Monday, December 30, 2013

Dining on the go...

We're getting into the section of the training program with some of the longest sessions before the race.  When you are out there for several hours at a time, nutrition and hydration during that time becomes very important.  So here are some key points for you to think about.  One of the most important things to remember is that, on race day, you don't want to try anything new.  You should have tried out every single thing during training so that you are comfortable with how your body reacts to it.  So over the next couple of weeks, your job is to experiment with the below to find out what works, what doesn't, and to fine tune the details.

You'll most likely be sweating during the race.  Those of you in colder climates may not be sweating much in your training sessions, but trust me you will be in Orlando.  As you sweat, you become dehydrated and so need to drink regularly to stay hydrated.  The more dehydrated you become, the weaker and more prone to cramps and side stitches you become.  The number one rule of hydration:  If you wait until you are thirsty before you start drinking, you've waited too long.  Other symptoms of dehydration:  dizziness, nausea, inability to concentrate, muscle cramping.

How much should you drink?  Typically I recommend anywhere from 10 to 20 ounces per hour.  A typical bottle of bottled water is about 17 ounces, so you should be drinking a whole bottle every hour.  Rather than downing it all at once, try to drink some every 15-20 minutes so your body has time to process it, rather than having it jiggle around in your belly.  I always have someone tell me that they absolutely can't drink anything when they run. If that's you, try drinking a few sips (or even a single sip) every 15 minutes.  After doing it for a couple of runs, gradually increase the amount.  Trust me, if you go 3-4 hours without drinking anything, you are in for a long day, so train your body to handle it in your training sessions!

What should you drink?  My suggestion is a sports drink like Gatorate, Powerade, etc.  They are all pretty similar in what they do for you, so see what tastes best to you.  Why that over just plain water?  Sports drinks also include salt, sugar, and electrolytes.  The salt helps prevent muscle cramping (and some people who sweat a lot may even want to consider taking salt tablets), the sugar replaces the energy stores you burn up while running, and the electrolytes theoretically will also help prevent cramping.  They haven't announced which sports drink will be available on race day yet, so for now use whatever tastes best to you.

Hyponatremia:  This is the opposite of dehydration, some people take in so much fluid and not enough salt that they actually become over-hydrated.  It's pretty rare, so don't worry too much about it, but just be aware it can happen if you drink lots of water and don't sweat much.

Pro tip:  On race day, they will be handing out cups of water and sports drink that you can grab as you go by.  People tend to spill it all over themselves when drinking and running, which is not fun when it's sports drink.  If you watch the elite runners, they will pinch the top of the cup so it makes a spout instead of a big circular opening.  Makes it much easier to get it into your mouth that way!  Share the tip with others and they will think you are a pro!

What about eating during the race?  Remember how I recommended to eat and drink something before you start any training session (as well as race day).  Some people like to eat during the race itself as well.  This is essential for anyone doing a full marathon, but it's still very helpful for half marathoners as well.  Most people use a gel packet such as Gu, PowerGel, Cliff Shots, Sports Beans, or any number of other options.  Each brand also comes in a ton of different flavors, some also have caffeine.  Try a bunch of different ones out and see what you prefer, they all work the same way so it's really personal preference.  The best way I can describe them is it's like eating cake frosting.  My suggestion is have some water handy after you eat them to help wash it down.  I recommend one gel every 60-90 minutes.  While they aren't really super-appetizing, my guess is within 2-3 minutes you'll feel a sudden surge of energy, they do work!  But you will find there's a big difference in taste between them, so try out a bunch until you find out what works best for you.

On race day, they will have water, a sports drink, and one or more gel stations on the course for you.  While training, you'll have to fend for yourself.  I recommend a water belt, which is basically a waist belt that holds one or more water bottles.  I prefer one bottle at the small of my back, but others prefer several small bottles spaced around their waist, or even a type of glove that holds a water bottle.  Fill it with your favorite sports drink and away you go.  Most of them also have small zippered pockets to hold your gel packets.

I hope your training's going well, let me know if I can help!


Monday, November 4, 2013

Eating and drinking!

Hi all,

Sorry I've been a bit MIA recently, but remember you can always email me or reach out on Facebook if you have a specific question!

Someone brought up the question about what to eat before, during, and after training.  This might be more info than a lot of you really want, so feel free to skim and I'll highlight the important stuff.

