Saturday, February 21, 2009

Ayuh, it's Time to Plan

I wanted to update you on upcoming running happenings out of Peak Performance Multisport in Portland, Maine. Now is the time to plan your training for 2009!

On this coming Tuesday evening, February 24th, Coach Brian "Ziggy" Gillespie will be at Peak to talk about his six-month training program slated to begin on the following Wednesday evening, March 4th. The informational session is at 6:00 pm, is free of course, and you can go here to register.

On Sunday March 1, and every Sunday thereafter, we’ll meet at Peak for an open group run at 8:00 a.m. These will be structured much like the mid-winter runs we did in Cape Elizabeth – various distances and paces, water stops, and camaraderie all the way. Please let me know if you have any questions on this. I foresee occasionally changing up our meeting place to get a change of scenery. Of course I’ll keep you posted. Register here.

On March 18, at 7:30 P.M., Ziggy will offer a free clinic on "How to Prepare for a 5K". If you don't have much training or racing experience, this would be a terrific session to hear - in clear and simple language - how to get ready for that most popular distance race. Even if you are experienced, you just might learn a tip or two! You can go here to register.

On April 15th, at 7:30 pm, after the tax returns are in, Julia Kirtland will be at Peak to talk about injury prevention and teach us some good self-care techniques. Julia is a massage therapist in Portland, Maine and was one of the top runners in the country. She won the USA Marathon Championships in 1997, and twice qualified for the Women's Olympic Marathon Trials. She is a three-time champion at the Beach to Beacon 10K in the Maine Women’s Division, and presently competes in triathlons. Don’t miss this invaluable free clinic!

Finally, on April 29th, at 7:30 pm, I’ll have an informational session at Peak to talk about the 18-week marathon and half-marathon training program beginning at the end of May. While there will be an overlap with the Sunday group runs, this is a distinct program from Ziggy’s six-month group, in that the focus is the Peak Performance Maine Marathon and Half-Marathon on October 4th. Here’s the link to register for the informational session.

All of this is on the Peak Performance web site, AND, there are more running clinics planned for each month. I don’t want to completely flood you with information here - thank you for staying with me this far!

Feel free to comment or e-mail with questions. I hope to see you next week!

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