It’s a wrap folks!!! Last weekend was the last marathon of 2018 for Run With Gina (Rwg) runners AND it ended with a bang! Not everyone can always have their best race or achieve their goals, but that is the very reason endurance racing makes you come back for more. I hope the stories of my runners inspire you to reach out to me and share the Run With Gina website with your family and friends.
We had 8 runners at the California International Marathon on December 2nd, with four qualifying for the Boston Marathon and five running a personal record (PR). Two of the personal record races were by 25 and 28 minutes. Both of these humongous PRs were from experienced marathon runners and they both had a PR at their last marathon on a Rwg plan.
Their plan this year was not the same as their last marathon, as they rarely are. Just as everything in the world, we are dynamic, always changing. This is something that is a priority with Rwg plans. I do not have a group training program. I am a 1:1 “online” coach. I know each one of my runners mostly through virtual platform’s, texting/email. It is my job to know their work/family schedule, goals, strengths, weaknesses, fears, and anxieties and build their program with all that in mind.
Speaking of schedule’s, my 25-minute PR and first time Boston Qualifier actually had an 11-day taper! Why you ask? Because it was the only place we could get her last long run in, which by the way was only 18-miles. Because I knew how strong she is, I knew she could handle it. Not everyone would. Rwg is normally the home of the two-week taper. My runners choose 18 or 20 as their longest run. The majority of my people choose 18, because I push for 18. Guess what? It works. Why? Because science says it will work. The Rwg logo is a pseudo element from the periodic table of elements...science.
Our results are not by chance! My plans are backed by evidence-based research to decrease injury potential and increase performance potential.
I am so incredibly proud of every one of my runners. I don’t care if they didn’t run their best time, if they walked, if they cried. I am proud of the commitment they make to their training and if they can say, I gave all that I could give today, they are a winner!