One Year running for Team All-American

As the race report for my debut marathon gets longer but is nowhere near finished, I thought I’d throw this one out in-between.

Today marks my one year “anniversary” of running for Team All-American under coach Scott Fishman.

On June 10, 2014 I ran a 30 minute progression run:

Today, one year later, a 40 minute easy run was scheduled. Between these two runs I ran about 2150km in 191 hours. Quite a feat, considering my old love-hate relationship with running.

So, does working with a coach pay off? Well, it certainly does for me:

  • I ran three 10km races in the last twelve months, each resulting in a PR. The last one in March 2015 put me in the sub-40-minute group with 39’33”, a PR by over 2 minutes.
  • I ran a half-marathon PR of 1:31:19, besting my previous time be 2’48”.
  • Most importantly I ran a very strong debut marathon in 3:17:38, finishing right between my A and B goal and enjoying every minute of it.

I turned 42 this year, and I feel I’m nowhere close to my peak performance. I’m looking forward to the road ahead and feel confident that there will be more PRs to come. Thanks, Scott!

Full disclosure: I’m not getting paid for writing this; in fact, I pay a monthly fee to coach Scott, which is worth every penny. I did however get one month of free coaching due to this post.