Thank you so so much for getting me to the finish line, my success is very much your success, totally enjoyed the journey.
I liked the training plan it was very much tailored to me and the daily emails made it much easier. Midway through training as you remembered I had a somewhat disconnect and I guess it was part of the deal. I was totally fed up with the training process and wanted to quit hahaaa glad I didn't. Don't think there was any thing I disliked, wellll ummmm yeah I disliked waking up early to run but there's nothing really we can do about that.
I am happy to be a member of Run2Live, I see the potential as a member.
I’ve been a runner for about 4 years now and in my fourth year became injured. I went through rehab and in the meantime discovered the National Black Marathoners Association. Through this organization, I had the pleasure of “meeting” Coach Stephen Jackson.
In our interaction, I quickly discovered what a great coach and mentor Stephen is and his “secret” to life long, injury free running. Fast forward a few months when I started considering getting back into races, Coach Jackson offered me the opportunity to be virtually coached to prepare for the races I have my eye on for 2015.
After almost a year of rehab and burn out, I could barely remember where to start, but I knew an amazing opportunity when I saw it! While we have not had the pleasure of being in the same physical location to train, I’ve felt as if Coach Jackson was there the entire time I’ve been training! He has been available for questions and guidance, gentle yet steadfast in his reminders to get things done, and provide extensive information to aid me in becoming a strong, consistent runner without injury. More importantly, Coach Jackson has been the voice in my head reminding me to enjoy my runs, not just “train”.
I actually feel like I’m a healthier runner than before thanks to Coach Jackson’s coaching and mentoring. I’ve learned a lot about running from him and have hit some personal goals like running goal distances straight without intervals and improving my pace! I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Coach Jackson and hope to continue to work with him for future races.
Every time I run, especially when I start to get tired and begin to lean a little at the waist, I remember the words of a man that I met on a train to the Trenton 10K and Half in November 2013. I starting talking to a guy dressed as I was, in running gear, and whose face I recognized from several of the running pages that I followed.
He was indeed Mr. Stephen Jackson. I felt like I was talking to a rock star! This chance meeting took place a week before I was to run my first Marathon, and I commented that my hip was beginning to hurt a little. During the conversation he told me to "lean from your ankles, not your waist". Those 7 words made a huge difference then, and now! No more hip pain from poor posture! So today, Mr. Jackson, I just want to say THANK YOU! Have a wonderful day!
I had an awesome experience with Run2Live this past year. I can't wait to begin marathon training with coach next tear.
My Marathon Day experience was phenomenal, thanks to your training!