Summer High School Cross Country Camp

Run S.M.A.R.T. coach Blake Boldon has organized a high school cross country camp for both teams and individuals. The camp will be held at the Fountain Valley School of Colorado on August 7-9. For more details about the camp check out the website or email Blake at [email protected]

The camp is a perfect opportunity for high school athletes to prepare for their 2009 season:

What You’ll Learn

  • Principles of training for distance races
  • Strength training geared toward the distance runner
  • Drills to improve running economy and efficiency
  • Proper shoe selection
  • Goal setting
  • Altitude training
  • Flexibility
  • Nutrition for training and racing
  • Race day preparation/race strategy
  • Injury prevention/injury care

World Class Masters Running

We all know how hard it can be to make time for our training.  It’s a challenge that we all have in common and it can mean the difference between success and failure on race day.  Consistent training over time can help any athlete improve and will almost certainly bring you closer to your goals.  Recently I wrote an article for Running Times about the masters world record holder in the 800 and 1500 meters, Jim Sorensen.  Talking with Jim and reflecting on his training I learned a great lesson in perseverance, despite injury and frustrating circumstances. Jim’s success demonstrates what years of consistent training can do.

Here’s a link to the story: http://www.runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=16349

Email me if you have questions or just want to know more about Jim’s running career.

Blake Boldon
Run S.M.A.R.T. Coach
[email protected]

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
[email protected]

Interview With Run S.M.A.R.T. Coach Blake Boldon

Blake Boldon is currently training in Colorado Springs, CO and racing professionally across the country. Recently, he joined The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project Coaching Staff bringing a broad range of coaching and personal experience to the table. We got a chance the other day to ask him a few questions and gain some insight as to how he juggles both roles.

Run SMART: Two weeks ago you finished 6th in the 3k at the U.S. Indoor Championships up in Boston, MA. What was your approach mentally going in and were you satisfied with the result? Also, how does this race fit into your gameplan for the year?

Blake Boldon: It was my first 3k since last year’s championships and it was my first time on a 200 meter track since that race too.  Going in I knew that I wasn’t as race sharp as some other guys might be but I’ve put in a huge block of quality training and I know my fitness is good.

Blake Boldon Qualifies For USA Indoor Championships

Run S.M.A.R.T. coach Blake Boldon won the Iowa St Classic 5k in 14:00. His time qualified him for the USA Indoor Championships in Boston tonight. You can see the startlist here.

The race starts in 10 minutes, so I’ll update soon.

***Update, Blake finished 6th overall in a time of 8:00.97. Results here.