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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.
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)
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)
Pittsburgh 6th (H+F)
St Michael’s (MD) 19th (H)
Run For The Red (Poconos) 20th (H+F)
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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 email@example.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!
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!