Capital Striders Happenings and RMC Podcast Interviews

The leaves on the trees have begun to change and radiate fall’s beauty thru it’s vibrant hues.  It’s this time of year that many runners revel in all the glory of the crisp air and sanctuary of the outdoors.  With much anticipation of training that will culminate towards fall marathons, trail runs and the community of runners enjoying this time of year together, I am happy to announce today’s blog post titled, Capital Strider’s Happenings and RMC Podcast Interviews.

RMC Podcast Interview with Capital Striders

Capital Striders representatives, Kristin Adkins, Amber Crews, and Jason Kenyon were all kind enough to take time out of their busy schedules organizing and hosting the upcoming fall trail races, Des Moines IMT Marathon Volunteer coordination, and the 100 mile November Challenge to let me ask them a few questions during a group interview.

Capital Striders is a running club group based in Des Moines, Iowa and is currently about 550 runners strong.  They offer a well-rounded amalgamation of various types of training runs, group runs and is heavily involved in the Des Moines area running community.  Listen to their interview thru the podcast link below that describes and talks more in details about some of their specific training runs thru out each week.

Upcoming Races and Fall Motivation

Amber Crews and Jason Kenyon tell us some of the race highlights of two of the upcoming trail races that the Capital Striders Club will host.

Fast approaching at the end of October (October 27th, to be exact) is the “To Grandmother’s House We Go” trail race.  Included here is a link for registration and race details.  The race distances of 5k, 10k and 15k offered are based on the 5k loop thru Brown’s Woods.  They even encourage and give prizes for those that are brave enough to come in costume and honor the Red Ridinghood them.

The other scenic trail race being held before the end of the year is the “Sycamore 8“.   This race travels along the Des Moines River and if you’re one of those cold weather runners, then mark your calendar for this year’s race to be held on December 1st.  Link for registration and race details here –

Along with the weekly offerings of speed work on a track, hill runs for strength, and Saturday group runs, the club offers some more informal trail runs which you can find out about location announcements by following the ‘Capital Striders’ Turkeys‘ Facebook page.

In addition to the weekly group offerings, there is also what’s called the ‘100 Miles in November Challenge‘ spearheaded by Kristin Adkins.  With a couple years under its belt, the 100 Miles in November Challenge has been proud to collaborate prize offerings with Fleet Feet Sport and Heartland Soles to award a pair of new runnings kicks.  Local Hy-Vee dieticians have also contributed runner’s swag in the past like a new Fitbit watch.  If only I lived 2 hours closer, I’d sure be taking advantage of this late fall motivational running group.

Runner’s at Heart

It’s always fun to hear about an individual’s specific reasons for running, their personal motivation or their proudest running moments.  Within the Ep. 8 – Capital Striders RMC Podcast episode, you’ll get to hear Amber tell you about her zen 50k in Portland memories and how she came to identify herself at a young age thru running, Jason’s Rocky Mountain Park experience and his downhill hail running PR, and Kristin’s battle with Mother Nature at last spring’s Boston Marathon and how she came to find her role with Capital Striders.

FREE Race Registration Giveaways Contest!!

Capital Striders was generous enough to give away 1 FREE race registration for each of the upcoming “To Grandmother’s House We Go” and “Sycamore 8” trail races.  If you’d like to enter the contest, here are the parameters;

  1. On Facebook and/or Twitter – “Like” both the Capital Striders and Runnermomcoach pages.
  2. Share this blog post thru Facebook and/or Twitter via the Runnermomcoach Facebook/Twitter page, on your personal Facebook/Twitter page.  This can be done by simply clicking on the SHARE button at the end of this post.
  3. Be the first to directly e-mail with screenshots of 1 and 2, along with which race you would like to receive FREE entry into by 10/25/18.
  4. Ready?…Get Set…GO!!!


Humble Running

Humble Running was some sort of cathartic declaration I made back in 2009, in my running journal.  It was a couple years after I first started realizing I could run longer distances.  I’ll never forget the first time that I ran from my house, out to school, and back.  It was 12 something miles and I may have lived off that high for several months.  That’s when I started to believe in the possibilities of running my first 1/2 marathon, which was Mason City in 2011.  I had been bitten by the distance bug and in 2014 signed up for Grandma’s Marathon to try and qualify for Boston.

