Posted on May 29, 2009 by Jayson
Run the Roads will rank the top ten U.S. athletes in each event every week from now until the end of the track and field season (the IAAF World T&F Championships).
Complete Run the Roads Power Rankings
1. Shalane Flanagan (Nike)
2. Amy Yoder-Begley (Nike)
3. Katie McGregor (Reebok)
4. Sara Slattery (Nike)
5. Desiree Davila (Brooks)
6. Lisa Koll (Iowa State)
7. Rebecca Donaghue (New Balance)
8. Kate O’Neill (Strands)
9. Amy Hastings (adidas)
10. Clara Grandt (West Virginia)
Filed under: rankings, Run The Roads | Tagged: Amy Hastings, Amy Yoder-Begley, Clara Grandt, Desiree Davila, Kate O'Neill, Katie McGregor, Lisa Koll, Power Rankings, Rebecca Donaghue, Run The Roads, Sara Slattery, Shalane Flanagan | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 28, 2009 by Jayson
Scott Bush, editor-in-chief of Run the Roads, interviewed Rebecca last week, “Stepping Up Her Game“, to discuss her season thus far, her experience at the World Cross Country Championships, coaching, her training and why she has her own Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as a website.
Filed under: Interview, Run The Roads | Tagged: Facebook, IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Rebecca Donaghue, Run The Roads, Scott Bush, Twitter | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 14, 2009 by Jayson
Rebecca talks about coaching at State College High School and the local youth team, Nittany Track and Field. She also discusses her high school coach and how his concepts established the foundation for her to have a successful career. And lastly she talks about her current coach, Artie Gilkes, and what he means to her and how he has impacted her running.
Filed under: Coaching, High School | Tagged: Artie Gilkes, Hall of Fame, Nittany Track and Field, Rebecca Donaghue, State College High School | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 8, 2009 by Jayson
Rebecca talks about the Cardinal 10k, her optimistic outlook on the rest of the season, and potential plans at the US Championships in June.
Filed under: Outdoor Track | Tagged: 10k, Kim McDonald, Payton Jordan, Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, Rebecca Donaghue, Stanford | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 5, 2009 by Rebecca
What made you go into coaching?
Rebecca: I first got into the idea of coaching when I was in college. I worked as a camp counselor at a running camp, Camp Foss in New Hampshire. I went there myself when I was in high school and really loved it. So, as a counselor, we were assigned a whole cabin of girls. We had to keep them in line but also give advice with their running. I found myself really enjoying helping them and sharing my own experiences with them. After college I worked part-time as an art teacher at a middle school for a couple months. There was a cross country team there and I assisted with that as well. It was funny to see how the kids at this age literally begged you to run more. We limited them to about a half mile to a mile a day and then played games after. It was different but refreshing. Then after a few months I started working as a full-time art teacher at a high school just outside Boston. There was also a track coaching position and took that on as well. I coached the boys distance that first year and then the girls position opened up the following year and I switched to that.
What is the foundation for your coaching philosophies?
Rebecca: As a high school coach, I certainly wouldn’t throw a schedule like this on my athletes. First off, a high school athlete is still in the developing phase, racing too much and high mileage are not part of the equation in my mind. I know sometimes the high school schedules can be loaded with races, but I tend to work around that. I’ll either figure out ways to turn dual meet races into workouts or sit some athletes out. I recently had an athlete compete in 2 open events and 2 relays at the indoor state meet. This is not a regular thing and I prepared her to handle this volume for this one day, and it was a special case. My high school coach was very smart in that he hardly raced us and kept the weekly mileage very low. He always said he wanted us to have fresh legs after high school and I really stand behind this way of thinking. I hear of all of these stellar high school teams that win numerous team titles in cross and learn of the super high mileage they do. That’s great that they win and I strive for us to win as well, but what kind of careers do the kids have after high school? It is possible to achieve huge things with lighter mileage. I think you have to do the right things to complement this and make it work. Even if the kids don’t run competitively in college, I want them to leave high school wanting to keep the sport a part of their lifestyle. If they’re run into the ground it’s going to effect them both physically and mentally, meaning that they’re going to have a bad impression in their heads and possibly be turned off by the sport. I want this sport to live on.
