Elizabeth Kessler

Breakdown Of Your Running Week

"Mother, there's a mad man running in the streets, and & he's humming a tune, & he's snarling at dogs, & he still has 4 more miles to go" - Nike Ad

As distance runners, some call us insane, others say we're driven, but we just say we have simply stumbled upon something we have a burning passion for.

Many of us started running as a means to keep in shape and reduce health problems dealing with the heart, blood pressure, or lungs. Others have taken it up due to our lack of coordination which kept us from any other game. A lot of us run to achieve the "Runner's High".

However, to put it plain and simple, much of this sport's appeal is that almost anyone can do it. Running is something you can do alone or in a group or team. It is highly accessible; all you need is a little determination and a decent pair of sneakers. And, perhaps, the driving force and best part of this activity is how you get out of it what you put into it.

The purpose of this site will be to assist those of you who take this sport seriously and would like to take it to the next level by putting in solid training. The information given on this page will in no way serve as a definitive training regimen but more the less as insight to guide you in your own training program.

It will cover topics such as weekly training, strength training, stretches, and cross-training. These are all significant components to distance running which will help you stay healthy and get the most out of your training.

Get Ready For Summer Running With Some Top Camps

1AAAA Malibu Running Camp with Owen Anderson, Ph. D Pepperdine University, Malibu, California Ages: 13-99 July 20-25, August 4-9, 2007 Cost: $995 - call for group rates. About The Camp: Only camp in the world with COMPLETE program of running-specific strengthening; all ability levels welcome; cutting-edge training info; trail, beach workouts. Free transportation from LAX, references gladly provided, camp blog at http://www.maliburunningcamp.com, sightseeing trip to Hollywood/Santa Monica. Contact: Dr. Owen Anderson, PO Box 27041, Lansing, MI 48909; 517-371-4897, Fax: 517-371-4447, info@runningresarchnews.com; malibu@runningresearchnews.com; www.runningresearchnews.com.

2L Coaching Services Running Retreat Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA Age: 18+ June 22-24, 2007 Cost: $250 for commuters; $375 overnight. About the Camp: All-inclusive weekend retreat with seminars, demonstrations, form analysis, and group runs. Contact: Lowell Ladd, 15 S. Whitehall Road, Norristown, PA 19403; Fax 610-635-0778, Email: lowell@2lcoaching.com; http://www.2LCoaching.com

44th Parallel Cross Country Camp Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, MI Age: 21+ Dates: June 28-July 1, 2007 Cost: $$225 About the Camp: This first-time-ever XC Camp for Adults will combine running in the morning and sampling wines (from Leelanau County) in the afternoon! Contact: Coach Ray Antel, 323 Standish Dr., Wayland, MI 49348; 269-792-2427; coachantel@i2k.com; http://44thparallel.com/index.asp

Coach Benson's Nike Adult Running Camp University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC Ages: Adult Coaching Camp: July 2007 About the Camp: North Carolina's lush Smoky Mountains provide a cool summer running retreat for adults. The natural setting, recreational facilities and social activities create a great camp experience. You'll run on grassy fields and trails. In its 32nd year and directed by Coach Roy Benson, the camp offers separate instructional curricula designed to meet the goals of every level of runner. Contact: Coach Roy Benson, 3920 Ashford Lake Court, Atlanta, GA 30319 (770) 457-9866, runnerscoach@earthlink.net www.coachbenson.com.

Core and Strength Training