Success Stories

Welcome to the Running Success Stories page! Here you’ll find motivational stories from runners who have conquered the 5k to the marathon, lost 80 pounds, beaten their running injuries, and accomplished more of their big goals.

Choose one of the running success stories below and get ready to be inspired! Want more bite-sized successes? Check out this feedback from runners who have gotten a lot faster – and these stories on how runners have beaten their injury problems.

Tweet How confident are you as a runner? If you say something like this, you’ll make me smile like a proud coach: “My training has gone so well that I know I’ll run a PR – it’s just a question of whether that’s 30 seconds or a full minute!” Confidence OOZES from these runners! And while misplaced confidence […]

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Tweet Transforming the lives of runners is why I love this job. Hearing the successes of my athletes gets me up in the morning and excited to get to work. Nearly every day my inbox is flooded with success stories – runners who have run unbelievable personal bests, stayed healthy for longer than ever before, […]

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Tweet Exercising and training are very different. Do you know how (and why it could be the difference between a huge personal best and another “so so” race)? Exercising is for general health, well-being and even for fun. It makes you feel good. A few examples include fitness classes at the gym, recreational leagues like softball or kickball, and running casually […]

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Tweet Isn’t it amazing what you can accomplish when you make a few simple tweaks to your running? In just a few months, it’s possible to resolve chronic injuries, get even stronger, and run a slew of personal bests. With the right training approach, most runners can undergo a dramatic transformation. But it will take […]

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Tweet After working with thousands of runners, I’ve come across more skeptics than I ever thought existed. Runners who insist “that will never work for me!” or “maybe that worked for her… but I’m different.” Having “special snowflake syndrome” is common. We think our problems are unique, our situations novel, and our running goals different. But […]

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Tweet Last fall, I opened a special 1-on-1 coaching program to a small group of runners who were frustrated with injuries. For six intensive weeks, they received coaching material with one goal: to prevent injuries and finally get them healthy. It included: Strategies and coaching lessons that actually prevent injuries (not this absurd advice) All new strength […]

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Tweet Running goals are funny. You might set an outlandish goal this year, but next year accomplishing the same thing is ordinary. In 1998, I desperately wanted to run a mile under 6:00 minutes. Less than a year later, I could run three miles in a row at that pace. Later the big running goal was breaking […]

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Tweet The marathon is a fickle beast. Even with good training, you never know what will happen (especially in the final 10k). Some runners hit the wall. Others cramp up. And a few develop overuse injuries that prevent them from even finishing. But imagine you’re not one of those runners. How would it feel to […]

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Tweet Confession: I have a love-hate relationship with the half. It’s a fantastic distance and half marathon training isn’t nearly as grueling as marathon preparation, so it’s much easier to do. But I’ve never actually run a good half marathon! My personal best is from my very first race – and I don’t think I’ve ever […]

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Tweet Whoa – the response you’ve given me from this new focus on injury prevention has been awesome. Thank you to everyone who has been inspired by Sarah’s story and emailed, tweeted, or messaged me with your questions and comments. I’m so happy this stuff resonates with you and I’m working hard to get back […]

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