Sioux Falls Marathon and Half Marathon :: July - Monthly coaching tip from 605 Running Company

July - Monthly Coaching tip from 605 Running Company



Beat the heat and start thinking race day strategy

It’s hot and humid hot, you don’t want to get out and run, and the bed seems to be extra comfortable when the morning alarm goes off for you to get out on your run. These are all easy traps that we can fall into during this point of training. Training for any race distance is tough and this period in the summer is normally the toughest part both mentally and physically of any training plan. Now is a great time to try out your mid-race fueling strategy, meals that you want to eat the morning of or night before the race, and what clothes you are going to race in. You don’t want any surprises on race day, so now is a great time to experiment with your potential race-day strategies.  Additionally, July and August are always a great time to add in a couple races to the schedule. The runs can get very monotonous, so races are a great way to break up the monotony of training.

This week's tip brought to you by 605 Running Company owner and coach Grant Watley.

About Grant

Grant began his coaching career in the high school ranks, coaching cross country and track at both Lincoln Christian HS and Lincoln Lutheran HS in Lincoln, NE. He received his master's degree in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy in 2011. He also competed collegiately in cross country for one year at Nebraska Wesleyan University where he graduated in 2009 with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in coaching. Grant has coached 12 All-Americans, 13 Conference Champions, 143 all conference performers, 13 NSIC conference Runners of the week, 37 school records, 2 SD Gatorade Runner of the year, and 3 Olympic Trial Qualifiers. Grant most recently coached track and cross country at the University of Sioux Falls and as a part owner of the 605 Running Company is looking forward to bringing his coaching talents to a broader role within the community.  You can contact Grant at for more information on private coaching.

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