Tuesday, April 12, 2016


By the title of this post, you pretty much understand my racing philosophy.  Actually, that is pretty much my life philosophy.  No, I don't mean that you can line up for a race completely unprepared and under trained and if you "want" it bad enough you can achieve your goals.  Wanting something, REALLY wanting something implies a willingness to do the work necessary.  If you fantasize about a finish line - whether it is a half marathon or a 100 miler, if you are willing to do the work you can make that fantasy a reality.

Now let's be serious.  If you are out of shape and have never run before, I am not going to tell you that you can run a 100 miler in 6 months.  That is unrealistic and setting yourself up for disappointment.  BUT - if you set realistic goals, make a plan and stick to it, odds are in your favor.

I have often been asked for running advice - from reviewing training schedules to injury consultations.  I love helping people - especially beginners, so I am FINALLY entering into the coaching world.  On my terms ;-).

I started coaching years ago with Team in Training, helping beginner runners complete a half or whole marathon.  I loved it.  My favorite of those two distances is the half marathon.  A huge accomplishment in its own right, and a much more manageable distance for those of us with family and work obligations.  I also enjoy helping people break into ultra distance races. These are a whole different type of event, and require a completely different type of training and mindset.

I have a fondness for first timers.  It takes a boat load of courage to commit to a long distance race for the first time.  That is where my focus will be. I want to help people reach what may be a very intimidating goal for them.  I want to help regular folks like me realize that it doesn't take super human powers to do these things.  You just have to want it bad enough.

So that is the catch.  I will only take on a few folks at a time for coaching.  I want to be  in tune with them and where they are in their training and life in general - it all goes hand in hand.  If I am going to do this, I want to give my people as much of myself as possible so they can cross that finish line strong, healthy, and happy.

Here is what I am not:  I am not a data geek.  I am not going to analyze your heart rate to see if you are fatigued.  I know when I am fatigued, and I will watch you and talk to you to determine how your training is going.  I want you to be successful, relaxed, and I want you to enjoy the journey.  That is what training is - a journey.  It is not 6 months of suck followed by a race and then relief that it is over.  Every day is a new day, and brings you one day closer to reaching your potential.  That doesn't end at the finish line.

So, if this is something you are interested in, shoot me a message and we can get together to talk and see if it will be the right fit.  WARNING:  I have a low tolerance for whining.  I want to hear about aches, pains, and challenges you are facing but there is no room for excuses.  All you have to do is want it bad enough.

Check out my race resume tab at the top of this blog if you are interested.



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