Picture of a sunrise coming out the front door of the house I lived in at the time.

Humble Running

by Corrie Enyart on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 10:00pm

I read an article today that hit home. In it was an interview of a very famous man in the mountain running world. Who said that he doesn’t measure his running success by miles or minutes or a clock. He just goes until he can’t go anymore and doesn’t race for glory or fame. That would be too greedy and self-absorbed. He doesn’t buy all the latest greatest gadgets or shoes. He finds a pair that fits him and then buys the store out. He doesn’t obsess with all the Power Bars and Energy Gels. He eats what’s available and doesn’t spend a whole lot of money on something that’s not going to be there tomorrow. I’ve often asked myself , Why do I run? I know I run because it makes me feel better and I feel like I’m a better me when I do. I run to meditate. I run to escape responsibility and feel free. I run to maintain good health and be able to keep up with my kids and someday their kids. I run because when I don’t, I feel like every aspect of my life is off. Running regulates me and fulfills me and makes me content. I fear the day that may come that I won’t be able to run. And running won’t become a choice anymore. I run for strength; physically, spiritually, mentally, metaphorically. To run is part of who I am!

When Did You Start Believing?

Distance running is all relative right?  Like the first time, you run a 5k and you never thought you’d be able to run that far.  As gluttons for goal setting, runners like to up the anty after each goal is attained, myself included.  It’s like the possibilities become infinite and you ask yourself to what limits you can get to.

I’m not one of those (yet) that has ventured into the Ultra-marathoning realm, but I can’t say that my mind hasn’t questioned what the next step is after the marathon and after qualifying for my last marathon bucket list, which is New York City Marathon.   But had you asked me 10 years ago if I’d have ever thought I’d run a marathon or qualify for Boston, I would’ve laughed in your face.

Something us coaches have to remind our athletes all the time is that, “you’re stronger than you realize”.  It seems like if you can just get someone to believe in their capabilities or tenacity to go after a goal, then the sky is the limit.

I assume if you’re reading this blog post, then you currently consider yourself a runner, have contemplated running at some point, or already have a string of hardware at home from races you’ve completed.  Can you think back to when you first were “bitten” by the running bug?  Can you remember the elation and euphoria you felt when you completed your first race?  We have to remind ourselves once in a while where we came from and how we got to the point we’re at now.  It’s humbling, yet empowering!  If you can remember when you started ‘believing’ then you can use that as fuel to drive your confidence in what you can accomplish.

Happy Hump Day Runners!  Feels like a Journey song should be cued….”Don’t Stop Believing!”

NewBo Half Marathon Recap

Congratulations to all of you who may have run this past Labor Day Weekend’s NewBo Half Marathon or 10k.  Today’s blog post is my race day and Chicago Marathon training recap.

Personal Goals

First part of my recap is that I chose to sign up for the NewBo Half this year to use as part of an 18-mile training run towards my build-up with running the Chicago Marathon on October 7th for the Girls on the Run Charity.  Most of you already know this (donation link on the right of this page if you’d like to support me).


6:30am @ Caseys

J. Bo and I started at 6:30 am from the Casey’s on C Street and ran just shy of 5 miles down to the market just in time to make a quick Nascar pit-stop before toeing the line.  Gun went off at 7:30 am for the 13.1.

7:30am at the Starting Line

It was incredibly refreshing to be able to participate in a race and observe more along the way and to not feel the need to worry about pace.  I also must say that I usually have to wear my hydration belt, which doesn’t fit awesomely, along on long runs and was liberated to not have to since the well-organized race had water and Gatorade stops planned out at every couple of miles.

NewBo Race Organization

Thank you NewBo race directors and volunteers for the well placed hydration opportunities and even the energy gel along the way.  The course was a beautiful mix of Iowa rolling countryside, soft tree-lined trails, and a downtown send off and energetic greeting to the finish.

I felt it was a relatively flat course and enjoyed running on the trail surface as well as along some scenic waterways.  It was also quite nice to have each mile signs posted and be able to count down the distance along the way.

PGXC Gives Back to the Community

There were many volunteers from various school’s teams and local running groups thru out the morning, including our very our Prairie Girls Cross Country Team and a few parents.  We had about 25 athletes and parents combined working the finish line and food and drink there afterward.

