Terry is a Charleston native, and descendant of Thomas Hamlin, who
settled here in 1689. Terry was raised here through high school and
then attended the University of South Carolina.
Terry has been a lifelong athlete, and was a competitive surfer before
becoming a long distance runner in the early seventies. When he
returned to Charleston from school, Terry went to work for The Medical
University of SC, as a chemist. It was there he formed the Charleston
Running Club, in 1977.
In 1978, Terry and a Club member formed The Cooper River Bridge
Run. Terry served as the Co- Race Director for the first three years of
the race, and performed as PR Director for the next four years. The race
has now become the third largest road race in America, and the fifth
largest in the world. Terry was a national class runner, and continues to
coach runners, while writing a formal book on training for distance
Seven years ago, Terry suffered a life changing freak accident,
resulting in the loss of his left leg below the knee. A client introduced
Terry to an Iraq War veteran, who was a double amputee. The impact
of seeing the catastrophic injuries from war and the struggle with his
own loss, led Terry to begin the journey of dedication to groups like the
Wounded Warrior Project, Semper Fi and other worthy support groups
for injured veterans, disabled athletes and their families.
In 2011, Terry was selected as an Icon of Ethical Culture. In 2013,
Terry was selected as Charleston Community Catalyst of the Year. He
has been featured in publications such as Realtrends, Charleston
Magazine, Mount Pleasant Magazine, Runner Magazine and has
publicly spoken ever since his accident, in order to help the lives of
Terry considers his amputation to be a blessing of enormous
proportions, for it has helped him see firsthand, the people around him
that needed help. Thus, he now realizes The Blessing of Adversity and
strives to help anyone be their best at anything they do.
Terry is a USA/TF Level 1 Coach, Lydiard Level II, and an RRCA U.S. Certified Distance
Coach. He has studied the sport for decades, resulting in his new book-
“Building a Better Runner”. Terry has trained seven athletes to the U.S
Olympic Trials and is currently working with two more, as well as
children, beginners and any serious runner who wants to improve. He
has athletes in California, Atlanta and Charleston, among other areas.
Terry has a sliding scale coaching fee that is very reasonable. He
interviews the athlete personally, determines their goals and abilities
and writes every workout for them, as part of his service. His email and
contact are on this website.
MANAGING TRAINING WHEN INJURED
Runners will invariably become injured at some point, if they train hard enough. We have a hard time putting down our sport, however, even when we are hurt. Here are a few tips for keeping the injury as minor as possible and recovering as quickly as possible.
First, ascertain the type of injury and severity. It is easy to say 'I have a pulled muscle'. But, isolate the muscle or ligament, etc., and then determine whether continuing running will aggravate the problem. Start rehab right away. The old adage about rest, ice compression and elevation still holds true.
If the injury is a traumatic one, seek medical care. An MRI or examination may be in order. Try to choose a good sports doctor. Here, we have a number of them, fortunately. If "active rest" is necessary, the so be it.
One great thing about our sport is that nearly every run inflicted injury is repairable. It is better to take quick action than to let an injury become chronic. Study injuries. Knowledge is definitely power in this sport. Most can be cured with antagonistic strengthening and reduction of inflammation. Stay in the fight, but stay healthy!
PREPARING FOR RACING AGAIN 8/1/2020
Pretty soon, races will begin to appear again. Are you ready to shift gears? The restrictions we all have experienced are easing up, but hopefully you will have worked on your base and your core strength through the Summer. The Summer is for building mileage and balancing anterior with posterior strength and flexibility. Mileage should have been gradually increased, with over 90% of the miles as slow to moderate effort runs. One long run, one moderately long run, a fartlek run and a mild tempo run will make up the nucleus of the week's workouts. The other runs should be easier effort and recovery based.
Build your base with no more than 10% increases in overall mileage each week, but preferably 5-7%. The fartlek is just that- unstructured acceleration for 100-600 meters, at no more than 85% race pace. The tempo needs to be mild and a pace learning session.
Get ready. By the end of the month, you should be ready to shift into hill work for Resistance. #neverquit.
Many runners do two types of running, in preparation for racing. They either run long and slow or fast intervals. Mind you, these are integral to a well balanced race and training plan, but there is a huge missing piece of the puzzle.
Resistance Training does a number of things to connect the ability to run long and fast at the same time. So what is this type of training and how does it fit into our long term goals?
Some runners live in very hilly areas and feel they are in this Phase all the time. Not so. Even more runners live in flat lands and have to seek out a hill ot use a treadmill to achieve this higher level of fitness, to supplement the Distance Phase.
