A Smattering of Local News
What's happening in the SJ running community this week
This week’s newsletter is gonna be a bit different. Instead of one topic, I’m covering a few!
The Boston Marathon is this upcoming Monday. Give a big virtual high five to Katie and Todd - both TrainwithMarc runners competing.
Todd wrote about his Boston feels here last week.
Spring track is well underway for most of New Jersey. As is always the case with newer runners or athletes who are stepping up their running game, shin splints are rampant. Most often, it’s because these runners are ramping up their miles from not a lot to more-than-normal. When this happens AND you’re not in the right running shoe, your shins take a beating. It can feel like they are on fire and the only thing that helps is stopping the run.
It’s not fun and it’s not easy to train through. Here’s what I suggest will help:
Get in the right shoes.
Before you head out for your run, do some ankle and calf activation and make sure your glutes are activated.
If you can, stay on softer surfaces.
After your run, stretch your calves.
Finish with icing down your shins to help alleviate the pain.
In personal (coaching) news, my middle school teams qualified for the prestigious Penn Relays. We’ll be sending a boys and girls team in the 4x100 meters Friday morning. Obviously, I’m really excited for them to race on the big stage, but also, it means I get out of work for the day!
Have you ever run a Michigan workout? If not, you’re in for a treat. After warming up with at least a mile, you then run alternating reps of threshold/marathon miles (or shorter if you need to modify) and interval-paced descending ladder intervals. Most top runners start with a mile, 1200, 800, and 400 all at 10k pace or faster. It’s a doozy of a workout mainly because of the pace changes, but it gets you ready for races!
What’s Got My Attention:
Article: Nell Rojas returns to Boston
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Marc is a middle school teacher and coach but also works with distance runners online. I help distance runners around the globe by providing support, writing customized training plans, and designing workouts to help them reach their racing goals. I write for my blog every Wednesday morning and newsletter every Friday morning.