I was now back in Brussels, training for the World Cross-Country Championships in Auckland (as well as several major road races) without the guidance of my coach, George Gluppe.
Remember, this was pre-Internet days. There was no Facebook, no Skype, no online chat, not even email! I wrote George a letter perhaps every two weeks or so, and he sent me brief replies. Phone calls were rare; they were expensive.
By 1988, though, I had been running for over 12 years. I knew my body pretty well. I knew what kind of workouts I needed to do to prepare for my goal of running under 32:00 for 10,000m in the Olympics. And luckily, in my husband Paul Tinari I had a training partner who could push me during many of those workouts.
All that being said, a good coach is critical to most athletes’ success. Recently, one of my blog readers asked me some questions about coaching and leadership. Those questions got my thinking wheels spinning. I decided to write an article about how a good coach is a driving force behind winning teams and individuals. It should be posted here within the next couple of days.
When I look at this week’s Training Log, I can’t help but think that George would have held me back from doing all of those hard workouts when I was simultaneously suffering from both heel bursitis and an injured calf muscle. Perhaps some of the pain that lay ahead in the next few months could have been avoided…
February 20, 1988
AM: Did track workout. 2 mile warmup, 3 strides. 6 x 4.5 laps [on short track, total distance just over a mile] with 2 min. rest. Times 5:31, 5:25, 5:26, 5:25, 5:29, 5:30. Last 2 hard because Paul dropped out with sore calf. Felt very sluggish because of cold. Did 6 x 100m, not too fast—calf sore. Jogged home slowly. 8½ miles.
February 21, 1988
AM: Did 92-min run through forest, first half with Paul. Heel very sore at start, probably shouldn’t have run, but felt very energetic—cold much improved. Ran slowly first half, felt good right until finish. About 12½ miles.
February 22, 1988
AM: Swim 50 lengths 38:05—felt good even though goggles leaked.
AM-2: Weights—”push-strength” plus hamstring curl and extension, hyperextensions, abdominals on Universal. Worked hard 64 min. Heel not too bad.
February 23, 1988
AM: Did 10-mile route myself at Von Karman—Paul still injured. Time 65:55 even though pushed hard. Legs felt very tired from weekend. Heel not bad, right calf very sore.
PM: Jogged to track, ran mile warmup, 4 x 100m strides. 6 x 1 lap, 1 min rest. Times 68, 67, 66, 64, 65, 65. Felt very tired after this morning. Calf very sore. Jogged home. About 4 miles.
February 24, 1988
AM: Swim 50 lengths 38:10 in spite of very crowded pool, goggles leaking—felt good.
PM: Did “pull-endurance” workout plus hamstring curl and extension, situps, squats, snatch, side leg raises. Very tired today but worked hard 74 min. Heel quite sore, calf a bit better.
February 25, 1988
AM: Did 10-mile run backwards, first half with Paul. Felt overtired and sluggish before run, but worked hard—Paul helped. Time about 65:05. Calf very sore at start, stayed equally sore. Heel not bad. Biked to and from Institute.
PM: Ran from house 41 min at moderately fast pace. Felt quite energetic but calf very sore. Heel not bad. 6 miles.
February 26, 1988
AM: Swim 50 lengths 38:12 in spite of leaking goggles, kids.
AM-2: Weights—”push-endurance” workout plus hyperextensions, abdominals on Universal, backward leg press. Very exhausted today—couldn’t put much energy into workout. 64 min. Injuries improved.
This week: 51 miles running, 3 swims, 3 weight workouts, 1 Von Karman bike ride.