The Advice of Coach Pinkney

It was simple. The advice he gave was direct. I used it tonight, as my mantra over the 10k I ran.

“Run Tall.”

“Lean Forward.”

“Relax.”

“Quick Feet.”

I kept repeating it, over and over. When I felt my posture droop, I reminded myself to stand tall. When I felt my heel striking ways return, I reminded myself to lean forward.  When my shoulders started to reach for my ears, I reminded myself to relax.  And most importantly, I kept my feet moving quick, small steps, high cadence.

Coach Pinkney gave me this advice after seeing the travesty of my running form at the Wasaga Beach triathlon. He was ruthless and relentless, and I couldn’t have been happier.  I needed to hear it. He tried to shout it to me as I ran past him, but I didn’t get it. I had already resigned myself to a brutal run. Not today, junior.

Coach Pinks was in my head tonight over and over. More than anything, he told me to have confidence.

And it worked.

After 10 kilometres, only 53 minutes had ticked by, a personal best for me.

The words will stay with me. Now for every run;

“Run Tall.”

“Lean Forward.”

“Relax.”

“Quick Feet.”

repeat.

Coach Pinkney just might be on to something.