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Thoughts from the Road: Running in 500 Words or Less. Vol. 7

Running Thoughts…from the road.

“Some days you’re the Dog; Some days you’re the Hydrant!”

What is running?? Quite simply: it’s left foot, right foot…repeat! Again and again, over and over, step after step and mile after mile. Sometimes our feet fall easily, one in front of the other; other times it’s everything we have to pick up one foot without scuffing the ground & tripping over ourselves. Running can be tough…

Why is such a simple task so varied in the effort it takes to complete?

As a Coach, I specialize in giving athletes strategies for a more efficient and less painful way to run. I talk of breathingposturefoot-strikearm-positionstride length ect… Yet with all the mechanical knowledge in the world, there are some days that the run just isn’t there. What to do then??

After years of training and coaching over 1,000 athletes I’ve come to the conclusion that although tough runs suck; the value IS THERE in just showing up!! Sure: sometimes a bad run puts us in a bad mood, makes us question our training & fitness; however these thoughts fade rapidly and the STRENGTH we gain from JUST RUNNING will last for many miles past our finish.

So: while you may not always be the Top Dog, you can rest assured that although some runs you may feel like the hydrant, you’ll always be a Lead Dog if you just show up and RUN.

Running Thoughts…from the road.

Leapfrog Athletics

Matthew A. Reedy

Coach/Owner

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An Open Email to 9 Athletes Training w/Leapfrog: B2B 70.3 & 140.6

What can you expect when TRAINING WITH LEAPFROG???

The following email was sent last week to the 9 athletes we currently have preparing for The Beach2Battleship Full and 1/2 Iron Distance Triathlon.

Being coach is more than just writing a plan…it’s checking in, keeping athletes accountable…understanding that life gets in the way sometimes…it’s about dealing with travel, aches and pains, family, social lives… There is so much more to coaching than feeding an athlete a workout.

We wish everyone success! Train Smart. Run With Purpose. Prepare Yourself.

IRONMAN THOUGHTS (& Gut Check)

Hello Everyone!

Hope this finds you all doing well and preparing both mentally and physically for the upcoming event at Beach2Battleship!

I have a few thoughts and concerns that I would like to share…keep in mind these are general thoughts and are said from my “Coach Matt” state of mind:)

First off…This is TOUGH!! It’s an “IRON EVENT” This isn’t easy, it’s not supposed to be easy. Iron is found deep in the earth…under a lot of pressure!! Realize this…Life/Work/Family/Friends/Social/Sleep…all these things add pressure…all these things are WHY the Iron Distance Races are Difficult.

For each of us…Our Training WILL NOT BE PERFECT. Such is our lives!! With this said, I’ve noticed over the past few weeks that some pressures are consistently appearing and “excusing” us from training (Myself Included…)

So…Now is the time to Re-Visit YOUR GOALS…and Re-Commit to your training where you need…

These are the areas I’ve seen and that need worked on…

EATING RIGHT. This means No Skipping Meals. We MUST Fuel our Bodies to Perform & Prevent Injury

HYDRATING THROUGHOUT THE DAY. Do Not Get Behind…it’s over 100 degrees with the heat index… Be Aware.

SLEEPING RIGHT. This one is tricky…It’s not just resisting the urge to stay out late, to overindulge in alcohol BUT IT’S ALSO ABOUT NOT SKIPPING WORKOUTS DO TO A POOR NIGHTS SLEEP. We’ve all been there…tossing and turning all night…then skipping a workout because we’re tired. In reality…I’m not even concerned about the time on the bike missed or the mileage running that is missed…I’m concerned about the MENTAL PROCESS of giving up on a commitment to yourself. REALITY: WE ARE GOING TO HAVE BAD/TIRED MOMENTS IN OUR RACES…I WANT US ALL MENTALLY STRONG. So, be tough mentally. If you plan a morning run/ride/swim…DO IT. Once you start, if you need to modify, I’m totally understanding of that (I trust you know your body) BUT DON’T SKIP SHOWING UP… Build the Mental Toughness that you will need on race day.

COMPLETING THE FULL DISTANCE OF THE WORKOUT. I’ve been guilty of this myself… There is a difference between a 65 Mile Ride and a 40 Mile Ride…DON’T SELL YOURSELF SHORT. If the plan says 75…then make it a point to DO 75…not 55. Yes, it’s a detail and yes there are time constraints…I know this, I understand this, and on occasion I have fell short myself. Please make falling short the exception, not the rule (NOTE: Kim and Christie you have an outline that is geared for much higher mileage than you need, so this one doesn’t apply:)

TRAINING WITH TRAVEL. We have an active bunch doing the Iron Races! With all of the travel for business and pleasure it is important to get SOMETHING in every day. We can’t all have our bikes or a pool with us when we travel…but we can all take our shoes. These is HUGE VALUE in just putting in some time. To make an hour will reap HUGE REWARDS!! You can always run for an hour and use that time to MENTALLY PREP YOUR SWIM/BIKE. Mental Preparation IS HUGE>Your Mind Will Overcome a Ton!! No need to kill it on time or intensity, big need to consistently move though. (If your hotel has a pool then even better and most gyms have spin classes that we can always use…once again, not intensity, just activity:)

NUTRITION ON THE BIKE. Just a continued follow up that this HAS TO BE A PRIORITY!! We need to be “over eating” now so that on race day we have a HABIT. I promise that miles will go bye on the bike that we will each likely “forget” to eat/hydrate. It’s also likely to be cool…so we won’t have the heat pushing us to drink…SO WE MUST HAVE THE HABIT.

