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July #makea180 Spotlight: Renee

My journey with Alamo 180 began in 2015 when I reached out to Coach Lexa and Alamo 180 for marathon training and guidance in preparation for my first marathon. Prior to joining Alamo 180 my training consisted of a few runs during the week and a long run on the weekend with no structured training plan. I had no idea what tempo, fartlek, and speed work runs were. With the help of a structured training plan, form work, and great coaching I was able to go from a 9 min/mile to 8:30 min/mile and complete my first marathon successfully!

Coach Lexa brought up the talk of possibly qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever see that as a possibility as I always said, “Boston is for fast people, not me.” My journey to qualifying for the Boston Marathon is a story for another day. To sum it up there were some ups, downs, and heartbreak along the way, but four marathons later, with the help of great coaching, a solid run plan, and strength training I finally achieved my goal! In January, at the Houston Marathon, I ran a 3:31:09 and with that qualifying time I will be running the 2019 Boston Marathon

Triathlon came into my life after talking with Coach Lexa; she said I would see
improvement in my running fitness from triathlon training. At first I was hesitant to take the leap into triathlon as the thought of swimming, biking, and running seemed like a formidable task. Being a total newbie to the sport I had to learn how to swim and cycle for long distances. I remember my first few swims I was frustrated thinking I was never going to get better and was second-guessing my decision to train for a triathlon. Cycling was tough for me too, at first I didn’t know how to cycle and use the gears on my bike properly making my life on the bike miserable. I was also feeling like the slowest person on the team, which I’m pretty sure I was, but no one on the team cared how fast or slow I was they were always supportive and helpful. I eventually improved with hard work, patience, and sticking to the training plan. The sport of triathlon can be a daunting feat for any new triathlete but Coach Bree and the Alamo 180 tri team were so awesome and they made the transition to triathlon seamless. I didn’t know what to expect after training and completing my first triathlon but the tri bug bit me and I am now hooked on triathlons and have completed several sprint, Olympic, and 70.3 distances.

Alamo 180 is unique in that a gym is available and strength classes are offered and incorporated into the run and triathlon programs. I had a gym membership and would go occasionally to get strength training in but nothing like the Iron XT classes offered at Alamo 180. Coaches Bree, Jeff, and Lexa spoke of the many benefits of strength training for
endurance athletes. I decided to try out the Iron XT classes and loved the combination of weight lifting and high intensity workouts. I have noticed a huge improvement in my strength and performance in running and triathlon. I have also noticed I am able to recover faster from workouts and have been able to stay injury free both of which I attribute to strength training and great coaching.

I was attracted to Alamo 180’s culture, the community, and the fact that they catered to athletes of all experience levels (beginner to advanced); no one has an ego, everyone is welcoming, helpful, and supportive of each other. I like that every workout is always scaleable with the focus being quality over quantity.

Training with Alamo 180 has truly changed my running and endurance sports hobby into a passion of mine. Alamo 180 has helped me develop as a better athlete in running, triathlon, and strength training. I am so happy to have found Alamo 180 and the awesome athletes I get to have fun, workout and train with on a daily basis.

Some final thoughts: Set big goals, huge ones! Don’t be afraid to fail! Test your limits! Your body can endure so much more than you think it can! Work hard! Have fun! Be patient! Don’t give up on your goals!

MURPH CHALLENGE

 

HONOR THE FALLEN

Join Alamo 180 as we Officially Host THE MURPH CHALLENGE

Where: Alamo 180. 

When: Memorial Day, 28 May 2018. 

Waves Begin at 7:30 am, 9 am, and 10:30 am and are limited to 14 people per wave.

Register for the event + declare your wave

What: MURPH Hero WOD: 1 mile Run. 100 Pull-Ups. 200 Push-Ups. 300 Air Squats. 1 mile Run. In a 20 lb weighted vest or body armor. Bring Your Own Vest!

Note: scaled options available for all movements, as well as going sans weighted vest, and options to partition such as 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 air squats.

