Sunday, January 9, 2011

Super Distance Summit Run

60 mins. (~8 miles)

This weekend I had the privilege of attending the Super Distance Summit at Queens put on by Coach Simmons. This is the first year that I've been present, and it was definitely an edifying way to spend the weekend. Guest speakers included Greg McMillan, the legendary coach Joe Vigil, biomechanist Jay Dicharry, Coach Simmons, high school powerhouse Fayatteville-Manlius coach Bill Arris, and finally Renato Canova, arguably one of the best coaches alive in the sport today. It was a stacked lineup, and it did not disappoint. I could spend this section recapping the Summit, but instead I will cheat and link to a great summary already written up in Mark Hadley's blog. I will add that it was pretty cool to see quite a few of other Charlotte-area running enthusiasts and coaches, as well as a few friends from out of town.

It was with one of those friends, Leo Kormanik, that Jordan and I enjoyed an easy jaunt during the lunch break on Sunday. Leo is married to my friend Jennie from Atlanta and will also be racing at Houston in a few weeks, so most of the run was spent discussing, well, running. The sky was brilliantly blue and clear, and the cold air quickly grew comfortable as the minutes ticked by. It was a beautiful day to go for a recovery run around the Booty Loop and Freedom Park, and though we'd heard that inclement weather was looming on the horizon it was hard to imagine at the time. Instead we were content to amble along enjoying the day and the camaraderie before heading back to the Summit.