Welcome to Jack’s Marathon Team!
My name is Everett Phillips, and I am the official JACK’S TEAM Coach.
JACK’S TEAM was established in 2005 when a group of athletes came together to join the fight against melanoma. Your fundraising efforts and dedication to raising awareness will truly make a difference. Our success stems from a unique strength, passion and focus each member brings to the team. JACK’S TEAM focuses on creating a memorable experience for our runners that lasts well beyond the finish line.
Whether this will be your 1st or 10th marathon, we hope you will find the experience of running 26.2 miles for the Jack’s Fund personally rewarding. I certainly have in the past, and I look forward to running with you as a teammate and being your personal running coach this year.
This coaching program is new and FREE to Jack’s Team members – it is my way of volunteering for Jack’s Fund and it fulfills my personal commitment as an RRCA certified running coach to give back and help fellow runners.
To date all of my coaching has been done face-to-face, so this will be a new challenge for me, as we will most likely interact by email, Facebook, and/or on the phone to the extent you desire.
Our plan is to set up a private Jack’s Fund group Facebook page for sharing of team stories, ideas and concerns, as well as arranging TEAM runs in the Chicago area.
I also look forward to hearing your story — running history, best race times and details about your marathon day goal and why you decided to run with Jack’s Team.
Below, you will find my “Coach’s Blog,” where I will share my running history/passion and my personal story with Jack’s Team.
I hope you will visit this blog as your resource for training details and information on a variety of topics, e.g. types of workouts, stretching, fueling during long runs, etc.
We will forward copies of the marathon training programs to you by April 1.
Please feel free to email me back and introduce yourself.
I look forward to meeting and running with you!
Everett C. Phillips
Weekly Blog Posts – Be sure to check back often!
COACH’S WELCOME … I hope by telling you an abbreviated version of my running story, I will explain where my passion for long distance running was born, why I continue to run for Jack’s Team and why I think my running experiences may be a useful resource to you during your upcoming training.
4/01/2014 – COACH’S BLOG#1 … Finishing a marathon is a tremendous accomplishment and a life-changing event. Your experience on race day will depend on the extent to which you successfully prepare and train for this challenging endurance event. With the help of a sound training plan and weekly training tips I hope to guide and support you to realize your goal. I hope to get you to the start line healthy, ready and equipped with a strategy to successfully cross the finish line – happy.
4/14/2014 – COACH’S BLOG#2 … By taking time to recover after each stress, your body will slowly adapt to these stresses. It is during the recovery days that you actually grow stronger. Your body adapts to the stress of running and you will become more efficient at running. I will go into greater detail on this in my next update.
5/01/2014 – COACH’S BLOG#3 … Hi team – sorry for missing a blog last week. I am back after running the Nashville marathon this past weekend – a challenging hilly course. The weather conditions were far from ideal and I struggled in the heat to finish well. In a later blog I will share with …
5/18/2014 – COACH’S BLOG#5 … I hope your first week of training is going well and you are getting your runs in. I know it has been a bit miserable out there dogging the rain this week. I find it refreshing to run in a soft drizzle.
5/19/2014 – COACH’S BLOG#6 … What a weird week we just had – sun, rain, SNOW ! I trust you enjoyed the beautiful weekend and I hope your first Long Run went well. As we enter Week 2 of our training plan for Chicago there is little change from week 1 with the exception your Long Run distance increases by 1 mile.
5/29/2014 – Blog #7 … I trust you enjoyed a beautiful Memorial Day weekend. I spent some time trail running in central Wisconsin at my cabin. We are now mid Week 3 of our training plans for Chicago. The Chart below summarizes the training plan for this week.
6/02/2014 – COACH’S BLOG #8 … I’d like to extend a BIG WELCOME to NYC Team members to your first week of training and Naperville Team members will begin their first week of training starting June 9th.
6/09/2014 – All Systems Go! … Well it’s all systems go, all three of our 2014 Jack’s Marathon Teams are now in training. This week’s update will focus on a news blast to update everyone on:
6/23/2014 – Food, Shoes and Body Glide ... Check your shoes. As you increase Long Run miles – are you experiencing any blisters, toe issues or soreness in your heal or forefoot?
6/29/2014 – What’s Your Fuel Plan? … Going forward the weekly runs will not change much for the novice and beginner plans and generally will remain between a max. of 5 to 6 miles. The exception being for the Intermediate plan where the mid-week runs will slowly progress to between 8 to 10 miles. However, over the next 10 weeks the most significant change will be the steady increase in the Long Run distance – again the key workout to prepare for your Marathon.
7/07/2014 – Slow and Easy … Remember the key is to train your body to be on your feet for the distance of the Long Run (slow and easy – this is no need for speed)
7/13/2014 – Perhaps I am stronger … Soak in this accomplishment and let your friends, family and co-workers know each week going forward of your new personal distance record. Oh yeah – week 10 means you are almost ½ way through your training – can you believe it?
7/21/2014 – Building Endurance … It looks like we will have some hot days in store over the next two weeks so be careful out there – hydrate well, avoid running midday, and wear light clothes, a hat and sunscreen.
7/28/2014 – Hitting the Wall … I hope all is going well with your training. Last weekend I bonked on a 16 mile long run in the woods in Central Wisconsin. It was my second 16 miler in preparation for the Fox Valley Marathon in September. So why am I telling you this? Even us coaches can have an “off” day now and then.
8/05/2014 – Proud of Every Step – I felt I could have run longer. The point of my story is that sometimes we need to listen to our bodies and take a break now and then and most importantly not get caught up in the plan. There will be weeks when it’s fine if we hit 95% of the plan and likely weeks when you achieve 110% of plan.
8/10/2014 – Sharpening Phase – OWN IT! – Welcome to the Sharpening Phase of Marathon Training – the goal being to Sharpen your body for the Long Run Endurance and build in some speed or hill work on alternating weeks. The speed work will help to improve your stamina running your goal pace, and, the hill work will help to build leg strength and improve your stamina.
8/18/2014 – Surviving the Long Run … Assemble a “Tool Box” of metal or other strategies that help you overcome mid run issues. Spend time to reflect on and remember the things that have helped you overcome a struggle, you can draw on them in the future when the need arises.
8/25/2014 – Heat and Humidity … Wow – what a brutal weekend for training. It has been a very long time since we have had several days of 90+ weather and coupled with nearly 100% humidity – making it hard to breathe maintaining an easy pace. Don’t be discouraged – it takes your body several weeks to adjust and some people never adjust to it.
9/01/2014 – Know thy Sweat Rate …. If you prefer to use water only on the course and use your on fuel supplement then test out various Brands. If you get an upset stomach after taking in a full gel or Gu package then consider spreading out the intake over each hour by using a chewable – such a Chomps, Chews or Shot Blocks
9/08/2014 – Listen to your Body … Most of all listen to your body. If you are feeling tired this week take an extra day of rest – you can skip a midweek run this week to rest up and recover from any soreness to prepare for the final push next week
9/15/2014 – Your Mission this week …The weather was ideal for running, but you likely had to dig out some heavier shirts, possibly some light gloves and perhaps a hat to keep warm during early morning runs this week. Hopefully we will experience similar temperatures on Race Day – so this was good practice to help you determine which clothes you will might want to consider for cooler conditions.