When I trained in college and post-colliegetely I felt like I struggled with performing my best in races, and after my experiences coaching and in my graduate research, it became eye-opening to me where I went wrong!
James and I kicked off our “running relationship” the way I like to start every first official meeting with a client… over a cup of coffee. We sat down and went over all the things I find to be important when helping someone with their training. There are the obvious questions like what are your goals, what are your PR’s, what has your mileage looked like in the past… those are the numbers questions. However, running is about a lot more than just numbers.
Pat’s instructions called for me to hit 40 seconds per 200 during the hard intervals in the first set, take four minutes rest, then resume and aim for 38-40 seconds on the hard intervals. The first set I was dead on the pace, knocking out between 39-41 seconds per lap on every hard 200. After the break I came back and hit 36 seconds and change on the first interval. Blazing. A little too blazing. That extra two seconds per 200 had me breathing much heavier and feeling “that feeling” in my obliques.
While my highly empathic nature can open up a sliver of room for insight into the goal behind the goal, I have felt as though there was a skillset I was missing to more precisely tap into the answers my clients would only really be able to find for themselves (and from themselves!) Which is how I found myself gravitating towards the emerging field of health coaching.
Eat the rainbow! Prioritize a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet . . . Eat proper proportions of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats to fuel your needs.
It’s easy to get in the mindset of just “getting through the miles” when marathon training. What that sometimes leads to for me is sloppy form. Strength training has made me more aware of the muscles I’m using when I’m running and has reminded me to use muscles that I wasn’t. Because of this I simply feel stronger and have more fun. - Ashley Twiggs, currently training for her 2nd marathon