3 Reasons Why You Need A Run Coach

Whether you’re a brand new runner or a devoted km warrior there are plenty of ways working with a running coach will improve your running and up your 2019 race game to the next level. As a Tribe this has been something we’ve considered doing for a while and I am so excited for us to team up with Michael Liberzon of X3 Training to help you become a stronger runner and chase down those goals.

Not sure whether a running coach is for you? Here are a few reason why it is – and more details on our Tribe Performance Race Team below.

1. Determine Your Proper Volume.One of the toughest things for any runner (new or old) is determining the proper amount of volume. Too much can have you injured and sidelined before you even hit the start line and too little can have you under prepared and regretting your life choices come race day. Many variables go into this equation (e.g., your goal, experience running, history of injury/health) and your coach will help you decipher them all and on an ongoing basis too.

2. Push Your Pace (or Don’t). Are your tempo runs to slow? Are your long runs to fast? Do you even know what I’m talking about? Well your run coach will take the guess work out of your workout paces and get you ready for race day based on your current level of fitness and goals for your race. Your pace is always evolving and your coach is here for you, helping you take your workouts to the next level – in a safe and controlled way.

3. It’s More Than Just Running.Running to race is more than just tying on your shoes and heading out the door. We approach running from a holistic perspective, so not only will your coach help your running performance, but they are here to answer invaluable advice on strength training, your mental game, workout nutrition, and pre- and post- race day procedures, as well as anything else you might need to toe the start line when it comes to running and race day procedures.

Introducing the Tribe Performance Race Team

The
Tribe Performance Race Team
is an in person coached group training program suitable for both beginners and experienced runners looking to chase down goals from 5km to marathon distances. The program is group coaching designed to help you get faster and
learn proper training techniques from our certified coaches. All paces and experience levels are invited.

Basic Membership Plan option
includes:

  • Two weekly
    Tribe Performance Race Team
    coached team workouts at 7pm every Tuesday starting at Tribe and Thursday at Monarch Park at 7pm (additional track fees apply).
  • General team training plan for either beginner, 5km/10km, Half Marathon, Marathon.
  • 3 classes of runner’s choice monthly at Tribe to support training. Classes cannot be accumulated and will expire at end of month if not used.
  • Membership is minimum of 3 months commitment.
  • Members receive 10% of Tribe gear and accessories.
  • Access to a private Facebook messaging group.
  • Winter session starts
    Tuesday January 8th
    , 7pm from Tribe.
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Race Report: Chilly Half Marathon

On Sunday March 5th I did my first race of the season, the first of 4 half marathons on the schedule, the Chilly Half Marathon.

My training hadn’t been ideal after a week+ with the flu and a couple weeks away from the long run because of work, so personally my expectations weren’t high – my coach on the other hand expected much more and left me with two words as I approached the start line  “be aggressive”. FYI: Me and “aggressive” don’t have a great relationship. I hate having to “sit” in the uncomfortable feeling of a “push” and to do it for up to 2 hours – no thanks! So I really wasn’t excited about what was in store.

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My goal pace according to coach was 5:30, the goal pace I set for myself was 5:40. I ran the first 2 km easily. It was FREEZING cold (like seriously why is this race always SO COLD). And when I’d look at my watch my pace was around 5:20, I knew in the end I might be paying for it being to tired, so found myself going between thoughts of slowing back to 5:30 (which I did), and just running at that pace because it felt OK. I kept my eye on my watch and kept trying to slow myself down.

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There was a head wind after the first turn as we headed back towards downtown Burlington along the beach strip. It was cold and windy and felt tough. The crowds in the downtown area were lively as we made our way along the short rollers. This course is a double out and back with one side being much longer. This has advantages and disadvantages as it’s a long time without any turns of excitement. So good, because it’s quick and easy to know where you are, bad because it’s sometimes boooring.

I started to feel some pain/tightening in my left inner thigh around 12km, then my left glute, and eventually my left ITband. As I haven’t been feeling great my strength training hasn’t been consistent and my little weaknesses are starting to add up. I just kept focusing on my knee lift and keeping my left ankle (the one I sprain all. the. time.) straight, something I’ve been working on with the Runners Academy for the past three weeks. I’ve found recently during my training runs that focusing on better running form is making me faster – because I’m running more effectively, although I need to keep it in mind until it becomes second nature. My plan: whenever my watch would beep for km or I thought of it I’d count myself 30 seconds of a stronger knee left during my stride.

Around 17km I started to slow down (5:39- so not actually as slow as I thought). I got passed by some friends I started with and began regretting the 5:20 at the start thinking it was doing me in. I started doing my numbers like crazy in my mind – knowing I might be close to my 1:55 if I could just get myself back under 5:30. My mind was racing to make this happen. Be Aggressive.

I ran upon this old dude who seemed to be holding a solid 5:25, so tucked in behind him like a shadow and held on and it felt ugly.

