Birch tree at sunset

I read your words every day, run your runs, think about things and try to figure out what your responses might be. I feel blessed to have someone with whom I can share my dreams with and who understands this compulsion, love, and at times frustrating sport that sits right at the forefront of my mind each day. And finally, I wanted to thank you for the best running year of my life. I worked, I listened and I grew and we had PR after PR. Thank you, thank you! Let’s roll 2012!!! 

“I just wanted to say thank you for all your help in the past couple of years.  The things you’ve taught me have clearly made a difference.  Not only did I PR at Riverbank, but I was only about 10 seconds short of a PR at Bloomsday!  If I’d had fresh legs i would have PR’d there as well.  You are such a great athlete, coach, and a genuinely good person! So happy i know you =-)” Amber Wood-Jensen after 1:12 sec 10k PR and winner Bank Run

Thank you so so much for your brilliant training schedule which got me on track to break 1h45…. In just 5 weeks I could not believe how much stronger I’ve become! I had to leave behind my husband who was meant to be my pace maker… 🙂 Nkechi Goodacre – 4 min PR at Royal Parks London HM

“My training partner, for whom running Boston is a lifelong dream and who has tried to qualify for something like 7 years, is completely burned out and is “ready to get it over with”. I feel ready, strong and I can’t wait for Boston. I am not guaranteeing that I’ll have a stellar performance but I’ll do my best. I think the huge thing for me is that I am still really enjoying the process”Sabine Norris and article about her upcoming Boston Marathon race

Oh, and by the way, you rock!  I’m a bit shocked to have run a 2+ minute PR on the mileage I’m running now.  Just do what Nicole says and run PRs.  Pretty easy 🙂 ~Greg Whittier after setting 2 min+ PR at Cherry Blossom 09

“I just want to write and thank you for coaching me. I haven’t felt great in a race in a LONG time. I believe in this training. Thanks again.”~After 6 weeks of training Moses Leavens won the IceBreaker 3 mile in 15:43

“It is amazing how far I have come from when I first started with you.  The different combinations included in your workouts have made me a much stronger runner than I ever thought I could be, and I never get bored.  It is hard to think that I did not run much prior to 2004.  Running is now a part of who I am  🙂  Thank you.”….and after running Le Griz 50 miler… I ended up first woman, and 5th or 6th overall .  Much better than I had ever imagined. I had never ever imagined I could even run 50 miles, so this was a big accomplishment for me.  Thanks for all of your guidance and encouragement.~ Debbie Gibson

“She’s an awesome coach,”  “I’ve grown in leaps and bounds with my running and I have to give the credit to her.” ~Dani Salois-Shahan-  quote from MT Standard newspaper

All i know is I sure like your variety/mix/hills of different paces, all wrapped up in the same run  – makes things fun!!  The meat of your assignments are a blast – like yesterday!  You’ve certainly got good imagination!! ~Tom Louden

“Wow, I am completely dumbfounded by my time yesterday!  I would have never dreamed that I could post that sort of time given my lack of training at that mileage…  I felt surprisingly strong the entire race….  I think your advice on hydration really helped me…. I can’t say thank you enough for your advice and help, you rock!” ~Amber Wood-Jensen- (over 8 min HM PR) and 2 months later..  cannot thank you enough for sharing your knowledge =-) 13 min PR and Boston Qualifier at the 2009 Missoula Marathon

“The nutrition and hydration plan you gave me worked so well, I could literally feel the difference! You’ve helped me attain heights I literally could not imagine just a year ago” ~Ken

Chicago was such a great experience. I felt great from beginning to end and it was so satisfying to feel all the hard work pay off. I believed that I could run faster than I ever had, even at 50, and believing that was crucial. That was my 31st marathon, run over 16 years. As you know, I have been chasing sub-3:30 for a long time. Achieving that goal now, and by 3 minutes, was amazing”. Nancy -(mother of 4 young children, age 50 sets a 3 min PB at Chicago Marathon)

“I ran 1 hr. 29 min. 12 seconds. Pace: 6:49/mile for 13.1 miles. I probably have not run this consistently, or strong since I set the record at Seeley Lake years ago (1995), and/or since setting the record at State Games several years ago(1999). I don’t remember feeling this good EVER in a race” ~ Susan Kaluza age 46