Did you enjoy connecting with your new favorite running buddy?

I hope you all enjoyed connecting with your new favorite running buddy today.  “G” is always there for you, and can be incredibly helpful yet never says a single word.  All “G” asks is that you show respect: “Don’t fight me because you’ll pay the price.  Instead, let me help you move forward gracefully.”  And who is “G”?  That would be “gravity”.

We covered a lot about proper body mechanics today, probably more than most can absorb in a single lesson; and we do plan to reinforce those lessons about efficient, injury free running throughout the season.  But if I had to sum it all up with a short phrase, it would be “Let gravity be your friend”.  Here are some tips for harnessing the power of gravity:

Flat surface running: 

  • Lean slightly forward, with your entire body aligned (not bending forward at the waist).
  • Think about landing on your mid-foot, with your feet landing quietly underneath you.
  • Keep your arms relaxed, low, and gliding back and forth at your sides.

Downhill running (i.e., feeling like a Super Hero)

  • Lean slightly forward, with your entire body aligned (not bending forward at the waist).
  • Let your stride lengthen as you “fall” forward down the hill. You will naturally accelerate with minimal effort.
  • Keep your arms relaxed and gliding back and forth, without crossing your midline. If you need to raise them a bit to maintain your balance, go for it.

Uphill running:

  • Lean slightly forward, with your entire body aligned (not bending forward at the waist).
  • Shorten your stride
  • Keep your arms relaxed, low, and gliding back and forth at your sides.
  • Tell yourself that it’s not that hard. You are actually giving your “flat surface” muscles a break.

The L.A. Marathon course has a lot of gradual uphills and downhills, and it’s long! Throughout the season, we’ll help you not only add miles but also refine your technique. As you learn to run more efficiently, you’ll prepare yourself well for tackling this big challenge. 


“If you had asked me a month ago….”

One of my favorite parts of being a coach is hearing people express their pride as they realize they achieved a distance they didn’t think they were capable of.  It happened for the first time this season as Adam shared his excitement with me over having completed today’s challenging route.  “If you had asked me a month ago, I would have told you I could never go this far.”  It was the first time we added a hill to our training, and it was the longest distance the marathoners were asked to so so far. And they did it.  And for all you half marathoners, I bet 4 miles now sounds easy.  It was only a month ago when we began the season by walking two miles.

If you can make that much progress in a month, imagine what December will bring, then January, February and March.  To those of you who are thinking “I can’t do a half marathon” or “I can’t do a full marathon”, you may be right about your capabilities today, but stick with the training, and you will be able to achieve your goal. 

You are capable of whatever you put your mind to and work hard at!

Go Team!


Congratulations on Achieving a Major Milestone

Just as recovery is filled with small successes that add up to long term sobriety, your training is a series of successes that are giving you so much to be proud of.  We are now in Week 5 of our training, and already you have achieved a lot. Not only have you been consistently getting up and showing up, you are getting stronger and going further.

The most common distances for races in the distance running community are a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and full marathon.  If you did the full 3 miles either this Sunday or the Sunday before, you completed the equivalent of a 5K!  That’s the first major milestone. Awesome!  In just a few more weeks, you’ll be celebrating the fact that you just completed the equivalent of a 10K!

Yes, you can do this.  Keep believing in yourself, and keep showing up, and you’ll be very proud of what you accomplish.


Four Reasons to Join the Early Morning Midweek Training Sessions

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning throughout Marathon Season, Robin will be leading midweek training sessions.  These sessions have a multitude of benefits, benefits that are physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.  Here are some of them:

  1. Your muscles and joints will thank you. Even if your cardiovascular system is strong, your joints and muscles need time to adapt. Let’s give them plenty of opportunity to do so. If you get your body accustomed to running/walking several times each week, your muscles and joints will be fully prepared for the longer distances that will come later in the season.  Midweek training is an opportunity to honor yourself by honoring your body. 
  1. You’ll feel good about yourself afterward. It may be hard to drag yourself out of bed, but think how good you’ll feel once you get out there, and how you’ll feel throughout the rest of the day as you congratulate yourself for getting out there and doing it. You will have made the decision to get up and show up, and that will be a reason to reflect on your day with pride.
  1. You will enjoy the camaraderie of the team. We’re all in this together.  We will celebrate our successes, and hold each other accountable.  Be part of something bigger than yourself.
  1. Robin will inspire you. Robin supported the team during the 2015-16 season and he did an awesome job. He was consistently there and consistently positive. He knows that training is tough.  He knows how to keep you motivated and he brings a sense of enthusiasm that will put a smile on your face no matter what.

If you are already doing the midweek runs, awesome! Keep it up.  If you aren’t doing them yet, I encourage you to check it out.   The benefits listed above are but a few of the many.  See how many more you can experience.


You’re Starting a New Healthy Habit!

Congratulations to all of you who showed up for training two Sundays in a row.  To those of you who came for the first time, welcome; and to those of you who showed up for our first Sunday and missed this past Sunday, we hope you’ll come back.

As we start the season, it’s time to commit to a new habit, a habit that will serve as a metaphor for recovery.

Just like training for a full or half marathon, achieving the goal of long term sobriety means working hard every day, and surrounding yourself with those who support your goal.  It means you get up and show up. It means going the extra mile.  It means not giving up when the going gets tough.  And, when you need support to go the distance, you will have coaches, volunteers and the rest of your team to rely on. We’ll help you on the road to the LA Marathon finish line, and there will be others in your life who will become your support network as you journey beyond Beit T’Shuvah.

And most importantly, it means that because of your efforts, you’ll be able to look back and be proud of what you accomplished out on the Marathon route and in your journey through life.  

You can do this!