I am a big RunningWod fan and StopMe Project fan. I have followed your racing techniques/advice to help me run better. I can truly say you have had a huge impact on my running career. We met years ago at RunningWorks. Those five days changed me from a recreational runner to a addict to a maniac to a D1 prospect. I don’t know if you have read Ayn Rand, but she once said “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” Which I really believe in. That’s one reason I am such a fan. Since RunningWorks I have run on 3 different continents, 10 different countries, and completed my first Marathon. Placed second at the Rehoboth Half Marathon, and won several 5k’s and 8k’s.
All in all, I wanted to yet again thank you for all your hard work and dedication. You really show people that its not about where you are coming from but where you want to go and if you really want it you will go get it.
Richard Airey and RunningWod coaching has truly taken me to the next level, faster than I believed possible. Through fundamental and technical training my running has become exponentially faster and efficient. Coupled with focused strength training to compliment and enhance my running I have become stronger as well, which helps me maintain form and endurance. In the past year I have shaved off nearly 45 minutes off of my marathon time with a PR of 2:58 gaining me a qualifying spot in Boston 2014! Thanks RunningWod!
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your coaching over these last 4 months or so.
I have tried to crack 3 hours in the marathon 7 times over the last 6 years, each time with the old fashioned high mileage plan and each time with poor results. Inevitably the mileage wore me down, left me injured and I never had a proper pacing plan for race day.
In November I found Crossfit and was introduced to your Strength program. You immediately changed my way of looking at training. Your workouts were short, they were precise, they were fast and they worked. My 5k time dropped by a minute, my 10k time by two. But in January I lined up at the Carlsbad Half Marathon and knocked 6 minutes off my time! Again, never running more than 14 miles in a training session and never having a run on the schedule that didn’t have purpose. Some of my best workouts were 200 meter repeats or one hour time trials. I never would have that those types of workouts could lead to success.
Meanwhile I was diligent about my Strength workouts 2-3 days per week and I not only got stronger, but faster and I even dropped weight.
So yesterday when I lined up at the start line of the LA Marathon I didn’t know what to expect but I knew I was well coached, well prepared and fit as can be. And thanks to your coaching, your support, my strength and a really detailed pacing strategy, I was the last runner of the LA Marathon to cross the line in under 3 hours! 2:59:42 – 18 seconds has never felt so sweet.
Couldn’t have done it without you – thanks for everything!