General diet:  In large brush strokes, you probably already know what's good for you and what's not.  I'm not saying you have to live on kale and broccoli 24x7, I'm saying that a balanced dinner of some chicken and veggies is better than grabbing something at McDonalds.  Having a balanced diet will help you feel better and will give you fuel to burn as your training increases.  Here are the main categories of foods.  The research changes almost weekly, so here are some of the key points that have become generally well accepted.


  • The Good:  unsaturated fats (mostly plant-based oils), usually liquid at room temperature.  Examples include olive oil, avocado, and nuts
  • The Bad: Saturated fats (mostly animal-based fats) tend to be solid at room temperature.  Examples are butter, lard, etc
  • The Ugly:  Trans fats are thought to be the worst kind.  Anything with the word hydrogenated is probably a trans fat.  Pre-packaged food (cake mixes, ramen, most fast food, donuts, chips, etc) and margarine are high in trans fat
  • Generally 20-30% of your diet can come from good fats.  Eliminating fats altogether is generally not the best option.  Fats will make you feel full, so you actually eat fewer calories and they have more energy per gram than carbs or protein.
Carbs get a bad rap.  The brain runs purely on carbs, and muscles run primarily on carbs.  That being said, here are some more details:
  • Eating too many carbs (or more accurately, having carbs as too high of a percentage of your overall diet) can cause spikes and lows in blood sugar.  That means uneven energy throughout the day, cravings, weight gain, etc.
  • There is what's called a glycemic index, which basically measures how quickly carbs turn into blood sugar.  Low glycemic foods take longer (e.g. beans, vegetables, fruits) than high glycemic foods (white bread, breakfast cereals, pretzels, etc).  More details if you're interested here
  • Generally 30-50% of your diet should be carbs
  • Carbs are your main fuel source for regular training
Protein repairs muscle damage, strengthens the immune system, makes hormones and enzymes, and is a small source of energy.  Training in essence is all about breaking down your muscle fibers through exercise, then rebuilding them stronger, so protein is key.
  • "Complete proteins" have all of the essential amino acids, and those only come from animal sources.  Since amino acids can't be stored for long periods, vegetarians and vegans need to get these amino acids from supplements
  • The average athlete needs 0.4 to 0.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight.  In other words, a 150 lb cyclist needs 3-6 ounces of protein daily.
  • 15-35% of your diet should be protein

So with that general knowledge, what does it all mean for you as an athlete?  

Before you train (especially efforts longer than 1 hour):  Eat something 30-60 minutes before you start training.  Experiment with what works.  Some love half a banana, others prefer half a bagel with peanut butter, others prefer a protein bar.  In the beginning it may cause some GI discomfort, in which case try either smaller amounts or something different next time.  The morning of the race you will have to eat something, so figure out in your training what works best.  I generally find I need some protein and carbs, so half of a bagel with peanut butter works best for me.

While you train (esp. efforts longer than an hour):  Here it's really going to be a matter of what your stomach can handle.  If you're out there for 1, 2, 3, 5, or more hours, you need to take in some fuel while you are running.  Gatorade, Powerade, there are a ton of different sports drinks out there.  Experiment with what you like and what your stomach can handle.  You'll need to either carry a bottle with you or have someone meet you periodically during your session.  I'll do a separate post just on how to drink during your run.

After you train:  Once you stop exercising, the first 20 minutes are a key window where you can take in fuel.  The goal is to take in some water, protein and sugar in that window to help your body start repairing itself, so chocolate milk actually works pretty well (milk has protein, and the chocolate version has sugar).  The Keynan runners typically drink tea with lots of milk and sugar. Most sports drinks have the water and sugar, but few have protein (since they are designed to be drunk during training, and protein is hard to digest while you're exercising).  For the first 20-30 minutes after exercising, your body is like a sponge for these things, and after that window it is harder for the body to process them.  If you're going somewhere to do your run, bring something for afterwards so you have it ready as soon as you stop.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

It's time to start training!

I neglected to post a reminder last week, but if you're following my training plan it's time to start that training!  You can read about the plan here:

About the training schedule

or you can just download the pdf directly here (I added the full date range to each row to make it easier to read):

The training schedule pdf

If you forgot or weren't able to start, no worries but it's time to start this week then!  Remember, you don't have to do it every day, aim for 3 or (ideally) 4 times a week.  Will it be hard to make the time to do it?  Almost certainly, but starting out is the hardest part.  Once you get in the habit/routine, it becomes much easier!  So get out there, even if you can only do 10 minutes that first time!  That's 10 minutes more than just sitting on the sofa, and you can do some amazing things just by getting out there.

