Wednesday, June 11, 2008

So, Solinsky: Weighty Matters

A reader noticed that Chris isn’t cut from the 5-9/130 cloth, and demanded details.

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Tomorrow: Rhythm Run in the Arboretum

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

So, Solinsky: Fall Much?

You ask, Chris answers. Today: Why do you fall so often in races?

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Tomorrow: Teg Talks: Pre-Prefontaine

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Video Versions of Ask Teg, So Solinsky….

Tegenkamp sports his Stop Solinsky t-shirtWe’ll be in Madison, Wisconsin over Memorial Day weekend for some quality time with Matt Tegenkamp and Chris Solinsky. Have questions for either or both? Submit them by May 23 to the addresses below, or leave them as a comment below, and we’ll produce video answers. Those addresses (in anti-spam mode):

askteg AT kimbia DOT net

soso AT kimbia DOT net

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

So, Solinsky…, Round 2

Tegenkamp sports his Stop Solinsky t-shirtIn which our hero discusses mental outlook, his eating philosophy, Ginger or Mary Ann, his longest training run, his bowling PR, and more. To join the discussion, write to soso AT kimbia DOT net.

What do you predict for the Badgers this fall in cross country? I’ve enjoyed following them (and you) for many years and have also traveled to the Nationals the last two years.—Mike Montgomery

The Badgers are going to do what us Badgers do best, and that is prepare to put themselves in a position on race day to be in contention to win the title, and then hope that things go well enough to accomplish that. This year especially, there are no clear favorites. There are probably 5-6 teams that have a chance to win it on any given day. It will truly come down to which team has a good day on November 19. I think this group of guys, though they’re young, has a lot of upside. I’m telling you now that they will only be better in the coming weeks and by the time NCAAs comes around. I am going to say that they have a really good shot to win the team title, and I will be there cheering them on, bleeding red!!

What in your training has changed that allowed you to shatter your old PR only months after turning pro. I mean you still live and train in Madison I’m assuming. You were running great times in college but it appears you have stepped it up a notch since graduating. Thanks!—Derek Montgomery

Nothing has changed other than the opportunities. Since signing with Nike, I have had the Chris Solinskychance to get into the races that have given me the opportunity to run fast. If anything has changed, it has been my mentality. I have realized there is no ceiling to what I can run. In college, I had the opportunity to run in races that produced some fast times, but I was never ready to run fast at those times for various reasons. This summer was the first time that I was in fast races while being ready to run fast. Our program has traditionally focused on racing, not running fast. I have always been ready to run fast at NCAAs, but the races never produced a chance to run fast, so my true fitness has not shown through. This year I trained all spring for this summer, and I finally got the opportunity to show what I can do!

Are you planning to train for and run the USA Cross Country Championships in February 2008 or focus strictly on indoor and outdoor track with your eyes on Beijing? Congrats on a fabulous first season as a pro. We all look forward to more great races in the future.—Matt Thomas

Thanks. This year I am just focusing on the Trials in July and the Games in August. I have started my base training now for June and have planned no races until the track season gets into full swing. The cross country championships are appealing this year—being in San Diego, there are no advantages or disadvantages for those used to altitude or sea level like last year, or where chances are it will be dry, unlike NCAAs last year. My primary focus for this year is solely on making not only the Olympic team, but also the Olympic final.

What was the key to your high school success?—Erik Myers

It is hard to say what the key to success was, but I would have to say that it was consistency in racing, which came from consistency in my training. I hardly took any days off, only when needed, and showed up to practice every day ready to put in a good training session. I was fortunate enough to have opportunities such as meets like indoor and outdoor nationals as well as the Foot Locker meet to test myself and really build my confidence. Additionally, and most importantly, I had a great set of coaches, Donn Behnke and Pat Leahy, in high school that were very knowledgeable about the sport and always trying to learn more. Donn was very big on distance and strength, while Pat was more focused on speed training, so I had the perfect combination in high school. My parents also played a big part in my running, especially my father, who I would often – and still do – spend hours talking about running and my goals and what I could improve from race to race.

KIMbia gathers on the Cape for Falmouth Mile and Falmouth Road RaceI started running last year during September with my school’s first cross country meet and I ran a 20:41. Since then I broke 5:00 with a 4:56, and got my 5k time down to 17:31 just last week. My coach knew I had talent so he put me on mileage, a lot for me, which is about 80 a week on the Lydiard deal. Luckily I had a good training partner who ran a 14:15 in college, so that was awesome. Now it’s just the start of my last cross country season in high school, and I’ll have guys who tore me apart last year. My mental part to running, to tell you the truth, sucks! I heard you say once when you ran with Craig Mottram and all these other great athletes you were a little nervous. What do you do to control your nerves, and also what do you do to say that you belong there now at this level, because I now know I can run with these guys. Thanks a lot!!!—Jordan Peterson

Well, first of all great job thus far, man, sounds like you’re heading in the right direction! The best thing you can do to alleviate your nervousness is to believe in yourself! I used to get really nervous prior to races, so much so that I would get sick Nelson, Sikes, Tegenkamp, Solinsky, and Bairu in Londonand no one, not even my parents, could talk to me nearly an hour leading up to the race because I had to “focus.” Since then I have told myself that there is no reason to be this bad if I am truly enjoying this sport of ours. I often remind myself how much I love to race and how much I enjoy this sport. Once past this point leading up to a race, if it is a big race with some pretty good runners in it, I just focus on my goals for that particular race, be it a general goal or stepping stone for the rest of the season. I remind myself how much and how hard I have worked to get to that point. Finally, I tell myself that once the gun goes off the nerves go away, and it is time to go to work and do what I do best, and that is compete. Well, I hope this has helped, and just remember that no matter how much pain goes into the training and how nervous you are, that will all subside and is temporary, but the feeling of accomplishing your goal will last forever.

