Sunday, October 21, 2007

Down the Shore with...Jason Kilderry

Three things take up huge chunks of my time. The first is writing. The second is reading. And the third is running. I've been training with Jason Kilderry of ETA Coaching since May, and it's because of him that I'm going to attack the half marathon portion of the Philadelphia Marathon on November 18.

Jason also has a great love of the shore, and he has a fab event coming up on October 28 for endurance athletes, which is why he's the second victim, er, subject of the "Down the Shore with..." series:

1. What do you consider "your" shore town?
North Wildwood. My aunt has had a house in North Wildwood for over 20 years, so that was where my family would always go.

2. What's your favorite bar in Wildwood?
Keenan's [113 Olde New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood, 609-729-3344]. They play good music, draw a big crowd, and it's low key. You could show up in flip flops, bathing suit, and a t-shirt, or you could where a button down with jeans and still fit in. It's not expensive, either, unlike most shore bars.

3. Most people go down the shore to eat eat and eat some more. Any restaurant or dish that stands out?
Believe it or not, I love the Vegas Diner [14th and New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood, 609-729-5511].

4. Tell us why running on sand can be bad for you.
Running on very "soft" sand can accentuate over pronation. And what I mean by that is everyone's feet roll in when we run -- it's our bodies' way over dispersing are weight. Some people roll in more than others. This is called over pronation. Whether or not you over pronate, the soft sand will accentuate the pronation and cause extra stress on the shins, knees, and hips. On the other hand, soft packed sand is very soft and can be better than the pavement. So there are good and bad aspects to it. My suggestion is to gradually build your running frequency and volume on the beach.

5. What else should someone consider when running in a shore environment?

I would follow the same rules for sun protection, as if you were planning a day on the beach. Even if your super fast, you will not be able to out run sunburn. I would also follow basic rules of hydration. As long as your are sipping water throughout the day, dehydration should not be an issue. If you are running over an hour, you should either carry water with you or plan your route out to ensure that water is accessible.

5. You've been my running coach since May, and it's made a huge difference in my running game. Share with our readers why having a coach can help you, whether you want to train for a 5K or a triathlon.
Coaching can be a benefit for the very beginner athlete to the advanced. Most athletes don't realize that it's very tough to arbitrary throw workouts together and hope to perform optimally on race day. A coach can structure your training to ensure proper training adaptations, promote injury prevention, and perform at his or her best on race day.

6. And tell us a little bit about your upcoming event.

On October 28th, I will be holding an informational meeting for athletes who may be interested in coaching at Fit Fast [700 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Eagle Plaza Suite 21, Voorhees, 856-627-0060]. I will be explaining what I do and why ETA Coaching Systems is a good choice for individualized coaching for endurance athletes.

If you would like more information on the event, or about coaching, email Jason at info [at] etacoach [dot] com.

Know a good candidate for "Down the Shore with..."? Drop me a line at jenmiller27 [at] mac [dot] com.

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1 comment:

Trish Ryan said...

That is so cool--great interview! I have friends who did the half-marathon when I lived in Philly (I opted out the first time I heard about the need to cover one's nipples with band aids...) but it was fun to cheer them on from the sidelines :)

I'd love to hear more of the things your coach has taught you about running!