nerve. This gate blocking by magnesium helps keep the nerve relaxed. If our diet provides us with too little magnesium, this gate blocking can fail and the nerve cell can become over-activated. When some nerve cells are over-activated, they can send too many messages to the muscles and cause the muscles to over-contract. This chain of events helps explain how magnesium deficiency can trigger muscle tension, muscle soreness, muscle spasms, muscle cramps, and muscle fatigue.” – World’s Healthiest Foods

Why I Run?

We all have different reasons for running, but I’ve heard very few as inspiring as Everett’s.  When I began coaching Everett in October of ’07 I had no idea he had been on life support less than 4 years prior.  He didn’t mention anything but “occasional back pain”, under the medical related section of the Run SMART Project profile form.  So, I was a little surprised when Everett finally told me his reason for running, after the PF Chang’s Rock & Roll Marathon.  Everett managed to drop his marathon PR by 24 minutes in that race.  I still consider the biggest mistake I’ve made as a coach to be that I didn’t drive the 120 miles to Phoenix to see Everett run it.  We spoke a few days after the race to talk about recovery, training and goals.  Towards the end of the conversation Everett told me why he runs.  I didn’t know his story prior to that day.

Chris Miltenberg Joins Run S.M.A.R.T. Coaching Staff

Chris Miltenberg, a 2 time All-American at Georgetown University is now offering private coaching services for The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project. Chris is currently the head women’s cross country and distance coach at Georgetown University. He believes strongly in an individualized approach to each athlete and is committed to helping our clients reach their goals.

Chris’ profile can be found on our coaches page here. To begin working with Chris send an email to [email protected].

Brian

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Phil Manning Crushes 5 Mile PR

Around a year ago Phil Manning lined up for the St. Malachi 5 Miler with only a vague idea of what he was capable of.  It was after all only his third footrace (Phil is a former cyclist).  He finished a very respectable 36:43.  When Phil lined up for the same race again on March 14th he had a much better idea of what he could run and planned for a PR.  Phil not only set a new PR, but shattered his time from last year by running 34:15.  This was 30 seconds per mile faster than last years race!  This is a testament of what one year of consistent training and a little experience can do for your running.

Vince Sherry

Run S.M.A.R.T Project Coach

Alex Gardner Betters 5k PR… Again

This past weekend Run SMART client Alex Gardner dropped her 5k PR another 21 seconds!  Her time of 22:17 was good enough to win her age group by over 2 minutes.  In her quest to break 22 minutes Alex has bettered her 5k time by over a minute since last year.  For details on the race and Alex’s training, check out her blog at http://www.run350.blogspot.com/.

Vince Sherry

Run S.M.A.R.T Project Coach

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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