I’m going to be speaking at a prep session for runners doing the Brooklyn Half-Marathon at JackRabbit Sports in Brooklyn on March 21st @ 6:30pm. It’s free and open to anyone… even if you’re not running the race.
Topics I’ll cover will include the items below followed by a Q&A session:
Understanding the challenge before you get to the start line is important to your success. We’ll review the recent route changes.
Aiming too high (or too low) can frustrate even the fittest runner. Learn how to self-evaluate your ability and target the right goals, even if you just want to finish the race.
Different goals require different training approaches. We’ll discuss long run and key workout strategies.
Nutrition & Hydration
What to eat/drink and when is always a confusing topic for runners. Here we’ll go over basic guidelines to help you find what works for you during the race.
Every race needs a plan… what’s yours? Here we’ll go over how to approach the day of the race and review race day dos and don’ts.
While this is focused on the Brooklyn Half, I think anyone interested in running half-marathon will benefit. Hope to see you there.
That’s the profile for the half marathon I’m doing in two weeks. Doh!
Just a quick shout to let people know that registration is now open for the JackRabbit Sports spring track sessions. The series runs from April 24th – June 26th and meets at 6:45pm at the Red Hook track in Brooklyn. Click here to for more info and to register.
I know getting to Red Hook by 6:45pm can be tough to manage, specially with the construction on the F train, but it’s very worth it. And… you’ll actually get to SEE Jonathan Cane.
From the description…
Speed training on a track is the best way to break through to the next level of running performance. Jonathan Cane coaches the workouts personally at the Red Hook track, and varies each workout to be appropriate for people with distance goals ranging from 5K to a Marathon.There are no pace limitations for this program we accept runners at almost any speed. However, because of the intensity of speedwork you should have a running base of at least 15 miles per week for the past 3 months in order to avoid injuries to knees and ankles.
Hope to see you our there! I’ll either be helping Jon with the watches or running with you.
The schedule for the 2012 North Face Endurance Challenge races up in Bear Mountain, NY has been released. This year, they’re on May 5th and 6th. Click here for more details.
I’m excited about this because traditionally these events have been scheduled the week before the Brooklyn 1/2 Marathon. Now, however, with the Brooklyn 1/2 not until the 19th, it looks like I can do them both. Here’s the profile for the Bear Mountain 1/2. Ouch!
The NYRR finally posted the race calendar for May 2012.
The Brooklyn 1/2 Marathon will be on May 19th this year. No further details are available yet, but I assume it will be a Prospect Park to Coney Island run again.
If you’re interested in one-on-one coaching for this event, please let me know. I’m currently coaching 5 runners for the race.
If you’re interested in something more group-oriented, I’m also going to be coaching the JackRabbit Sports training program for this race. Group begins March 14th.
Just a quick note to let you know that I’ll be working for Jonathan Cane and JackRabbit Sports this winter coaching the JackRabbit Beginning Running Levels I and II groups in Prospect Park. I’m super excited as I haven’t worked with the beginners group in awhile. There are always some inspirational folks in there.
To learn more or to sign up, follow the links below:
Beginning Running Level I
Beginning Running Level II
If you have any questions about which program might be right for you, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Doug at 212-727-2980 x 229.
The PPTC is once again offering up buses to the start of the NYC Marathon. If you live in or near Park Slope, Brooklyn and have not secured a tried-and-true method of getting there on race day, stop what you’re doing right now and sign up for this.
The PPTC having been doing this for a long time and it’s essentially a fool proof way to get there on time with as little stress as possible. I’ve been recommending this to runners in the JackRabbit groups I’ve coached for years and nobody has ever missed the start.
It’s $10 for runners and $15 for friends/family. As of right now, registration still appears to be open. Click here for more info.
I mentioned this to all my runners doing the NYC Marathon, but I wanted to remind everyone else. The Prospect Park Track Club is running the last 10 miles of the marathon this Saturday, October 29th @ 8:00am.
They meet under the 59th Street bridge at 1st Ave and the run will be supported by a rolling aid station. Nice! For additional info, click here.
It’s free to join, but the ask that you email them to say you’re coming. They don’t specify an email address to use, but you should be able to reach them via Membership@pptc.org
Friend and coach Jonathan Cane of City Coach has a nice post covering the new entrance guidelines for the 2012 NYC Marathon. You can read Jon’s post here or checkout the full details on the NYRR site here, but the highlights are…
- Not more auto entry for 15 timers
- No more guaranteed entry after 3 lottery losses.
- Faster auto qualifying marathon and 1/2 marathon times (and just when I finally broke the old requirement time)
I understand the desire to run NYC, but with it becoming harder and harder to get in, I think races like the Brooklyn Marathon will become increasingly more attractive to local area athletes. By the way… last I heard, there were still about 20 spots left in the 250 runner field for this year’s race. Wanna do 7+ laps of the park??
Interested in the resurgence of the barefoot running trend? Well, here’s your chance to learn more and give barefooting a go. Check out the 2nd annual NYC Barefoot Run.
The NYCBR will take place on September 24-25, 2011.
- Saturday, September 24th, 2011 (all day): Clinics, talks, and lectures – Lower Manhattan
- Sunday, September 25th, 2011 (morning): The Run – Governors Island, NYC
The Run is being held at historic Governors Island in New York Harbor. Governors Island is just a five-minute ferry ride from lower Manhattan (ferry provided), with stunning views of the lower Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Brooklyn. The island is 2.1 miles around, flat, and no car traffic.
Barefoot celebrities like Christopher McDougall, Dr. Dan Lieberman and Barefoot Ted will be speaking. Also in attendance will be Lee Saxby who, I think, is probably one of the most sensible advocates of barefoot (or minimalist) running.
Want to run barefoot?
If you’re interested in introducing barefoot or minimalist-style running into your training, drop me a line. I have a lot of personal experience with making the transition and would be happy to help you do the same.