Running is a huge part of my life and who I am.
Running was part of my culture growing up, with a father as a hall-of-fame cross country/track coach, and with my high school coach being Kevin Hanson (who started out running for my dad) founder of the elite Hansons-Brooks Distance Project (http://www.hansons-running.com/hansons-brooks/about-us/). It’s in my blood. I was a decent runner in high school but was plagued with injury. After high school I went on a running hiatus.
Over the last 13 years, I have rekindled my fire for running. I currently coach high school boys cross country and am a head track coach (specializing in distance) at Utica High School, in Utica Michigan. I have worked very hard to build a program that is starting to see success at the local and state levels.
I have also gotten back into running as an adult, focusing mainly on half-marathons, running seven in just over 2 years, going from a 2:20 in my first one, to a 1:50:51 in Grosse Ile, Michigan. My coaching experiences have made me a much better runner as an adult than I ever was in high school. After seeing some coaching success and success in my own running, I am starting to see what works and what doesn’t. Everyone is different, and training programs always need to be tweaked and modified based on the individual. The purpose of this blog is to share my experiences in hopes to inspire others to reach their own success.