This past weekend marked the culmination of our Winter TCTC Training session, and the largest group of runners we have had yet. We are so proud of our runners and thankful for the mentors who have supported them throughout these past 18-20 weeks. I hope you all are as proud and inspired as I am to see the improvements and sense of community that have grown over these past months.
So, shoutouts to our runners!
In the Bayshore events on Saturday, we had an iffy weather start, but our team did very well and represented proudly! In the 10k we had Kim, Geri, Tracey, Marianne, Jenn, Megan, Christine T, Chris H, Coach Ross, Joe, Kim S, Melinda, April, Susan, Sara, Brooke, Jen B, Victoria, Stefanie, and Maia.
In the half, we had Katie, Jill, Chris B, Rose, Mike H, Nichole, Jessie, Phillip, Cindy, Stephanie R, and Jennifer L.
In the full marathon, we had one incredible runner, Mark! Congratulations runners!
In the North Mitten races on Sunday, we also had quite a few past and current members running: Rob, Michelle, and Geri in the Half Marathon; Angela, Chris T, Kim B, Anne, Rose, Mimi, Jenn, Laura, and Chris H in the 10k; and Joe, Chris B, and Janice in the 5k!
Finally, on Monday’s race at Cadillac in the Stride for Strive 5k, congratulations to Kim, Tracey, Rose, and Joe for their awesome finishes!
As we all begin to move this week, and move slowly, please consider taking some time to allow your body to recover and heal. This has been a long training segment, and body systems, as well as the mind, need time to get back to neutral before beginning another training routine. Do some active recovery such as walking, easy cycling, swimming, or light hiking these next few weeks. Enjoy doing something different than you normally do to refresh your motivation to train.
When you’re ready, then take time to consider what your next goals will be. In my RRCA Coaching, they emphasized the need to cycle training throughout the year. If you just finished a long race buildup, take a few months to work on doing some shorter races. If you just finished a buildup for some shorter distances, try adding to your endurance by doing some long runs. Then, after you have strengthened these alternative systems, return to a training segment for your original goal and reap the benefits of training up a variety of systems. You will find greater success and enjoyment through broadening your training focus.
Remember, the goal is to be a life-long runner, so enjoy every minute of your training, even the rest times!
We are in the midst of planning our end of training celebration, so please check your emails and our Facebook group page for details. Keep in touch with us for any questions, and we look forward to seeing you in our next training session beginning in late July to prepare for October races!