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Time to Get Moving for Your Spring Races!

April and May are filled with races of all distances.  Now is the time to plan for how you will reach your goal.  Let me coach you to your goal!  The testimonials from my past and current runners explain why you have a great chance of running your best race.

While I continue to work with runners new to my coaching plans every month, almost all of my runners come back to me for continued coaching.

I have affordable plans.  I am easy to communicate with.  I work with your schedule to make sure you can get the work in.  I set you up for success by analyzing your functional movement and prescribe exercises to make you more efficient and keep you injury free.

Come join me to see what a lot of runners currently know about me and my success rate.

Contact me now, it’s free to chat with me and see if I can help you! runyourbestrace.com/contact-me/ or runyourbestrace@gmail.com

Every runner should try a live one on one coach at least once!  The worst that happens is you learn a lot about running.  How bad can that be?

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 Course Training

The OctoHalf 2016 course training starts this Saturday at 7AM.  We’ll meet in the parking lot at School Rd. Park and head over to where the new starting line will be.  This week’s run will be about 6-7 miles and I’ll make sure everyone has someone to run with based on your pace.

It’s not too late to join us.  Contact me at runyourbestrace@gmail.com or use the form on the contact me tab here on this website.

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.

Your Place Or Mine? What’s Your Plans?

So, what have you all got planned for this year?  15 races, your first marathon, or maybe just run your first race?  It’s always a good idea to set goals ahead of time.  Write them down.  There’s a better chance you’ll meet them if you do that and look at them regularly.  Set long term goals and some medium range ones along the way to the long term.  Finally, get those short term ones down, too.  Those will be the ones that get you to the longer goals.  You can always contact me to help.  Helping you capture those big plans is free.  You’ll need support to meet those goals, anyway.  I’m your guy.

Me?  I’ve got big plans for 2016.  As the best coaching year of my life wound down in 2015 I got certified as a personal trainer.  Now one month into the new year I am getting certified in Functional Movement Screening.  That’ll help me coach my runners or train you all in general more efficiently.  I’ll be able to better customize for you personally what drills or exercises you need to do.  I head to a much warmer climate soon to do that training.  While I’m in Florida I’m running a half marathon to do a check point on my fitness level as well.  I’m almost halfway through my training cycle for the Boston Marathon.  Wow, time flies.

If you really want to run your best, improve, knock your dress or pants size down a notch, or two or three, make this your year!  Commit to it!  Make time for you.  You won’t be able to take care of your children, your wife, parents, family, yourself, whatever as good if you are unhealthy, sick, run down, etc.  You get the idea.  Your energy level grows when you are fit.  Age is no limit, find time.  Stop with those excuses.  I’ve proved the age one wrong, as did my 85 year old mother (Happy Birthday, Mom!  On Saturday, actually).

Do you really want to feel better, look better, run faster, win an age group prize, get big muscles, get healthier in general, whatever you keep saying you should do?  Get in touch with me.  I’m easy to talk to.  You have several ways to get in touch with me.  Email, Facebook, Twitter, text, or call me on the phone (does anyone do that anymore?, just curious).  Email is runyourbestrace@gmail.com.  Twitter is @GlennMWSR and Facebook is Run Your Best Race.  Or shoot over to the Contact Us tab and fill out the form.  I do get those.  Start with that and I’ll give you my cell phone to call or text me if you find that easier to have me consult with you.  (sorry, too many creeps and robots out there to put the phone number out there right here)

Let me help you reach that goal.  2016 is the year of success!  Let’s get there together!

Training for the Boston Marathon

I spent the past four weeks building up mileage to get ready for this day.  This is the day that I started training for the 2016 Boston Marathon.  The goal for this training cycle is to train smarter and get stronger to have the race of my life.

Last year I was just happy to be there in Boston.  I trained, but never dove into the strength work as much as I should have.  The result was a sluggish race with a tight glute that turned into a hip flexor issue halfway through the race.  Add to that the 40 degrees, 30 mph headwind and the driving rain and it made for a not so fun day.  Don’t get me wrong, the experience of the weekend and race was better than I expected.  It would have been nice to run well.

I recently passed my NASM Certified Personal Trainer exam and studying for that reinforced why I needed to strength train to be able to add mileage injury free.  I started from inside out, working on core stabilization.  That seems to have made an impact on my efficiency when running.  I also worked hard on concentrating on my running form.  I’ll continue to strengthen my body to withstand the increase in mileage I’m about to add.

The past two Mondays I have run 16 miles each time.  Last week it was an easy paced but hilly run to get to where I wanted to be as far as mileage.  Today the plan called for 12 of the 16 miles to be run at marathon pace.  Using my spreadsheet that has enable me to dial in the right training paces for the past few years I set out in the humid air.  I nailed the workout averaging less than .2 seconds per mile faster than the goal pace.  I don’t think I’ve ever nailed a workout that close even in mid training, let alone on day one.

To say that this gives me confidence that I am going to have a great training cycle is an understatement.  I believe the strength training and slow build up of weekly mileage has set me up in a good way.  Mentally I am all in this time.  It’s amazing what your mind enables you to do if it’s in the right frame.  Today I went out knowing I would nail my workout and I did.  I never got sore or tight anywhere as opposed to previous training cycles where I would struggle to finish the first few weeks of tough workouts.

