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The hay is in the barn…race week thoughts

The hay is in the barn…race week thoughts

As many of you prepare for your season finale this coming weekend in either Kelowna or Victoria or Kona or anywhere else cool in the world, I urge you to repeat after me: “the hay is in the barn”.   At this point in the game, the work has hopefully been done; if not, it is too late now and you might as well wing it!  For many of you (ok – all I hope!) this is obvious.  You really can’t expect to train for a big race inside of 6...

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7 Race Week Taper Tips

7 Race Week Taper Tips

There are a few widely accepted rules and approaches to taper /race week and here are my favourite race week reminders: Keep frequency of running the same. If you usually run 5 days per week, aim for about five training runs on race week too.  If you usually run 7 days a week, consider adding one as an OFF day and train on 6 days (which is at least close to 7 as compared to cutting down to 3).  This makes sure you do not “go...

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Welcome back Koter

Welcome back Koter

So. I have ignored my blog for TWO years + 3 months.  I took a hiatus.  I can explain and/ or make excuses but it will all sound like this: blah, blah, blah.  Here’s the  1 run-off sentence summary – missed making the 2012 Olympic team, was devastated and gutted, took a break, which turned into 2 + years, went back to uni, earned degree #3 (I am SO done with school now forever) in Education, worked my first year of full time...

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Post-race workouts

Alberto Salazar’s group may have made post-workouts most famous, but they are not the only ones to throw in some tempo, speed, or even volume after a race.  I especially love doing a long run while enjoying post-race endorphins – I find it much more enjoyable than once the soreness and fatigue sets in the next day!  Sometimes it only takes a few more miles in a cool-down, combined with a warm-up and a race to make for a high...

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Getting a Head Start: Athletic New Year Resolutions

Getting a Head Start: Athletic New Year Resolutions

  There is nothing like a new beginning to kick-start old goals! The beauty of a new year is the opportunity for a fresh start, the chance to invigorate your training with increased commitment to new and returning goals.  Thankfully, the New Year comes at a great time: right at the end of a period of indulgence, fun, and broken routine.  January 1st gives you a very definite timeline: this is the day that you refuse desserts, drinks,...

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What day is it? Where am I?

What day is it? Where am I?

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind to say the least! I have no updated my blog in a few weeks and a lot has happened. I am, however, really grateful for all the messages and emails of support and inquiry so I figured it was time to bring things back to current around here. And oh my goodness it is long so I should figure out how to do the “Cole’s Notes Version!” From what I can recall, in less than a month I have raced in...

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An nyoung ha seh yo

An nyoung ha seh yo

In case you didn’t get that: Hello in Korean! Track and Field is a crazy sport. In the middle of April, I would not have expected to spend the first two weekends of May racing in Jamaica and in Korea; but here I am, desperately trying to at least memorize the complicating and foreign phrases for “Hello” and “Thank you” in Korean.  Learning Jamaican was much easier! One of the things I love best about my sport is that it is...

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