I truly believe it to be a valuable lesson to teach the kids the importance to give back to running as much as they receive.  Many of them said it was so fun to be on the other side of things and see everyone finish.  One special senior on our team even hung the medal over my neck after I crossed the finish.  =)

Many of the other kids were able to also hang medals around their parents’ necks as the too crossed the finish line.  We had at least 3-4 team parents participate in the races.  J.Bo and I even got to run with one of our special running team Moms, as she too used the NewBo half as a build-up to another fall race.   It was cool to help each other thru the latter miles and cross the finish line together!

The unique medals are provided by the Cedar Rapids Ceramics Center and look like this.

NewBo Run Ceramic Handmade Medal in the Middle

And I don’t hate the nice collection of soft style t-shirts that I’ve collected over the years of helping volunteer.  This year’s color is one of my favorites!

Five Weeks Out from the Chicago Marathon

Next week I will drop back down to a 14-15 miler and let my body recover a little bit.  But will then cap off the peak of my mileage with a 20 miler the following week, which will be four weeks out.  After that, I will do a 3-week taper and just let things kinda ride on into marathon weekend easy.

Hopefully, I won’t forget my running shoes this time, haha!  If you want a good laugh or valuable lesson for traveling out of town to a marathon, then you should read my blog post called ‘The Fabulous Debacle of Ms. Type-A’.  

Best wishes to all of you that are training for fall marathons like myself and with these last few weeks of peak mileage build-up. I would love for you all to tag my Instagram of Facebook pages @runnermomcoach with your pictures and stories of your race(s).

Run Happy my Friends!!



Why Didn’t I think of a Confidence Journal Sooner?!?

I’ve always been a personal fan of Kara Goucher, one of America’s greatest long-distance runners.  She’s got an impressive running history that includes several showings on the woman’s side at the Olympics in distances spanning from 5,000m on up to the full marathon distance.  She is now carrying her work forward to helping others thru her website and podium retreats.

But today, I’m especially inspired by a recent Runner’s World article written by Kara called “Kara Goucher Shares the Secret to Finally Finding Her Confidence“.  While reading it, I became enlightened by the idea of keeping what she calls a “Confidence Journal” not only for myself but also for the runners that I coach.  Why Didn’t I think of a Confidence Journal Sooner?!?

Running is 10% Physical and 90% Mental

You’ve probably heard some similar statistics relating to running.  Of course, this statistic is subjective but the point is that running is very much a mental game.  How do we trick our brains into accepting that our hard-wired instincts of survival of stopping something when we feel pain, isn’t necessary?  How do we overcome the mental and psychological demons that creep into the attic after a workout or race doesn’t go the way we had planned?  How does that physical relationship overlap into the mental and emotional relationship of running?

This phrase of 10% physical and 90% mental, is obvious when we talk about athletic character attributes like grit, tenacity, perseverance, etc.   But even taken a step further, if we consider that some of this mental is related to our attitude and the reflection that takes place after workouts or races then the correlation between being internally grateful and it’s possible effects on our performance can be key within the process of the journey.

“The Secret Link Between Gratitude and Performance”

I found another article relating to gratefulness and the possible effects of this positive outlook on our performance in an online article called “The Secret Link Between Gratitude and Performance” by Brad Stuhlberg written for a website called

Research shows that a regular gratitude practice, such as keeping a gratitude journal or writing letters of thanks, is associated with reduced inflammatory markerslower blood pressure, and improved sleep duration and quality—all of which are critical to not only health, but also athletic recovery and performance. A regular gratitude practice could very well enhance your ability to adapt to training.

Brad’s article recommends these three steps to implement grateful practices into your athletic lives.

How to Be Grateful

The effects of giving thanks are strongest when you do so regularly. Simon-Thomas recommends the following three ways:

  1. Keep a gratitude journal: Every week (or better yet, every day) jot down three things in your life for which you are grateful. (Yes, there’s even an app for that.)
  2. Write a gratitude letter: Think about someone who has played a positive role at some point in your life and write him or her a thank you note. This only takes a few minutes and it won’t just give you a boost but also the person on the receiving end.
  3. Say thanks—out loud: Nothing beats real, live, and inter-personal gratitude, says Simon-Thomas. But, she says, you’ve got to do it the right way: tell someone what you are thankful for, acknowledge the effort they put in, and describe why it was helpful.

