Patrick Henry Half Marathon Team Report

Well, it's been a long time since I've posted anything to the Blog. I haven't stopped running or lost interest in this blog, but have been busy over the last 16 weeks coaching the first Patrick Henry Half Marathon Team - Ashland Division. We had 30 runners sign-up for the team. Most of the runners had not completed a Half Marathon previously.

With the help of my co-coaches, we began the 16 week journey on May 10.2008 with a 3 mile run. Over the following weeks, we watched our runners struggle through the heat & humidity of the summer building up to 12 or 13 training runs. We incorporated core workouts, hill training, and speed workouts into the schedule to further build strength in preparation for the Half Marathon.

Of the 30 runners who signed-up for the team, we had 3 runners that were no-shows or only showed for 1 training run, we had 4 runners that became injuried during the training, and 1 that completed the training but had another commitment on race day that prevented him from running the race. The 22 (73%) remaining team members runners completed the Patrick Henry Half Marathon on Saturday, August 23, 2008.

Being part of the "Team" was personally rewarding to me, as I got to experience the excitement of reaching new running distance records and goals through the other members of the team. We would trade emails about how sore we were after the core workouts, and tough the hill & speed workouts were. It was a priceless experience to watch the team members cross the finish line on Saturday & award them their 13.1 mile finisher hats.

If you ever have thought about running a Marathon or Half Marathon, I recommend joining a training team. You'll find that the team aspects will make the experience more rewarding and increase you chances of success.

Next week, I'll post all the races that are coming up in or near Ashland. If you're not busy this Sunday evening (8/31/2008), we are having an informal run from Carter Park Pool as part of the Nike Human Race. We will start at 6:00 p.m. and run the Harvest Run 10K course. Email me tom.grant@comcast.net if you want more details.

See ya on the streets,
Tom

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