Resistance workouts consist if hill repeats at 60-70% race pace uphill. Start with four repeats and by the fourth week, one should be doing 6-12 uphill repeats at a 5-6% elevation gain and at a distance of 400 meters to 800 meters each. Jogging easy downhill should recover one for the next uphill. If it takes 2 minutes to run up the hill, recover 2 minutes.
These repeats will get easier and you will find yourself running faster, at the same perceived effort by week 8.
So, what is the effect of these repeats? They strengthen the quadriceps and improve the "push off" of the gastrocs and soleus muscles. Additionally, they encourage the lungs to produce more alveoli, to absorb more oxygen and supply the muscles with same, thus creating a more efficient muscle.
If you have a safe area to practice downhill running, it should be added to about half of your repeats, not as recovery, but to teach the runner to run fast downhill without understriding or overstriding. The recovery in this section will be done by jogging on flat surfaces.
Read more about this and other techniques in Building a Better Runner.
Good training, all!
Many new runners and even experienced runners make a new resolution to become fit or get fitter, with the beginning of a new year. Sometimes these resolutions stick, but more often than not, they are gone by February.
I encourage my athletes to make short term goals, leading to long term decisions and improvements. This approach relieves the pressure of having to think about a whole year or a whole lifetime of sticking to the schedule. Don't get me wrong, the schedule is what makes us better. But, if we finish a workout and then have to figure out which workout we have to do tomorrow immediately, it can trigger anxiety and a process of finding an excuse not to do tomorrow's workout.
One of the beauties of the Lydiard System, is that the workouts are broken down into Phases and the Phases are broken down to the daily workouts. As a coach, I utilize a great deal of this system with my own athletes, coupled with individualized attention to each runner's situation, fitness, injury risk and lifestyle. Arthur Lydiard did the same. His program is fabulous, but he also knew that all athletes are different.
So, if you are planning to make a New Year's Resolution on your running goals, try the above. If you don't have a coach or good mentor, get one. Two of my athletes are actually coaches themselves. Lets put it this way, if Tiger Woods needs a coach, why wouldn't you?
My email info is at the bottom of the site, if you want to talk with me about working with you. I coach athletes across the country and even in the UK.
Take care and read the book and if you have questions, I am available.
MOVING INTO THE RESISTANCE PHASE 8/21/2020
If the runner has worked on their base throughout the Summer, they should be ready to adapt the body further, by using the resistance of hills. If one does not ha e a convenient 200-400 meter long hill available, a treadmill set at 5-6% incline, will work. When utilizing hills, the uphill pace should be slow and deliberate. Shorten the stride, lean slightly into the hill and land on the forefoot. There is no reason to race up the hill in this Phase. Stay well within yourself and keep the pace aerobic. As for running down the hill, keep the pace smooth and lengthen the stride. The pace will naturally accelerate, but stay within yourself. As the Resistance Phase moves along, the number of repetitions will increase and the number of sets will also increase.
Try to do 3-4 uphills and downhills the first week and add a set each week. Additionally, if one is pointing toward a hilly marathon for instance, you may want to do the hill workout twice a week. Remember to work easy days around these hill day workouts. The tempo or the fartlek can remain in the schedule and the weekly long run will always be a staple of the week, unless one has just completed a long race. Get four weeks at least, of Resistance into your schedule before going into the final training section of anaerobic speedwork.
“ QUITTING IS NO WAY TO START”
Coach Terry Hamlin
I can’t count the number of people who know my history as a
runner and say to me “I can’t run". I always ask why. More than 90%
of the time, the answer is found in the speed in which they attempt
their first runs, before they are trained. Training is exactly what it
says. Adding more loads to the cardiovascular system over time, while
beginning at a level easily handled by the boy for 20 minutes or more,
is the way to start a running program.
I start these people at a much lower level than they tried to start
themselves. The proverbial light comes on in their head, when they
find they can walk fast, walk/jog or jog for 20 minutes without
stopping, when they begin. The issue they had before, was the fact
they began at an anaerobic speed, this not being able to utilize oxygen
for more than a few seconds or at most, a few minutes. I slow these
future athletes down and they (most of the time) begin a slow love
affair with running and fitness.
My first tip to you is to read my book- “Building a Better Runner-
science based training for peak performance “. This book explains the
history of human running, the cellular and enzymatic changes that
occur with exercise and gives a practical way to train for all.
THE MINDSET OF THE BEGINNING RUNNER 12/29/19
There is no doubt that beginning a running program is difficult. So, how do we make the decision to go out the door, perhaps dressed a bit skimpy and start jogging down the street or park? I firmly believe there is an innate desire to move in humans, as well as other animals. The fears we face are literally of our own making. We are afraid we may be heavy and some may giggle at us, or that we have no idea if we can make it 100 yards or 1 mile. It does not matter. What matters is that you now have a beginning.
