Coach's Corner!

Note:  I am a newly certified RRCA Running Coach.  Everything posted in "Coach's Corner" is my opinion.  I  am not a doctor.  As with anything on the internet, take everything with a grain of salt!
We'll see how this works out, but I wanted to start a weekly Coach's Corner post to document my adventures as I start out as a newbie coach.  I'm not sure what might go in here... advice, failures and successes as a coach, interesting info I find, or just gloating about how awesome my athletes are.
Currently, I have 4 ladies that I am coaching to their first half marathon, and 1 that I'm going to help work back to a half marathon (post-injury).  I love, love, love the half marathon distance, as you all know.  Did I say love?  Anyhow, so these are an ideal set of athletes for me.  I feel it's the distance that I can most draw on my personal knowledge.  Anyhow, I'm totally excited about this.  And hope these ladies have the nerve to tell me to shut my trap when I talk too incessantly about running tidbits. 
So I started week 1 off with a Motivation Monday e-mail... and what has come up the most in the first week has been strengthening exercises to help prevent injury.  My coaching instructor, Janet Hamilton, is brilliant in physiology and biomechanics.  And why re-invent the wheel, right?  She wrote an excellent article HERE that I recommend everyone read.  She also wrote a book entitled "Running Strong".  I have it and plan on giving it a read and review soon.
Tidbit of the week - Stay hydrated!!!  It's something that is so easy to ignore when it's cold outside.  HERE is a great fact sheet from SCAN (Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition).
Motivational quote of the week - If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.  --John Bingham
Don't forget, last day to enter my GoLite Running Tights giveaway!