LASTLY…Have the “Come to Jesus” moment on what your true expectation is and what your level of training is. Make sure they are consistent. I have no issue as long as your training is in line with your goals. Just Be True To Yourself. I want nothing but for each of us to HAVE A GREAT EXPERIENCE!! That Is Victory!!

I’m PROUD of each of us for CHOOSING to become IRONMEN!! Let’s Rise To The Pressure Of Our Life. Let’s Support One Another and Lets Train Smart:)

See You All Soon!

Matt Reedy

PRIVATE COACH w/LEAPFROG

TRAINING PLANS w/LEAPFROG

THIS WEEK @LEAPFROG

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Thoughts from the Road: Running in 500 Words or Less. Vol. 9

Thoughts from the Road.

The Long Straight Road.

I happen to be a fan of running long straight roads. I enjoy staring off into the distance and seeing the endless asphalt in front of me. To some this may seem unbearable, I know many runners who dread the long straight road. As for me though, it represents the potential for Achievement, the feeling of Freedom and that ever elusive Runners High.

How Far Can I Go??? That question pops in every runners mind once in a while. We are solemn creatures who brave heat, sun, wind, rain and snow just to find some fading feeling.

WHY the Long Straight Road?

Who knows! It’s not like there is a prize or a medal at the end…Only Satisfaction that I ACHIEVED the distance!! It’s a tangible look into that elusive “Runners High.” A “runners high” that is so intense we barely remember the pain it took to achieve it and after it fades we are left quietly knowing that we will make a way to achieve it again. Running really is an addiction!

I believe in the freedom that long straight roads provide. No need to guess distances, no need to over think direction, wind or surface…just freedom and ACCEPTANCE that I will eventually find the end. It’s the chase to the end that I enjoy!!

Even at the end of the long road…after the achievement is made, the High is gone and freedom has passed… it is no sooner that I complete it than I go back out and seek it again. Searching for a longer road, a greater high, a deeper sense of freedom and peace.

This is why I love the Long Straight Road. I hope you too will find enjoyment on your run journey, I wish you all the peace and freedom of your Long Straight Road.

Thoughts from the road.

Leapfrog Athletics

Matthew A. Reedy

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Thoughts from the Road: Running in 500 Words or Less. Vol. 13

Thoughts from the road.

Running involves COMMITMENT…

Running involves COMMITMENTRunning takes Time.

Put in to much time running and not enough time recovering…the body can fail.

Don’t put in enough time, running sporadically and playing the “weekend warrior” and the body can break.

So where do you draw the line? How do you commit enough and not over-train???

As a Coach I work hard with each athlete to assess their goals and put together the proper balance for each runner. We talk and we plan. We take a look at EVERYTHING…Life, Work, Family, Recreational Activities, Cross Training Opportunities, Sleeping Habits…I even know if they walk a dog!!

COMMITMENT

It takes time, and we all have a finite amount in each day. What works for one athlete likely won’t work for another. Running is like a relationship…each of us has our own unique history and as our life changes, so do our relationships. Our relationship with our running must change and evolve as our lives and goals change.

Running involves COMMITMENT. Just like a long and loving friendship…there will be good times and tough times, there will be perfect harmonies and sour patches…However, just like a relationship…when we put in the quality time and effort we can build a successful running career as each of us has built successful friendships, partnerships and relationships!!

All we need is COMMITMENT. Stay Focused, Don’t get Discouraged…Remember: Everyone has good runs and tough runs…Winners just persist!! Injuries happen…Winners just Modify and Adjust. Life Changes and so will our Running. Just Stay Committed.

Commit to Running as you would Commit to any friendship/relationship that you would like to last… Just like that friend, Running will be there in good times and bad, you’ll share success and failure, you’ll laugh, cry and celebrate together!!

May You See Running as Your Best Friend…

Thoughts from the road.

Leapfrog Athletics

Matthew A. Reedy

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Thoughts from the Road: Running in 500 Words or Less. Vol. 12

Thoughts from the road. RUN BACKWARD…To Go Forward.

Going Forward in Reverse…

I like running backward!!

Funny things happen when we just keep moving! Be it forward or backward, if we just keep going we always end up further along the road. How we move…That’s just a matter of circumstance. Sometimes we move quickly forward, other times we trudge onward barely picking ourselves up and yet at other moments we may find ourselves moving forward in reverse.

All that really matters is Activity. Just Keep Moving. ForwardsBackwardsEasy or Difficult. Just keep moving!

Sure, we modify and adjust…Life throws us curve balls, Family pulls us with obligation, Injuries Happen…Still, we must find a way to Just Keep Moving. There is Progress even when things appear backwards!!

The Value is in motion. As a Run Coach I understand the importance of Backwards Training. In life, I’ve come to learn that there is Value in Time and Motion. Even when don’t appear right…Even when everything isn’t going “the right way,” there is still Progress Being Made! AND, like in run training, often times there is very real value in those moments of “going backwards!”

May you always have the Courage to Run Backwards! May you have the Wisdom to Modify and the Strength to Make Time. It takes only a moment…May you see the Value in Movement, even if things aren’t perfect…there can be progress going Forward in Reverse.

Run Backwards. It Helps…

Thoughts from the road.

Leapfrog Athletics

Matthew A. Reedy

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