Sunday, January 19, 2020

SEO Status: Complete

The SEO upgrade to the Coach Kiprunning website is now complete. 

Over the next few weeks, we will be publicizing the enhanced webpages on our Twitter feeds, so definitely follow along, read, and click through.

Finally, there are some larger exciting developments on the horizon.  It looks like a potential reorganization of the Kiprunning Sports Club might be in the works.  Stay updated by reading this very blog.  We'll be sure to let you know what is happening.

Stay warm out there.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Coach Kiprunning 2.0 Nearly Complete

The major SEO update to the Coach Kiprunning website is nearly complete.  The work has been painstaking and long, but in the end, it should be worth it.  Our new SEO settings should result in better search rankings and, we hope, increased web traffic.  We will also be enhancing the site navigation via a fresh breadcrumb installation, and we will also ensure that the appropriate meta images are in place for all manner of social sharing.

This whole project came about due to some unexpected compatibility problems with a move to a new hosting platform.  Once the website was upgraded, it basically crashed (of course), and we had to reset all of the search engine optimization settings just to get it running again.  Once we did that, well, we had to start all over again.

And so here we are.  We're shooting to complete this project in about a week, which means that the new site will be fully functional just after the new year.  Once everything is in place, we will start sharing links to important parts of the site on my Twitter feed and on the official Coach Kiprunning Twitter feed.  Follow us there now and always!

In the meantime, enjoy the last few days of 2019.  I can't believe that we are on the verge of the four-year anniversary of this blog.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Brief Race Recap: Jingle All the Way 5K

It went okay.  Better than okay, by many measures.  This was my first race of any kind--my first workout, truly--in about 18 months.  And even though I would have liked to have run a little faster--I always want to run faster--that pacing was much better than I would have expected.

Things remain tentative, but I do feel like I am, in a manner of speaking, back.

In other Kiprunning news, Wilson Komen has spent a few weeks at his home in Kenya.  He has been chronicling the trip with gorgeous pictures on Instagram.  Check them out.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Coach Kiprunning at Jingle All the Way 5K

There will be more about this soon, but for now, the brief announcement: I will be representing Coach Kiprunning at this coming Sunday's Jingle All the Way 5K.  This will be my first race (of sorts) since my ankle surgery in November 2018.

I suppose a disclaimer is in order for any and all of my medical professionals who might be reading this post: I am not racing this race.  I've merely reached the point in my rehab where it is a good idea to get out and to be around other running enthusiasts.  I'm merely trying to see if I can hold down a pace that's about ten to twenty seconds faster on average than what I have been running during my training.

This is a low-stakes just-for-fun kind of thing, and I am looking forward to it.

More to come!

Friday, November 29, 2019

Coach Kiprunning SEO Update

We're in the process of completing a major SEO upgrade for the Coach Kiprunning website, as the following tweet indicates:
This upgrade is a little overdue, and we are hoping that when it is finished, we'll be able to offer a greatly enhanced user experience.

In the meantime, pardon our dust, as the expression goes.  Lots of things will look uneven, and we know that the various meta things that exist behind the scenes are currently empty.  Do not worry.  We will be filling them in.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Congratulations to Babak Jahromi, Grandma's Half Finisher

Babak Jahromi competed in the 2019 Grandma's Half Marathon, setting a new PR in the process.

Babak Jahromi standing at the finish of the 2019 Grandma's Half Marathon

Babak continues to push himself toward faster and faster finishing times, but for now, he is happy with this one, and we are happy for him.

Congratulations to Babak and to all of the Grandma's Race Weekend finishers!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Good Luck, Grandma's Race Weekend Racers

The annual Grandma's Weekend Running Festival (I sort of improvised that name) is happening this weekend.  Coach Kiprunning will be participating at the half marathon level, and we wish our participant--and every participant, in every race--the best of luck.  We hope, and we know, that you will do well.

Coach Kiprunners have participated in a variety of the race events held during this weekend over the years.  The last time that the group was represented in Duluth was in 2013, which, incredibly, was six whole years ago.

Most notably, way back in 2009 when Wilson Komen was beginning his coaching career, one of his running partners, Christopher Raabe, won the marathon.  (There's more on that victory on RunWashington, and we encourage you to read the article in its entirety.)

We know this weekend well, and again, we wish every participant much success.

Also, one piece of advice: bring warm clothes for before and after the race.  It can get quite cold up there!