It's been a couple of weeks since the last blog entry, but that doesn't mean distance running hasn't been on my mind. In fact, it has been at the forefront. I made an honest effort to organize something for you distance kids, but the rules apparently provide no available options. Trust me when I say I tried. The MSTCA has scheduled a series of track events at Wheaton College which I am happy about. The events provide goals and opportunities for you, in a safe environment based on what I've seen. Of course, I tried to enter the venue last weekend and was turned away. No coaches or chaperones allowed. Only athletes and officials could enter. I was forced to watch a grainy youtube feed from the parking lot. I'm OK with that, it's not about me. And safe health for us all is a primary concern and consideration. Unfortunately, it means if you run, I can't watch from the sideline. So with the winter season starting sometime at or near the end of February, our paths may not cross for some time. I would say to all of you, that if you have a specific goal, for example the 2 Mile at Wheaton on December 19, let me know, I'm happy to make training suggestions. For those of you who don't have specific goals beyond running in February, my suggestion would be to simply maintain that base you established in the fall and interject some workouts in February specific to your event. If you have the equipment or opportunity, add some consistent weight training to your regimen. Consistency in running and weight training is essential to maximize their benefits and to unlock and maximize your potential. Indoor Captains (Isabelle Amado, Myah Kamperides, Hailey Minicucci, Liam Cafferty, Theo Kamperides and Graham Stewart) are excellent sources for training information. All are seasoned veterans and can offer suggestions on preparing for our season. The entire coaching staff is willing to offer encouragement and suggestions while we all miss working directly with you. I know one coach who is chomping at the bit to get his COVID 19 vaccine and get back to work. For the first time I'm grateful for being an old guy with a co-morbidity!
And while rules preclude our exerting any influence on you to train or prepare, we all hope that the absence of our "casting a long shadow" during formal practices, will be replaced by your own desire to prepare, improve and look forward to a great season. You may occasionally see me on my daily walk at the school, Southfield/Union Point, or Burrage where I took the picture above recently. I'd love to see all of you out there running.
Back soon with more . . .