Addition to My “Books to Read” List

Kara’s article in Runner’s World was apparently an adaptation from her book Strong: A Runner’s Guide to Boosting Confidence and Becoming the Best Version of You,.  Guess I’ll be adding this one to my “Books to Read” list.  Of course, that means I’ll have to have time to actually read for enjoyment.  Perhaps after the XC season,…November?

Happy Running Folks!  Next blog post will touch base on the NewBo Half Marathon coming up next Sunday – September 2nd, 2018.

Learning How to Go with the Flow

Last week was the first week of our official Fall Cross Country Season in conjunction with my own personal first week back at training for the marathon distance.  However, this time I am doing something completely unlike myself.  I am going to try a very loose training progression and mileage plan.  I’m kind of excited about letting the control ropes go a little bit and giving a little slack to myself this time.  I’m “Learning How to Go with the Flow”.

What Will I NOT Do this time?

With the training this time, and since I’m running with the sole goal of raising money for charity and experiencing the marathon with my running bestie, I’m NOT going to do planned or structured speed work.  No mile repeats at set paces, no tempo long runs, no Yasso 800s.

I will NOT abide to such a rigid training plan that gets me up at 3:30 in the morning to log mileage before morning practices.

I will NOT wrap myself so tightly around the time and pace axle, so to speak.  Again racing for pace is not my goal here.

I will NOT take for granted the gift of running!

What I WILL Do

I WILL however, log my usual daily average mileage with the cross country kids.  This varies depending on the day between 3 and 8 miles.  Usually on the higher side, when we fall into two a days and higher mileage runners.  And on the lower side when the kids have a hill workout or some sort of quality workout that keeps us centrally located on a route.

I  WILL also, TRY and run some frequent hill workouts for strength with them.  And when I say “try” it’s because we now have some feisty little speed demons that I’m not sure I can keep up with any more (LOL).  But I like the personal challenge and it’s always fun to coach them while being part of the mix.

I WILL most importantly give myself permission to have more of a “go with the flow” attitude and just ride the train for the experience and pure joy of running.

I WILL try and sponge into the memory bank every mile and memory with my J.Bo thru out our training runs and on the marathon itself.

I WILL try and slow down to take a look around more and smile at the fan support, thank the volunteers, and cheer on other runners beside me during the race more.

Dedicating Miles to my Donors

Lastly, I have decided that for every person that donates to me I will dedicate a mile to that person.  If there are miles left over than I think perhaps I will try and make note for something about my running that I am or have been grateful for.

I will try and keep you posted thru out the next few months until October 7th, which is when the Chicago Marathon is run, on how different my body feels or adapts to the things I have chosen NOT to do this time vs. the things I WILL do.  I like being my own guinea pig subject here.

I am still in desperate need of donations to reach my monetary goal of $1500.  Thanks for considering and if you choose to donate, I promise you that your donation dollars will NOT go wasted.  You WILL help a young girl be able to participate in the Girls on the Run program.  And you may just possibly be able to spark a change in her life for ever!!


Hy-Vee’s Hydration Message

The other day I went to grab groceries and on my way out noticed the Hy-Vee health magazine called “Balance” sitting within a wire rack next to the exit doors.  I like to grab this magazine from time to time.  I often find new healthy recipes in it or descriptions of some new health-related products.  This July issue had a specific wellness article and ‘Hydration Message‘ called “Water Works”.  I wanted to highlight a recipe out of it for you and re-iterate a few of the great hydration game reminders the article point out that are pertinent to us runners.

“During just one hour of exercise your body can lose more than a quart of water.  Drink before signs of thirst appear, and hydrate before, during and after workouts.” – American Council on Exercise

Hydration Marathon

One of the things I tell my cross country team is this – you can’t wait until you feel thirsty to hydrate properly!  Hydration thru the summer months is a marathon and you have to pace yourself for the long haul.  So many of the kids come to practice having just barely rolled out of bed.  Needless to say, most do not take the extra time to get up even earlier than necessary (they are out of school after all) before they need to get to our “optional” summer practices and focus on hydrating.  So, what I tell them to do is focus on the 24-hour pre-hydration game.

