Category Archives: Run Your Best Race

Want to qualify for Boston or run a PR this fall?

Thinking about running a fall marathon or half marathon? Want to run your best time, or maybe even qualify for the Boston Marathon? Everyone should try training under a coach at least one time. It’s not expensive. If you are serious about running it is money well spent.

Now is the time to plan for it and start training properly. Most of the runners that I have trained have been knocking huge chunks of time from their PR. Ask any runner that I have trained if they thought it was worth the money.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • A free consultation to discuss your goals and how I can help.
  • A Functional Movement Screen to find and weaknesses or imbalances that could cause a derailment in your training. Suggested exercises to correct, if needed.
  • A weekly plan to outline recommended workouts in detail, custom made for you, including ancillary exercises to help you stay healthy and get stronger
  • Periodic one on one runs with me to evaluate where your fitness level is
  • Unlimited communication. I am very approachable and want you to feel like I am your best friend. Ask me anything that you are unsure of. I also can adjust your plan, if needed, based on communication between us. The better it is the more you get out of your training.

I have limited space for fall training so contact me now to start the process! I am a certified adult running coach and certified personal trainer.  Click on the Contact Me tab or send an email to this address: runyourbestrace@gmail.com

St. Luke’s Half Marathon Training Starts Soon!

St. Luke’s Half Marathon runners! Here’s your chance to join a group training program, by a certified running coach and personal trainer, that will include a weekly training plan plus a weekly group run, which will include training on the actual St. Luke’s course periodically.

I hope to be able to train on the course every other week, but we will have a group run every week somewhere. Once we see who is signed up for training, I will determine the group run locations.

If you are training for another race with a race date close to St. Luke’s, feel free to join us anyway. Or contact me to set up your training for your particular race.

If you remember from OctoHalf, 100% of the runners training with my program set a new PR.

The cost for this 12 week group program which starts on Saturday January 28th is only $75. Contact me either by email at runyourbestrace@gmail.com or click on the Contact Me tab above!

We’re on a PR Streak Now!

Run Your Best Race had a successful day at the Philly Marathon yesterday. All 5 runners who trained for this race through Run Your Best Race nailed it. 5 Personal Bests for the marathon! And not by a few seconds, either!  The runners shaved off from 10 minutes to over an hour from their best marathon times.  One runner ran her first marathon ever and the others were veterans, having run at least 4 marathons each in the past.

In addition one runner qualified for the Boston Marathon for the first time!  Run Your Best Race is going back to Boston!

If you’re keeping score, that’s 27 runners in a row who’ve trained under me and PR’d in a Half or Full Marathon! I seem to get the best runners! What a year 2016 has been for us!

Contact me!  I’d love for you to be next!

OctoHalf Success!!!

October 2nd was a great day for running.  The OctoHalf training group had a very successful race.  Five runners new to the half marathon distance all finished.

Ten of our runners ran their fastest half marathon ever (out of 10 = 100%)!  Two runners beat their personal best by 20 minutes or more, two ran over 10 minutes faster and a couple more 9 minutes faster!

The reason for this success?  They put the work in.  I hope my training had something to do with it but the runners had to run it, I didn’t run for them.

Most of these runners mentioned they want to continue with the Run Your Best Race training.  Come join the fun!  Contact me!  I train you for any reason.  I’m also a Certified Personal Trainer so I can help you with your fitness goals as well.

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Octohalf Training Announced

The training plans for the 2016 OctoHalf Half Marathon, which is being held on Sunday, October 2, 2016, have been announced.  Please click on the OctoHalf Training tab on this site for specific details.

Last year’s training programs were a huge success.  100% of the runners who trained under one of these programs either completed their first half marathon, or set a personal record for the half marathon.

The course has been changed slightly (for the better in my opinion) for the 2016 race.

Group Running Classes Spring 2016

CLASSES ARE FILLING UP FAST!  DON’T BE LEFT OUT!!!

Back by popular demand, group running classes!  There will be at least two classes this Spring.  A beginner’s class and a class for current runners to get your running headed in the right direction so that you can improve your race times.

I will instruct as many sessions as I can fit into my schedule.  The beginner’s class can hold more than the improve your running class.  That’s because the improve your running class will include personal Functional Movement Screening and individual form analysis.

