READER MAIL – Ron’s Story

I enjoyed reading your book, Smart Marathon Training. I read a review about it as I was in the midst of training for this year’s Boston marathon. I was training for a sub 3 hr marathon. My story goes like this: I got up to around 40 miles for the week and something began to hurt so I cut back on my training. 2 -3 weeks later I was back to around 40 miles and something else began to hurt. So again, I reduced my miles and 2- 3 weeks later I was back to around 40 miles and again something began to hurt. I knew that I could not afford not to train if I wanted to run a sub-3, so as I reduced my running again I pulled my road bike out and began riding in conjunction with running. I maintained around 25-30 miles of running and only increased my biking time and/or distance. This was about 8 weeks before Boston.  It was about this time I read a review of your book and was intrigued by your statement about not running more than 35 miles a week and not running a step more than necessary. I said, “I need to get this book!!!” and I devoured it. I picked up in the midst of your plan and carefully added drills to my training. I felt very prepared for Boston. Needless to say, Boston wasn’t kind to runners this year and though I did finish, I did not run a sub-3. [Note: the weather for the 2012 Boston Marathon was uncommonly hot, prompting race organizers to offer to defer registration to 2013 for any runners who chose not to participate.  –  Jeff]

 Ron McGarvey


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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