Category Archives: Run Your Best Race
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!
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org!!! Make that leap, finally! You deserve it! Don’t wait until New Year’s Day to start!
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.