I am no phenom, just an ordinary guy who was looking to improve my running. In the marathon, I went from 4:40 to 3:36 and then to 3:27, a Boston Marathon qualifying time for my age group in less than two years of running. Much of this success can be attributed to having a lot of heart and dedication.
The other part, I can honestly say, happened when I was fortunate to find Nate Pennington as a coach on RunDreamAchieve.
Nate crafted a thoughtful, personalized training plan which allowed me to achieve my dream of a BQ! Moreover, I was able to obtain valuable information on race strategy and mental aspects of racing from a world-class athlete.
Nate is very accessible through email and always answered any questions I had in a timely manner. I would HIGHLY recommend teaming up with Nate Pennington as your running coach. It will be a worthwhile investment in your running future.”
I have been doing some reading on the net, is when I came across RDA. I have been floored!!!! In a way, it is as if someone can read my mind and lay it out before me.
All of it! The ambition, the fire, the fears, the anxieties, the doubts, the questions … everything!!I have a stretch target this year of going sub 2 and I believe I have put in some quality training for that.
Yesterday morning, I ran 2:00:01 on largely the race route (with 1 more uphill than the actual race route so I know the intensity of my run has been above what is needed on the race day to achieve my goal)This is the first plan that actually prescribes what I always believed deep down inside.
That the faster you run and the more time that you extend that pace, the more likely you are to achieve race day goals! Every other training plan, without exception, does not recommend running at or below race day pace. And I couldn’t understand for the life of me how I would morph into a faster person on race day miraculously…. I now feel vindicated!I love your writings on motivation, goal setting, the power of positive thinking and quality preparation.
Posted a new PR for the half this am Derby Festival Mini Marathon 1:56:29! Your wisdom, inspiration and the RDA sub 2 hour program helped make it a reality. Thank you!
Shout-out to @rundreamachieve whose advice not to over do it this week got me a PB in @Derby10k! Consistently great articles - follow him!
I won’t take up much of your time but I wanted to say thank you very much for inspiring me to run and achieve my dreams.I ran Rotterdam April 14th which was a disaster for me. I stopped mile 23 with a really bad pain in my foot, calf. I was injured going in and it but it wasn’t my day. After 4 months of solid training I was very disappointed. I finished though and received a wonderful medal. I walked the last 3 miles and it took me 3.54 min to cross the line. A great time but not what I was looking for. It’s true I was a bit down but I remember reading your blog posts and advice and you always talk about bad races but more importantly getting back up and learning from it. I took that advice on board very quickly as I had a marathon two weeks later in Dusseldorf April 28th. Nathan it worked for me and I achieve my target of running a sub2.50 – I just about done it and ran 2:49:56. I knocked almost 3 minutes off my PB and I done this by following your advice of race pace miles and when to do them and when not to do them. It was also that you inspire us to dream big, to have utter belief and put the work in.
I started to read your blog posts last summer and since that time I have improved gradually with my marathons times going from a 3.10, 2:53 to 2:49 in the space of 8 months. Thank you again Nathan for everything. I am telling you this because I have often been running and finding it hard and I would think what Nathan would say, what he would advise. In a sense you’re our coach who motivates us and helps us realise our potential.