Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Meet the Coach: Shorty Roberson
Shorty Roberson is a recognizable face around Team In Training (TNT) in North Texas. This season he is one of the marathon coaches who is dedicated to getting his participants from the couch to the finish line. Below he answers a couple questions about his coaching style. Trust us - you won't regret signing up for an event under Shorty's guidance.
How long have you been coaching with TNT and what was your first event?
I have been involved with TNT for about 10 years off and on but this is my first time to coach. My first event was in Anchorage, Alaska, figuring that if I only did one marathon that race would make for a great memory and story. It was my first but I have continued to run.
What is your style of coaching?
FUN! My philosophy is that if you enjoy running and who you you run with, you will keep running!
Some people are intimidated by the idea of training for a full or half marathon. What advice would you give them?
I was too! It is doable! (Is that a word?) With proper training and sticking to your schedule, you can do it. And yes, it's a long way but it is such an accomplishment. YOU CAN DO IT!
Is there an Honored Hero who has left a lasting impact on you? Who and why?
Every child fighting the battle. I especially remember when I was a child, a boy who lived across the street had a blood cancer. He was always sick and never felt like playing. I thought it wasn't fair or right that he couldn't do what we did. Cancer has taken too many of our children, friends and family. Watch out cancer, we are coming to get you!
What is the best kept secret about TNT?
We give you everything you need to train and run a marathon - no need to research how we teach you. And you don't have to make mistakes to learn how, we help you avoid the pitfalls.
What is the best training advice you have ever received?
Follow and trust your training and you will succeed. To finish is to win.
Inspired by Shorty's words and passion? Join him this summer season and train for the Rock'n'Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon to Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the Wounded Warrior Half Marathon and 10k. www.teamintraining.org/ntx