For those of you that follow where I’m racing, in late January I’ll do a test race, the Celebration Half Marathon.  I have another continuing education course, Flexible Movement Systems, I’ll use for my coaching business and it’s near Clearwater the weekend before the race so I thought I’d stick around the warmer climate in January.  I’m also scheduled to run the New York City Half Marathon in March which will be a perfect way to start my taper towards marathon day.

If you’ve got a big race this next year, please give me a chance to train you.  Contact me to get it started or ask questions!

 

 

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What do you love about your job?

The best thing about my job is seeing people meet their goals and getting to share in the happiness that it brings them. I also love getting to know people who want to be fit, get better at running, or do something that makes them feel great about themselves. Happy people make a happy world. Personally, it doesn’t feel like a job because I am doing what I love to do.

What or who inspired you to start your own business?

An anonymous person actually inspired me. I was on a social website that I was using to track my calories in an effort to lose weight and support fitness. One of the forums was about running, and there was a “coach” on the site telling people they couldn’t do this or that and scaring people from trying to reach new levels of running. I’m sure she was just trying to caution people from getting hurt, but she was communicating poorly. I chatted with one of the people she was trying to caution, and I ended up working with this person via email and got her to her goal. I then went out and got certified to be a running coach and then started my business. It was the greatest feeling helping that runner get to finish a race that her family was also doing and feeling the gratitude in her messages to me about that accomplishment.

Describe your most memorable project.

I took a runner who never ran more than a couple of miles and trained her online to finish a half marathon in just four months. Everyone else told her she was trying the impossible, but I think I made her believe she could do it. She still runs today, six years later.

Time to Blog Again

First of all, if you were following this blog, I apologize for not writing in the past six months.  March to September tends to be the busiest time of the year for me.  I plan to make this site a priority from here on out.

Do you really want to know what got me going again?  Innocent runners who have no idea they just motivated me again, and a race that I tried to do last Sunday.

First the runners.  I never had such a good time running as I did on Monday.  I was showing three runners the upcoming Octohalf race course.  What I didn’t know before hand was that these awesome runners would give me such a charge.  For each one this or the Rock n Roll Half in late October is their first half marathon.  The Octohalf is less than three weeks away and we were going over each square inch of the course, which is what I do for me, therefore I share with anyone I am coaching.  I pay attention to every detail and try to teach them my methodology.  Isn’t that what coaches do?

I am blessed that everyone I have ever coached has been so kind and full of respect that they show up on time.  I understand a few minutes here and there you cannot predict the last minute red light, etc.  Honestly, I am in awe that in this day and age of being overworked, juggling multiple jobs, being a single parent, not one runner has ever made me angry for delaying a workout. I think that shows that runners, in general, are awesome people, full of respect for fellow mankind.

So I have three runners learning the course ready to go.  One has been running with me for a couple of months now and is the most likable person I have met.  She brings energy every time we run.  She doesn’t know it but she gets me pumped to run (OK, maybe a chance that she knows now if she reads this).  The other two are new to the course.  One is my regular runner’s friend.  The other just found out about my course training recently.

It’s 6:45 AM.  Who is smiling that early?  All four of us!  Why am I smiling?  Because the other 3 brought energy to the group.  If I could wake up every morning like this I would feel like I was in heaven.  My normal routine is, family gone off to work, then I decide to get out of bed and start my day.  Or get up before they do and go run. No people interaction at all.  I am so used to that.  But today it’s different.   Two strangers and a crazy running student who should be a CEO of something since she is so intelligent and has so much energy early in the morning.  Wow, made my day.  They listened to everything I had to say and that alone made me feel good.  On top of that they laughed, made jokes.

I pointed out the details of the course.  That’s what I do.  I am a scientist and analyst of running.  I crunch every number that my Garmin gives me, mix it with the personal vital data that I have on each runner and try to dial in the perfect training plan for each one of my students, online or in person.  Look as far as you can and draw a straight line with your imagination and run that straight line is what I teach. There’s the geometry that I was so good at in high school coming to use.  The runners were all courteous and listened and I felt that they understood what I said.  They stopped talking when I spoke.  Even if I interrupted them.  What a great feeling! All in between them having fun and laughing.  What a coach’s dream.  Runners that listen but still have fun.  I had the pleasure of coaching one of those to her first half marathon last year at this time.  I miss her so much.  I wish all of my runners would need me forever but that’s not happening.  It pumps me up.  It gets my own personal training going full steam ahead.

OK, Sunday’s race.  Coming off of the ultimate high for me, qualifying for the Boston Marathon, it has been a struggle to regain the personal running motivation.  I tried to do a 5K because a friend mentioned that they were in need of runners for a local 5K race.  I actually jogged the course to warmup so that I knew it.  I left the start line and that was it.  I had no mojo.  I finished almost a minute worse than any other 5K I’ve ever run.  I started wondering.  Am I done?  Is training my runners enough satisfaction for me?

After the race, I was so humbled by the lack of effort.  I am so competitive.  That got me steamed on my drive home that I would run less than 100% when I have an example to set.  The next day there I was facing runners who were listening to every word I said hoping to gain knowledge to allow them to get better.  Wow.  Talk about being taught a lesson when I was supposed to be doing the lesson teaching.  My next personal workout was this morning.  Let’s just say I’m back to normal.  See you soon!

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