Entry Fee: $25 for Alamo 180 athletes, $30 for community athletes. Your entry fee includes an awesome T-shirt, Kiolbasa sausages, Blue Star Beer, fresh fruit and refreshing drinks, plus amazing door prizes from Caliente Harley-Davidson, Wounded Warrior ProjectSan Antonio Running Company, and Bicycle Heaven. 

***Honor all those that have fallen in the line of duty for our nation. Remember and honor their selfless service along with Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005.***

Register for the event + declare your wave

Run Skills Clinic: Body Position (May Clinic)

Join Alamo 180 for a Run Skills Clinic! Topic: Body Positioning

Date: Friday, May 18
Location: Edison High School, track facility 
Time: 6-7pm. 

Register here

This 1 hour clinic will cover body positioning and run mechanics so you can maximize your run potential. Don’t keep running harder, learn how to run smarter.

  • Have you heard the phrase, “run tall” but don’t exactly know what it means?
  • Do you ever wonder why you’re told to do warm-up drills like high knees, butt kicks, and skipping?
  • Do you see pictures of yourself in races and workouts and not like the form you see?
  • Are you plagued with nagging injuries and you know it’s related to running?
  • You know that improving your form will help performance, but you don’t know where to start?

Believe it or not, running is a skill sport. It requires skill to move your body forward efficiently. You can’t power your way through miles upon miles with inefficient form and hope to get faster with lasting results. In this 1 hour clinic you will learn how to get your body in the most efficient position, as well as learn common mistakes with run form so you can avoid them. 

Note: you won’t run more than a mile in this clinic, it’s mostly drill work, so in shape or out of shape, come and learn a lot! Clinic can be scaled to accommodate everyone. 

Open to anyone to join! This clinic is for novice and experienced runners.
Alamo 180 athletes – $15/clinic
Community athletes – $25/clinic

Register here.

Limited spots (and they go fast!) so don’t delay in signing up.

Message info@alamo180.com for questions or information.

Swim Skills Clinic: Rotation

Join Alamo 180 for a swim skills clinic! Topic: Rotation

Date: Friday, May 11 
Location: Candler Physical Education Center, pool facility 
Time: 6-7pm. 

Register here

In this one hour clinic you will learn drills that will help you work on horizontal body positioning as well as to improve your torso/hip rotation. Positioning and rotation are key to an efficient freestyle. The drills you will learn are game changer! This is an in-water clinic, so expect to be swimming!

*Learn why rotation is so important in freestyle and how to do it effectively.

*Learn how to get better and more efficient at rotating.

*Learn how proper rotation can help propel you forward.

In this clinic you will learn drills that will help you work on horizontal body positioning as well as to improve your torso/hip rotation. Positioning and rotation are key to an efficient freestyle. If you’re ready to start rotating and propel forward, sign up for this clinic!

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Testimonial from previous swim clinic attendees: 

“Thanks for the class. As always , Great!! coaching. The explanations as to why a position works (or doesn’t work) in the water is so helpful, it gels the concept and helps me remember. 
You also do a great job at the “teach and repeat”, teach and repeat. Only way for a new learner to really grab all those pearls of wisdom. I feel like I’ve learned A LOT and found many things I can work on after just one hour with you.”

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Open to anyone to join! This clinic is for novice and experienced swimmers.
Alamo 180 athletes – $15/clinic
Community athletes – $25/clinic

Register here

Limited spots (and they go fast!) so don’t delay in signing up.

Message info@alamo180.com for questions or information.

 

Run Skills Clinic: Cadence

Join Alamo 180 for a Run Skills Clinic! Topic: Cadence

Date: Friday, May 4
Location: Edison High School, track facility 
Time: 6-7pm. 

This 1 hour clinic will cover what cadence is and how it correlates to improved run performance. If you’re wanting to get faster and more efficient in running, don’t neglect the importance of cadence. In addition to cadence, we will work on body positioning and run mechanics. This is a jammed packed clinic! 

Believe it or not, running is a skill sport. It requires skill to move your body forward efficiently. You can’t power your way through miles upon miles with inefficient form and hope to get faster with lasting results. This clinic will teach you how to get your body in the most efficient position AND how to learn the right cadence for you so you can maximize your run potential. 

