Last evening, Michelle and I attended a running-related event:
Funny enough, I heard about this free presentation in the Runner’s World Forums, “Canada” section! I rarely look in this category, so it was just meant to be that I happened upon the posting. I recruited Michelle to join me, knowing she’d be as gung-ho as me about attending.
Guelph is a 30 minute drive from Waterloo, so Michelle and I enjoyed girl time [ie gossip chitchat] in the car, to and fro. She is a lot of fun to hang out with!
The theme of the evening:
I cannot express how excited I was to be in this atmosphere! Attendance was well over 100 people, I’d say, so I wasn’t alone in my enthusiasm! And how’s this for funny – after a washroom break, when I re-entered the hotel conference room, I could decidedly smell “running” – that slightly sweaty, wet-tech-fabric scent was definitely in the room! (Yea, kinda gross, but comes with the territory!).
The first guest speaker was Dave Scott Thomas, renowned running coach. I loved his exubert, passionate, yet casual and modest way of presenting material.
Dave is the coach of the Guelph Speed River Track and Field Club and coaches THREE of the FOUR top-ranked male marathoners right now in Canada! How awesome that they are based just DOWN THE ROAD from my city??!
Here are the three guys:
The best part?? All three guys were in attendance!
And the very VERY best part??! I got my photo taken with Reid! What an unassuming, quiet, polite, modest, nice guy! I kinda gushed when I asked for the photo – and Eric Gillis took it for me (embarrassingly, I did the photo opp before the presentation, and didn’t realize Eric was Eric – oops! Coulda had TWO celeb running photos, had I known!):
Dave Scott Thomas discussed the training regimens of the marathoners. I was impressed that he imparted some trade secrets, even:
The second guest expert was Dr Trent Stellingwerff. Michelle knows him from way back, so he came over and chatted before the evening started – a very nice, unassuming, well-spoken guy.
Trent spoke about marathon nutrition for both the elite and recreational athlete, addressing fueling for pre-run, during the race, and post-workout recovery. Again, he shared details specific to Reid, Eric and Rob’s training – lots of spreadsheets, graphs, percentages up on the Power Point. I love this stuff!
After the two presentations, the floor was opened up for a Q & A session. Michelle asked a question – and received a Powerbar goodie bag!
I would have
given my right arm loved to have walked out with a giftie bag; alas, I couldn’t come up with an intelligent question to save my soul that I could pose to the group…
My favourite question came from the recreational runner who asked if it’s really necessary to forego alcohol as a non-elite runner (ie a daily glass of wine). Trent’s simple reply? No!
I HAD SO MUCH FUN! Call me a geek, but I thoroughly enjoyed learning the optimal number of carb grams you should take per hour during your marathon (it’s 60 g for most people, but is based on body weight). I could write you a 15 page essay on all the information presented, all the details; suffice to say, I picked up ideas, but even more, I just had FUN soaking up the information, basking in the geekdom of running-related minutiae.
That being said, I just have to post a couple of tidbits of knowledge (I know some of you are marathon training, so not everyone will be bored to tears!)
**the major take-home piece of info? as you’ve likely heard before, we are all experiments of one.
~what type of sports drink should you consume during your run? Studies prove a mix of glucose + fructose is optimal
~fuel during your race is weather independent; fluid intake is weather dependent
~it’s ok to lose 2-3% of your body weight during a workout
~ if your urine is clear, you’re likely overhydrated; you want a slight yellow tinge to your pee (no subject is sacred to runners!)
~”you don’t need to bang out tons of intensity [mileage] to become a pretty good runner.” Dave Scott Thomas
~in his lead-up to last fall’s Scotiabank Marathon, Reid peaked at 227 km per week; his taper week before the ‘thon was 100k (this mileage includes the 42.2 k of race day)
Two complaints about the eve: 1) it went on too long. Michelle and I left at 9:30 p.m., finally (the evening started at 7:00 p.m.). Alan Brookes was quite…verbose. And Dave and Trent had a lot of information to share. 2) they only brought the three marathoners up for the Q & A at the very end of the session – I could have listened to a lot more of just them sharing their experiences and tips.
It’s an exciting time for marathoning in Canada! We could be on the cusp of some breakthrough performances, and Jerome Drayton’s longstanding Canadian marathon record time of 2:10:08 could be eclipsed within the next few years.
The exciting final announcement of the event was that all three marathoners will be competing at the Waterfront Marathon this fall. Click here for the link to the official press release. Wow. I just may have to have a New Experience!…”witness the breaking of the Canadian male marathon record!”