Running Toward His Fastest Marathon
Jeff is no stranger to the marathon distance, as a seasoned runner with a number of marathons, ultramarathons, and triathlon events under his belt. He came to me in December 2016 with some big goals in mind: he didn't want to just complete races anymore, he wanted to compete. He wanted to qualify for the Boston Marathon, a qualifying standard of 3:15:00. With a previous marathon PR of 4:02:00, we both knew this was a lofty goal, but it was clear to me that Jeff had a lot of untapped potential, and the work ethic to back his ambition.
As a husband, father of two, and middle school science teacher, making time for the kind of training required to achieve his goal isn't easy. Not to mention the work of intervals, tempo runs, pace work, hill repeats, double days, and long runs. You can't cheat those workouts if you want to go faster than you've ever gone before. Most days he wakes up before the sun and completes his workouts on the dark roads of North Hagerstown. He recently told me that he's never run as much as he has so far this year.
Not easy, not by a long shot; but Jeff has shown up and put in the work every single day, week after week, and it shows. In March, he ran an un-tapered tune up half marathon race, and dropped 10 minutes off his PR, cutting down from 1:40 to 1:30.
On April 23rd, he'll be running toward his fastest marathon finish ever, reaching for that 3:15 minimum Boston Qualifying standard. Keep your eyes on this guy, because he is prepared and confident, and so am I. What started as a lofty goal is now well within his grasp, and this will be an exciting race to watch.
Working Toward Her First Marathon
Lisa has been a member of the More Miles Run Squad for a year, originally training for her first half marathon, which she completed in October 2016. After that race, she approached me with the idea of running a marathon, and asked if I thought she could do it. I absolutely thought she could, but made clear the time and effort required to train for double the distance she had just completed. I told her to make sure she had the time to invest before making the commitment. You see, Lisa is a busy mother of FOUR children, ages 7 and under.
In January 2017, she told me she was ready... she wanted to do the Gettysburg Marathon this year, and she was determined to commit to getting the work done.
Despite her busier-than-most family life, over the past 4 months this woman has not missed one single workout. Not ONE! Training cycles rarely go perfectly, but when Lisa commits to something, she isn't messing around. She has finished 18 mile long runs on the treadmill, recruited help from family and friends, and transformed herself into a marathon-ready machine! Along the way, she has cleaned up her diet, and lost over 30 pounds!
Her original goal was just to finish the marathon within the maximum time frame allowed. However, as her training, her body, and her mindset have evolved, so has her goal. Not only will this woman complete the marathon, but I am confident that she will come in more than an hour under her original goal. She already has a lot to be proud of, but I cannot wait to greet her with a high-five and call her a marathoner as she crosses that finish line!