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Ask the Elites: What has been the most valuable running-related advice you've received?

Ask the Elites: What has been the most valuable running-related advice you've received?

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 7:02am
What has been the most valuable running-related advice you've received?

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Lisa Chicolte of MCRRC: “Running improvement is a continuum and there is plenty of time to reach goals.”

Nicolas Crouzier of MCRRC: "Don't run when you're injured!"

Dionis Gauvin of MCRRC: “Someone advised me to be extra careful when training in the winter and make sure that I adequately warm-up before trying to do a hard effort.  Although I love the cold weather, I've found that it's much easier to get injured if I push myself too hard in the winter without warming-up adequately beforehand.  It's also important to be on the lookout for ice/slippery conditions, which make your footing unstable and can aggravate old injuries.”

David Magida, General Manger of Elevate Interval Fitness and Reebok Spartan Race Pro Team Athlete:: "Don’t drink milk before a run unless you like cottage cheese. And rest can be more valuable than the workout itself."

Kristi Markowicz of Pacers New Balance: “That's a tough one.  I always like to tell/joke with my kids and the kids I coach (St Ann School--CYO track and cross country) what my dad always told me:  'Start out fast, pick it up in the middle, and sprint at the end.' The non-joke advice in that is to not start out too fast, which I have always had a tendency to do!”

Christina Papoulias of MCRRC: “Find the fun in running.  After a few tough long runs, I realized that unless I find ways to make it more enjoyable, I'm not going to reach my goal. Some of the things that helped were finding training groups to run with, packing my iPod with upbeat songs, and rewarding myself with little things like a new running tee after reaching a goal.”

Kaitlin Sheedy of CAR: "My coach George Buckheit always reminds us to 'start slow and finish fast,' which has been incredibly valuable advice in long-distance races. It's a much more enjoyable experience when you are running strong and can be more aggressive in the later miles in a race! I've also underestimated the power of sleep in the past, and the advice to get more sleep has allowed me to train at a higher level without getting burned out, injured or sick."

Ryan Witters of GRC: "I've been running for a long time, and from high school, to college, and now post-collegiately. I've met tons of people and learned valuable lessons from all of them. However, the most valuable advice that I have received is from my college teammate, Brian Denny.  Before every race, I get a call from him telling me to "believe and fight".  This has become a sort of running mantra for me.  You will be a successful runner as long as you believe in your ability and fight all the way through the finish."                      

About the Author

Jamie Corey is a RRCA certified coach and author of Jamie has completed eight marathons, several triathlons and is currently training for her first Ironman. When she isn't trying to find the best bagel in town, she is usually tweeting at @TheRunster.