I once struggled with blowing up from heat exhaustion, lack of hydration and under-fueling but I finally figured it out. The more fit I became the stronger and quicker my adaptation to hot weather became. I adopted simple cooling methods like dousing with giant sponges drenched in icy water, ice hats and ice baths.
Thanks to the worldwide resurgence of barefoot running and minimalist footwear, trends that were considered “fringe” as little as a decade ago— holistic approaches in physical therapy, sports medicine, and the coaching of natural running form — is the new norm. Statistics show that race participation by runners of every level of ability and ambition, in events of all sizes and every distance has grown higher than at any time in history. The whole world is welcome to share the starting line of a big-city marathon or an epic trail ultra-run with the top runners on the planet.
Despite modern advances, many of these same runners struggle with recurring injuries, often caused by risky training habits that frustrate their progress. A lot of times professional coaches make things complex so they can sell them. I help people discover their unique gifts and strengths by running simply for the pure pleasure of it. I’m at my best when drawing from the global history, philosophy, and spirituality of the sport, and putting those principles directly into practice.
There’s a lot to be said for good, intuitive coaching. I’m very straightforward, precise and selective; unless something works for you I’m not doing it. I have a strong concept of structure and consistency but every run does not need to be a programmed workout. My system is very easy to communicate and my approach can lead to a rewarding boost in confidence.