Training in the Rain = Gain

rain puddle

Last week I had two of my athletes run 440 repeats out in the pouring rain. Initially, they were not very happy with me at all, but once they understood there was a method to my madness, they felt better about the workout. (especially when it was over!) You never know what the weather will be on race day, so it is wise to train in all types of conditions. If you have never ran in the rain during training and it is coming down in buckets on race day, you will have no prior knowledge about how your body (and brain) will handle the conditions. Wet sock and shoes, blisters, chafing, rain in your eyes, slick surfaces and general discomfort are just a few of the issues you will encounter. Not letting the rain (or other less than desirable conditions) affect you mentally will be a huge plus in helping you stay on track and achieving your goal on race day!

So the next time you wake up and hear the rain splattering against your window, don’t roll over and hide underneath the covers. Get out there and embrace the conditions. It will pay off one day!

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Know your “WHY”

Ever been out on a run and asked yourself “What is the purpose of today’s run?” According to legendary coach Jack Daniels, if you can’t answer that question, then why bother doing that run?

Every run should have a purpose. A carefully constructed training program will help guide you towards your goal in the most efficient way possible. We all lead busy lives, so getting the highest quality workout in on a tight schedule is essential for success at any level.

If you are interested in starting  running or want to improve the current state of your running, contact 813 Coaching today and I will help you achieve that goal!

Here is a pic of Coach G on leg #9 of the Tuna 200 mile Relay race on 10/10/2014

Tuna 200