Coach Paul Greer of the San Diego Track Club has been helping runners train for the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 for 20 years running! In this series, we’ll feature tips, workouts and programs, courtesy of Coach, that will help you conquer your first or 100th marathon!
There are two training mistakes that I have observed athletes make over the years.
- Don’t ignore your recovery days when training. They should be active recovery, meaning you can participate in some type of activity – as long as it’s not running. I suggest taking one day off a week from running, but not from exercising. Active recovery means you should be swimming, bicycling or engaging in another activity you enjoy on your day off. This is the time for you to rest and relax both mentally and physically from running. You should not overlook the importance of the time your body needs to recover from the stresses of hard running.
- Always remember to keep yourself fully hydrated, no matter the time of year. Too often runners will forget to drink, particularly during the winter months when they might not be sweating as heavily. Don’t allow yourself to become chronically dehydrated; it will severely compromise your health, as well as your training. I recommend you drink between 80 and 120 ounces of water daily.
Hope these two observations help you in the future.
About Coach Paul Greer
Coach Paul Greer is Professor in Health and Exercise Science at San Diego City College and has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and 32 years coaching experience. Greer ran the mile in under four minutes (3:59.79) and was a 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier at 1500 meters with a 3:39.05. In addition to teaching at San Diego City, Greer also coaches for the San Diego Track Club; the largest running club in San Diego. He works with over 500 runners and is the Director for the Rockin N Runnin full and half marathon training program preparing athletes every year for San Diego’s Rock N Roll marathon/half marathon in June. Greer’s workouts cater for runners of all ages and abilities and he provides training schedules to his athletes on an individual basis.
Coach Paul Greer was featured in The Game Changer, the debut episode of Milestones, a video series that celebrates and commemorate the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series history.