Category Archives: training
If your goal is to run a personal best or qualify for the Boston Marathon then you should be planning your training for late summer to fall 2018 races now! I hear a lot of runners say this is the year they get to Boston, or set a PR, or get rid of excess fat, or eat right. Well the time is here! It’s free to talk to me and get advice. It’s cheap to start training with me! Give yourself a chance!
Get strong for injury free efficient running!
Not only am I a running coach but I am a certified personal trainer. I can include a strength training program for your pre-training and race training phases.
Working on strength for running, weight loss, and mental training before and in the early phases of race training will give you your best chance of running your best race ever. Plus you will be doing yourself a favor by getting into the best shape possible for the summer! I can work hands on with you for both strength and running.
Here are popular races followed by my suggested training start dates for half and full marathons. The actual date that you should start depends on your running fitness level and experience. 10 Mile races should follow the half marathon start dates.
Contact me to discuss my personal advice for your training or to schedule a meeting to help you make a decision and get the ball rolling!
Bird In Hand (Half)
VIA (Half and Full)
Rock and Roll Philly (Half)
Wineglass (Half and Full)
New York City (Full)
Richmond (Half and Full)
Bucks County (Half and Full)
Philly (Half and Full)
Rehoboth (Half and Full)
Suggested training start dates (running). Base and strength training can begin anytime prior. You should be already doing steady mileage before these dates. I can help you with that as well.
Race Date Begin Full Begin Half
September 8-9 May 6 June 18
September 15-16 May 13 June 25
September 29-30 May 28 July 8
October 6-7 June 3 July 15
November 3-4 July 2 August 12
November 10-11 July 9 August 19
November 17-18 July 16 August 26
December 8-9 August 5 September 16
I get asked a lot why the runners that I coach are so successful. That’s an easy answer.
To be successful (in any sport, not only running) you have to follow these three things:
1- Practice. A lot. By doing it right every time in practice (proper distance and pace) or correcting errors if you are not doing it right. For running this means running as much as you can, by gradually increasing your miles as you get closer to a goal race or to where you want to be fitness-wise.
2- Have a passion for the activity that you are participating in. For running this means enjoying the training. If you are running just because “your friends are” that may not be passion. You have to be willing to work hard at running. If you work hard and realize that with hard work and following the plan comes success, that’s passion.
3- Have a good coach. You need someone to hold you accountable, someone knowledgeable who will get to know you and understand what motivates you, what pace you should be running for each workout, and someone who cares about you and will stay in touch to make sure you have the best chance at reaching your goals.
If you have these three things you will improve your running 100 times faster than trying to do it without them. That’s not an exaggeration. Ask the runners that I coach. They’ll back me up.
It’s science. The nervous system learns and the body adapts to your physical needs and what you teach them. That’s why it is important to do it right, and as often as possible.
100% of the runners that I coach meet their goal if they do what I coach them to do and have the passion to work hard. Some go way beyond their goal.
Now is the time to make this year your best at running! Contact me for a free consultation on how I can help you! firstname.lastname@example.org
Or click on the contact me tab above!
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the Contact Me tab above!
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!
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.
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.