A special class was designed to help students at Southern Virginia learn appropriate and advanced training principles to help them accomplish personal running goals. The class, titled “Advanced Running and Marathoning,” is meant for any student, regardless of current running ability.
While the class itself is presented towards those already familiar with running and is not a basic jogging course, it teaches students how to set appropriate goals regardless of ability, then create their own training programs using proven scientific principles, and finally coach themselves and others to success. These included taking part in half marathons and marathons near the end of the semester.
At the Blue Ridge Marathon in Roanoke, Va., last Saturday, three class participants did just that and more. Nicole Nahoolewa placed 9th overall in the women’s division in 1:44:30, and Leah Huber placed 10th overall in 1:45:08. Kelli Nahoolewa was an unofficial participant and ran the course in 1:42:54.
Ben Houldridge placed 19th overall in the marathon, running 3:23:08. A great time by any standards, even more so considering the brutal climbing in the course. The Blue Ridge Marathon boasts being “The Toughest Road Marathon in America.” The marathon includes a total elevation loss/gain of 7,440 feet. The half marathon 2,528 feet. In 2012, this time would have placed him in the top 10 of the race.
Other class participants Lucas and Catherine Reynolds completed the Charlottesville Half Marathon on April 6 in 2:35:38. Alena Chunn and Stephanie Peabody designed programs for fast times at Southern Virginia’s 5k for 5k. Dan Fotheringham took part in the Monument Avenue 10k in Richmond, Va., on April 13.
Additional class members, Taylor Ellsworth, Kim Fuentes, Brittany Kovacs and Maia McArthur, are slated for events ranging from 10k to half marathon in the upcoming weeks.
(Post by Dr. Adam Roggia, course instructor.)