Monday, October 15, 2018

Kip Accomplishments, October 2018 Edition

Shyam Biswal is a new Coach Kiprunning trainee who has had a stellar year, dramatically increasing his marathon PR while looking forward to his ultimate goal: finishing the 50 States Marathn Challenge and the Abbott World Marathon Majors (races in Chicago, New York, Boston, Berlin, Tokyo, and London).  He just completed the 2018 Chicago Marathon.

Shyam recently offered us his thoughts about running, and we are happy to share them with you today.

Coach Kiprunning: What inspired you to start running?

Shyam Biswal: My father had a stroke at an early age of 54, and he struggled to function normally after the stroke for rest of his life. I was a heavy smoker during my college years, and it worried me a lot after quitting that if my father got a stroke as a non-smoker, it could happen to me as well.

Furthermore, I am at a high risk for heart disease. With age, I developed prediabetes and hypertension.

I got into running initially with the belief that other healthy behaviors, such as clean eating, would follow so that I could restore my health

Shyam Biswal holding a finisher's medal at the 2018 Chicago Marathon

CK: What does running mean to you in your life?

SB: As I turned 50, running has been my greatest passion. It makes me happy, and it keeps me focused, disciplined, and positive. It reduces stress and improves brain activities.

CK: How has running changed your life?

SB: Running, particularly training for a full marathon and then completing the race, has taught me a lot about myself. On the health front, I have been able to reverse my obesity, prediabetes, hypertension, and many parameters related to blood lipids that could have increased the risk of heart disease. I no longer need medicines for hypertension and glucose control.

CK: What challenges are you going through?

SB: I am very focused on improving my running. I switched to a vegan diet and quit drinking alcohol for more than a year ago to improve my performance. I lost a lot of weight, and my BMI came down to a normal level and has now plateaued for the last several months.

I believe to perform better and remain injury free, I will need to lose additional weight. As a vegan, I feel much better and am more energetic than before, and I believe that the weight loss challenge will also work out.

Running has taught me a lot about myself. The excitement to break new boundaries and to challenge myself has been my greatest motivation.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Volunteer Support: DC Road Runners Annual Picnic and 3-Mile Cross Country Race

Coach Kiprunning was happy to offer race support for yesterday's DC Road Runners Picnic and 3-mile cross country race.

runners starting the DC Road Runners 3-mile cross country race on a grass field

This event is held annually on the grounds of Bethesda's Landon School.  The course is a cross country course in the truest sense: the terrain is varied, and the hills are plentiful and arrive intermittently throughout the race.

Daniel Ritter claimed first place with a time of 17:52.  Liz Ozeki was the first female finisher, crossing the line in 20:38.

Afterward, attendees enjoyed plentiful food and plentiful dessert.  It was a great night for the event, and we were happy to support it.

buffet dinner from District Taco at the 2018 DC Road Runners Picnic

photo of DC Road Runners Club members at their 2018 picnic on the grounds of Bethesda's Landon School

Next week, we will also be providing support for the National Capital 20-Miler.  We hope to see you there.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Congratulations to Eliud Kipchoge, New Marathon World Record Holder

Eliud Kipchoge set a new world record for the marathon today in Berlin.  Kipchoge finished in 2:01:39.
This record was over one minute faster than the previous world record.
An amazing accomplishment, no doubt.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Announcement: 2018 National Capital 20-Miler

Once again, Coach Kiprunning is proud to publicize (and to offer race support for) the National Capital 20-Miler, organized by DC Road Runners.

logo for the National Capital 20-miler featuring two black figures, a man and a woman, jogging with an American flag and a drawing of the Capitol building in the background
Both races begin at Carderock Recreation Area, running southeast toward DC on the C&O Towpath.  The 20-miler actually makes it all the way to Georgetown before making a return loop back out to Carderock.

Both events will be held on September 30, 2018, and they are perfectly timed to be tune-up races (or training runs) for any number of fall races.

Registration is available on the DC Road Runners website.  We hope to see you there.

In the meantime, feel free to peruse our photo album from last year's events.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Congratulations to Michael Wardian

Congratulations, Michael.  This is a great accomplishment.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Kip Accomplishments, July 2018 Edition

Vacation always goes by far too quickly.

Anyway, we're back now, and we've got some accomplishments to share.

This past weekend, Tanya Senanayake, who just rocked the Vermont City Marathon, finished the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon as a training run for this fall's Chicago Marathon.


Tanya Senanayke with a finishers medal at the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon
Tanya Senanayke
In other accomplishment news, I just competed in the Bluemont 5K, hosted by DC Road Runners.

I've talked about the benefits of joining a running club before, and I'll just reiterate that point here.  These races are free for club members (this is a perk specifically for DC Road Runners; I can't speak for other clubs), and they offer great training structure and easy ways to enhance weekly speed workouts by, you know, sponsoring some 5K races.  As always, the competition is strong enough to make these races worthwhile for runners of all ability levels and at all ages.

Look at these times!

Joseph P. Fisher finishing the Bluemont 5K in 18:42
Joseph P. Fisher
For my part, I'm still eyeing a December marathon, and in the meantime, I'm hoping to climb off of this six-minute plateau that I've inhabited for the first part of this year.  Still, I was pleased with last night's run.

Onto the next one!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Rest Break: Summer 2018

photo of Navajo Sandstone formation in Kolob Canyons

In less than one day, at the unholy hour of 4:00 am, I will be departing for vacation to some remote regions of the Colorado Plateau.  Access to the Internet will be either scarce or nonexistent, and it will be wonderful.

I've done a similar trip before, and it was great.  I'm looking forward to doing this again.

As a result, this blog will be on a brief hiatus of sorts.  We'll be back soon enough, though.  I'm hoping to get in some serious training during the second part of this year.  Right now, I'm trying to target December's California International Marathon, using the Baystate Half Marathon as a warm-up race.

Updates will be on the way.  I guarantee it.

To stay informed about various other Coach Kiprunning things, follow along on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  Our excellent communications team will be ensuring that those feeds remain running (no pun intended).

I'll talk to you soon, dear readers.