Committed to delivering the best performance training products and programs for exercise and athletics, Octane Fitness, LLC and Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO) have partnered as a silver level sponsor of Team USA Minnesota. Founded in 2001, Team USA Minnesota is dedicated to training post-collegiate distance runners to compete at elite levels, including Olympic participation, from distances of 800/1500 meters to the marathon.
Meet Becky! Her dream training partners are her parents. Becky's father had a total knee replacement a few years ago, but has still walked in a few 5K races and her mom is currently training for her first 5K. She would, "...love to finish a race together as a family." Who is your dream training partner? What activities does your family do together?
Running on hills is an important part of training for any race. If your goal race is on a hilly course, specific training becomes very important. Hills pose a unique challenge, but can also benefit runners by activating different muscle groups than you use on flat courses.
Meet Emily! She recently moved to Chicago, IL and loves jamming out to Girl Talk, DJ Earworm, T-Swift, Iggy Azalea, Queen, Springsteen, and more on her runs. Most likely you'll find her jamming out on her runs along the Lakefront Trail! What's your go to running music? Know any running routes that should be added to a dream list?
Team USA Minnesota has been selected as the 2015 recipient of Running USA’s Allan Steinfeld Development Award. The distance running training center, which is based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, was presented with the $25,000 grant at the Running USA Industry Conference on Feb. 9 in New Orleans.
Meet Aaron! Aaron and his wife are expecting a baby girl this month. His current goals are, "...I'm just hoping to be able to keep up some sort of mileage after the baby arrives. When spring arrives, my goal is to successfully train with both the baby and the dog! I still haven't quite figured out logistics of running with both the baby and dog but I'll figure it out!" What are your current or future running goals? Any advice for running with kids and dogs?
Meet Linda! Her favorite training program to follow is from the book "Train Like a Mother" because "They have plans for every distance from 5K to a marathon and obviously take into account the demands of motherhood and how to fit training into a busy life!" What is your favorite training program?
Team USA Minnesota’s Eric Finan, Jon Grey, JonPeterson and Meghan Peyton will be among the competitors at the USA Cross Country Championships in Boulder, Colorado, on Feb. 7. The open women’s 8k race is at 12:15 p.m. and the open men’s 12k is at 1:00 p.m. (Mountain time) and will be broadcast live at www.usatf.tv.
Emily, a recent transplant to Chicago, IL, says she's been thinking about getting into podcasts in her long runs but is afraid she might miss her music. What have you tried while training alone during long runs? Any advice for how to keep your mind busy?
Ask a Coach, with Dennis Barker, is TCM’s way of helping you get the most out of your running and training. Barker, who coaches Team USA Minnesota’s professional athletes, answers your questions and offers helpful tips targeted at runners of all abilities. Today's topic: Setting Up a Year-Long Race Schedule.