Join Me at the Boston Marathon in 2014

running-advice-bugI feel so strongly about the events of this past week at the Boston Marathon 2013 and our need to keep moving “Forever Forward” that I’ve decided to personally run the 2014 Boston Marathon. It has been five years since my last trip to Boston and I think next year is going to be the most important year in the history of the race for us experienced marathon runners to show the world that we will not be deterred.

In that spirit, I am announcing a very special group training program for those that qualify and would like to train as part of a group for the 2014 Boston Marathon: I will coach you for free. Yep, you heard it right, but there are some restrictions and important details, so please keep reading if you’d like to join my team.

What you have to do:
– You have to qualify for the 2014 Boston Marathon.
– You have to register and be accepted for the 2014 Boston Marathon.
– You will have to pay all of your own travel expenses to the race, including the race registration fee.
– You will need to join the group before the start of the season (to avoid having to adjust training schedules for late starting participants).

What I will do for you:
– I will provide a group training schedule appropriate to Boston Marathon caliber runners.
– The training schedule will be provided by my on-line coaching tool and administered over e-mail as is typical for our on-line coaching programs.
– I will provide a weekly status and inspiration e-mail to help keep you on-track during the training season.
– The training season will last five months (20 weeks), commencing approximately mid-December 2013.
– I will meet with the group on-site and we will go to the starting line together.
– We’ll have a party after the race together.
– There will be no coaching fees charged to join the group.

If you need coaching support for your Boston Qualification visit the following page on our web-site for more information:

If you want to join our movement to go back to Boston in 2014, you can join me and I will help you with your training. Further details on how to sign up for the program will be posted in October 2014 on our web-site.

So get your qualifying time and sign-up for the race. Then let’s go to Boston together in 2014.

Coach Joe English, Portland Oregon, USA
Running Advice and News


Question: Am I a candidate for on-line coaching?

Here at Running Advice and News, me and my colleagues do a lot of on-lone marathon coaching. In another forum yesterday, I was asked whether a particular runner might be a good candidate for on-line coaching. It’s an interesting question, because in my experience most runners can be coached over the Internet — but there are a few situations in which coaching “in person” might also be more appropriate. Let’s explore this topic a little more.

First, to give you a bit of background, I mostly work with runners in person in Portland, but a larger and larger majority of the people that I coach live in other places around the world. I have clients from as far away as South Africa, China, and Australia. In a typical coaching relationship, the coach will work with the runner to determine their goals, do diagnostics on them, and then develop a training plan to get them to those goals. Communication can range from infrequent updates to daily communication, depending on the complexity of the athletic goals and the needs of the runner.

When working “in person”, the runner has immediate access to the coach to ask questions and the coach can provide feedback on form and technique very easily. But even with “in person” coaching, there is a high-level of communication over e-mail and the phone. What I’ve seen with the large groups that I’ve coached is that the majority of their questions come up after they have left their training runs and we end up resolving them through e-mail or on the phone, rather than in person. So the differences between in-person and on-line coaching are relatively small. But with that said, I’ve found runners particularly suited for on-line coaching tend fall into one of four general categories:

1) Runners that are highly motivated and want to follow a training plan on their own — there are a lot of people out there that just want a plan to follow and they’ll do the work. They follow up with questions that come up in their training over e-mail and we can discuss data from their workouts over e-mail as well. It’s a fairly simple relationship, especially if the person uses e-mail frequently. On-line coaching is also less expensive than in-person coaching, so this tends to be a good deal for these runners.
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