1. What prompted you to choose Mile To Marathon Coaching services? What situation or problem did you need to solve?
My wife wanted to train for a marathon after completing a half marathon over the winter. I wanted to support her by training with her, but I have always struggled with running and knew I needed help.
2. How did you benefit from working with Mile To Marathon?
I went from struggling to run 3 miles at a 10 min/mile pace to running a marathon at 8:20 min/mile pace. I have less knee pain, back pain, and actually enjoy running now.
3. What were the results of working with Mile To Marathon?
Most importantly less pain, Ron helped me correct my stride and referred me to some excellent medical and equipment resources. (Dr. Moe and Wendi at Gear West). He also made me a much faster runner. My fastest times achieved this year are: 1 mile 6:31, 5K 21:14, Half 1:43:39, and Marathon 3:39:39. I had never run a race before in my life.
4. If a potential client was on the fence about whether to work with Mile To Marathon or not, what would you say to them?
The greatest value with working with Ron is Mile to Marathon is the entire package, you get a coach to coach you (Ron),a team that offers support and advice(mile to marathon members), group runs, individual training options, referrals to excellent running and athletic specific resources - plus a discount!(Dr. Moe, Wendi at Gear West, etc... )
First off I want everyone to know that in no way am I a distance runner by any stretch of the imagination. My running abilities are primarily as a sprinter. I was lucky enough to qualify for the 2017 National Senior Games on my own. After doing so I realized that they are over a year away and I needed to..
A) find a coach to help me get to the national level.
B) find a way to stay in shape over the summer months until it is time to train hard for sprinting.
I had competed in a couple 5ks prior to talking to Coach Ron and my PR was around 28:00. After talking with Ron I decided to enlist his services. In only a few short months, with the structured workout program he put in place for me and my abilities, I ran 4 timed 5k's and one 10k this summer and PR'd in every one. With the culmination of my final 5k of the year, Ron took it upon himself to run with me knowing I had a lofty PR expectation. Previous to the race my PR was 24:28 ( a significant drop from the start of the year) and when I crossed the finish line I ran it in 23:14, shaving a whole 1:14 of my previous PR. I know for a fact I could not have done it with out Coach Ron. Am I a distance runner now? I don't know but after competing in the 50m and 100m in the 2017 National Senior Games I have something to look forward to!
I’m so thankful for Coach Ron and the friendly, encouraging, goofy, talented Mile to Marathon team! Here’s my story…
It took me a long time (months and months!) to finally approach Coach Ron to ask for some help with my running, but I am so glad I did.
Prior to contacting Coach Ron, I had gone through two very disappointing marathon training cycles where I followed free online training plans. I ended up injured during both training cycles, which resulted in sub-par, painful races. I knew deep down that I could do better if I could just get through a full training cycle healthy.
Enter Coach Ron. He talked me through his training philosophy, gave me multiple resources for injury-prevention strategies, and provided me with a whole new training plan that included a huge variety of detailed workouts. Knowing my history of injuries, he slowly and meticulously worked me up to a much higher mileage than I was used to. Although the higher mileage made me nervous at first, I followed his plan and ultimately was shocked at how effective it was at keeping me strong and healthy! After just 4 months of working with Coach Ron, not only did I make it to the starting line of my goal marathon injury-free, but I somehow nailed a 24+ minute PR, too!
Since then, I have PR’d in the 5k, the half marathon, and again in the marathon, too. And I’ve remained injury-free the entire time!
I live pretty far away from the Mile to Marathon home base of the Twin Cities area, so I do most of my training runs solo. But every once and awhile I am able to come join the Mile to Marathon team for a training run or a race, and it is always a blast! The Team is very welcoming, and takes care of each other no matter where you live. J The group is very active on social media, so it is easy to stay in touch with the team despite the distance.
Coach Ron and the Mile to Marathon teammates are tremendously supportive and always the first to compliment you on your running successes and celebrate the milestones you achieve. Coach’s excitement for your progress as a runner is contagious -- he often believes in you more than you do yourself. J
I’ve had a great experience with Mile to Marathon coaching so far! I encourage anyone who is curious about it to dive right in and join the fun! I only wish I had sooner. J
Erin Rapallini – Testimonial 10/26/16
I learned of MTM from another club runner. We were talking about running and racing goals, and how tough it is to keep going on your own. She mentioned that she runs with a club a few times a week, and that I should come out and try it.
After the 1st Sunday long run and I was in! The team offers great support, comradely, and quality work outs. There are people of all levels, and great examples of perseverance that inspire.
My goal in finding a running club and specifically one with a coach, was to get back to a high level of fitness, and back to the speed that I had when I was running more competitively. I wanted to do this even with demands of the FT job, 3 kids and all that life has to ‘offer’ outside of running. I knew that I needed something more than my self-made weekly running schedule. I needed a connection to a team, and to a coach that would push me just enough – and believe in me even if I was doubtful.
Since joining MTM, and coaching with Ron, I have been able to increase speed, had a PR in the 10 mile race (my favorite distance) and meet a lot of GREAT people with similar interests. I have surprised myself sometimes with what I have been able to do. (Thanks coach!)
The best parts about MTM are:
1) Coach Ron: he is 150% dedicated to helping you become the runner you want to be. He meets you where you are, is flexible – yet pushes you to keep aiming higher. He offers insight on how to improve, where to focus and will give it everything you will.
2) The people: it is a GREAT team, with a wide variety of people, speed, goals, and fun, fun conversations to keep those long runs interesting. (not to mention great after-run options when possible)
3) The results: you will see results.
