Well, as of yesterday's workout, I've completed the first week of summer workouts. Have you? I'd have to say that as a guy who's used to training by charting mileage only, yesterday's LSD day was still my favorite. I ran road/ trail loops at Nazareth with my main man Jeb. But I can definitely tell that every activity is benefitting me. Arms & shoulders and the core work have clearly been needed as they are producing some soreness. But I never thought the mertyl stuff would be such a workout, esp in the glutes. Plyos is fun like always, but I fear I'm no Shawn-T. I gotta admit I hate the speedwork, but I got it done. I'd like to hand it to my family--they're my training group and are really helping me keep on track. If you live in the North Nelson/Cox's Creek area and like to join us, give me a call--we normally train at around 10AM and do our runs at the Methodist 2nd Campus. ONE FINAL NOTE: do the workouts RIGHT. If you do what's supposed to be an easy run like a tempo, you're jacking up your whole week. Tempos are tempos and easy is supposed to be easy. The key? Talking. Run with somebody and talk the whole time. If you can carry on a conversation, it's an easy run. If you're gasping out one word answers to their questions, back off, you're overdoing it. It really helps to find a partner you're at pace with and then talk it up.
Coach Dan Bradley has been working with Nelson County athletes in Cross Country since 1993 and Track & Field since 1995. An avid runner and sometime competitor, Coach Bradley was a USATF masters-level road race series gold medalist in 2010. He is also an English teacher and Journalism advisor at NCHS in Bardstown, KY, where he lives with his wife and their four children.
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