If you find you are 'winded' very quickly, slow down. If you need to walk/jog or even just walk fast, so be it. That will improve very soon. Believe in yourself, because more people believe in you, than you know. Attend your local running club meeting, as a visitor. You will be embraced like you are a long lost friend. Runners love to help other runners. Pretty soon, that walk is a jog, the jog is a run and you are a runner. Reach out to me for Clubs in your area, if you know of none. A good pair of shoes, a smile and out the door.
So You Think You Can't Run? 2/15/2020
I speak to many people every day. It seems that several times a week, I run into that person who is mystified by the process. They say, "I wish I could run, but I can't." I will first ask if they have a physical malady that prevents them from running. If they say "no", then I ask a series of follow up questions, regarding their past attempts at getting into the sport. The answer I hear most often, is "I tried to run, but I could only go a quarter of a mile or so, then I had to stop." My reply usually stuns them. I say "That is awesome!". They look at me like I am kidding. I then go on to tell them about my own experience of going for an "official" first run, at the age of 13. Now understand, I was a very active kid and played, rode my bicycle, played tag and the other outdoor activities associated with youngsters. I also surfed and in order to stay in shape for hours of paddling, cutting in and out of the waves and fighting the surf, I decided to start running. Though I felt I was in good shape, I found I could make it around the block once and that was it. So, I made a commitment to keep at it, as I now saw this as a challenge.
So, I tell them this to let them know running and becoming a good runner, is a process. Some may start with a walk or a walk/run. However you get there, try to keep moving for 20 minutes. The next day, just go out for 10-15 minutes. The following day, go for the 20 minute mark once again. You are now using the hard/easy system that even elite runners use. After week one, add 10% to the time you are out there. So, you will hit 22 minutes one day and 16.5 minutes the next. I a few weeks, you will be running the whole distance. Congratulations. You are now "a runner".
STAYING FIT IN A PANDEMIC 3/15/2020
Runners are the most active people on the planet, so naturally we don't do well when we are told to 'social distance' or not use our regular training sites. Plus, many runners were planning a great Spring race season, only to see it dissipate in an instant.
There is actually a positive way to look at this unusual time. Frankly, most 'local to any region runners' like to race too often, without taking the time to make sure they are completely ready and/or recovered from the last race. Racing well takes planning. If a runner prepares thoroughly through the Summer and into early Fall, their race season for the Fall and Winter will be more successful and they will have time to recover and peak again in the following Spring.
Right now, I have my athletes back in the Distance Phase. I am slowly building them for twelve weeks, then moving them into the Resistance Phase for six weeks and finishing their preparation with a Speedwork Phase of four to six weeks, according to their 'goal' races in the Fall.
They are still able to run outside, away from folks and do their strength work at home. Many are doing 60-70 miles per week now and will go higher in some cases, by Mid Summer. In this first Phase there is indeed, some high quality speed each week, so don't think this Phase is boring.
Give this Phase system a try. The worst that will happen, will be a runner who is better prepared than usual.
STAYING HYDRATED IN SUMMER 4/15/2020
Hot or even warm climates, can be an issue for runners working to build a good base in the Summer. Dehydration can kill or at least ruin a season of training. I personally experienced this in the 70's, while doing a 20 mile run on the Fourth of July. I started too late and took a route from my home on the tip of Sullivan's Island, out to Patriots Point, a distance of about 10.5 miles away. The run went well, with me clipping along at about 6:20 per mile, out to the Point. I turned around to come home and about the 13 mile point, things began to change. The route had little accessible water and the temperatures were in the mid to high 80's. This was not unusual for me, however. I was in excellent condition and ran most workouts without drinking back then. We know better know. As I hit mile 13, I stopped sweating. By mile 14, I had chills and knew I was in trouble. I found a gas station and went round back to find a spigot. I laid under it, drinking as I could. After ten minutes or so, I resumed my run. I was a mess. I eventually staggered home and it took a full week to run normally. Actually, I was lucky. I could have died from heat stroke. A 100+ mile per week runner. So, anyone can go through this.
The key to staying hydrated, is to make it consistent. Drink several times a day and more with meals. Use dilute electrolyte fluids if you like. If your diet is rich in elements, you will fare well with just water, most of the time. Thirst is NOT the signal to drink. It is an alarm that you are in deficit. The hydrated runner trains better and that translates to racing better and a higher level of health, in general.