I have run many races including 7 marathons over 18 years before hiring my first running coach. That would be coach Ron and I am very glad I did.
I was planning on another marathon and with so many plans out there and so much conflicting information, I wanted some clarity. I looked for a coach who had a lot coaching experience, was also fast, and had great reviews. Ron had all of these.
After my first meeting with Ron, I had confirmed my decision to try for a marathon PR 10 years after my last PR. An aggressive goal but Ron gave me the confidence and the plan to do it. Long story short, mission accomplished, I made my sub 3:10 marathon goal last weekend at the Chicago marathon. I felt confident going in as I loved the negative split plan and I trusted the training.
Beside achieving PR’s, other bonuses of working with Ron is learning and training and running smarter. Even though I have read many running books, I definitely learned new things too. Furthermore, reporting back to a coach and running with a group also makes you more accountable and it’s easier to stick to your plan.
Last bonus is getting to know some of the other runners in the group. It really helps to have some company for those difficult or long runs and the group could not be more sincerely supportive of one another.
I have been working with Coach Ron and the MTM Team for less than 3 months and already achieved a PR in my “A” race for the year! Not only have I increased my speed and base of miles in this short period of time, I have also improved my running form and learned how to be a more efficient runner. Prior to working with Coach Ron, I had recurring medial tibial stress syndrome and chronic shin pain for years despite going to an orthopedist and doing physical therapy. Although I was able to achieve a PR here and there, I was never able to run healthy. I am happy to say that even through the increase in miles and intensity in workouts from Coach, my shins are no longer an issue!! I absolutely would not be where I am right now with my running without Coach Ron. Achieving this amount of progress in such a short period of time has me extremely excited for the future and a leap to the marathon!
In addition to the coaching benefits, the MTM Team is one of the most welcoming, positive, encouraging groups of people I have had the pleasure of running with. Everyone is each others cheerleader and there is truly a sense that we are all in this together. After running on my own for many years I was nervous to join a group, but the MTM Team welcomed me with open arms. I am loving every practice and opportunity that I get to spend with these awesome people. Love the MTM Team and can’t wait for our destination race in February. Phoenix here we come!!
I pleased to share with you my 2nd running article from In Shape News Flash.
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Have a great month of May and I'll...
See you on the roads
I.Love.To.Run. I have been a runner since I was 12 years old. That’s 24 years of running! Over the years, I’ve had ups and downs, and good races and bad. But, there is nothing like being out on a run with the sound of the wind in my ears, my breath steady, legs pumping, and the feeling of freedom I experience.
It is that experience that I hope to replicate on Sunday as I go for my Personal Record of 2:59 in the Chicago Marathon.
I went out for the varsity team in 8th grade and quickly discovered this gift for running. Running became a part of many aspects of my life and still is today – how I eat, exercise, organize my day, sleeping, friendships, personal reflection, and on and on. After competing through high school and college, I took some time off only to discover that the habits I formed still reflected the runner in me. I started running for fun and set a target of running my first Twin Cities Marathon in 2002. I trained with my dad and we completed not only the 2002 TCM, but also the 2003, 2004, and 2005 together. Another habit formed…I have completed 10 TCMs only taking off 2007, 2009, 2011 for the birth of my three children. Throw in a couple Bostons, a Grandmas, and Mankato, and now I’m staring down my 15th marathon this coming weekend in Chicago!
Running is a balance of having fun but also challenging my limits. When I started working with Coach Ron, I was a little hesitant because I didn’t want to throw off that balance. However, I’m not getting any younger and my marathon PR of 3:04 is so dang close to sub 3:00! I wanted to go for it and needed some help to bump me to that level. Over the past 6 months I’ve been working with Coach Ron and am ready to go for a PR of 2:59 on Sunday in Chicago. The pace will be challenging my limits, but I’ll also be reflecting on the fun I’ve had along the way to get there. Coach Ron has prepared me well and just as importantly I’ve met some great people with a similar love for running through the weekly workouts.
Let’s do this!
I am not a runner...or so I thought!
Just a bit of a background on my running experience: I ran my first 10K about 4 years ago, ran the same one the following year. In fall and winter of 2013, I had bunion surgery on both of my feet. Although successful, it took many months of rehab and staying off of my feet. In 2014 I needed a goal to get fit and decided to run my first half marathon. One turned into three, all while training on my own. I thought, there would be no way that I can run another 13.1 miles after running the first, but here I am.
I hired Ron in April of 2015 as he was a reference from a good friend. I have to say that without his help, I wouldn't feel comfortable saying that I am ready to run 26.2 miles, and I am! He put together a series of long and short runs and condition running regimes that have gotten me to where I am today. I started this journey with the goal of finishing in 4:20, and am right there. I ran a couple of half marathons this year as well, came in under 2 hours for one of them, a personal best!
I didn't expect this to be as mentally challenging as it is physically, but I have persevered. Having this great city to run in has helped tremendously as well has having a few friends running it too. I visited the new 606 Bloomingdale Trail and the new Northerly Island Park for some of my runs...I also made it to the most northern and southern parts of the lakefront trail, something I had never done on my own 2 feet before.
I am running to raise awareness for Diabetes as well, a disease that has affected my family personally. I am inspired by those who have helped me raise over $2,000 for a great cause.
All in all I feel that at this point, I'll run the marathon and am confident I'll hit my goal. I'll contribute my success to Ron's training program, my dedication, and the encouragement from family and friends.
Lifelong runner. Professional and passionate coach helping to make running goals a reality for 30+ years. Let's get started making your running dreams come true!