LEE McCARRON

Canadian Running - - EXOTIC DESTINATION -

on com­mu­nity

“I’m a big pro­po­nent of group run­ning be­cause I be­lieve that we’re stronger to­gether. That likely comes from my back­ground as a CIS run­ner, but now as a coach, I see how that group at­mos­phere helps to keep the pres­sure down and the ex­cite­ment high when we travel to marathons. There’s noth­ing bet­ter than stand­ing on a start line with a group of peo­ple that you’ve worked hard with.”

on pre­hab

“Rest is a re­ally im­por­tant part of in­jury preven­tion. In our pro­gram (the Hal­i­fax Road Ham­mers), ev­ery­one has a min­i­mum of one day off a week. Foam rolling is great for home main­te­nance and I en­cour­age my run­ners, if they have cov­er­age, to take ad­van­tage of that and use if for pre­ven­ta­tive mas­sage ther­apy and physio. An­other thing I would say that peo­ple over­look is shoes – I en­cour­age run­ners to start a marathon build with a new set of shoes and not to go too long be­tween re­place­ments.”

on the wall

“Dur­ing my first marathon, I def­i­nitely hit the wall, at about the 37k mark. It was prob­a­bly the most painful ex­pe­ri­ence of my life if I’m be­ing hon­est. It was like some­one was stab­bing me in the quads. But, you learn from that ex­pe­ri­ence and it teaches you the im­por­tance of a re­al­is­tic race plan. I tell the run­ners that I coach to put the reigns on, to trust their train­ing and know what their race ef­fort feels like (which is why race pace work­outs are im­por­tant). You can look at your watch, but rather than re­ly­ing solely on it, I en­cour­age run­ners to un­der­stand the ‘feel’ of their race pace.”

AGE 29 HOME­TOWN HALIFA X MARATHONS 8 PB 2:27 Lee McCarron at the NYC half 2017

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