Group Practice #7
8 miles on the schedule
Start time: 7:00 AM
We could not have asked for better weather for our Six Tunnels Extravaganza… (This means we ran on the historic railroad trail at Lake Mead… which has 6 tunnels on it. It’s a cool place!) It was probably in the mid to upper 50’s when we started and was in the mid 60’s at finish. PERFECT and LOVELY!
Before starting, we had a great clinic from Red Rock Running Company on fueling & recovery.
They brought a bunch of samples of various fueling products and some recovery products. We’ll be raffling off several of those items to members of the team, most likely as prizes for those who recommit next week!
(For those of you in Vegas, RRRC is going to be opening a second location soon on the east side of town!)
The clinic was great as it broke down the pros and cons of various items like gels, chews, drinks, etc. and why the team needs to be concerned about getting calories. As the coaches, we can write weekly emails to the team and we can blab on and on at practices… but it seems like after a while they start to tune us out. Until they’re hurting… it’s an unfortunate thing, but I think it’s kind of human nature!
I also need to give a HUGE shout out to GU for donating a box of gels for my team to try, since that’s the energy gel that will be provided on course at the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll. I don’t know if it’s a good advertisement for the product or not, but I loved seeing the faces of my team members taste an energy gel for the first time. Most of them, wrinkled up their nose at the texture, but then said, “Hey… that tastes pretty good!”
We do seem to have a lot of shin splint issues on our team this season… But those that mention it to us are going to be in a better place than those who suffer in silence. We can try showing them stretches or self massage techniques to use, or recommend seeking treatment. For many of them it comes from trying to do too much (more than the training plan) or too little (ignoring the training plan) as well as shoe issues. Seriously, I HATE those toning shoes. And people look really awkward in them on the trail. Just sayin’…
And in the afternoon, post-training, I got my hair cut from one of my mentors who is a stylist. She’s doing her second “Haircuts for a Cure” event, where she gives people haircuts for a donation to her fundraising. Instead of just trimming the hair, I ventured a little outside my comfort zone and had her cut bangs! So far I love them… we’ll see after I live with them for a while. This probably means that I can’t wait another 4 months before another cut, huh?