Underperforming has gotten tiresome. I keep telling myself that I’ll get myself a solid training program and keep to it. My plan was to approach 2011 with the vigor that I had from 2006 through 2008, to use the regularity required by coaching SSRMC and apply it to myself.
Then I realized that some outside assistance might work. So I hired a coach, Sandra
Inoa Khannouchi. She came to my attention through Julie, whom she coaches. It’ll be interesting to see how this turns out.
[Edited to add: It is pointed out that Sandra Khannouchi is married to, and the coach for, Khalid Khannouchi, the current American record-holder in the marathon. It was also pointed out that KK ran for Warren Street (as did Pat Peterson, another American record holder). Here's an article from the Times which mentions KK's dealings with my first coach (and founder of the Rock-n-Roll Marathon) Tracy Sundlun: From Morocco to Brooklyn.]
[Edited again: This article by Marc Bloom from long ago touches upon some of Sandra's thoughts on training, especially the finishing fast in workouts (which I tried over the last 10 minutes of this morning's trail run).]