A tip for motivating yourself to train is what I call public accountability.  Letting people know how it's going is going to force yourself to get out there so you have something to say.  Let me (and your fellow teammates!) know how it went by adding a comment!

As always, let me know if you have any questions, that's why I'm here!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What do I need to start the training?

For a new runner, you'll hear people talking about the newest gadget, apparel item, shoe design, water bottle holder, and so much more that it's bewildering.  Here's my list of what you definitely need, recommended stuff, and optional stuff.

Definitely need:

  • Running shoes.  I've already discussed this in a previous post, but get yourself some shoes, leave the barefoot running to those who have been doing this for quite a while and know what to expect.
  • Socks:  Most people don't give a lot of thought to their socks, but they are pretty important.  The main thing is you don't want cotton socks.  Cotton absorbs moisture, so when your feet start to sweat, cotton socks can give you blisters, no fun.  Get yourself a few pairs of performance athletic socks.  They may go by names like Coolmax, Dri-Fit, or any multitude of other names, and just about any of them will work fine.  Personally, I buy whatever's cheapest at TJMax/Ross/Marshalls/Amazon, normally they run about $2/pair and usually sold in 3-packs.  The new fad these days is compression socks.  I don't have a lot of experience with these personally, but some people seem to love them and others don't.  The scientific research shows there is a small benefit to wearing them (there's no difference while you're actually running, but you seem to recover a little faster the following days), but for a beginning runner the benefit is really minor/negligible, so wear them if you think they are comfortable or cute, but don't expect them to make a 10 mile run seem like 3 miles!
  • Shorts/tights/shirt/sportsbra:  There are a ton of options out there, and again it's really going to be personal preference.  Just like socks, my advice is to stay away from cotton, it just gets really heavy and clammy when you start sweating, whereas the performance fabrics will stay much lighter.  Try some on and see what feels comfortable
  • Watch:  Get a digital sportswatch that has an interval timer.  You'll have to look at the fine print to see if it has it, but it will make doing your run/walk intervals so much easier (you can set the intervals so it beeps at you when you should start/stop each interval).  Type "interval timer watch" on Amazon and a bunch of things come up around $25-$35.  There are also lots of free apps for smartphones that do the same thing these days, so that works as well if you want to carry your phone.
Recommended stuff:
  • Hat/Sunglasses/Sunscreen:  The bulk of summer is over, but a hat and sunglasses can give you protection from the sun.  
  • If you live in extreme weather conditions, you'll eventually probably want to get some gloves, a warm hat, etc.  They don't have to be expensive.  For gloves, I normally use the type you can buy at the dollar store, and cheap gardening gloves work great too.
  • Water bottle holder:  You won't need this early on, but it's pretty handy when you get to running 6+ miles at a time.  We'll talk about how much you should be drinking during the run later, but it is important to drink.  There are a ton of different styles (ones you hold in your hand, one big bottle at the small of your back, lots of little bottles that go around your waist, etc), personal preference as to what works best for you.  
  • Foam roller:  This will come in handy if you start getting tight muscles and your significant other doesn't want to give you daily massages.  Some people will never need it, and others will find they've got really tight hamstrings or hips or calves and a foam roller will keep them healthy.  Generally about $20 on Amazon, I've bought them at Target/WalMart before as well in the yoga/fitness section.
  • Sports gels:  You won't need these for at least a couple of months, but I'll recommend trying a variety of flavors and brands and pick the ones you like.  Some of the common brands are PowerGel, Gu, ShotBlocks, Cliffshots, and many others.  You don't need them for the short runs, but when you start going out there for 2+ hours, they are a huge help

    Optional stuff:
    • Just about everything else.  GPS watches, expensive running jackets, etc.  For example, a $300 GPS watch will tell you that you ran 7.0 miles.  Alternatively, you can go to a computer and use a website like, map out your route and it will tell you the same for free.  They are great and some people swear by them, but certainly they fall in the category of fun gadget rather than an essential need.
    • Smartphone apps:  I've really only used Nike Plus, it works great but I know there are a ton of other alternatives that others like.  
    Safety note:
    • Lots of people like to run with music, some claim they can't run without it.  The organization I coached with previously had someone who was hit by a car while listening to music during a run.  If you're going to do it, be smart and don't have the volume up so high that you can't hear anything around you. 
    • If you're going to be out at night, make sure to get some reflective stuff so cars can see you!

