Wednesday, August 22, 2018

I'm Coaching Again!

  I have joined Ruben Sanca's team at  I have been doing a little online coaching and this will enable me to handle more athletes and to a full spectrum of plans from ready made to the full service online coaching I currently do as well as everything in between.  Additionally Ruben has built up a whole system that from my end makes the work a lot easier and quicker, hence why I'll be able to handle more people, but also adds a lot of features and functionality for athletes.  There is a news letter, a private facebook group, youtube page etc..   This is the sort of thing I have wanted to put together myself but never had the time or expertise to do. 

  For me I'm really excited for this because I have really enjoyed this kind of coaching in the past and I have enjoyed the little bit I have been able to do on my own the last couple years but I haven't wanted to go back to doing it with some of the other groups I worked for mostly because I couldn't handle the volume that they need from a coach.  There are some great set ups for the full time athlete but for a fulltime teacher not so much.  If you are interested in personal coaching, by me or any of the other coaches, you can go to the link below.  I haven't created any of the pre-made schedules yet but I plan to steadily build up a library of those over the next year.  I would like to create a series of summer schedules of all levels of high school and college athletes.  Additionally I want to do schedules that are tied to all of the training systems that I discuss on here, Canova, Vigil, Aussie styles for many different race distances and levels.  So if that sort of thing interests you keep checking in.


Jacob said...

Hey Nate, were you able to get your sub 15 5K before the end of 2018?

Nate Jenkins said...

Nope. I ran 15:46 in late October. I am in better shape now but not by much. I took a crack at it at a weekly series my club puts on on Dec. 29th. It was a bit of a shit show. I was sick and it was very windy. I ran about 4:50 effort into the wind for the first mile and was only at 5:13 and I was FINISHED. I only ran a 5:05 with the wind at my back and then crawled a 5:21 the last mile, small hill and the last 600m were into the wind again. Ended up around 16:20. It was ugly. I finally shook the cold and my workouts have improved a lot in the last couple of weeks but if I had to guess I could maybe run 15:15 to 15:20 right now and if I sharpened up I would be in the low 15's. So long way to go yet but at least the workouts are getting back into the normal range. I did a Moneghetti fartlek on my normal loop about a week ago and ran 3.76 miles and my normal range is 3.75 to 3.9. Under that is awful and over that is exceptional so I'm back in range. Sadly this means both my 5 mile under 25' and my 5k under 15' streaks died this year. -Nate

Zechstein said...

Hi Nate,

Not sure if you still check this, but on the off chance that you do: I have a question... about your dog! There's a lot of advice about running with dogs online, but I get the impression that often the runners are on the slower end of the spectrum. I've never been close to your level, but I do train quite seriously (2:30 marathon). I've just bought a puppy. I was a regular blog reader when you were posting more and think I remember you running with a dog sometimes.

Do you have any advice on dogs and running? How young did you start? How regularly? How long? How fast? Etc.

I appreciate you may be too busy to reply to this (and may no longer read comments) but any advice would be awesome.

Hope you're running strong. Jack said...

Running seriously and your dog! First breed and individual disposition can matter. If it isn't a high energy dog it isn't going to run with someone like you for long. We purposly bought a very high energy breed, Brittany, so it would run. I also trained regularly with a sub 4 miler, Blake Boldon, whose dog ran upwards of ten miles with us, often at or under 6mins per mile at altitude. She was an Aussie. That said Eric Morse runs very regularly and pretty fast, low 16' 5k's with his westie which is just a crazy individual dog.
Starting out. Really you shouldn't run distance with a dog until around a year. We started with Uta at 6months but we took her to a vet hip specialist first who told us to start. Now starting out we would do run walks with her, running a few minutes and walking a few. Never letting her get tired. We built up from there.
Once you get going you really need to take care of their paws and be very aware of if there is something that could cause them issue, like salt on the roads or rough rocks on trail.

Zechstein said...

Thanks for taking the time to reply! That's all good to know and very helpful. Jack

Joe Sell said...

I've heard you explain that a large reason for Canova marathon training is to maximize fat utilization at faster paces so you don't run out of glycogen during the race. Would you say it's best to trust the training and plan on no fuel during a marathon? It seems like even if you have some emergency fuel for the last few miles available just in case, then you'd need to practice fueling during long runs so you know you could digest it. But if you practice fueling during training, does that diminish your ability to use fat more efficiently during those training runs since you're not depleting? Thanks so much.
Joe said...

As important as the 2nd half of your question is, does taking fuel during training impact how well the training works to improve your fat burning capability, I don't know for sure. My experience, personally and as a coach is that it does NOT impact it, but that is purely subjective.
I would say train with fuel, race with fuel, but train with a lot of specific work and specific extensive work. Now if you are really worried about it impacting training I would train taking water and then take a sports drink on race day but the change has some risk of causing issues.
Personally I didn't take much fuel, really any, during my marathons, I drank flat coke at 30 or 35km at Worlds. Pretty sure that was the only time I took something other than water. But I have no problem with hedging your bets with fuel. My issue is with people trying to bridge the whole gap with fueling. The math simply doesn't work.