Name: Chris Tafelski
I feel comfortable coaching: 800m to Half-marathon
I most enjoy coaching: Mile to 10k
Experience: 10 years of high school coaching of boys and girls in sprints, middle distance, and long distance (track and cross-country); 3 years coaching GSTC distance runners
Expectations of you: I expect you to ask questions that pertain to your goals and unique training needs. I want to know your training and racing background. I want to know what time constraints you have, what your injury and training history has been, and what you’d like to accomplish in the next year, 5 years, 10 years.
Expectations of me: My training plan is the one that goes into the weekly team email. It is built around the team races. I am available over email or phone/text to discuss anything.
Coaching Philosophy: I think that the best way to develop as a distance runner is to work smart. More mileage isn’t always better, harder isn’t always better. There is a fine line between hard training that develops your talent, and injuries and illness that can disrupt your training and hold you back. Finding that line and not overdoing it requires reflection on what has worked for you in the past, and what time constraints and life stresses you have to navigate. I believe that careful, consistent training brings better results than sporadic training speckled with occasional spectacular workouts.
I think about training a half of a year at a time, whether its track and cross country as the two seasons or a spring marathon and fall marathon. In my experience the body works best when given a chance to rest in-between seasons. Early season the focus is on building mileage and the long run while introducing leg turnover work. Threshold paced workouts are the next building block that gets added. These 4 parts of training are never ignored, just changed in frequency at different times of the season. As the season progresses the move is towards more race paced workouts.