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Facebook Live Q&A with Coach Magda














Other Questions:


1. Coaching accomplishment(s) you’re most proud of and why?


I think I'm most proud of the fact that a lot of the people I coached a long time ago are still running, and still love to run.  One of my goals as a coach is to foster a love of running and a lifetime of health.  When I see people sticking with it, whether they're still training for a specific goal or they just love to get out on the trails with their friends, that makes me happy and incredibly proud to have been a part of it.


2. Most exotic personal running experience?


I ran an amazing race in the south of France called Les Templiers.  The course was incredibly challenging, and beautiful, but one of the most memorable things about it were the aid stations.  One of them was in the middle of a 1,000 year old church.  They were also all stocked with plenty of cheese and beer, too. 


3. Favorite local trail?


My favorite local trail is the French Trail, in Redwood Regional Park here

in Oakland.  It's a single track trail that winds along the side of a very steep

hill.  While it has some steep sections, it's very runnable.  It feels like you're

miles away from civilization, and the whole time you are surrounded by

towering redwood trees.

4. Favorite cross training activity?


When I can't run, I hike.  I hike vigorously, and sometimes with a weight vest.  But the best part about hiking is I get to do it with my son.

5. Personal running accomplishment you’re most proud of and why?


Qualifying for the 2008 US Olympic Team in the Marathon is my favorite running achievement.  Making an Olympic team is a huge goal for just about anyone who's run at the elite level.  It's something I dreamed about for a long time and worked very hard to achieve.  Even though I wasn't able to complete the Marathon at the Olympics due to an injury, being named an Olympian is something I'm very proud of and will stay with me the rest of my life.


6. Most unusual coaching issue you’ve had to deal with?


I once coached a very busy professional who wanted to train for a specific time in the Mile.  Because of his schedule, he could only run in the middle of the night and only on a treadmill.  He kept to the schedule, did some un-othodox workouts, and a few months later crushed his goal.

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