Both classes will be held in a local to Lansdale, PA park such as School Rd. Park or Parkside Place.  We will decide when and where based on those who enroll.  If needed we will hold the classes in more than one location.  Historically classes have been after work hours but I can hold morning classes if enough are interested.

Beginner’s Class (Tuesday and Thursday 6PM):

  • Will start with walking and add some running, as the weeks go by you will be able to run more than walk.  At the end of 8 weeks most participants should be able to run a 5K with little or no walking.
  • I will guide you to using good form, proper pace, and give tips to make it easier and keep it safe.
  • Group classes are fun!  You will meet new friends.  They will help you succeed.
  •  See the Testimonials page for comments on past classes.
  • Use the Contact Us page on this site to let me know you are interested.
  • If enough are considering but not yet sure let me know now and I can set up an information meeting for you to meet me and ask questions.

Improving Your Running Class (Monday and Wednesday 6PM):

  • Runners of all abilities and experience welcome
  • Limited to 10 runners per class (may hold more than one class if enough are interested)
  • Individualized instruction in a group setting
  • Functional Movement Screen and form analysis done on each runner to identify any weaknesses that could cause injury.  Suggestions will be made to what exercises need to be done to create balance and keep you injury free.
  • Continued suggestions for strength work, stretching, and anything to help you improve.
  • If you would like to discuss this class and are not sure, please contact me to ask any questions, or I can set up an informational meeting if enough are interested.

Both classes will be held twice per week and will be determined by availability of those who enroll.  Both classes are $75 for 8 weeks and include a T-Shirt. Classes start the week of April 25th.  Now is the time to sign up!

Classes will end in time to start a fall long distance race program for those that are signed up or thinking of signing up for a half or full marathon in the fall of 2016.  The improving running class will get you prepared to enter that training.

As always, individual one on one training is available for running and/or personal strength/fitness/flexibility training.  I can come to your location for either if within about 10 miles of Lansdale, PA.

As with any of my classes, please make sure you are fit enough to participate in any exercise program.  You should talk to your doctor about any limitations to joining any classes.  I will have a waiver for you to fill out and sign which will give you the opportunity to tell me any possible issue with you exercising.  You should also be prepared to give me a contact name and phone number in case of any emergency.

 

 

 

 

 

I Love My Job

Yesterday was the inaugural OctoHalf Half Marathon.  It was organized, timed, and run by the best in business, by far in my opinion, ACT Sports Management.  A group of people that understand what runners want to see at a race, and who care about every runner from first to the person who crosses the finish line last.

I really try to do the same with my coaching business.  That’s my goal, anyway.  I am also hoping that’s why ACT Sports Management asked me to be the “official coach” of the race.  I offered two types of training for the race, online and a group “learn the course while we train” method.  I ended up coaching 6 awesome runners.

When I first started coaching, my first group class was through the North Penn School District’s Community Education Program.  I had about 25-30 people sign up for a beginner’s running class that took people who have never run before and taught them to run enough to finish a 5K in 8 weeks.  I am still coaching several runners from that first class.  Some of them are doing half and full marathons now.  That was only 4 1/2 years ago.  One did a half marathon the year after she came through the beginners class.

The first class ended with a 5K, which 10-15 of the class members had the time to run.  All of them finished that race that day, many took home age group awards for placing first through third in their age group.  What hit me that day was two things.  As a coach I never got to meet their families while we trained.  They were the supporting cast for their desire to get healthier and finish a 5K.  But that day I got to see how proud their spouses and children were of their accomplishments. That really made me happy.  I never forgot how that felt.  I said to myself that day “that is why I do this.”  The second thing was seeing how much finishing that class, that 5K, meant to each one of those runners. Words cannot describe the feelings I had that day as each of my running “students” crossed that finish line.  It cemented the decision I made to start up this coaching business.

To me, a hug or a warm handshake makes me feel like someone cares about me.  It feels better than anyone handing me a trophy for crossing a finish line first.  It sends a chill through my body that says “I really appreciate you”.  For my personality a hug works better than anything spoken, written, or better than any drug could possibly make me feel.  I remember hugs or meaningful handshakes forever.  I remember from that first class, that I got dozens of them.  From my students to their spouses.  The feeling that every one of them appreciated my role in their accomplishment sent me home that day feeling like I was in the clouds.

