I had every intention of getting a post on my new running gear up like I mentioned last week and then the week snowballed into a Christmas frenzy of preparation and well…that’s life. Those intentions will be published eventually. I am not under any illusion that you are waiting on the edge of your smart phones to hear about my favorite new socks. 😉
Did everyone have a fantastic Christmas? Between multiple families we celebrate days of Christmas and I consider myself very lucky. Before we start our travels though I did want to come through with the (in my opinion) exciting news in my running life. I swore up and down that I would never take this next step until or if the opportunity was a very good one and when it came, I couldn’t pass it up. Well….I couldn’t pass it up!
Starting on the 1st of January I will be Coach Mark Hadleys newest athlete. (Click on the photo for his website.) Never did I think I would have another coach. I had an amazing run with Coach Jim Felty for three years and when it was time to move out of state, it was time for me to move on my own running-wise as well. Then the Trials standard was dropped (as we all expected it would) and while I still believe I have plenty of room to grow, I do not know all the ins and outs of how to leap from 2:50 to 2:43.
I have been a big fan of Coach Hadley’s training philosophies for ages. Coach Hadley is a big fan of researching the science of how and why of coaching methods….a part of running I admittedly do not enjoy so I never missed any of his writings. When he announced that he would be helping runners who are actively training to qualify for the U.S. Marathon Olympic Trials, the idea bounced around my head for days. The Mr. and I spent part of my birthday dinner discussing the maybes of it all.
I knew I loved his training style but I’ve never met Coach Hadley personally and that made me hesitant. I spoke with old coaches, new coaches, my sponsor, and my friends & family about this decision. Mark Hadley has an amazing resume of accomplished marathon runners and I poured over their blogs and asked Coach Hadley to look over mine. (I wanted him to read mine so he knew what level of crazy he would be dealing with 😉 ) He is coaching a friend of mine and she had nothing but amazing things to say and has been running VERY strong. Once I heard so many great things about him personally, I knew this could be a great fit for my running future.
Coach Mark Hadley has been wonderful to work with so far and I am excited about starting off the new year with a new running start. I will be sure to keep everyone updated as the months go by. Wish me luck! Thanks for the support everyone! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!