The Mountain Hardware store downtown (722 SW Taylor Street) will host a running clinic on Saturday, February 6th at 9 am. I know it’s early for a Saturday, but training is not about excuses. Learn how to prepare for 8k, 15k, and marathon-length courses from two certified coaches, DeeAnn Dougherty and Katie Hunter (check out their bios here). These short-haired firecrackers have dozens of years and thousands of miles of experience transmitting their perkiness to your quadriceps.

Thousands of eyes of the tiger
  • Thousands of eyes of the tiger

It might seem like training to run for distances ending in -thon requires an obvious combination of will-power and practice for longer and longer amounts of time. Not so! There's a pretty cool science to rest and recovery intervals, engineering your heart rate to get the most impact out of the least amount of cardiovascular torture. I don't really understand it, but I don't question it either.

You will pick up tips on 1. Running techniques (left, right, left, right, left, right, left, right…and the lesser known paradiddle hop) 2. Performance Enhancement (which has nothing to do with herbal supplements), and 3. Goal Setting (go faster).

After a Q & A, session the coaches will lead a three mile run in two pace groups for s l o w and fast runners. The clinic is free, and there will be prizes and snacks and drinks. Don't miss this opportunity to talk conditioning, racing, and the shorts, oh, the shorts!