Archive | April, 2013

MAXIMUM VERSUS OPTIMUM by Coach Cary

28 Apr

Posted April 23, 2013 by Tim Cary | 
One of my favorite lessons to teach to runners is “Maximum versus Optimum.”  These two words have different meanings, but are too often used synonymously.  Maximum is the greatest amount possible.  Optimum is the best or most favorable amount.  As goal-oriented people, runners often want to push to their maximum day in and day out.  That sounds great, but our body cannot constantly give its maximum without dire consequences and negative repercussions.  We need to remember that our goals are positioned down a long road and that we must travel the optimum distance daily to reach them.  You do not, for example, start a marathon at maximum speed and expect to maintain that pace all the way to the finish.  Rather, you start at the optimum pace.  In training, you must train optimally – not maximally.  Too many dreams have been dashed by an overzealous training and racing schedule.  When you are unsure about a planned workout or race, take a step back and ask yourself, “Is this maximum or optimum?”  If you can do that, you will experience a much happier, healthier, and more satisfying running career.
Good Luck and Happy Racing.
Coach Cary
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Amanda Albrecht’s Marathon Debut!

7 Apr

Amanda Albrecht did much more then just complete her first marathon, at the  Go! St. Louis Marathon today.  Not only did she finish, she finished in the top 20 women overall, finishing in 3:26 as the #14 female to cross the line! Amanda ran a very intelligent race from the start, while being a running, “rookie.” She stuck to her race pace and plan, and resisted the temptation to go out too fast.  Amanda has been committed to her training, and has been running every weekend with her Runnababez team mates.  Everything added up to help Amanda hit her goal of a sub 3:30, which is quite different, (and much further)then her previous background as a college 5’11 high jumper !   As the marathon miles progressed, and temperatures climbed, Amanda prooved she was badger tough and continued to reel in runners in front of her.  Congrats Amanda a job well done!

Amanda post race @GO! Marathon

Amanda post race @GO! Marathon

Amanda running the final stretch of the marathon

Amanda running the final stretch of the marathon