Filed under: Ask Rebecca, Coaching | Tagged: Coaching, Foss Running Camp, Rebecca Donaghue, State College HS | 1 Comment »
Posted on May 4, 2009 by Jayson
Posted on May 3, 2009 by Jayson
11:06PM: Start List
Event 56 Women 10000 Meter Run Kim McDonald
Name School Seed Time
1 346 Sifrash Ademe Portland
2 230 Nicky Archer New Mexico
3 257 Aileen Conlon Nike Cptc
4 203 Lara Crofford Nebraska
5 226 Rebecca Donaghue New Balance
6 174 Tara Erdmann Loyola Marym
7 384 Nicole Feest Saucony
8 489 Zoila Gomez Strands
9 648 Allison Grace Zap Fitness
10 528 Kaitlin Gregg Una
11 7 Amy Hastings Adidas
12 538 Alissa McKaig Una
13 367 Nicole Mericle Rice
14 649 Jessica Minty Zap Fitness
15 500 Christina Munoz Texas A&M
16 368 Allison Pye Rice
17 607 Natalie Sherbak Virginia Tec
18 262 Brittany Tinsley North Caroli
19 549 Brooke Wells Una
20 380 Rachel Williams San Diego St
12:11 AM: The race has begun!
12:12 AM: Lap1 Rebecca has a 5m lead
12:13 AM: 2:38.4 for the 800. Rebecca still leading
12:16 AM: 3:57.0 thru 1200. Rebecca leading. Followed by 2 Ali Grace and Zoila Gomez.
12:16 AM: 5:15 thru the mile.
12:17 AM: Rebecca leading at 2k with the same two still in tow.
12:19 AM: 9:11 thru 7 laps. Rebecca opening up a 5m lead
12:21 AM 2 miles into the race. Rebecca still leads.
12:22 AM Rebecca opening up a 20m lead. She is currently on 32:50 pace.
12:24 AM Rebecca @ 13:07 with 15 laps to go
12:25 AM Rebecca has opened up a 35m lead on the field
12:27 AM Rebecca has 13 laps to go. She has 50m lead. 15:47
12:27 AM Rebecca @ 16:25 thru 5k
12:29 AM: Rebecca is rolling along @ 18:25 with 11 laps to go.
12:30 AM: Rebecca is 21:07 with 9 laps to go
12:32 AM: Rebecca is lapping other runners as she continues to lead with 8 laps to go
12:34 AM: Rebecca is leading by over 100m with 7 laps to go @ 23:49
12:36 AM: Rebecca has 6 laps to go.
12:37 AM: Rebecca @ 26:30 with 5 laps to go
12:38 AM: Rebecca @ 27:50 with 4 laps to go
12:40 AM: Rebecca @ 29:11 with 3 laps to go
12:41 AM: Rebecca leading the field by over 30s
12:41 AM: Rebecca @30:32 with 2 laps to go
12:42 AM: Rebecca @ 31:52 at the bell!
12:43 AM: Rebecca wins with 33:08.97! Her time is under the USATF “A” qualifying standard (33:45) for the national championships.
Congratulations Rebecca on a great win in a solo effort!
Filed under: Flotrack Coverage, Live Updates, Outdoor Track | Tagged: Aileen Conlon, Alissa McKaig, Allison Grace, Allison Pye, Amy Hastings, Brittany Tinsley, Brooke Wells, Christina Munoz, Jessica Minty, Kaitlin Gregg, Kim McDonald, Lara Crofford, Natalie Sherbak, Nicky Archer, Nicole Feest, Nicole Mericle, Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, Rachel Williams, Rebecca Donaghue, Sifrash Ademe, Stanford University, Tara Erdmann, Zoila Gomez | 1 Comment »
Posted on May 1, 2009 by Jayson