Archive for November, 2012

Feel Good Friday: Rehab Edition

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Never underestimate what you can accomplish when you believe in yourself

OK, it’s Sunday, but I couldn’t wait.

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Achieving Personal Best: Jeff Weinstein

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Achieving Personal Best: Jeff Weinstein

“That deep practice concept is interesting. It describes my training process. I set a race date, set a goal time, see how close I come, and then move on to the next one. It can often be frustrating to fall short, but when you do hit your goals, it’s amazing. It’s important to set ambitious, but reasonable goals.”

While we have many talented athletes at The Dalton School (and a stunning number of those in Sin Quee/Neiers House—I’m just a little biased), ...

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Congratulations Marathoners: Brooklyn Edition

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Congratulations Marathoners: Brooklyn Edition
Still more marathon results are rolling in. The latest are from the Brooklyn Marathon, held yesterday entirely in Prospect Park.
  • Anthony Monaghan – 3:55:42
  • Carol Chera – 4:32:32 (debut)

Also, congratulations to J. Geoff Badner, who stepped away from his coaching duties long enough to clock a 3:14:59 – good for a PR and a BQ.

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Congratulations Marathoners: Philadelphia Edition

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Congratulations Marathoners: Philadelphia Edition

Major congratulations to the City Coach contingent who visited the City of Brotherly Love for the Philadelphia Marathon this morning. We had five racers – including two debuts. Sophia, Ken and Isang had to deal with the fact that they had originally planned to run NYC, yet regrouped and ran strong. The team ended the day with PR’s all around.

  • Jeffrey Dweck – 3:05:27 (PR)
  • Marc Mouhadeb – 3:16:38 (PR)
  • Isang Smith – 3:17:25 (debut)
  • Ken Weingold – 3:18:55 (PR)
  • Sophia Barnathan – 3:23:35 ...
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Achieving Personal Best: Gail Kattouf

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Achieving Personal Best: Gail Kattouf

“Most everything I do well now, I failed at first. I learn the most after I fail or watch someone fail. It hits me hard and I hate the feeling and learn from it well.”

I met Gail Kattouf at this year’s Duathlon Nationals, where she ran and rode the course as if it were a downhill, while the rest of us felt otherwise. She excels in running, duathlons, and triathlons, and among her many accomplishments, she was this years ...

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Congratulations Marathoners: Harrisburg Edition

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Congratulations Marathoners: Harrisburg Edition

Congratulations to City Coach’s Matt Duelka and Liz Corkum, who used yesterday’s Harrisburg Marathon as their Plan B race. Both did us proud. Matt ran 2:55:56 in his marathon debut. Liz was hampered by an injury yet (perhaps against her better judgement) toughed it out and finished in 3:43:17.

(Thanks to Liz Delong for the nifty photo of Matt.)

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Congatulations Marathoners: Richmond Marathon Edition

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Congatulations Marathoners: Richmond Marathon Edition

Congratulations to Bayly Bulkeley for her 3:06:08 at this morning’s Richmond Marathon. Great work despite the extended taper. Great work Bayly.

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Achieving Personal Best: Interview With Meb Keflezighi

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Achieving Personal Best: Interview With Meb Keflezighi

Fear of failure is what makes me successful. – Meb Keflezighi

In my last post I wrote about my project examining how elite athletes achieve personal best. I’m fascinated to see the path these athletes took and how they came to be so good. It’s informative  to learn how many athletes who are perceived as “gifted” actually know plenty of failure, as well as to see how much time is needed to cultivate those gifts.

One such athlete and ...

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Congratulations Marathoners – Plan B

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Congratulations Marathoners – Plan B

As many of our NYC Marathoners scatter to find their “Plan B” race, we’ll keep you posted on all the results. This weekend, Ralph Toussie traveled to the Delaware & Lehigh Heritage race for his marathon debut. Ralph ran the challenging course in 3:56:09.  Ralph is a City Coach newbie, but a veteran of our Red Hook track program.

Congratulations Mr. Toussie.

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Guest Post: Isang Smith – Run Anyway

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Guest Post: Isang Smith – Run Anyway
I recently sent you a string of messages over the course of a few days that went like this in chronological order:
I’m Going to Run a Marathon!…..I’m Still Going to Run a Marathon…I’m Not Going to Run a Marathon….____BLANK____
That message string will be completed at the end of this e-mail. As you probably all know, Hurricane Sandy devastated the east coast last week. Many of us experienced a halt in our daily routines because transportation, electricity, and supplies were scarce ...
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