My brain kept trying to convince me to slow down – as I mentioned, I am pretty sure I intentionally do everything I can to avoid that uncomfortable spot I need to be in to “be aggressive”.

After two km behind this old dude and only 2 km to the finish I pulled ahead and turned my music on crazy loud to get to the end. I don’t usually run with music – spent 4 years not, but I did in Barbados and it was a good distraction for my brain to disconnect from my body. My finish line jam – click here.

So I grinded out that last km at 5:16 and finished at 1:56 (a 5:30 pace – guess coach knows) – just off my personal best, a time set here in 2013 for my seconded fastest half marathon.

I’m happy with how I raced. I’m glad that I now have an accurate race pace to apply to my training, and I look forward to this upcoming season and finally chasing down that PB.

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Road to 70.3: Week 12

Last week marked my three months of training for my goal race of 70.3 in September. Part of me finds it hard to believe as the three months have flown by. But the other part of me that is tired and challenging to balance work-life- training balance isn’t surprised at all.The workouts are getting long and will continue to do so over the next few weeks until my taper starts. Last week I made an effort to get back in the habit of training with my training partner Kat and getting my long rides in with Nanc is helping to pass the time there too. While the physically challenge should be the biggest obstacle at this point, for me, it’s really becoming my mind. Staying committed and really getting it done. There is no question that obviously I will, but as my book deadlines get closer, and the search for a home for Tribe continues, and I’m trying to enjoy my summer with family, the challenge is strong.

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So, here’s how last week went.

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MONDAY: Today again I combined my TSX run crew with out Tribe run crew and rocked out my 90 minute run. As always the company was great, but my leg were tired (theme for the next 2 months). We went to Remembrance park and did our sprints alongside the crew from Black Toe. It was nice to change up the scenery and run in the shade.

TUESDAY: After last weeks Tuesday training break, and the fact that I do three intense workouts in a row (Saturday-Monday) I’ve decided to continue to Tuesday as my rest/yoga day. I ended up having to go into the office today which pretty much gave me the entire day off training apart from teaching YFit at YYoga and leading an evening community yoga class. It’s nice to get my  stretch on during the class which still keeping my personal workouts light.

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WEDNESDAY: Today I woke up and did a 1.5km swim before some work I needed to do from home. Needing to be in the office yesterday really mixed up my schedule. Late afternoon I got in a strength session at Lagree before our Tribe 5km run that evening. I would much rather do the strength workout in the morning, but it seems this is the only time that is actually fitting in my schedule these days. And in order to stay injury free – these workouts are key.

THURSDAY: Today the deadlines really kicked in for my book. I spent most of the day writing until it became to late to head out for a ride, so instead I hit up yyoga early and got it done indoors. Not ideal, but with the warm temperatures we’ve been having the break from the heat was nice.

FRIDAY: Bright and early Kat came over and we did a 2km swim. Our pace was a little slower than usual, but we got it done and caught up too (which would be why it took us longer). I headed to Hamilton for errands and got caught in traffic on the way back. The book deadline is still haunting me, so no ride today – just more work on the laptop.

I hate skipping workouts, but sometimes it has to happen. It doesn’t happen often, so I don’t get worked up over it. Trying to find balance has been key over these past few weeks, and sometimes things have to get dropped.

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SATURDAY: Bright and early for a 1.5km swim before a Tribe 20km run. With Seawheeze weeks again we are getting to the peak of our training cycle. A little early for my 70.3 to be hitting these distances, but it’s pretty close and i’m glad to have the crew to run with on the weekends. Post run brunch at What A Bagel was the prefect way to wrap up the toasty run.

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SUNDAY: Today started with a 60 minute yoga class at part of Tribe Yoga Jam with New Balance Canada. This weekly yoga class is back, and I definitely enjoy it. Yoga, out in the sun, 80+ people, such a great experience.

After yoga I drove to Waterdown to get my ride on with Nanc, Kim, and Ang – team #Rumblestino (our nickname for our group of 4 who raced my last 70.3 together in Muskoka) is reuniting for an Olympic Triathlon in Wasaga beach in a few weeks. I’ve always said I would never race an Olympic – it’s middle distance, which just sounds ick and I like the reaction I get when I say that I’ve only ever raced a sprint and half Ironman – but I think it will be good practice for my goal race and fun to do as a group.

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The weather today was supposed to be hot and I was worried about our late start, we all were, but with a cloud cover and low 20s temperature the 83km ride and 3km run was quite nice. The hottest part of the brick was the run. Luckily it was short – but definitely not sweet.

With a long weekend ahead I look forward to the change of scenery and getting my long ride on over the rolling hills of Kincardine – I never thought of them as rollers until my last ride up there where my GPS gave me the truth of what I was riding.

7 weeks until race day! I got this!

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