Track and Field – Choosing a College | Track and Field

So it is nearing the end of you senior year of high school and you are trying to decide where you want to go to college. This can be a very tough decision, and when you start to include athletics into the equation it gets even tougher. Here are some things that you should consider when making your decision.When narrowing your list of potential schools your should first look at academics. At which schools can you receive the best education. Only a very small percentage of athletes will be able to have a professional career in their chosen sport so when we decide on our college we must make it based on academics.Once you have the colleges narrowed down based on academics then you can start to look at many other variables. Here are just a few and I have not listed them in any particular order of importance.Location- Where do you want to go to school. If you live in the North and you dislike cold weather then you may want to look into schools in the South. Maybe you would like to stay close to home so you then need to look at local schools.

Coach- Your coaches will play a huge role in determining how well you enjoy your time in college. Most collegiate student-athletes see their coach more than they see their parents so it is very important to select the correct coach. You should talk with different coaches to see which ones you believe you could have a good relationship with. If you end up at a school with a coach that you can not stand to be around then you will either be miserable for four years or you will decide to give up the sport you love so much in order to be a normal student and to stay away from the coach.Teammates- Before you make your final decision you should make a visit to the school and try to attend a practice or two. This will allow you to not only see how the coach runs practice, but it will also let you see what kind of work ethic and personality your potential future teammates have. If you enjoy the company of these potential teammates then you should keep that school on your list of choices.Facilities- When visiting a school you should take a look at all work out facilities that you will have access to. Do the facilities meet your needs and requirements. If they are lacking in something then are their plans in the future to either fix, build, or replace potential facilities. Depending on the sport you play these facalities can be more complex than others. For example, a runner does not need very elaborate facilities. As long as they have a track, a few weights, and a training room then you should be fine. Other sports require much more equipment and facilities so you should ask about the facilities available to you if you attend.

Scholarship- Many people can not afford to attend college without some type of scholarship, grants, or student loan. When you are determining you school choice then you should keep in mind the dollar amount that some of your potential schools have offered.The list above if just a small number of examples of things you should consider when searching for a college. Before you rush any decision about your college please decide if the school meets enough of your requirements. If the school does not then you should discard it as a possibility and you should move on to your next school.

Track and Field – Marathon Running Tips | Track and Field

There are some 800 marathons held annually around the world, with some 250 marathons held annually in the USA alone. And only some 1 to 2% of the population has ever run a marathon.If you have decided to run a marathon but do not know where to begin, then here are seven marathon running tips for you.Tip #1 – Expect to train for several months for your first marathon.Here is a secret unknown to most non-marathoners: The marathon is not the marathon. In other words, the true marathon is the months and months of training that go into preparing for a single morning of running. If you have never run the distance of a marathon, you must build your endurance, and you do this through several months of training.

Tip #2 – Join a group training program.There is nothing like a group training program to teach you how to train for a marathon, to give you opportunities for long training runs with hydration and nutrition support beyond what your hydration belt can hold, and to stimulate a sense of accountability to others that will motivate you to persist through months of training.Tip #3 – Register as soon as possible for your marathon.Many marathon websites make it look as if you have a several-month time window during which to register. The reality is that many marathons now fill so quickly that you should register as soon as possible for yours. To be sure, plan to register within a couple of hours of the opening of online registration. Yes, registration can be that competitive!Tip #4 – Follow advice from experienced marathoners.Listen to experienced marathoners for advice. One of the best pieces of advice is simple: Do not change anything on race day from what you were doing, using, wearing, or eating in the weeks leading up to race day.Tip #5 – Take care of yourself.Be good to yourself. If a pain persists, then get medical attention. If advised to rest, then rest. Watch your weight so that you know that you are staying hydrated. Find foods that nourish you — both on the road and after long runs.

Tip #6 – Get inspiration.Read books such as 50/50, which was written by ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes about his completing 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. Watch DVDs about marathons and ultramarathons. Ask coaches what inspires them to run marathon after marathon.Tip #7 – Expect that your first marathon will be a success.The word “success” is very subjective. No matter what success means to you, daily visualize the end-result that you desire. For example, if success to you means a 5:30:00 chip-time, then take a few minutes daily to visualize yourself crossing the finish line with 5:30:00 displayed on your chronograph.