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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
2015 Weekly Coaching Blogs/News
2015 Training Schedule: New York City
2015 Training Schedule: Chicago
TRIBUTE TO JACK’S MARATHON TEAMS: Click here for video
5/18/2015 Week 2 Coaching blog … This is my second year Coaching the various Jack’s Marathon Teams and last year all of our runners who went to the starting line at both the 2014 Chicago and New York City Marathons – completed the distance.
5/25/2015 Week 3 Coaching blog ,,, Sorry for the late post this week. My Memorial Day Weekend was packed with family stuff, gardening and yard work (talk about some Cross-training, my hamstrings and glutes got a serious workout).
TEAM SHIRTS: IMPORTANT – Please check to be sure we have your correct size and style. Also … let us know if you want to order shirts for your family members.
6/07/2015 Week 4 Coaching blog ... As a reminder your goal over the next 12 weeks is to continue to build endurance and your running base – both the total number of miles and the weekend long run distance will continue to increase.
6/15/2015 Week 5 Coaching blog … Hello Jack’s Team Runners. What a crazy day with tremendous amounts of rain – anyone get a run in today? Hats off to you, if you did. So when I started writing this – the Blackhawks just score the first goal in game 6. Obviously I became glued to the TV.
6/22/2015 Week 6 Coaching blog … It is now officially in Summer. As both the heat and humidity continue to pick up, you will find it harder to maintain pace during any run.
6/29/2015 Week 7 Coaching blog … Wow – time is flying by; June is almost over. Chicago Marathon runners welcome to week 8 and New York Runners welcome to week 5 of training.
7/29/2015 Coaching Blog … In my previous updates I have touched on the need to practice a food plan before and after long runs. I have also provided some thoughts on recovery, clothes and strategies to avoid chaffing.
8/12/2015 Coaching Blog… The goal over the next six weeks is to “Sharpen” your body for the Long Run Endurance and build in some additional speed work and/or hill work. Some time spent on speed work will help to improve your stamina to run your goal pace, and, the hill work will help to build leg strength, improve your stamina and running economy.