The video speaks mostly for itself. I forgot to mention my first priority was a new PR (personal record) and second, make a good video. I was out there to run my fastest race. Well, all went perfect. The weather was beautiful, the course was dry and the support was great. I had another great time in Catalina. I love that race, the people associated with it, the volunteers and the participants. I hope you enjoy it.
Video Focused, Steve Mackel – Sole Runners Head Coach
I don’t even know where to start but can I ever top this marathon? Probably not. Today was history. Today, 2500 years later we retraced history. Everything about the day was special and the last 2 minutes of the video are almost worth the first 10 minutes.
Once again I try to show you the course and the people running it, as well as share my personal experience with you. I met people from all of the world. What I don’t show you or talk about are the smells. International marathons, or at least this one had some smelly people. If you smell the chances are I don’t interview you. Second, more men run than women and it feels like it is the exact opposite in the States. Also, the runners are much faster. I haven’t seen the official stats but the median finishing time has to be closer to 4 hours rather than most marathons in the States which seem to be around 5 hours.
The city of Athens stepped up and this marathon was managed very well. I felt it ran smoothly and have some suggestion for race directors that I Iearned today.
I also managed to PR which added to the day and my feelings but nothing beats running into the marble Olympic stadium in Athens. The music was pumping and the people never stopped cheering. It was amazing.
Now, I can start looking for the next international marathon to run. Join the email list in the center column and it will keep you in the loop because the Sole Runners had a great time and are going to make this an annual event.
Lastly, I have to thank all the Sole Runners that made the trip over with us, Michele for making our wings that everyone loved, and all our well wishers. I’ll see you State-side soon. Look for my Madrid video at the end of the week.
Train Focused, Steve Mackel – Head Coach Sole Runners
This video gives you a good idea of Amsterdam, and the type of terrain if you are considering the Amsterdam Marathon in October. I also take you around to some of the more popular sites. It could be considered as our 2011 Annual Away Marathon.
Train Focused, Steve Mackel ChiRunning® Instructor
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Why watch it in parts. You gotta love YouTube but they limit the time length of your videos. Viddler doesn’t but they don’t have the deal with Facebook and other sites. I know 16 minutes seems long but heck the marathon is 26.2 miles and takes hours. In fact, over 7 hours for me this day. I did take a couple hours at Mile 18 to help man the Sole Runners Holistic Aid Station.
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Race Focused, Steve Mackel – Sole Runner’s Head Coach
Part 2 is my experience after working 2.75 hours at the Sole Runners Holistic Aid Station at mile 18. Coach Gary tells why he had such a great time helping other marathoners and I run in with the back of the pack. I have never finished at the 7+ hour mark before. i meet a lot a great people and learned a lot. There are interesting stories. Watch and see why this race and the the new course attracted so many runners that gave it their all to cross the finish line.
Race Focused, Steve Mackel – RRCA Marathon Coach
Here’s my video from 2009′s Buffalo Half. Not like most because I put camera away and ran hard. I took 1st in my age group and 17th overall last year. Even better, our MarathonTraining.TV group did fantastic. We had 10 podium spots, many PRs, lots of first timers crossing the finish line and everyone had fun.
I still don’t know if I will try to defend my title or just have fun and film. Pray for another sunshiney day.
Race Focused, Steve Mackel – Certified ChiRunning® Instructor
It was my favorite book o
f last year, Born to Run. It is a must read or listen if you are a runner.
In this interview Christopher McDougall shares why he wrote he book and his love for running. It is a short clip yet gives you a glimpse into the psyche of this author/runner.
Sometimes meeting the author give you a clearer picture as you turn the pages. It helped me imagine the “Oso” plowing his way through the Copper Canyons and inspired my running overall.
Read Focused, Steve Mackel – ChiRunning® Instructor
This video is awesome and supports what Coach Gary and I have been preaching for 5 years, ChiRunning®. A mid-foot strike running paradigm that gives you the sense and common sense of what it is like to run barefooted.
You don’t have to believe me listen and read some of our testimonials
If you can’t watch Listen to the NPR story
And if you want to read Danny Dreyer’s take on this Read his article
This is just the beginning of the revolution and I will be talking a lot more about it too.
Train Focused, Steve Mackel – ChiRunning®/ChiWalking® Instructor
ChiRunning® Coach Ryan Miller out of Boston runs a 5k in 15 minutes and change, that's fast, you do the math. With ChiRunning® and a stability disc, he has taken time off his old PR. He demonstrates some exercises and talks about secrets that help him pass his competitors.
Check out Ryan Miller web site: http://www.sisuproject.com/
Balance and Focus, Coach Steve, CPT
Last week we talked about the specific foods you can include in your diet. This week is about cellular cleaning
Coach Gary and I will be hosting tonight's Holistic Nutrition for Runners with Luanne Pennesi RD MS and Gary Null PhD.
topic is entitled “Performance Nutrition”
Eat Focused, Steve Mackel – Sole Runners Head Coach