However, we also want to remember not to be so obsessive about drinking water that we become hyponatremic.  I talked a little bit about this in a previous blog post called Starting the ‘Running in Heat’ Round Table Discussion.

If we eat a well-rounded diet, that includes some sodium, potassium and other electrolytes than this shouldn’t be much of an issue.  Here even is a fun recipe from the Hy-Vee July periodical that includes a yummy cool and refreshing electrolyte popsicle.  Thanks, Hy-Vee!!

Hydration Pre-Game Strategies

First strategy I talk thru with the kids on my team are a nice simple math problem.  Divide your weight in half and that’s an approximate baseline for how many ounces a day you should consume of water.  Simple and easy right?!

100 pound runner / 2 = 50 oz. H20

Then I have them look at a visual or either their own water bottle or a standard size bottled water, which is just over 16 oz.  So, we know that in this instance a 100 pound runner would need to consume at least 6-7 bottles of commercially bottled water thru out the day.  Double check your own water bottle and see how many ounces it is.

BUT – Hold the phone!!  This does NOT include the sweat that is happening during their ‘beast mode’ cross country practices in the mornings.  So,…make that at least 7-8 and perhaps a nice post-run snack of banana and peanut butter for protein, carb, potassium and sodium replacement.  Done!!

My 26 oz. water bottle helps keep my ‘Hydration Game’ strong!


Many, like mine (pictured below) are even larger than store bought water which makes hydrating a less daunting task if you only have to tell yourself to get thru 1 before lunch, 1 thru out the afternoon and maybe (depending on your weight) another to sit on thru the evening.

Fun Fact & Kudos America!!

According to the Beverage Marketing Corp. which Hy-Vee cited on page 63 of their free store magazine,

“Bottled Water is now the top drink in the country.  Americans downed an average 39 gallons of it in 2016, surpassing soda.  “

That’s some real “HYDROPOWER!”

SO…set yourself up to have a great run tomorrow and go fill up your glass or water bottle and get drinking!

P.S. Next blog post I’ll share a new campaign idea that will hopefully enable and empower all of you amazing “mother runners” out there.   Stay tuned!…
















What is GOTR and What Does it Have To Do With Me?

There is something big brewing in America right now!  I’m sure you’re probably assuming that I’m going to say it is running, and then launch off into how and why the running boom that began back in the 1970s is still alive and kicking today.  No!  What’s brewing is more specific than that.  It is more specifically GOTR.  You may ask “What is GOTR and What Does it Have To Do With Me?

GOTR is Empowering Young Women All Over America

Three years ago, my youngest daughter Vivian was presented an opportunity thru her school to participate in GOTR.  What is GOTR you might ask?  GOTR is an acronym for Girls on the Run.

Girls on the Run is a non-profit 501(c)3 life-changing, after-school program for girls in 3rd-8th grade that creatively integrates running, goal-setting and training for a 5k with a curriculum all about developing confidence, respect and healthy living. “

The flier came home from school and my first impression was pretty simply that it was a running program for young girls to learn how to run and to basically learn to get along with each other.  But after the 10 weeks that culminated in a celebratory 5k, it became very clear that the GOTR program was and IS much, MUCH more than just my first impression.

Over a period of 10 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 5th grade participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.

The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development.  Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age.  They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. We start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them.  Then, we look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships.  And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.

Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health.  At the end of each three month session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5K event.  This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum.  Completing the 5K gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.  Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.

What Does GOTR Have To Do With Me?

Girls on the Run and it’s driving principles are something I can get behind.  As many of you know, I have coached cross-country and distance running to girls grades 7-12 at Prairie and am going on my seventh year of coaching.  I’ve always thought that coaching any sport is so much more than just the sport itself, and have believed it to be an opportunity to positively influence young kids and in my case more specifically young girls.

To give a little more preface, late last winter my running bestie and I decided to go after a shared bucket list goal of running a marathon together.  We chose to run the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 7th of this upcoming fall.  It was her idea to run for charity and we both loved the idea of running for Girls on the Run.  It just made so much sense!!

