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.