A week ago Saturday was the last training run of the sixteen week half-marathon training program my club, the DC Road Runners, provides the coaches for (including me). We were treated to a talk by Samia Akbar, a premier American marathoner sponsored by Reebok.
Following an All-American career in track and field at American University, she debuted in the marathon at New York in 2006 and placed twelfth, third American, running a stunning 2:34:14. Watch out for her at the Olmypic Trials next month in Boston!
She spoke about tapering. Everyone's different, she said.
She said to stay hydrated.
She spoke about her warmup routine, a combination of static stretches and short bursts of intense running to get her cardiovascular system elevated.
She signed autographs for everyone. She's a charming young lady. Just look at her with Not Born To Run. Old pals!
Here's the group outside of our meeting place, Gotta Run Running Shop in South Arlington, just before going off on our last long run before the big race. Do you see any grumpy people in there? They all have at least nine miles of running immediately ahead of them. Why are they so so relaxed and . . . happy looking?
Good luck to everyone in the Reebok SunTrust National Marathon and Half-Marathon Training Program who is running the race this weekend. And good luck to Samia . . . in Beijing, I hope. (Photo credit Lee.)