    Monday, August 19, 2013

    How fast should you run?

    I talked a little bit previously about run/walk intervals.  One of the common questions I get is how fast should I run during the run intervals, and nobody ever asks how fast should I walk the walk interval.  Well, here's the answer for both!

    Conversation pace:  During the run interval, you should be able to have a conversation with someone running next to you.  In other words, if you are huffing and puffing so much that, if someone were to ask how your weekend was, you could only respond in single word answers, then you're going too fast.  You should be able to hold a conversation the whole time (and in fact running with a friend and telling stories to each other is a great way to pass the time).

    Walk intervals:  The walk interval shouldn't be a slow, casual stroll.  It's not racewalking, but even though you are walking you are still training so it should be a brisk walk.  Keep your arms moving back and forward and that will help you keep the pace up.

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    Disney Half Marathon Training Schedule

    Hi all,

    Sorry this took a little longer than I had anticipated, but I wanted to make sure it was perfect for you!  Jeff Galloway is a former Olympic runner that has developed a great method for people brand new to running, so we are using a slightly modified version of his plan.  If you'd like to use his plan exactly, that's certainly fine and will work great as well.  Here is the plan I put together for this group:

    GP2C Princess Training Program

    And here is the Galloway plan from the Disney website (scroll down to the Disney Princess Training Programs section):

    Galloway plan

    Some important notes about this:

    • The schedule doesn't actually start until next month.  If you are raring to go and want to get started now, that's great!  The first week of the schedule I have you going 20-30 minutes, so if you're comfortable doing that already, start there.  If that seems like a long way to go initially, start with 10 minutes for a week or two, then go up to 20 minutes, whatever you are comfortable with.  And if you want to just gear yourself up mentally for now and wait on the actual training, that's great too.  Starting next month will give you plenty of time to be ready, there's no hurry.

    • I put 4 workouts a week on the schedule.  As I always tell my athletes, if you can train 3 times a week you'll finish the race, if you can do 4 times a week you'll finish and have a great experience.  You can move them around during the week as needed by your schedule, but try not to do all in 4 consecutive days and then nothing for 3 days.  
    • Don't worry too much about any one workout or week.  At some point during training you're likely going to get sick, or injured, or something will come up and you can't do the schedule perfectly. Totally fine, it's all about consistent training over a period of many weeks rather than any one specific workout.  If you get sick or injured, just let me know and we'll tweak it accordingly.  There's some buffer in there that I include purposely in case that happens, so don't feel that it's the end of the world. Really try to get the one long run in (the Sunday run on the schedule), and the rest of the week you can modify if needed.
    • Walk/Run:  I really recommend doing a combination of walking and running rather than trying to run the entire workout.  When I first started playing around with it I had my doubts, but now I'm a strong believer.  Jeff Galloway talks about it here on his website.  It really allows you to ramp up the mileage whereas trying to run the whole thing is much more difficult.  Figure out a run/walk interval that makes sense to you.  Since we have all abilities and backgrounds in this group, we'll range anywhere from 1:1 (1 minute running and 1 min walking) to 9:1 (9 min running, 1 min walking).  If you've never done this before, try out 2:1 or 3:1 and see how it goes.  What that means is if the schedule says 30 minutes, you run for 3 minutes, then walk 1 minute. Run 3 more minutes, walk a minute, and keep repeating until you've done 30 minutes total.  If you're feeling great and find it's too easy, try increasing it to 4:1, 5:1, 7:1 or whatever feels comfortable.  Keep in mind, though, that the training will get harder because we're increasing the mileage gradually, so increasing the intervals as well as the mileage may be too much to handle.  If you do 3:1 the whole season, that's great too.  Better that you err on shorter run intervals than too long of run intervals, especially in the beginning.  Most of you I'm going to guess will be somewhere between 2:1 and 4:1 intervals.  
    • Plan on doing your walk/run intervals during the race.  Lots of people say they want to do intervals during the training, but they want to run the whole race.  Sometimes it works fine, but other times they end up working so hard early on that they don't even finish.  For your first race, just finish, don't worry about how much you walked versus ran.  Trust me, doing the same intervals you did throughout the training will mean the difference between having fun on race day versus potentially not finishing.  And yes, you can still tell people you "ran" the race if you do intervals!
    • Cross training:  The fourth session each week (Thursday on the calendar) is cross training.  Really anything that elevates your heart rate and keeps it elevated will work.  Biking, skiing, climbing stairs, any of the cardio stuff at a gym, even a brisk walk (not a meandering walk mind you!).  If you're wondering if something counts as cross training, stop after you've been doing it for 10 minutes and take your pulse for 6 seconds.  If it's at least 10-12 beats over 6 seconds (so 100+ beats per minute), it's probably fine.  You can either do the same run/walk intervals or do it continuously.  As long as you're keeping your heart rate up for 30-40 minutes consecutively, perfect.
    • Treadmills versus going outside:  Treadmills are great if you prefer them.  The only suggestion I'd make is to try and do at least 1 session a week actually running outside.  Treadmills are softer than the roads, which is great to prevent injury in training, but you also need to get your body used to running on the roads on race day or your muscles will all cramp up.  I speak from personal experience on this one!
    I know this is a lot to absorb in one gulp.  Print it out and read through it a couple of times, and of course if you have questions, feel free to reach out to me!  