Yesterday it was a half marathon instead of a 5K.  It, however, ended with the same feeling of euphoria.  Watching families and friends of the runners I trained for this race and seeing how happy they were sent chills through my body that I will never forget.  It is why I do this.  Sometimes I never see or hear from one of my runners again.  I understand.  I did my job and while I get attached to each and every one of them I can’t take them all home with me.  I do see and hear from most of them and continue to coach a lot of the original gang of runners.  My circle of runners is growing.  And I love every one of them.

I love my job!

Thinking About Hiring A Running Coach?

You’ve read all of the articles in Runner’s World, Running Times, on running websites and Facebook pages.  Yes, having a running coach helps tremendously in your quest to improve your running.  Even if the goal is to enjoy running more, a coach can help.

If the coach is like me, he or she will be certified (I am through the Road Runners Club of America), will take the time to do a detailed analysis of your strengths and weaknesses, and from learning all about your running habits and goals, create a plan to get you going on that journey.

No one has ever achieved greatness on their own.  Did you change your own diaper when you were a baby?  Sounds disgusting but you get my point.  Leave your comfort zone.  Hire a coach.

“Oh it’s too expensive!”  You probably will be surprised how you can’t afford not to hire a coach if you really want to get better at running or improve your fitness.  Talk to me about your goals and limitations and I can help find the right way to go about this.  How much money do you waste on things that are actually taking you farther away from your goal?  Bad food, too much alcohol, buying clothes that you really don’t need.  I’m sure we can find a way to budget this if you really want it bad enough.

Once you make that leap to finally go after that fastest race ever, first half or full marathon, even finish your first 5K, what else is it going to cost you?  Some time and effort.  A coach can only put the plan in place and motivate you.  He or she cannot run for you or do the work.  I will motivate the heck out of you and make you want to work hard, but you still have to do it. That means sometimes getting out of that warm comfortable bed and getting outside to run.  You have to commit to doing what was prescribed.  That also includes ancillary work outside of running.  I usually give strength exercises to help with whatever weaknesses I found on day one.  I guarantee it will be worth every penny!  You can make time to get it done.  There is a way.  I work with busy people all of the time.  I work with single parents who have to juggle their lives.

The end result?  A happier, more self confident, and awesome person.  You will set an example for your children, spouse, parents, or YOU!  Show yourself you can do it.  Be healthy for your loved ones or just for your piece of mind.  You become happier you will make them happier.

I can coach you in person, in a group, or online from anywhere in the world.

How do I make this leap?  Several ways.

-Send me an email at runyourbestrace@gmail.com with your intentions or questions.  No I will not come through the internet and bite you.  No I will not share your email address with anyone else.  I respect your privacy.

-You can also find me on October 3rd at the OctoHalf Half Marathon expo from 10AM to 4PM.  This is held at the Hatfield Township Rocktoberfest, John S. Clemens Memorial Park, Fairgrounds Rd. at Clemens Rd in Hatfield.  Even if you’re not running the race come find my booth and get to know me.

-Set up a personal meeting, we can find a day and time where I will run with you, or just sit and chat about your goals. How do you know you will like your coach unless you meet him or her?

-Look for upcoming group information sessions.  If enough of you are interested I will set up a time and place and meet with your group or a group of individuals who want more information.  If this interests you please contact me.  I will post any information meetings on this website and my Facebook page.

For any of these options contact me at runyourbestrace@gmail.com!!!  Make that leap, finally!  You deserve it!  Don’t wait until New Year’s Day to start!

This Week’s Group runs and etc….

Hi Run Your Best Race family and interested onlookers.

Tuesday we’ll be at Heebner Park and Thursday at School Rd Park, both at 6PM (bring reflective gear, headlamps, whatever you have to stay safe).

Sunday is Octorun 13K, a great race to run and automatic PR if you’ve never run a 13K before.  Come meet up before and after the race.  Even if you’re not running come cheer us on.

In the next two or three weeks I will be opening up the opportunity for morning runs for those that can’t do evenings.

Coming soon:  Flash 5K/1 mile run and group running to and from a nearby pub.

If anyone is interested in purchasing Run Your best Race apparel, please see or contact me.  I want to put an order in for long sleeved shirts for fall/winter/spring running.  I need at least 10 shirts to order.

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