One of the great things about working in the running industry and writing the book is the stories I hear. Here’s a great one from Steve that made my day…
I read “My Life On The Run” and wanted to thank you for giving me the
tools to run my first marathon at age 55. I have been running for the
past 2 years and had run a couple 10 milers and half marathons but
didn’t feel that I could find a training program that would allow my
body to train for a marathon without breaking down. My wife bought me
your book and I really enjoyed it. I was intrigued by “The Perfect 10
Marathon” that you discussed and decided to give it a try. I live in
Sea Isle City NJ and planned to run in the Ocean Drive Marathon. I
began following your program on 11/10, with the marathon to be run on
3/29(my wife’s birthday-I doubt she’ll be giving me anymore books!). I
did all my training outdoors throughout the winter and even though it
was difficult at times, I was surprised that I was able to keep up. I
was almost as happy that I was able to successfully train for a
marathon than I was in running it.
However, when race day came, it was one of the most rewarding
experiences of my life. I had friends and family members support me
along the way, my daughter even ran across the bridge from Avalon to
Sea Isle at mile 23 with me because she knew I was hitting the wall. I
ran every step of the way and came in under my goal of 5 hours (4:50).
More amazingly, I ran the first 13.1 miles 5 minutes faster than I ran
my last half marathon! It took me about 10 days to recover but I’m out
running again and plan to do the Broad Street Run, the Philadelphia
Distance Run and hopefully the Philadelphia Marathon in November.
Thanks again for sharing your experience and knowledge. It really made
a difference for me.