A few words with Greg Meyer

Signs of Fall 2019
The first signs of fall are showing up as some of the trees have a tint of color with the cooler temps!  This begins what I think is the perfect time of year for running!  The fall marathon season is upon us and many are planning the year ahead for long term goals!   I can’t wait to see River Bank Run alums Parker Stinson and Dathan Ritzenhein in Chicago this fall, which will be exciting!

The Amway River Bank Run is also planning for next year…hard to believe registration will open October 1.   For those who have never run a 5K or want to move up to the 25K, the fall is a great time to begin a program to get you ready for next spring.   Starting early gives you plenty of time to build up your leg strength, and you’ll be in the habit of training before the winter weather hits.  No better time to start a training program than now.   Gotta stop typing now as I’m late for a run at Pickerel Lake!  Go run!

Bump in the Road 2019
If you’re like me, at some point in your training you hit a bump in the road, an injury or strain that just seems to not want to get better.  I remember being stubborn thinking I can just run through this, or it’ll go away.  As I got older and wiser, I realized the folly in this.  When something seems to not be getting better after 3 days, consider getting looked at by a professional.  It can be a doctor, physical therapist, even a massage therapist.   I tell people I train that they need to be as committed to their recovery as they are to their training.   It’s all part of the training really.  Fixing a small problem before it becomes a big problem is the logical thing to do... but it’s hard to overcome that stubborn runners mentality that “I can run through it”.   If your car was acting up and not running right, you’d get it in to the shop before you make it worse.  Same goes for your body!   Don’t wait, that care of the small stuff!  Stay healthy.

The New Year 2019
I hope everyone is healthy and energized for the final 4 months of training for the Amway River Bank Run   If you’ve slacked off a little over the holidays now is a great time to resolve to re-dedicate yourself to the training. It all starts with the decision to get out the door and run... so get out there.

Winter seems to be returning minus a lot of snow.  Remember to layer up when you run, protect your skin, and try to run into any wind at the start of the run not the reverse!

25K Training Begins 2018
As we get ready for winter in Michigan, spring is around the corner ... And time to think about getting ready for the greatest race in Michigan, the Amway River Bank Run!   Training guides are available online …a training program for about every level and talent. Also, we have our first training run on Saturday, December 1 - 8a at the David D. Hunting YMCA in downtown GR.  A short talk followed by a nice run…followed by me leaving for Hawaii and the Honolulu Marathon! Yes, hate me if you must, but someone needs to go every year and remind those Hawaiians how lucky they are!

Remember to dress warm and in layers…choose your running routes with care as the snow piles up and run with some people! We don’t all bite…but if you don’t train, the 25K will certainly take a bite out of you!

See you on the Y on the 1st