FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where are you located? 

I live and run in Ashland, Massachusetts. Ashland is one of the eight towns and cities along the Boston Marathon® course. Ashland was the original starting line for the Boston Marathon® from 1897 until 1924 when the course was extended to 26.2 miles with the starting line moved to Hopkinton. 

 

How long will it take to develop my training program?

The Personal Training Programs will take approximately two weeks to develop after an email exchange to review your running history and determine your race goal. The 1:1 Personal Coaching will also take approximately two weeks after the initial 1:1 in-person meeting to determine your training and racing goals. 

 

If I have an injury during my training program, can I get a refund or defer my training?

Injuries happen and I’m flexible. While I would not typically provide a refund after I have developed a training program for a customer, I would absolutely work with my client to defer the training program if an injury happens. I would work with the client to defer the training until the injury recovery is 100% complete. 

 

Should I continue to run if I experience pain?

While I am not a doctor by profession, the quick answer is no. If you experience a sharp pain during a run or workout, you should always err on the side of caution and either stop running or take an easy route home. There is a difference between training pain and soreness and everyone has a different level of pain tolerance which is relative to each individual. Soreness is common in a training cycle as intensity and volume increase. Taking rest days to recover may be needed at times. Pain often is associated with soreness. Sometimes pushing through a pain threshold challenges an athlete get out of their comfort zone which can be a training accomplishment and confidence builder during a training cycle. However sharp pain can be a sign of a potential injury and should be evaluated by a medical professional.

 

What is a tempo pace?

Tempo pace varies by distance ranging from lactate threshold tempo intervals to longer marathon pace tempo workouts. In your training program, I will determine your goal paces for workouts and identify which type of tempo pace and distance for your specific workouts. 

 

What is my Lactate Threshold Pace?

LTP is a training pace that a runner could hold for approximately 1 hour that can be best described as a “comfortably hard” effort. Depending on your race pace, it is often a pace between your 10k and Half Marathon race pace.  

 

What are speed intervals?

Similar to the description of tempo pace, speed intervals are determined by a goal pace of a set race distance. The purpose of speed interval workouts is to train at a pace that is generally faster than your predicted race performance in a specific distance such as 5k or 10k. 

 

How do I determine my recovery run pace?

Recovery run days are critical to improvement. The pace for a recovery run should be a comfortable pace that you could talk with someone on the run without a breathing effort or a pace that is approximately 60 to 90 seconds slower than a tempo pace run. 


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