CASE STUDY – Jennifer Rentch – Holding Form

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            Jenn was very athletic when she was young, but after graduating college, she took a 20 year hiatus from regular exercise.  As she approached 35, she noticed that her middle was expanding, so she took up spinning.  At 40 she took up triathlon and was immediately hooked.  
            At first she really had no idea what she was doing, and she soon developed hamstring and iliotibial band problems.  Nevertheless, she did 12-14 races a season, including 3 half irons and 1 full iron distance.  Still, she hated running.  “My running posture was terrible,” Jenn says.  “I slumped, ran with my head down, and had a heavy tread.  My downhill running was a disaster.”  She knew that something had to change.  
           Jenn began incorporating running drills and core work into her routine, and sought information on proper running form.  She used an electronic mini-metronome to count cadence, and ran steps to improve her power, leg turnover and arm movement. 
           Soon, Jenn noticed an improvement.  Within a few months, she dropped 15 min off her 10K race time, and over 30 minutes off her half-ironman time.  She also earned several podium finishes.  “I actually began to enjoy my run workouts,” she says.  “It’s truly a miracle.”


About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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