Friday, June 13, 2014

Running, Poop, and NCAA coaching

Consistency.  I truly believe that to have success with running you have to be consistent. Unfortunately due to a number of circumstances last week was not a consistent running week OR a consistently regular pooping week. But, this week is shaping up to be better with at least one of those……


Last week I wanted to do 50ish miles and I logged 37 – missing 3 scheduled runs and cutting one short.  Forgotten running shoes, scheduling conflicts, and soreness all led to runs not happening. But, this week I’m on tap to run the 50 miles I wanted to run putting myself well on the way to some consistency. To be clear, this has required two days of 3:30 wake up calls and more than a few runs over lunch, but I’m making it work!  Oh but the pooping….

I seem to go in cycles where my stomach doesn’t cooperate for 2-3 weeks. I have no idea what goes on, but I am certainly in one of those now. The issue I have is that my colon doesn’t decide to wake up with the rest of my body…until about mile 4 of my run.  As an example? I went FOUR times on Sunday.  Once before, twice during my 17.5 miles, and once after. I suppose the good thing is that I was losing weight! Believe me, I’ve tried all of the normal remedies: Hydration, fiber, late night infomercial oil drilling machine (not really), but nothing helps when my body decides to make my runs a game of Russian roulette.


Finally, “at will” employment states are interesting. Those are states in the USA that can fire you for essentially anything as long as it doesn’t have to do with race, religion, or gender. Firing you for something like running the Boston Marathon for example. Such was the case for Matt Aguero, the cross country coach for a small Christian private college. He ran the Boston Marathon and was fired because of it. Matt coached this team before Easter, flew to Boston the day before the race (Sunday), flew back the day of the race (Monday, which was a school holiday). While I’m pretty sure that there are factors that aren’t reported, on the surface it seems REALLY silly to fire a cross country coach for running a 2:35 marathon and coming in the top 200 at Boston.

From what I can tell, Matt went against his bosses orders by running which is what ultimately resulted in the firing.  What makes this one interesting, however, is that the athletic director said flat out that the coach’s personal running was taking his focus and attention away from his student’s running.  To me, that logic doesn’t exactly compute.  I’m not sure how running for 90 min a day in his free time would in any way detract from his work responsibilities. But, I guess I’m not an elite runner or NCAA coach. Read the stories in the links above or here here and here.  Let me know what you think.


Finally, one of my favorite pics from the past week or so. Happy Friday!


Chad Chisholm said...

Your blog is full of poop jokes.

Anita said...

Yeah, as for the coach, I agree with you, I am thinking there is more to the story than is being written.
I coach CC for at our local charter school. I have ran the Boston Marathon 2 of the 4 years I have been coaching. I am so sad that this has happened to Matt. In my case not only did it inspire tht kids I coach it, I was also encouraged and back by the entire school.
When I returned from running I found my name with a WELCOME BACK sign on the outside signs.
Matt even recognized that his experience running the Boston could actually help with recruiting. I totally agree. Kids want to be inspired. They are not going to relate you if you have no experience. Your experience shows passion and zeal, these qualities are important to have as a coach.
The AD sounds very insensitive. He appears to look at things Black and white and has no room to see anything other than his line of thought. It is disappointing that the school didn't look into this more.
It seems almost personal. Especially sense they didn't even have school those 3 days.
Crazy, thanks for sharing.

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giraffy said...

I also feel like there has to be something unsaid about that coach getting fired. Most of the XC coaches here are also runners, and I can't imagine any of them getting let go for running a race.

Being let go for being a dick, or specifically not following a directive (like, hey, you can't take that day off and run Boston) would, however, make sense. So I'm assuming there's something else to this story.

I'm sending that XC meme to my kid. I bet she will LOOOOOVE it. Because I DID say it would be fun. HAHAHAHAHAH SUCKER.

Jamoosh said...

I think there is something that is going unsaid with the Coach's firing. Perhaps a personality conflict or a clash of ideals, but there is more to it than any of the stories mention.

Runners Fuel said...

I hate it when I have to use the bathroom mid run. I'm usually ever around a place that has a public bathroom.

Sue's Ramblings said...

Nutty on the coach firing!
If you ever forget your about running barefoot? Consider it 10km FOC reflexology! :P

Running Through Phoenix said...

Jamoosh is right.

Michaela said...

I poop a lot too. In fact, my new favorite thing is to tell people I can't do things because "I have diarrhea." It's amazing how quickly they leave you alone.