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What Is Wellness?

I know we’re getting hopeful for escape from covid. I just wanted to share my thoughts and near term future goals for Run Your Best Race.

The pandemic has had a major affect on our wellness. One of the positive things is having so much alone time has given me the chance to set my plan in motion to make Run Your Best Race a full wellness outlet for you all.

Wellness has 6 dimensions. Emotional, occupational, physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual. I have grown so much in 5 of those during this time of social distancing, with social wellness being the weakest. It wasn’t all bad, zoom and face time chats helped a lot. I can’t wait to get back to in person social situations.

Emotionally, I have learned in the past year to rid my mind of any anger and resentment. I’ve learned how freeing my mind has made life look so much better in everything. Physically I am working hard at eating better and exercising consistently and using various means of getting that exercise to strengthen all parts of my body. Improving my mind, body, and spirit wellness has made me a healthier person.

I have been studying to pass my nutrition coach exam and reading anything positive that I can get my hands on. I feel better when I am doing something positive and learning. That’s why making my living doing this is so satisfying. It’s not always easy to find that dream job but you can get some of that happiness from doing volunteer work.

Spiritually it’s been easy to grow with all of the isolation and alone time. I can calm my mind with meditation or music. This has helped me emotionally as well.

Wellness is a combination of all 6 dimensions. Once we get back to socializing in person I imagine I will be one complete happy guy.

Run Your Best Race will be offering any service to you that will contribute to your happiness and wellness. Whether it’s a plan to run your best, get stronger physically or mentally, learn how to eat better, either one on one or socializing with like minded people.

As the year goes, and as we start to break free of the isolation, I will be rolling out various programs to help in your wellness goal. I will outline what programs I will offer in detail.

Feel free to contact me at any time to ask questions or request a service that I may or may not be able to offer. If I am not qualified for something I will offer a referral to a well respected qualified person who can. runyourbestrace@gmail.com

Hang in there! I will see you soon!

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Group Training Starting Soon

Finally have the date that the group classes will start.

Monday January 28th.  Parkside Place in North Wales/Upper Gwynedd Township park.  we will meet by the swimming pool in the parking lot (in the back passed the police station).  The classes will last until April 18th (Thursday before Easter).  New classes will form again after that in May.

There will be four evenings that you can choose from.  Monday through Thursday.  Each evening you can pick which time you want to join the group.  The choices will be 4pm, 5pm, 6pm.  You may stay for the next group if you start with one of the earlier groups.

Each runner signed up can pick up to two evenings and yes you can pick different times for each.  I really don’t mind if you run all four evenings, I just wanted to let you know that you are entitled to two group sessions for your $75.

Any level of runner is welcome.  I’ve trained beginners and Boston Marathoners.

The only thing I ask is for you to let me know which days and times you are coming by the Friday preceding the week.  So for January 28th, please contact me by Friday the 25th.  There will be days that I will be unavailable like February 6th and 7th, but you all can still meet if you’d like or come on Monday and Tuesday of that week.

I also still have a couple of slots available for one on one training, the cost for that depends on how long you want the training for.  One on one runners are allowed to run with the group training runners as a member of Run Your Best Race.  I expect a wide variety of pace levels so you will usually find someone your speed to run with.  I will be telling you what speed I want you to run so I can help match you up.

If you haven’t already signed up, please do so as soon as possible.  Use the contact me tab above or email me at runyourbestrace@gmail.com.  Tell me that you want either the group classes or one on one.  Payment is easy, you can use PayPal also on the purchase training tab above.  You can use a credit card or a bank card on PayPal.  Other options are cash or check.  Let’s get this party started and have a great Spring Race season.

New For 2019!

New for 2019, in addition to group classes and individual personal coaching/training services, we are introducing yearlong memberships for Run Your Best Race

Sign up and receive your own personal coach for running and related training for an entire year.

Receive a plan for as many races as you participate in during the year plus get advice on how to recover in between.

One-year membership receives:

Weekly running and strength plan

Functional Movement Screen 4 times/year, if local (within 20 miles of Lansdale, PA)

Run time with Coach Glenn as time and schedules allow, to analyze form, progress, and help with motivation

All members are entitled to join any Run Your Best Race group run or run with a group training class.

BONUS: Coach Glenn is working on his Fitness Nutrition certification and as soon as he receives that you will be entitled to nutrition advice including meal plans.  This service will be an additional fee after the certification is obtained but is included for 2019 if you join now.

Why not be the best runner you can be in 2019?  A personal coach/trainer will help you stay injury free and improve your running.

Membership space will be limited.  Fees are:

One payment of $300 local or $250 for online only, or,

Quarterly payments of $100, or,

Monthly payments of $40.

I do accept PayPal!

This includes everything mentioned above, including nutrition help when certification is earned by Coach Glenn (goal is summer 2019).

This price is a bargain for working with a certified running coach/personal trainer/functional movement screener.  The cost is much less than most gym memberships that don’t even include personal training or group classes without an additional fee.

Contact us today!

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

Do you want to improve your running quicker than ever?

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! runyourbestrace@gmail.com

Or click on the contact me tab above!

Want to qualify for Boston or run a PR this fall?

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: runyourbestrace@gmail.com

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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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!

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