Saturday, October 30, 2010

The underemployed runner: will (sort of) coach for beer

Being underemployed can do wonders for one's running, I've discovered. It's not fun not having enough work, but it sure free's up time to getin shape, and the exercise can help avoid some of the psychological pitfalls along the way.

Ironically, I started exercising a lot early in 2009 in anticipation of the physically demanding fieldwork I expected I would be busy with during the summer that year. The work never materialized, but since I had already started getting in shape, I stuck with it and fueled my new fitness habit with an unfortunate abundance of free time.

My work load decreased enough that I began to ponder changing careers, and doing something in the fitness field. In fact, I'm still interested in doing that, although I can't see giving up what's left of my day job  just yet! Some type of coaching appeals to me. I think I can help people, particularly with respect to things I know something about, like running form, understanding training methods, controlling weight in a healthy way, staying motivated, etc...

These things all relate to things I am personally interested in, and which relate to the things I studied in college in graduate school in biology and physiology, so I feel comfortable with them. I can understand the physiology behind the training methods, and I've had a lot more practical experience with them now, as I self-coach, and help others with their training where I can.

I'm not a genius coach, and I'm getting too late a start to ever become the kind who can brag about all the elite athletes I've worked with, but I can help normal people run better. That's what I'd like to do more of. I guess it's less that I like the idea of fully coaching others. I'd rather help them instead equip themselves with the basic knowledge needed to self-coach, although I'm happy to try and help with motivation and mental blocks as well. I've got plenty of personal experience with those. That's for sure.

Happy Running, everyone!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Tortoise and Hare Race Series - Fort Collins

Tortoise and the Hare

A cool benefit of belonging to your local running club is that they usually have a club race series. The series is usually either mostly or exclusively for members. I belong to the Fort Collins Running Club, and our race series is called the Tortoise and Hare, and it's a series of handicapped races at which participants can earn points toward prizes awarded at the end of the season.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Exercise physiology for the masses

"The Runner" / "Δρομέας" art glass statue

Exercise physiology is essentially the study of the anatomy and physiology of exercise activities. Sure, there is more to it than that--lots of details for technical experts to obsess over that are confusing to the layperson who may just want to know what they need to do to improve their 10K time--but we really don't need to know everything to make good use of the physiological principles upon which modern systems of training are based. Although the result is an oversimplification for those who want to fully understand the mechanistic details, we can usefully distill the aspects of exercise physiology that are most important for the layperson.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tell your mind to kiss your ass

Kiss My [picture of a donkey]
When you’re our there running a hard training run, or a race, and shortly after “go time” your mind starts to suggest you slow down, take it easy, hold back, or possibly even quit and not even bother, what should you do?

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Bacon Strip Races (10 Mile/4 Mile)

The 2010 Bacon Strip Races were held on October 2nd, including both a 4 mile and 10 mile race. The 10 mile race was a benefit for “Beyond the Mirror Studio” Eating disorder awareness and prevention outreach programs, while the 4 mile race was a benefit for the Poudre School District Math Program.

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