1. Who are your running heroes and heroines?
2. What’s your highest game bowling?
3. What’s your favorite route to run in Madison?
4. What is the best pizza at Ian’s?
5. Which do you prefer, Ginger or Mary Ann?
6. What’s the longest run you have ever done?—Matt Thomas

1. I would say that I really don’t have any running heroes or heroines, but I really like seeing what mySolinsky trails Tegenkamp at the US Outdoor Champs (Victah Sailer) training partner Matt Tegenkamp is accomplishing, as well as what the rest of the top U.S. distance runners are doing, because it really motivates and drives me to push harder. We (the U.S.) are making a comeback on the international running stage, and it’s really exciting to be a part of that.
2. My highest bowling game is 206; I was really on fire that day!!
3. My favorite route in Madison would be anything in the Arboretum; there are just so many different trails to run and different places to go.
4. I really enjoy the Mac N’ Cheese pizza as well as the Steak and Fries, both are my favorites, often I get both.
5. I wasn’t much of a Gilligan’s Island fan, but I would have to say after looking up these two, probably Mary Ann.
6. Last fall before I got sick, I did a 2-hour long run and covered just over 22 miles. Thanks for the variety!

1. Do you wear suntan lotion during outdoor workouts on sunny days?
2. Have injuries ever been a problem for you, and how have you dealt with them?
3. Besides running, has stretching or strength training particular muscles been a part of your training at all?
4. Do you get regular massages?
5. What’s your eating philosophy?
6. When you were in school, did you have a car, moped or bicycle?
7. When you were in school, what was balancing a double major with your outstanding college career like?—David Hose

1. I know I should wear suntan lotion, but because I’m so pale I tend to try to get all the sun I can to work on my tan!
2. I’ve been fortunate enough to not have any serious injuries (knock on wood!!), but have had some small ones that I treat and get back to running as soon as possible.
3. I stretch before and after every training session and do our core workouts and lifting two to three times a week. I am always trying to increase my core strength to prevent form breakdown during races.
4. Yes, we have a great message therapist here in Madison, Brian Blindt, and I see him once a week or more if needed.
5. My eating philosophy tends to be a little different than most other elite runners. I generally have a rule that if I’m craving something, be it ice cream or fast food, that means my body needs whatever that food has to offer, whether sugar or a little fat, so I’m not afraid to indulge. I do, however, leading up to a race tend to monitor my diet a little closer and give my body the adequate fuel to perform at a high level.
6. I had both a moped, a 2004 Yamaha Zuma, and bicycle, a real sweet Huffy, and actually had a really beat up car, 1987 Chevy Cavalier station wagon colored RUST, that I used just to get home when I needed to.
7. Well, I really never thought it was too much harder then high school. I mean, I struggled a little bit freshman year because I never studied and still got A’s in high school and thought I could get away with it in college, but soon found that was not the case. Once I learned how to study and prepare for exams and papers, I thought it was no different. I just set up a schedule or routine that I stuck to and managed fine. I also took summer school every summer to help get the credits in that I needed.

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

So, Solinsky…

Welcome to our latest column: So, Solinsky…

Tegenkamp sports his Stop Solinsky t-shirtYou’ve got questions, Chris Solinsky has answers. Send your queries for Chris to soso @ kimbia dot net. And don’t forget that one of those other fast fellows there in Madison, Wisconsin, a certain Matt Tegenkamp, is also fielding questions. He can be reached at askteg @ kimbia dot net.

I have two questions for you. What type of strength training do you do? Do you think playing soccer as a kid helped you to become a better runner?—Chad Powell

The only type of strength training that I do is core strengthening. The only kind of lifting I do is lifting of my body, meaning doing pull-ups, dips, and pushups, with the focus of it Solinsky shows off his wounds from Stockholm (Photo by Victah Sailer)being body control. By body control, I mean everything is slow and controlled, keeping the body core tight and flexed. The core strengthening sessions are usually 30-60 minutes, done 2-3 times a week depending on the time of year. These focus on all kinds of planks and holding my body weight.

I would say that soccer definitely did not hurt my running. I played the stopper position, which required a lot of running because I was both defense and offense. I had to push up and support the offense, but if someone got behind us I was the one who was responsible to get back and chase down that person, so I did a lot of running. I heard a stat once that during a 90-minute game a midfielder would run an average of 7-9 miles, so it had to help.

I’ve followed your career with interest ever since your sophomore year of high school. As a former Stevens Point resident, I couldn’t go one week without hearing your name Read the full article

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