|Graduating class of the Hill Clinic. All photos courtesy of Margaret Gagnon|
|Me giving James some salt tabs to try out.|
|Some of us getting ready for a nice run after the race planning lecture.|
We followed up the Race Planning clinic with a nice 10 mile run through the Headlands and then grabbed some seafood lunch and giant beers in Sausalito.
The next day we held the Hill Running Clinic starting at Tennessee Valley. I could hardly see through the fog going across the Golden Gate Bridge and after getting reacclimatized to the warm dry weather in CO, this 50 degree wet climate had me bundled up in every piece of clothing I brought and the car heater on full blast. Maybe I could teach the clinic from the car…
I typically start with an overview, then talk about technique and body position for various lengths, grades, and terrain hills. Then I demonstrate and have everyone do drills to practice. Easy stuff, right?
After the clinic we had some food and handed out several giveaways courtesy of NorCal Ultras, then headed out for an 11 mile hilly (of course) run to Muir Beach, looped around back to TV and finished up the day like we did the previous one at our favorite seafood and beer place on the water in Sausalito.
Thanks so much to all the participants. I had a great time and really enjoyed meeting and talking with all of you. I hope to see you folks again next month when I'm back to the Bay Area for more running clinics.
More photos here (and all of Margaret's photos may be seen on Facebook HERE)
|Pen won a Patagonia tech shirt as one of our giveaways, courtesy of NorCal Ultras.|
|These clinics are for all levels, even Chris Wehan in blue (4th at Miwok 100k!)|
|Claude and James (won a nice training diary book in our giveaway)|
|"to beat your competition in hill running, trip them."|
|Our hills of choice.|
|Pre-clinic chatting with Karen and Lauri.|
|Ken and Chris show how the downhill drill is done.|
|"Two things you have to remember when running uphill: Breathe in. Breathe out."|
|Our photographer, self portrait: Margaret Gagnon.|
|Melanie and Pan practice fast hiking techniques.|
|Pete and Liana ready to run.|
|After the clinic we ate some food, gave out prizes and then had a nice 11 mile trail run through the Marin Headlands.|