Athlete Comments

This one is a bit long but worth the read.  Click on the link: http://esofrunning.com/?page_id=269

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I have loved the sport of running since I was a kid. I was a pretty decent runner in high school but as an adult I never expected to do much with it other than go to some local races a few times a year just for fun. After having my second daughter, I decided to check off a bucket list item and run a marathon. I trained on my own and finished my first marathon in 4 hours 27 minutes. A year later I ran my second marathon, finishing in 4 hours 3 minutes. I was so close to breaking 4 hours but walked away happy that I made it to the finish line at all. One day I realized that I always tell my children to strive to do their best but wondered if I was really expecting that of myself. I wanted to be a role model to my girls and try my best at something I loved, running. I even started day dreaming about qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Mind you, I hadn’t even broken 4 hours in my previous marathons. I did everything I knew how to do to train. I read everything I could find online and I trained my heart out for my 3rd marathon. Race day arrived and everything fell apart. I did worse then the last marathon. I swore off distance running and resigned myself in the idea that this was my best and Boston was just not in the cards for me. After licking my wounds for a few months, I met up with Chris Cowden. I told him that I had had a pipe dream to qualify for Boston. I expected him to laugh but instead he believed in me. He believed that with the right training cycle that I, a 4 hour marathoner, could qualify for the Boston Marathon. Reluctantly, I decided to give it one more shot. I followed his training plan for 4 months. Chris not only planned out an appropriate training cycle for me but he really invested himself in my training. He joined me on runs and checked in with me regularly to see how I was feeling, both physically and mentally. If anything seemed off, he adjusted to meet my needs. When race day came, I felt strong and ready to give it my all. The goal time, 3 hours 40 minutes. The result of great coaching, 3 hours 30 minutes and a spot in the Boston Marathon!!! Thanks for believing in me even when I didn’t believe in myself! Oh, and he helped me set PR times in my 5k, 10k and Half Marathon since then!

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“I took some time off from running for recovery then started, essentially at ground zero, with some low, easy miles in September. I started training with Coach Chris Cowden and ESR in October. At age 53 I set personal records in a 5-miler the following month on Thanksgiving, November 26th, and 2 weeks later in a 5K on December 13th. “Trust the process”. Effective training with real results.”

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“I ran my first half marathon last year and trained myself to a level I’ve never been before, and I consider myself something of an athlete.  I am 33 years old and have been a beach lifeguard for 18 years.  Competed in all sorts of lifeguard races, triathlons, running and biking races.  But the distance races were new to me.  So for my first half marathon I took the running seriously, never missed a workout, a few months prep etc… I’m not a natural runner and weigh 200 lbs so I was happy with my 1:40:30 time.  This year I decided to do another half marathon and asked Harry for some guidance.  I had no idea what this would bring me.  He wrote me up a program, taught me about form, helped me through injury and maybe most significantly gave me confidence.  He was support and a trusted resource a text or phone call away.  From essentially three main runs a week and only 12 week program I took 11 minutes off my time.  My goal was to break 1:30:00, I ran 31 seconds under! 1:29:29… Harry sincerely…Thank you”