I hired a running coach!

IMG_2259.jpgI hired a running coach!

I have been looking at hiring a running coach for a while.     In the past, my running has been very very very slow.  I also have seasonal allergies and allergic asthma that  has made running harder.

Anyways, my times were getting worse.  I was getting frustrated.  I was not happy with my training.    At the age of 49.  I was convinced I was too old physically to run marathons ( primarily Boston) ……  I   thought I was done……Boston Marathon ….no more.

Luckily, a light bulb turned on over my head!  Don’t quit Boston yet ….  Running the Boston Marathon is your passion…. Hire a coach!

Last year at the Princess Half Marathon, I met Jeff Galloway and was very impressed with his attitude and running experience.  Early August, I made the decision to do e-coaching with Jeff Galloway!  He would be my Boston Marathon Training Coach. I wanted a certified coach that would help me reach my full running potential.  I needed to have a successful marathon season. I also wanted a personalized coaching plan tailored to my needs and abilities. l was also a big fan of the guy!

I am eight weeks into the training plan and I love it.  My running schedule is more structured and organized.

The long run mileage has increased  to help me build up my endurance and lung power.    Galloway has me running my long runs at a much slower pace  , so my muscles can get plenty of oxygen  to improve  my overall aerobic energy system.  Simply put, run slower to get faster.

My midweek runs have more of a purpose. I am now focusing on improving my speed and strength.  I am running hill repeats and practicing acceleration gliders (speed training). I   am also working on improving my stride cadence.

I am pleased with the weekly advice I get from him, and having email access to Jeff Galloway.   I also like being held accountable for all my training runs.  Being answerable has helped me with my mental toughness. Every week, I would report to him, how my training was going and then if needed he would fine tune my workouts.

I   was given many long run nutrition tips that has been very beneficial to me. Also, if I have any aches and pains he gives me suggestions.

Getting out in the open air  despite asthma feels awesome! Running has strengthening my respiratory muscles, helped me maintain my weight and helps me control my blood numbers better. Asthma medication corticosteroids (   is associated with elevations in triglyceride and total cholesterol levels.

Overall, being pushed out the door to run will add years to my life. I am pleased with my decision to hire a coach.





G’Mar Chatima Tova !  May you be blessed with a healthy and prosperous year!  My family and I are having a great holiday!

This past year has been very good.

  I am so lucky to live my  passion for running each day and share my training stories. 

I  am blessed.

I have a lot of good family and friends in my life.

I am grateful that I was able to run the Boston  Marathon for the American Liver Foundation in 2018  .

I am glad to  have a supportive and loving family. .  I am hoping to have another terrific year with more fun memories and of course more running ! IMG_2222

Training September 9-16th

Thursday…. 4-mile loop hill training

Saturday   3-mile speed training

Sunday    3 miles

I am pleased that I was able to get my 3 training runs in during the Jewish Holidays. Even though I needed to do a lot of cooking, cleaning, and seeing family through the High Holidays, I always kept in the back of my mind that I have important races to train for!

Cooking, cleaning, seeing family…..I still have to train for my fall races.


8  miles running… long run   Shana Tova …. Happy Rosh Hashanah

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8 mile run….it went well …very pleased,  70 degree lovely morning  …

Now it’s time to celebrate Rosh Hashanah Jewish New Year

Monday    3 miles

Wednesday ..Hills 3 miles

Saturday …8 miles


Great start to the weekend.  Friday, my husband and I went to see  the Sugarland concert. We had a great time.

Saturday, we spent time with my family celebrating the Jewish New Year Season.

Running And Happy Labor Day

Running, this week was hard. I am avoiding the “dreadmill” as much as I can now, to allow for a   more greater variability of changes in terrain and hills.

Massachusetts was  in a heat wave.    YUCK!    At the same time, I am also trying to boost my endurance   for my fall race schedule.  

  I am training for….October Tufts 10k

 November Disney Wine and Dine challenge (6 miles on Saturday) (13.1 half-marathon on Sunday) 

40337162_2031928553524682_105418348782682112_nMonday long run ……6 miles ….Hot   Very slow cover the distance

Thursday 3 miles hills

Saturday  3 miles    acceleration gliders speed play

Labor day 3 miles


This weekend, my youngest daughter Izzy started her Sophomore Year at U Mass Amherst.


At Legal  Seafood farewell dinner.

Enjoy the holiday