We both feel very passionate about the program and what it’s done for girls all across America.  We also both share the same passion for doing what we can for youth and young women and as proof, she volunteer coaches cross country with me at Prairie.  This is not the first time she’s put her own running abilities and physical gift towards raising money and giving back towards charity, but it WILL be my first time doing so.

My Fundraising Goal

I will be running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 7th and fundraising $1500 on behalf of Girls on the Run-Chicago to empower young women. These donations go directly toward crucial program scholarships for girls in need. By June 30th I am trying to raise $200, any donation will help me hit my commitment goal!

You can donate online here:

Or by writing a check to Girls on the Run-Chicago with my name, including SoleMates 2018, in the memo section. Please send your checks to Girls on the Run-Chicago (1415 N. Dayton St, Suite 112 Chicago, IL. 60642). On behalf of the 11,000 girls that GOTRC will serve this school year, THANK YOU!

I will be honest in saying, while this new goal of running for charity is exciting and something I’m passionate about, I am a little nervous about meeting the fundraising goal.  If you have read this far and choose to help support me and Girls on the Run, I will say from the core of my heart…THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!  Your donation WILL make a difference for a young girl out there that just needs guidance, acceptance, self-worth, a confidence boost, and to be taught that she CAN make a difference in the world by learning how to be positive and make intentionally good choices.


Tomorrow is Global Running Day!

Have you heard that tomorrow is Global Running Day?!?  Maybe you didn’t realize that there is a declared day for anyone and everyone to just get out there and take a few steps.  I certainly will be fueling the bandwagon with the 8 tempo miles that I am scheduled to log for my current training.

What is Global Running Day?


Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far you go—what’s important is that you take part, and how you do it is up to you. Run a lap around your block, take your dog for a long walk, or call your friends for a pick-up game in the park. The important thing is that you have fun being active—and you inspire others to join you.


As you can see, ANYONE can participate.  You don’t have to self-identify as a “runner” per say.  I mean, really it’s just a label that is all relative.  Perhaps, you’re more of a “jogger” or “speed walker” or “saunter-er” (is that a word even?).  It doesn’t matter!!  The point is to get outside, be active, and partake.  No one is sizing you up, no one is telling you that you’re too slow, and EVERYONE should help each other get out and “run”!  Grab a friend, take a furry four-legged creature, and just go RUN!

Make a Pledge and Win a Shirt

If you think you want to possibly be part of something that is uniting runners all over the world tomorrow, you can even make a pledge thru

Shoot – I even thought maybe we can take this a step further and create a fun campaign.  I created an RMC Runners team that is free to join and all you have to do is follow this link and enter your name and join the RMC Runners team.

I will give a FREE t-shirt to the first person to sign-up and pledge to run as part of the RMC Runners Global Running Day Team! Once you sign-up online, just e-mail me a screenshot or link to your pledge page via  First person’s e-mail I receive will win a FREE RMC logo t-shirt.

I will also give a FREE t-shirt to the first person who plans to get out and partake in the worldwide festivities, and can document your run somehow either by taking a picture of your Garmin, Strava account, route or any other form of official documentation and tag me via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter @runnermomcoach.

Let’s get out there and keep the world a spinning!  Enjoy this cute Nike commercial with one of my favorite celebrity runners, Kevin Hart.



Influential People of the Running World

So, a few days ago as I was researching some information in preparation for my cross country coaching endeavors, I stumbled across a list of Influential People of the Running World.  After skimming thru the list of high profilers, it got my brain churning on who else I would’ve added to the list.  There have been so many great pioneers thru out history and continues to be ever up and coming elite runners, sports scientists, race directors, and trailblazers of their own rights within the sport of running.  Today’s post may launch me off onto a summer campaign of “Who’s Who” in the running world, but for today I want to simply introduce the very article that got me going on all of this and lay the groundwork and preface for what’s to come.

How the Fire Became Ignited

This whole topic snowballed on me after I originally was looking up some information on Coach Joe Vigil.  Coach Joe Vigil, if you didn’t already know, is a prominent figure within the distance running world and more specifically has had legendary success as a cross country coach thru out his years.

