At The Running Center we believe that everyone can gain by training like a runner, whether you are a weekend warrior or a competitive athlete. By incorporating some running and its accompanying physical and mental training protocols into your training plan, you will benefit from the improved fitness and well-being that it provides. One of the benefits of training like a runner includes having a goal and working towards that goal, not just going through the motions of exercising without understanding what you are doing or why you are doing it.
All training programs at The Running Center are goal-directed. Becoming an informationally-based athlete will help you to achieve your goals. This may include wearing a heart-rate monitor to know your heart-rate; wearing a stop watch to know your pace; or keeping a training log to see your progress.
Goals are established as a baseline in the beginning of the program and are continually discussed and updated based upon your progress. We don't just throw a training schedule at you and have you fetch for yourself. We're methodical in our approach to coaching and we'll be with you every footstep of the way.
What we aren't: We are not a running shoe store retailer whose main purpose is to sell running shoes and apparel, but who happen to offer running classes on the side.
What we are: We are a full-service, professionally coached and managed training facility for runners. You can call us a “specialty gym for runners”, but we're more than that, since we offer a one-stop-shop of many services for runners.
What we aren't: We are not a bunch of runners who merely wake up one morning and say to themselves, “Gee, I love to run, and hey I’ve run a marathon, so I guess I could coach other runners, too. I think I’ll become a running coach.”
What we are: We have experience (19 years of coaching), knowledge (have coached over 10,000 runners) and credentials (USATF, Level 3 educated, as well as being certified personal trainers).
What we aren't: We do not hold "day jobs" from 9 to 5 in another profession and then have a part-time job at night as a coach.
What we are: We are coaches, 24-7-365.
The Cheetah is Nature’s Answer to the Beauty of Speed. Pure Poetry in Motion. It is the fastest land animal on earth. Virtually every part of its body is adapted in some way to maximize running speed. Who else but an athlete consumed with speed and time would appreciate that and what can we learn from this beautiful animal?
From a standing start, a cheetah can reach a speed of 60 miles per hour in just a few seconds. Most racing cars can’t do that! Full sprints last about 20 seconds and almost never exceed one minute. Its top speed, clocked at 71 miles per hour, can usually be maintained for about 200-300 yards.
Each stride covers 7-9 yards with only one foot touching the ground at a time. At two points in the stride, no feet touch the ground.
The cheetah has a small head with high-set eyes. A long, fluid, greyhound-like body is streamlined over light bones. Small collarbones and vertical shoulder blades help lengthen the stride. The flexible spine works as a spring for the powerful back legs to give the cheetah added reach for each step. Special paw pads and blunt semi--retractable claws provide great traction, while the tail acts as a rudder for quick turning.
Large nostrils and lungs provide a quick air intake and an oversized liver, enlarged heart and adrenals also facilitate a rapid speed.
The cheetah’s vision is sharp with a wide-angle view of its surroundings. This is due to its elongated-shaped eye. Black "tear marks" beneath each eye run from the corner of its eyes down the sides of the nose to its mouth to minimize the sun's glare and aid in hunting.