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Plan Ahead, PR Coming!

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!

September 8-9

Bird In Hand (Half)

VIA (Half and Full)

Erie (Full)

September 16

Rock and Roll Philly (Half)

September 30

Wineglass (Half and Full)

October 6-7

Steamtown (Full)

Chicago (Full)

November 4

New York City (Full)

November 10-11

Richmond (Half and Full)

Bucks County (Half and Full)

November 17-18

Philly (Half and Full)

December 8

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

Suggested Training Start Dates

Did you pick a half or full marathon to run for the first half of 2018 yet? See the list of races on the previous post below!

Here are my suggested training start dates for half and full marathons in late Winter and Spring of 2018. 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.

Date                            Begin Half                          Begin Full

3/3-4                          12/11/17                                 10/30/17

3/10-11                      12/18/17                                 11/6/17

3/17-18                      12/25/17                                 11/13/17

3/25-26                      1/1                                          11/20/17

4/7-8                          1/15                                        12/4/17

4/14-15+Boston          1/22                                         12/11/17

4/21-22                      1/29                                         12/18/17

4/28-29                      2/5                                           12/25/17

5/5-6                          2/12                                          1/1

5/12-13                      2/19                                          1/8

5/19-20                      2/26                                          1/15

 

Have You Picked A Spring 2018 Race Yet?

Here is a list of half and full marathons in late Winter and Spring of 2018 within a day’s drive of the Philadelphia area.  If you know of others please let me know and I will add to this list.  H = Half Marathon, F = Full Marathon, H+F = Both races.  Next, I will post my suggested date to start your training plan.

March:

Myrtle Beach -3rd (H+F)

Rock N Roll DC 10th (H+F)

Caesar Rodney (Wilmington, DE) 18th (H)

Shamrock (VA Beach) 18th (H+F)

Love Run 25th (H)

Cook Forest (near Clarion, PA) 31st or April 7th (H)

April:

Scranton 8th (H)

Garden Spot (Lancaster area) 14th (H+F)

April Fool’s (Atlantic City) 15th (H)

St. Luke’s 22nd (H)

Coastal Delaware (Rehoboth/Dewey Beach) 22nd (H+F)

Delaware Running Festival (Wilmington) 29th (H+F)

Jim Thorpe 29th (H)

New Jersey (Monmouth) 29th (H+F)

Wildwood 29th (H)

May:

Pittsburgh 6th (H+F)

St Michael’s (MD) 19th (H)

Run For The Red (Poconos) 20th (H+F)

I Am A Selfish Coach

IMG_0587I’m a running coach and personal trainer. I chose this profession because I love changing people’s lives for the better. From what most of the runners that I’ve trained have told me, I do that a lot.

 

It’s truly gratifying. What makes me so happy is not just that I make them a better runner or a stronger human being, physically. I am so confident in my coaching that I am aware that I do that. The race times and/or physical changes in their appearance are proof. Rather, it’s their gratefulness of how they’ve improved that reaches my soul.

 

I call the runners that I train “runner friends”. I don’t call them clients.   It’s a different bond than a personal friend or a family member. One, that for me I am happy to have. I’m so glad I picked this profession.

 

Run Your Best Race is not a “one size fits all” training program. It’s a life changing experience, no matter where you are to start with. It is a program where hopefully you gain improvement in running, strength, or even knowing that you have a new “best friend”. Contact me to see for yourself!

 

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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.

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