28 Jun

A word from the Coach...June 28th

Not having an athlete in the Outdoor National Championships was a difficult pill to swallow; it is so easy to get caught up in self pity, and “poor me” and to be honest, for a couple of days I did just that… Not a good thing for the head coach! However, behind every dark cloud is a silver lining, and such is the case with TGR. This time at home has given me a chance to really look at the year:

James Gilreath: James was 6^th in the National Indoor Championship 1000m with a PR and also ran an Indoor PR at 800m. Outdoors James had his best season yet racing. While he was 4 short of the Nationals, he was more competitive than ever in the outdoors against the top runners in his field. This experience will be invaluable next year in the Olympic Trials.

Jarrett LeBlanc: Jarrett qualified for the US Olympic Trials in the Marathon at the US National ½ Marathon Championship with a PR 64:19. Before joining TGR a year and half ago Jarrett’s PRs were: 1:54. 3:46, 4:08, 14:53. They now are: 1:49.38, 3:43.5, 3:59.95. 14:09.

25 Jun

0 - 100 ... Real Quick

by: Brock Moreaux

About 3 months ago, I was sitting outside of the University of Texas Track, scared of what was to possibly come. My whole life there was always a plan to fall on and team to go along with. Throughout high school you pretty much just go along with your high school team and then if you are fortunate enough, you can continue for another 4-5 years at a university. In which I was fortunate to continue my running at McNeese State University for the past 5 amazing years. However, in the case of many sports, especially Track and Field, it is an absolute dog-eat-dog world out there after college where only the best of the best survive. You have to pretty much have already made an Olympic team, or be competing at the Olympic level in order to receive a sponsorship or any sort of financial help. And there I was, just off one of the roughest races of my career, where Olympic athletes were literally running my race times in practice, and I had no idea of what was to come next.
And on top of that, I was applying for dozens of jobs and receiving no replies…

12 Jun

A word from the Coach...June 12th

In the process of recovering from last weeks meets (Adrian Martinez Classic Thurs. and the Music City Distance Festival Sat.), getting the Cross Country Camp started and continuing to train our Youth and Masters runners I realized how blessed I am to be able to work not only in an endeavor that I love but to have such a great team of athletes in each age group to work with. I am so excited to be a part of Team Green. At times this job is overwhelming, there are only 24 hours in a day but in the end it is worth it. We all share a passion for a common goal, "excellence through running". Where this journey will end, only God knows; for some it will be a personal best at the Houston Marathon; for some it will be qualifying for the Boston Marathon; for others it will be the making the Olympic Team. I can tell ya that the staff of Team Green is committed to leaving no stone unturned in this honorable quest. I have always felt that to be successful a coach must be willing to work
harder, make a greater commitment, and sacrifice more than his or her athletes. Great things are on the horizon for TGR!!


11 Jun

Making the Move

One of the great things about working with Team Green is meeting and working with people who not only have the potential to be a great athlete, but also great people. I knew of Leo when he ran for the University of Arkansas. His potential is infinite and he is a tremendous “team player” having come from a great team at the University. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with Leo. He has quickly become intrenched in training with teammate James Gilreath. With Leo’s tremendous work ethic I have high expectations for his success. It is with great pleasure that I welcome Leoman Momoh to TGR.
~ Coach Dan Green

03 Jun

Outdoor Season Update...

I had just finished up one of my shorter long runs on May 17th, soaking the legs in Coach Green’s pool, when it hit me… in just 6 days I would be lining up for the biggest mile race set up of my life yet. The butterflies and anxious feelings had already started to swarm. Next thing I knew I was driving back home to Louisiana on Thursday night thinking this is it… 48 hours. Friday came as no surprise. More of the nervous feelings, countless messages and calls asking, “Are you ready!?” “You think you can do it!” “YOU BETTER DO IT”… As good as it felt hearing from everyone it was silently and discreetly putting more pressure on me. Trying to figure the medium of not thinking about the race and trying to stay as focused as possible was surely the task at hand. As I trusted my training I knew this was not a physical barrier anymore, but more of a mental challenge I had to overcome before I even toed the line.