    Friday, July 26, 2013

    How to buy running shoes

    Walking into a running shoe store can be very intimidating.  There’s an entire wall of shoes, but other than color what’s the difference?  How can I possibly know which one is the best one for me?  Well here are some tips to help make you a little more comfortable!

    First, where should you buy shoes?  You can find running shoes online, at a generic sporting goods store, at a running specialty store, and tons of other places.  Particularly for new runners/walkers, I strongly recommend hitting up your local running specialty store.  They may be a few dollars more than Costco or Amazon, but the advice you'll get and the availability of lots of options are well worth the extra $5 or $10.  Getting the wrong type of shoe can lead to injury, and just one doctor/chiropractor/therapy visit will cost you a ton more money.  Local stores have knowledgeable people that really want to help you, trust me they are not making a fortune in that business, they do it because they love the sport.  Don’t know where the closest one is?  Try looking here:  

    • Walking shoes:  One common question people ask me is should they get a walking shoe if they plan on walking most/all of the race?  I recommend running shoes even if you will be walking 100% of the time.  Most walking shoes are really just sneakers that won’t treat your body well with months of training, whereas a running shoe will still work great for walkers.
    • Can you use your current running shoes?  Running shoes have to cushion your weight tens of thousands of steps.  Over time, the rubber/foam cushioning material no longer has enough spring to cushion it.  Think of your mattress, over years it tends to start sagging and your back starts hurting, running shoes do the same thing.  Generally shoes are good for about 300-500 miles.  If you wear them even when you’re not running (which I generally don’t recommend), they’ll wear down more quickly.  If they are more than 2 or 3 years old or you’ve run more than 500 miles in them, probably time for new shoes.  The rubber soles on the bottom tend to last longer than 500 miles, so even if that looks pretty good the shoes may have reached the end of their running lifespan.  You can still wear them for general stuff, but time to get a new pair devoted for running.
    • What to bring:  If you have an old pair of running shoes, bring them with you.  They can look at how you wore them down to figure out what type of shoe you need.  Wear some comfortable clothes that you can run 20-50 yards in.
    • Expected cost:  Shoes can run (ha, a running pun already!) anywhere from $60 to $140 for a pair.  Generally the very cheapest shoes tend to be, well, cheaply made and aren’t going to give you the cushioning you need.  On the flip side, the most expensive ones have more bells and whistles than you almost certainly don’t need.  Personally, the shoe I wear generally sells for $80-$90, most people can find something between $70-$100.

    When you get there, don’t be shy, find an employee and say you need some help.  Explain you’re going to start training for a half marathon and need some shoes.  They may start talking in a foreign language and begin talking about pronation, supination, motion control, blah blah blah.  Just keep nodding your head until they are done speaking, and then say, “I don’t know what type of runner I am, could you watch me run a few steps and help me figure out what I need?”  This is why Costco and Amazon don’t work well, you’ll have a hard time finding someone to talk to.  They’ll have you run a little bit (10-20 yards) while they watch, either outside to the sidewalk, have you hop on a treadmill, or just watch you run across the store.  