“In 1988, he was the long distance running coach on the track staff of the United States Olympic Team. He was also the head coach for the United States team in the 1997 Pan-American Games. ” –

One of the things I appreciate about Joe is that his education and doctorate are held in exercise physiology and he backs his coaching with more of a scientific approach.  He breaks down varying energy systems and attributes running success to spending appropriate time training within each energy system.

His high standards of excellence were taught to his pupils of running and emphasized that running was an all-around lifestyle of greatness, which included academics in the classroom.

You can read more about him thru several web-links here:

Runner’s World List of The Top 50 Most Influential People in Running

Coincidentally, I had stumbled across a link within a Runner’s World article featuring Joe Vigil called “Is 80 the New 50 In the Running Community?”.  The article highlighted “high performing octogenarians” and “movers and shakers within today’s running world”.

Another inter article hyperlink took me to a compiled list by Runner’s World of their Top 50 Most Influential People in Running  –

Granted, compiling a list would be an extreme challenge in itself and yet had my cogs spinning on feeling as though there were some definite potential list qualifiers that weren’t included.  Joe Vigil being one of the first that came to mind obviously.  A hindsight which Runner’s World threw response to after posting the first compiled list and thus came up with their list of octogenarians.

Inspiration, Motivation and Ideology with Running

I don’t know about you, but when I read or learn about prominent running figures and why or how they contributed to running in some way, it inspires and motivates me.

Whether it be successful runners thru out history and knowing how they got to their elite status, or pioneers in the running science realm and the education and research they’ve devoted their work towards, it is each journey documented and work publicized that fulfills and nurtures my own running passion.

As I am always on a lifelong quest for knowledge, I am frequently stumbling across great articles, books, or online resources that I will pay forward to you all as well.  For the month of June, I may even take a stance on adding to my own list of Influential People of the Running World.

If you have people of your own that you find inspiring, prominent, or significant in some way, please share by commenting thru the Contact / Comment tab at the top of my website.  Or you may e-mail me directly with a “guest post” or story of your own.


Documenting My Running Vlog on YouTube

Do you ever feel like declaring a goal out loud helps you hold yourself accountable?  Also, have you ever stopped to realize that the ability to invest 100% of yourself in the training towards your running goals is perhaps even more acknowledgeable than the race itself?  I’m ‘Documenting My Running Vlog on YouTube’ thru the running and training of my quest for you, and a little bit for myself.

21st Century Runnermomcoach

Now before you get all judgy on the lack of video quality, shaky footage, no make-up sweaty face Corrie, let me preface with saying that my purpose towards documenting my training serves two-fold.

The first purpose is as I’ve already mentioned, which is to allow all you other runners out there to get a feel for what I do in my training.  And yes, I’m open to constructive comments, recommendations or questions.  I’ve accumulated notes over the years and experience from previous training.  In addition, I try and read as much as I can about different training plans, methods and philosophies and the science behind each.

What’s worked for me the best, with a little amalgamation, has been the 1/2 and full marathon training plans out of the Runner’s World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training.  I’m currently using the advanced 1/2 marathon training plan and have implemented hilly route days for strength, additional before and after strength and mobility work, and plyometric work since I’ve noticed that my fast twitch muscle fibers seem to have gotten lazier as I’ve aged.

The second purpose of me documenting my journey is so that hopefully someday I can look back and be able to have made progress and learned better, more efficient, and more creative ways of “vlogging” my runner’s lifestyle.

And…after all, my kids tell me all the time that I’ve gotta get with the times.  So, that means spreading my influence, blog and journey out over social media, the web and YouTube.

What You See Is What You Get

You’ve also probably already noticed, that I am usually my “organic” self in my videos.  Meaning,…no make-up, hair hastily pulled back and whatever running clothes I threw on in the morning.  I don’t believe that image is everything and stand by values of believing that content and message is always more important.  So, what you see is what you get!

Summer is Near

As I prep myself for the upcoming summer months and having my kiddos home during the day, as well as the beginning of summer XC coaching and training, I realize that I should let you know that I’ll be dialing back just slightly in my blog posts.

Being a Mom always comes first for me, and the summer months is a time that I always try and be very present not only as a Mom but also with my coaching.  I will still try to remain somewhat consistent with blog posts (perhaps only 1-2 times per week), even if it’s not the typical Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

Happy Running Hump Day!!