Hi there. I'm Don, a 60-year-old marathon runner. Now faster & fitter, thanks to Amy. She's good! I highly recommend her.
OK, let me back up a bit.
I was a serious runner in my 20's, having run track and cross country in high school. Average to good, no great talent, but not bad. At age 30, I ran my 8th marathon, finishing in 3:14, my fastest time. Mind you, it took 6 years--and marathons--to improve that much. My first 26.2 was a disaster: insufficiently trained, went out too fast, hot day, didn't drink enough…you know the rest. Marathon #2, a year later, was a respectable--and fun-- 3:32. Therefore, 6 more tries to finish 18 minutes faster, a respectable gain.
But life got in the way (as they say) and I stopped running. Then, somehow--LOTS of water under the bridge--I looked ahead and could see the Big Six-Oh, still a year away, but looking dangerously close. I headed out the door on my 59th birthday and 6 months later ran the Portland marathon again, a momentous occasion, after half a lifetime. (Portland lets you customize your racing bib; mine said "#9 at 59.") The weather alone was memorable: a pouring rain for 26.2 miles and, adding further insult, a goof-up at the start of the race meant that most of us ran an extra half-mile, making it the Portland "Ultra."
Thanks for indulging me on Memory Lane. Here's where Amy enters the picture and things get interesting.
On October 29th, 2017, I finished my 11th marathon, improving a full 23 minutes from #10, only 5 months and change earlier. Thanks, Amy!
Oh, you want details?
I ran into Amy (so to speak) in the protein bar aisle at Rosauers, a couple of weeks or so before the Windermere marathon, a little jaunt from Liberty Lake to downtown Spokane. We talked running for a bit, she gave me her card, and we went our separate ways. The run went OK, although heat was a bit of a factor, and I did improve from Portland…but I was still a bit disappointed. I thought I could do better!
That's when I looked over Amy's services and signed up for 6 sessions with her. If you're considering her, you know what she offers, and I won't go into it.
Let me give you my take on what she did for me.
The nutritional counseling was good, but my diet was already mostly there. As Amy told me, "You have a very un-American diet, Don." Still, the tweaks she gave me were worthwhile, particularly in regards to upping my protein intake.
But the 15-week training program she prepared for me (the time I had to get ready for Boise), aah, now THAT was a big deal. I thought I pretty much knew what I was doing, having had coaches in high school and all, but there isn't a snowball's chance that I would have come up with what she gave me. Two rest days, Wednesday and Sunday. Left to my own devices, I would have run 6, maybe even 7. I credit her hill and track workouts, most of all, for my improvement. The variations she gave me, in speed, distance, etc., were nothing that I ever would have come up with on my own. And I wouldn't have done so many long runs. I would have trained hard, maybe even too hard, but not nearly so smart.
Most of all, though, I give her credit for her encouragement, her enthusiasm, her prompt replies to my weekly training updates and whatnot, and her willingness to tweak the program. "I think it's a great idea to race the Sandpoint Scenic Half, Don!" Plus meeting with her to go over form on strength exercises, checking on how I was holding up, and making a plan for Boise. I'm hardly fast anymore; we decided that 4:45 was a reasonable goal to shoot for.
It worked. I managed to squeeze an extra minute and a half out of my legs during miles 25 & 26 and finished in exactly 4:45. Goal achieved! I even won my age group, finishing abut 8 minutes ahead of the 2nd place old guy. In only 15 weeks, no less, and I'm already looking ahead to #12 next spring. And I'm eyeing next summer's Iron Man 70.3, most likely with Amy's help, once again. While that remains to be seen--I haven't even been in a pool in decades--it's nice to think that I can probably still shave more time off of my 26.2 milers. It appears that, with the right help, old dogs can indeed learn new tricks. I wholeheartedly recommend Amy to help you get the best out of your bod, whoever you are, and however old you are.
It's probably unnecessary to mention, but I'm not, say, Amy's uncle or business associate or whatever. And neither did she ask for this endorsement; I brought it up myself.
— Don C