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Archive for 'Running Coach Santa Cruz'

You're Only as Old as You Run –

A few years ago researchers at the German Sports University Cologne took a close look at the finishing times of 400,000 marathon and half-marathon runners between the ages of 20 and 79. They found no relevant differences in the finishing times of people between the ages of 20 and 50. The times for runners between […]

How to Avoid Heel Strike

Most Fun? Runnin' with those you love.

The proud dad–that would be me on the far left–with daughter katie and friends Bill, Ted, and Dan on a rainy Sunday in Niscene Marks Park.

Some Favorite Trails

A Sunday Morning With Friends[/caption]This is Split Stuff Trail in Niscene Marks Park in Aptos, CA. It’s 1.3 miles long and goes from the parking lot by the ranger’s kiosk at the park entry to the Steel Bridge. It runs parallel to the Fire Road. It is also fairly close to the road so though […]

Training For An Event? What Do You Store UP?

If the event is hours away, you’re storing up water…Basic hydration. If the event is a day or so away, lots of competitors are into pasta…Loadin’ the carbs. During training, you’re storing up strength in your legs, growing mitochondria in your cells, improving cadio and respiratory capacity, and eating well to store all the crucial […]

Oprah was wrong.

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” — ¬†Oprah Winfrey. 1994 Marine Corps¬†Marathon. Time: 4:29:20. (Average was 4:44) Nope. Sorry Oprah. Quite the opposite. We get so much more than we put in. Of course, the marvelous Ms. Winfrey was referring to the valid […]


So I’m guessing it’s a bit too late to start your vocation at age four like Rory McIlroy, yesterday’s winner of the 2011 U.S.Open Golf Championship, did. Still, most of us would like to get better at what we do whether it’s work or play. And fortunately, there are lots of very productive means to […]

Can I Go Out and Run Now?

Whether we were kids in grade school trying to escape multiplication tables, teens in high school dodging any and all homework, or young adults in college, in the military, a trade school or just flippin’ burgers, the pull of the outdoors when we should have been “takin’ care of business” was–and still is–incessant. Right now, […]