    When running long distances (I hate the term jogging, you’re a runner!), on each step most people will land on their heel first, then the weight will roll to the outside of the foot as the rest of the shoe comes down, and finally the weight will roll back to the middle as you push off the ball of your feet and your toes.  That rolling to the outside and then back is both typical and normal.

    Once they know what type of runner you are, they’ll pull a couple of different pairs for you to try on.  Ask if you can run a bit in each pair (ideally outside where you can run for 10-20 yards to get a feel for them), almost every store will let you.  People ask if I recommend Nikes or Adidas or Asics etc. My answer is, it depends on you.  Some people fit into Nikes better, others prefer Asics or Adidas or another brand, but it’s all about what fits your foot the best.  Don’t worry about the brand or the colors, worry about how they feel while you run.  People talk about breaking shoes in, but my experience is how they feel in a quick 20 yard run outside the store is generally how they’ll feel when you’re training. If they feel like they are pinching your toes or if your foot is sliding around inside the shoe, try another pair or size.

    Important sizing note:  Many people’s feet swell when they run longer distances.  As a result, your foot can increase ½ size from when you start a run to when you finish, so if in doubt better a little big than a little small, your toes shouldn't be pushing up against the front of the shoe when you're just standing there.  If you normally wear a size 7 but you find the size 8 fits you best, please don’t get the size 7 because it’s smaller and cuter!  Your feet will thank you at every step!  And ideally go shopping for shoes in the afternoon, your feet swell over the course of the day so what fits at 9am might not at 4pm.

    Some stores will let you exchange them for a different pair within a week if you don’t like them, so make sure to ask what their policy is.  Here are some more good tips from the professionals:

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

    Welcome athletes and supporters!

    Welcome athletes and supporters!

    I use the word "athlete" in the title very purposely here.  Even if you've never done anything like this before, if you've never even given it the slightest thought before, even if you're out of shape, overweight, and haven't run a mile since the 3rd grade, you can cross that finish line of a half marathon.  And once you do that, not only will you be a half marathoner for the rest of your days but you'll also be an athlete!

    Everyone comes to Girl Power 2 Cure from a different direction, but almost all of us share being affected by Rett Syndrome.  By signing up with GP2C, you are helping fund research that is vital to finding a cure.  You may think it's no big deal and your part can't be significant, but when you see an entire hotel ballroom full of people just like you the night before the race, you'll realize every single person there is significant, vital even!  So if you've already signed up, fantastic, get ready for an adventure that you'll remember for the rest of your life.

    And if you're just thinking about signing up and are scared about the fundraising or the training (everyone is scared of at least 1 of those 2 things!), we've got a great support system to help you succeed!  Will it be easy?  No, but it's also very doable.  The way I always put it, if it wasn't a little scary then it wouldn't be memorable.  "What did you do last weekend?"  "Oh, I dropped off the dry cleaning, washed the dog, and ran a half marathon, how about you?"  But the fact that it's a big challenge, scary, something you may not be certain you can accomplish, that's what gives you that life-long remembered moment when you cross the finish line with a huge grin on your face.

    Now you don't know me and so might be asking (rightfully so!) how is this guy so certain that I can do this?  Over the years, I've coached over 1,000 people who all felt the exact same feelings you're feeling right now, these are regular people working jobs, raising families, people who have never done anything like a half marathon ever in their life before. Of all of those people who I've coached that started the race, 98% of them crossed the finish line.  You buy lottery tickets with a heck of a lot worse odds than that!

    I'll get into the actual training philosophy in the next post where I'll describe how we'll get you to the starting line in one piece, and how you'll get yourself across that finish line with a smile on your face.  And if you'd like to ask me anything directly, I can always be reached at


    Monday, July 15, 2013

    Meet Gary Stolz - Team GP2C Virtual Trainer!

    Gary with his niece Teagan who suffers from Rett Syndrome

    Team GP2C welcomes Gary Stolz! Gary was a coach for Team in Training for 5+ years, coaching new runners in half and full marathons.  He has coached about 800-1000 people, most of whom were doing their first half or full marathon.  Prior to coaching, he was a professional distance runner for over eight years.  Gary has competed in three Olympic Trials, 20+ national championships, placed as high as 2nd in the US and 22nd at the world championships, won the Long Beach Marathon in 1999, placed 7th at the Olympic Trials in 2000, and was sponsored by Nike for eight years.

    Gary will be posting tips on this page as well as be available to answer questions for our runners through the comments section here and also on our Team GP2C Facebook page.