Most marathon training programs run 26 weeks and the Los Angeles marathon is only 19 weeks away
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Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) October 24, 2006
Steve Mackel, head coach of the Beach Runners marathon training program in Long Beach, suggests that runners who want to run in the Los Angeles marathon need to begin training immediately.
"Most marathon training programs run 26 weeks and the Los Angeles marathon is only 19 weeks away," says Steve Mackel. "If you want to run the Los Angeles marathon or another springtime marathon such as Catalina, you need to start training."
"Too many runners procrastinate training until the new year then risk injury by trying to squeeze in too many long runs without enough time to recuperate," warns Mackel.
Steve Mackel, along with Gary Smith, recently coached over 200 people to finish their first marathons and half mara-thons at the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon.
"We are quite unique as we use a holistic training program," explains Mackel, "we improve running form through ChiRunning, develop flexibility by teaching yoga, cultivate a calm mind through meditation, and enthuse runners to improve their spirits through opening their hearts to the joy of running with others in a supportive group."
"The experience of athletes was inspiring," adds Gary Smith, "we had one girl lose 40 pounds, others found peace from stressful workplaces, and couples deepened their love affairs by training together."
Steve and Gary are certified ChiRunning instructors personally trained by Danny Dreyer, the originator and author of this revolutionary running system.
ChiRunning combines the principles of Tai Chi with the modern science of running to create a way of running that reduces the pounding, pain, and damage from running.
"We have runners who could not run more than 3 miles due to knee pain, who after learning ChiRunning, were able to complete their first marathon pain free. Of course, they were a little tired," chuckles Steve, "but using the techniques of ChiRunning enabled them to complete a lifelong goal of completing a marathon injury free."
"To see the tears in their eyes as they cross the finish line reminds me of why I teach people how to run better," says Mackel.
"More than 65% of runners in the U.S, which works out to 15.6 million people, will have to stop running because of injuries this year," warns Mackel, "but runners who take a holistic, low-impact, approach to training such as using ChiRunning and practicing Yoga, can run year round without any injuries."
Steve and Gary offer free running advice when you sign up for their website at http://www.SoCalRunning.com, a mind body spirit running community, that serves as their blog to publish success stories of their runners, inform runners about their Marathon training programs, and educate about ChiRunning.
Steve and Gary will be restarting their unique marathon training program for the Los Angeles and Catalina Marathon beginning November 11th. Sign up at http://www.socalrunning.com for priority registration.
They have three upcoming ChiRunning workshops scheduled for the fall in Southern California. October 28th at Ocean Park in Santa Monica; November 4th at Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach; and November 28th at Trump National Golf Course, Palos Verdes. All workshops are on Saturdays and start at 8:30 A.M. Make reservations by signing up at http://www.socalrunning.com or by calling Steve Mackel at (818) 414-9181.