North: The War on the Shore

For the first meet of the season, the North girls climbed onto a bus with their coaches and the boys’ team for the War at the Shore, an annual meet nearly an hour away in rural Ashtabula, Ohio, so close to the state border they were competing against Pennsylvanian teams. Neither of the senior girls were racing today; top-runner Sydnie was focused on the bigger meet coming up on Saturday and Ashleigh was busy more » Read more

Do Women Runners Need Female Coaches?

Picture a running coach: someone in command, respected by their team, competent and knowledgeable about the sport. Maybe this person is holding a clipboard and stopwatch, and wearing a cap bearing the team’s name. Are you picturing a man, maybe in his fifties or sixties? I am. (I probably ruined the effect of this experiment with the title of this article, but you get the point.) I have that picture in more » Read more

Uncoachable

“Maybe I should get a coach,” I mused as I perused the websites of several personal running coaches who all claimed that they could help me reach my goal. My husband sighed. Then he said, “You don’t really want a coach. You want someone to validate the choices that you’ve made with your training. You need to tell the coach, ‘Listen, I’m paying you to tell me that every decision more » Read more

A Look at Post-Collegiate Training Options

Graduation season has me thinking about some of the options for recent running grads who want to keep the dream alive. I was once in the same boat, and I want to share what choices are out there and what to consider when navigating your post-collegiate training options. Through my post-collegiate years I’ve trained in each of the three main options: a highly structured elite development team; a less structured competitive club more » Read more

Is A Coach Worth It?

For a relatively inexpensive report, we all know how quickly we can blow our budget purchasing everything people tell us we “need” or “must have” if we are truly going to be a runner. There is a constant barrage of footwear, apparel, nutrition and gear commercials. That guy in the running group swears by foam rollers, yoga, magical shakes and his Fabletics subscription. That fast chick you see attributes her more » Read more

What’s it REALLY Like to Run on a College Team?

When you think of running in college you might think of intense competition and pressure to be the top runner on the team. You might think college athletes are the antithesis of the college partier, people who never go out past 9:00 and pass on the pizza as we fixate on our race weight for fear of getting cut from the team. Maybe it’s more like that at a big Division I more » Read more

Sanjuanita Martinez, Cornell Running Star, Protests on the Track

Imagine working for years to be at the top of your sport and finally earning a spot as one of the favorites for an NCAA title. What, beyond a debilitating injury or illness, could possibly inspire you to give up on chasing that once in a lifetime dream? Sanjuanita (Sam) Martinez, a senior cross-country and track standout at Cornell College in Iowa is a 5-time All-American, one of the top more » Read more

The Spouse as Running Coach: How to Make it Work

We’ve all been warned don’t mix business with family or friendships! Dual relationships can lead to some messy situations, but sometimes mixing roles is unavoidable or happens anyway. Maybe your landlord happens to be your father, your sister is your boss, your teammate is your massage therapist, or maybe you’re dating your landscaper and are training partners with your hairdresser.  Balancing these different roles is something I know well, because, for over ten years now, and more » Read more

Catnip Goes to Coaching School

I have always loved school. I drive through Ohio State’s campus twice weekly and each time I do, I consider applying to work on another graduate degree, but then I remember how stressful essays, exams, and group projects can be. So instead, I am a sucker for professional continuing ed courses and now I am the proud owner of a USATF Level 1 Coaching Certification, scoring 98% on the final more » Read more

Cleveland Elite Development

When you think of elite running organizations, you probably think of Boulder, Colorado or Mammoth Lakes, California. You might be surprised to learn that a group of extremely ambitious women is training to reach the upper echelons of our sport in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2012 the Cleveland Elite Development team was founded by a group of athletes training in the Cleveland area with one thing in common:  their coach, Glenn Andrews. more » Read more

On Comparison, Coaching and Unlikely Mother’s Day Gifts

“Everyone asked me what I got you for Mother’s Day,” my husband said the next morning. He’d been at work when most families were treating mom to a lovely late afternoon lunch. “I guess they thought I had a deficit to make up, leaving a 9 year old in charge of making the Mother’s Day dinner.” “What did you say?” I asked, hoping he’d made up a story about flowers more » Read more

Half Marathon Training for Teens and Adolescents

To begin, I know this is a somewhat controversial topic.  I’ve never been one to shy away from that sort of thing though, so let’s jump right on in. This summer, I am coaching my son and 2 of his friends to run the Madison Mini Half Marathon in August.  My son is currently 12 years old, but all 3 boys will be 13 on race day. I know, I more » Read more

What Does It Mean to be a Post-Collegiate Runner?

During the first weekend of May, I had my final collegiate track meet on Long Island, running one race, the 10,000m. This was my final shot to stand on the podium and my final chance to PR and get some points for the team. I was seeded fifth, and was lucky enough to finish in eighth. I did it. I did everything I wanted to do during my final track more » Read more

My Teammates Did It, But Next It’s My Turn!

As I revealed in my intro post a few weeks back, my main goal right now it to make the “A” standard to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. This means I have to run a 2:37 marathon sometime between now and 2016. With a pr of 2:40:17 set in 2009 and recent shorter race prs set this past year, I know I have it in me. My original more » Read more

Winter Vinecki Part III: Hear From Her Coach, Mark Hadley

Over the last few months, I’ve introduced you to the young activist athlete, Winter Vinecki.  I shared some insight into her training for 7 marathons on 7 continents before she turns 15 years old – all while training with an elite aerial skiing development team. I’m happy to report that Winter is continuing to rock her goals.  She ran her 3rd marathon on March 30, and during that race, she more » Read more