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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!

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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I Love My Job

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!

This Week’s Group runs and etc….

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.

Group Runs In Full Swing

Run Your Best Race started twice  weekly group runs this past week.  We had a wide range of ages and runner ability which is nice! Come on out and see how much fun we have.  No obligation to try it out.  I guarantee you’ll make a new friend or two.  This Tuesday we will meet at 6PM at Parkside Place in Upper Gwynedd Township.  the plan is to move the meeting place for the runs so that everyone gets to run closer to where they live or work.  Once we see who is coming regularly we will move the meeting place.

Also we will try to make Thursday a night for those training for upcoming races to get some speed work in.  Coach Glenn will offer his advice on length and pace of the speed work based on your recent past and current goal race.

Email Coach Glenn with questions at runyourbestrace@gmail.com

Please give us a try if you love running or want to learn or get better!  Individual training is also available.

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