Training Clinic Day #1

Wouldn’t you know it, day #1 of our 12 week TNF Half Marathon training clinic and it dumped over 1 foot of snow! However, that didn’t stop the troops from arriving; bundled up with warm clothing, sporting yak traks and ice trekkers, headlamps and mittens … and one brave soul in shorts (I’m not kidding we have photos). Some trainees had never seen the ‘other 6:15am’, three things that everyone had in common, a positive attitude, a smile and the eagerness to get going (perhaps that was to gain some warmth … humm).

Rather than doing resistance training and intervals in knee-deep snow; we decided it was a safe decision to head into the underground parking lot of the library to do drills. We went through our A, B, C’s of running skills and practiced with drills, and I was impressed to see how well everyone was doing. There was a lot of information giving on running styles, techniques, tips and tricks, and you could see that everyone was learning something new and having a good time.

Drills and skills are essential to proper running technique, even those of us ‘seasoned’ (I refrained from using older) runners need to practice them. I am using them to rediscover how to run properly after injury, and what a difference it made on my 10k this morning. I could feel the difference, sometimes all you need is a little reminder and some practice to get you back where you need to be.

Tomorrow is day #2 of the clinic, and I’m excited to get out there and get running with everyone. As much as I love to see the snow living in a mountain town; hopefully the trails will be clear or it’s going to be a long 12ks underground 😉 I’m so lucky to be one of the run leaders for the clinic. I can tell this is going to be a great crew and a fantastic 12 weeks!

PS. Recovery is going well; Dr. McConkey and Physio both said I’m about 4-6 weeks ahead of the average person’s recovery from an ACL tear and to keep on going. Like I said before, don’t give up, it’s not what you can’t do it’s what you CAN do!

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