TEAMABC7: Amy Freeze
The pictures above are from last year's race. This will be my 3rd ING NYC Marathon. The events of the past week with Hurricane Sandy have given this year's race a new tone and a new direction. The freedom's we enjoy - transportation, power, beach front views have been ripped from us. Even going to and from work and school and church have been put in jeopardy. But resilence is about finding a way. Running is a symbol of the solutions that must be found ahead.
Preparing for the race this week I checked in with my high school running coach at Jeffersonville High School Robert Calbert. He recently retired but he stills works out daily at the local YMCA!
Coach Calbert: The major benefits of running are the physical an healthy activity for the body. The development of memory and attention from running leads to long term mental health.
AMY FREEZE: How does running help your mind?
Coach Calbert: Running can build confidence and self esteem. It can provide a feeling of knowing that you can accomplish and clear obstacles. It may allow for the opportunity to think about life’s problems or joys to escape for a while.
AMY FREEZE: In what ways can young people benefit from distance training and group running?
COACH CALBERT: It can be a health factor and an outstanding social investment for individuals, It can pull people together for the accomplishment of the team.
AMY FREEZE: What’ s the secret to running fast and training people to run fast?
COACH CALBERT: By developing the skills one already possess a healthy diet and the will to compete – along with participating against good competition =- can have an amazing result.
AMY FREEZE: How long did you coach track and cross country?
COACH CALBERT: I coached cross country for 25 years and track for 30 years. The rewards that I received were outstanding, 5 IHSA State Championship Relay Teams (2 with National records (4 State records broken. The people are most memorable but here are the awards earned.
-13 Sectional tittles
-8 Regional titles
-9 Cross Country Sectional Titles
-Inducted in IHSA of Track and Cross Country Feb. 1 2002 - just for having great people to work with!
AMY FREEZE: Thanks Coach --- I appreciate you for teaching me more than just about running but a lot about life and how to shoot for the finish line in everything you do! All the best in your retirement!