This can and has happened to even the most experienced runners. And on top of that... the April weather is a crap shoot. In 2004 it was 90 degrees. I was WATCHING the race at about the 22 mile mark, standing in the sun and I was burning up and had to find shade!
In 2007 we had to run in high wind and rain. So there are many more variables about running in Boston than most marathons.
Hi, this is Franc Karpo of Distance Running Tips. Along with DRT head coach, (and age-grade National Champion), Reno Stirrat, we are here to help you run your best possible Boston marathon.
Speaking of success... coach Reno ran an amazing 2:42:27 at the 2010 Boston Marathon which gave him an age group win - first in the 55-59 division.
Not only that, he also became only the second runner in the world to crack sub 2:45's in five straight decades! You can read all about it here, (written before Reno accomplished the 5 sub 2:45's) : Marathon Success... Five Decades - Sub 2:45.
With over 160,000 miles logged and 300 plus career wins, Reno is a coach and accomplished runner, who still practices what he preaches. :-)
So you can rest assured that Reno's coaching and training methods, are tried and tested, and not just 'theory'.
After Boston Qualifying on my own in a 50+ p.r. at the Lehigh Valley Marathon in Sept 2013, I did some looking in and around my age groups on the results page at the Boston website for the 2013 race. Being from South Florida,I had zero clue how to train for Boston.
One man stood out on that stat sheet. Reno Stirrat, 2nd age 55-59 in 2:47 at Boston 2013 and running the course in perfect splits and even pace!
"I would proclaim a somewhat ludicrous goal to Reno in my initial phone conversation. I wanted a Grand Master p.r. by 10 minutes, and to run negative splits at Boston.
All the while having NEVER ran this race, let alone NEVER setting my eyes on the course. FACT. The first time I ever saw this fabled course was while running it!
With Reno's description of it, the strategy he would provide me with and the video he sent me of it. I felt like I was 100% prepared mentally along with the physically and timely tough workouts he had me do in his Boston marathon training plan. I was confident as ever from that first phone call to debut at Boston.
The proof in the pudding. 10:13 p.r. in 2:48:31 at age 52! By the way, I also ran 39 seconds negative split. 1:24:35 / 1:23:56. Something that is nearly impossible at Boston. Facts of the numbers are a stubborn thing to ignore. But I can say without a doubt, Reno got me to exactly what I thought was a crazy goal! Without Reno as my coach, this NEVER would've been possible!
Thank you so much coach, for taking the guess work out is it and truly helping me reach goals that deep down I thought were not possible!
OK, here's what you get with our special coaching package...
Initial phone consultation to formulate your training plan.
A full customized weekly Boston marathon training program.
Weekly 'email the coach' for training feedback.
*Plus, a final phone consultation after the marathon to
assess your race and discuss future training and racing goals.
With our personalized online coaching plans, we offer several coaching programs that run from $125.00 to $150.00 per month.
Our monthly training plans are top-notch quality personalized programs and are guaranteed to having you achieve your peak fitness.
Yes, you read that right...
*The standard rate for 4 months is $500.00, so this is a savings of $150.00.
Your Boston marathon training plan starts December 23rd and takes you all the way to the starting line!
And you'll get the same great benefits that you would normally get with our monthly training programs...
I know what you're thinking... wow that's a lot less than I thought it was going to be.
Important Note: There is no obligation. The consultation is free. At that point, you can decide to join us and receive a personalized Boston Marathon optimized coaching plan, or not... it will be your decision.
Of course, we can't guarantee that you'll run a 'PR', but we can guarantee that not only will you run your best possible race, but you will experience positive benefits in other areas of your life.
"After 18 marathons and four years of a dramatic drop off in my marathon times, I seriously considered if marathoning was going to be in my future much longer."
"Reno and Franc put together a training program for me that was instrumental for me getting back on track and I was able to post one of my best marathons ever!"
"Results with coach Reno after 3 months have been impressive..."
1. One of goals was to become injury-free. Since I have started with coach, I haven't had any injuries. In fact, he helped me overcome an injury that I got last fall.
2. I am enjoying the running so much more now with a balance of easy, tempo and hard days.
3. Race results - at the age of 50, I am now competitive again with the guys half my age!"
"I can't say enough about the team back in Boston and coach I appreciate all your help."
As I previously mentioned, there is no obligation for the coaching consultation. During the consultation, you can decide if you want to go forward with our training program and prepare for Boston, or not.
You are fully protected by our 30 day 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If by the end of 30 days into the coaching program, you are not satisfied with your coaching, just let us know and we'll send you a prompt refund, (minus a $27.00 admin fee.)
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Yes, provided it is a spring marathon no later than May 31st.
We will put your coaching 'on hold', so when you are ready to start training again, (doesn't have to be Boston), you can continue where you left off so you will still get 15 weeks of coaching.
Absolutely! Your speed and ability
Yes, we can work out an additional discount for more than one runner who signs up for coaching. The discount would depend on the group number. Please contact us to discuss
P.S.: We only have 5 available coaching slots at this special discounted. Once we get 7 runners onboard, the price will go back up to the standard 4 month rate of $500.00.