Note: Expect to run about a mile in this clinic, it’s mostly drill work, so in shape or out of shape, come and learn a lot! 

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Hear what some of our past attendees had to say about the run clinic: 

“My friend and I really enjoyed the running form class last night! We had a great progression run this morning between the dynamic warm ups and the alignment instructions. Thanks for a great class!”

“Enjoyed the clinic. Good to know I’m not all messed up! LOL! I wish I would have taken this course when I started. Thank you.”

“I learned SO much! Thank you for a great clinic!” 

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If you’re ready to improve your run form and performance, join us!

Open to anyone to join! This clinic is for novice and experienced runners.
Alamo 180 athletes – $15/clinic
Community athletes – $25/clinic

Register here: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=49831&stype=-8&sTG=22&sVT=61&sView=day&sLoc=0&date=05/04/18

Limited spots (and they go fast!) so don’t delay in signing up.

Message info@alamo180.com for questions or information.

 

Run Skills Clinic: Body Positioning

Join Alamo 180 for a Run Skills Clinic! Topic: Body Positioning

Date: Friday, April 13 
Location: Edison High School, track facility 
Time: 6-7pm. 

This 1 hour clinic will cover body positioning and run mechanics so you can maximize your run potential. Don’t keep running harder, learn how to run smarter.

  • Have you heard the phrase, “run tall” but don’t exactly know what it means?
  • Do you ever wonder why you’re told to do warm-up drills like high knees, butt kicks, and skipping?
  • Do you see pictures of yourself in races and workouts and not like the form you see?
  • Are you plagued with nagging injuries and you know it’s related to running?
  • You know that improving your form will help performance, but you don’t know where to start?

Believe it or not, running is a skill sport. It requires skill to move your body forward efficiently. You can’t power your way through miles upon miles with inefficient form and hope to get faster with lasting results. In this 1 hour clinic you will learn how to get your body in the most efficient position, as well as learn common mistakes with run form so you can avoid them. 

Note: you won’t run more than a mile in this clinic, it’s mostly drill work, so in shape or out of shape, come and learn a lot! 

Open to anyone to join! This clinic is for novice and experienced runners.
Alamo 180 athletes – $15/clinic
Community athletes – $25/clinic

Register here: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=49831&stype=-8&sTG=22&sVT=58&sView=day&sLoc=0&date=04/13/18

 

Limited spots (and they go fast!) so don’t delay in signing up.

Message info@alamo180.com for questions or information.

Swim Skills Clinic: Getting Horizontal

 

Join Alamo 180 for a swim skills clinic! Topic: Getting horizontal.

Date: Friday, April 20 
Location: Candler Physical Education Center, pool facility 
Time: 6-7pm. 

In this one hour clinic you will learn drills that will help you work on horizontal body positioning as well as to improve your torso/hip rotation. Positioning and rotation are key to an efficient freestyle. The drills you will learn are game changer!

*Learn how your underwater pull might be the reason why you’re sinking.
*Learn how your head positioning might be throwing everything off.
*Learn how to get your hips up at the surface…and keep them there.
*Learn how to move through the water like a torpedo and not a barge.
If you’re ready to stop sinking each time you swim, sign up for this clinic!

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Testimonial from previous swim clinic attendees: 

“Awesome swim class last night with Alamo 180 Tri Clinic. It was all about Getting Horizontal in the water and more swim drills! Thanks Bree for your patience and you’re knowledgeable in the water!!!””

“Thanks for the class. As always , Great!! coaching. The explanations as to why a position works (or doesn’t work) in the water is so helpful, it gels the concept and helps me remember. 
You also do a great job at the “teach and repeat”, teach and repeat. Only way for a new learner to really grab all those pearls of wisdom. I feel like I’ve learned A LOT and found many things I can work on after just one hour with you.”

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Open to anyone to join! This clinic is for novice and experienced swimmers.
Alamo 180 athletes – $15/clinic
Community athletes – $25/clinic

Register here: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=49831&stype=-8&sTG=22&sVT=58&sView=day&sLoc=0&date=04%2F20%2F18

Limited spots (and they go fast!) so don’t delay in signing up.

Message info@alamo180.com for questions or information.