I had to pass on the Nike running clinic. Sayang, it was free. When I checked out the Nike Running website, I saw that the program does not match my taper period program. I was so looking forward to get proper coaching on my running form.
Luckily enough Baldrunner posted that Team Baldrunner will be offering free speed training. I was hoping that this running clinic will match my program.
I arrived at Ultra and looked around to figure out where TeamBR had their set-up. I saw that the pax of the Nike running clinic have started arriving. After wandering up and down the track, I saw one of BR’s elite runners and asked where I should go. He pointed to the right and I recognized Capt Espejo.
When I looked around, I figured that ours will be a very small class. Actually, DocTommy and I were the only students. We were both wearing the Paa-Bilisan singlet so we looked like we were in uniform. Fun!
Captain Espejo gave us a bit of background of what we will be doing. For starters, we jogged around the oval to warm-up. Running on the track was heavenly. Compared to my 400m sidewalk at BHS, this was sooo soft.
After the warm-up we did running specific stretches and then on to the drills.
When I started running, I just laced up and started running. I had no idea about drills. I eventually figured out a few stuff about running from scouring Runner’s World and a lot of running articles. However, I have never been guided through running drills. This is something you can read and read about but is really hard to practice without seeing how it is done properly.
Master Sgt Salazar made Doc Tommy and I do several repetitions of jumps, high knees, butt kicks, heel lifts and clawing. These exercises were designed to help us improve our form and running economy.
Then it was time for our 30min run to measure of VO2 Max. Ayayay! MS Salazar ran with me and Doc Tommy was running with one of the elite runners. How was the run … picture this I couldn’t slack off too much because MS Salazar was running behind me. I was afraid he would bonk me on the head hehehe. It was very encouraging to have somebody running with me. When I slack off, he would refocus me with phrases like … Light on your feet, Follow my cadence, Push it, Even pace, Dont look at your watch. Oh no! I might have to ditch the Garmin during training … in exchange for developing an inner garmin. Fair trade.
We finished off with another round of stretching.
I was able to do 12 laps in 30mins. The coaches said that they will compute my training paces and give it to me next session. I just need to merge it with my taper program.
So how was the experience?
The elite runners showed us how it was done. Watching them run was amazing. I didn’t know that they actually ran in a straight line … every step is like a Ms Universe step just faster. I’m a visual person so seeing how it should be done helps me figure out how to adjust my form.
Being coached was something new for me. I’m so used to figuring things out myself so it was a good experience to have an expert answer my questions. If you do go to the clinic, don’t be afraid to ask questions and get feedback from the coaches. Some of the answers they gave were a bit straight from the book but they walk the talk or more like run the talk and can show you how it should be done and how to improve your running economy.
It helped a lot that MS Salazar was running with me during my 30 min run. Not as cheerer but his sound bites to refocus me will be useful in my future runs.
I’m not getting off my training program but I will definitely join next Tuesday! Hopefully they will be happy to incorporate my program to my traning plan.
BR, many thanks to you and your team!
I was able to say hi to Mark and Tiffin but missed saying hullo to the bloggers who were training in the Nike clinic. They were in the middle of their work out by the time we finished.