Coach Jeff Schafer
Coach Jeff is a seasoned veteran when it comes to coaching Team Challenge. He was an original coach with the Southwest Ohio team, and has since trained Team Challenge participants for races in destinations including Miami, San Antonio, Napa, Boston, Las Vegas, Nashville, Chicago and Virginia.
Jeff is a physical therapist by profession, and works with runners and walkers to help improve biomechanics to prevent and/or rehabilitate from injuries. He has been a runner since 1996, and has also completed multiple marathons and half marathons for charitable causes.
Jeff is excited to get started on another season with Team Challenge, and to help a group of both new and returning participants reach their fundraising and training goals!
| COACH Jim Corbitt
Coach Jim is in his fifth season as a coach with Team Southwest Ohio, though before that, he completed both the Virginia and Nashville 2012 seasons as a participant with the team.
Team Challenge is truly a family affair for Jim - his wife, Stephanie, has also participated in multiple events with the team. Their daughter, Ella, was the honoree for the Summer 2013 season as well.
Jim is looking forward to another season coaching Team Challenge participants and hopes that new participants have the same great experience with Team Challenge as he has.
|COACH Mary Beth Osborne
Coach Mary Beth is in her 4th season as a coach with team Southwest Ohio, but she has been involved for far longer. Mary Beth got her start with Team Challenge in 2009, when she completed the Las Vegas season as a participant. From there, she served as a mentor for every season that has followed (8 total), until moving into coaching during the Summer 2013 season. Mary Beth also recently participated in races in Las Vegas and Napa as a teammate.
As a Crohn's patient, Mary Beth understands the challenges that can come with training, especially for those who are new to running/walking long distances. She is happy to offer support and tips to those that need guidance in managing their disease in conjunction with an endurance event.
Mary Beth is looking forward to repeating her coaching role with team Southwest Ohio, and can't wait to see everyone cross the finish line!
If you're planning on running or walking a summer half-marathon, the time to start training is NOW! The most important thing you'll need to get started is a good pair of training shoes, and the most important feature of a running or walking shoe is how it fits YOUR foot. Don't worry what the Olympic Champion wears, and don't think about what color the shoe is; the only things that matter are how the shoes fit on your feet and how they fit your personal biomechanics. (Of course if the shoes fit your personal biomechanical needs AND come in Team Challenge orange and blue, well that wouldn't be a bad thing!)
Happy feet = happy training!
Q: I’m not currently running or walking more than a mile or two at a time a few days per week. How will I be able to finish a half-marathon?
A: Your coach will design a program for you based on your current level of fitness, whatever it may be. You’ll gradually build your mileage over the course of the coming months until you can walk or run (or with a combination of walking and running) a ten-mile workout. From there, well over 99% of our participants complete their half-marathons.
Q: What kind of shoes do I need?
A: Everyone has different feet and biomechanics. The staff at your local running/walking specialty store will be able to fit you for these needs, as well as your mileage level, and the surfaces on which you train. To find a local specialty store, head to www.runnersworld.com/store-finder
Q: What’s a “GU”?!
A: “Gu” and other sports gels (PowerGels, Cliff Shots, Hammer Gels, etc.) are concentrated forms of carbohydrate about the consistency of honey. They are an alternative to sports drinks and are designed to provide athletes with energy for endurance activities. Each gel contains about 100- 110 of concentrated carbohydrate. Many half-marathons will provide gels in the later stages (around mile 10) to give runners and walkers an energy boost for the last few miles. Although they are generally pretty easy on the stomach, especially when taken with water, it’s always a good idea to try gels several times in training first before using them on race day.
Q: I had to miss three days of training. How do I make up the lost days?
A: You don’t! If you’ve missed anything less than a full week of training, just jump right back into the schedule. If you missed more than a week, talk to your coach about modifying your schedule to get you back on track.
Q: My fingers swell during my training walks. What’s going on?
A: Your heart beats harder and faster when you train, so blood is sent more forcefully to the extremities. Muscle action helps to return blood back to the heart, but many walkers don’t pump their arms very much when they walk (they should!), so blood pools in the fingers. Swollen fingers are more common with changes in temperature, during pregnancy, and when electrolytes are out of whack. Clenching and unclenching your hands, or shaking them over your head will help to pump the blood out of your swollen fingers.