I will update this in greater detail soon.
For now, in short, my journey with running began in 2012 when I decided I wanted to lose weight before my wedding. I was about 40 pounds overweight, at least. Chicken fingers, fries and beers were a daily routine and exercise was something I laughed off.
Soon after reaching my weight goals, running became more of a passion (obsession? addiction?). The pursuit of PR’s became addicting and the thought of Boston became a dream of mine.
Over the years, I’ve studied the familiar coaching names you’ve heard (Pfitzinger, Hanson brothers, Lydiard, Rosario, Fitzgerald, etc), followed their plans and chipped away at my marathon time. But I wanted to try something new. Tired of writing my own plans, I wanted direction from someone.
I never considered a running coach until my brother, Sleepy G, offered some perspective on the situation. He brought up some really bright minds, like Tim Tollefson, who has a coach. And then he brought up the stubborn few, whose results have declined in a predictable fashion (no name dropping here) because they didn’t have a coach. Who am I to think I can do this all on my own?
We can be our own worst enemy with training; letting our ego make decisions instead of sticking to the plan. Sometimes you need that extra set of eyes to help you make that tough decision when life gets in the way.
And that’s where Steve Palladino comes in. I “met” him by chance; randomly in a Facebook messenger chat set up to discuss training with a power meter! He was dropping knowledge left and right in a way that stood out to me. And I just so happened to have a power meter made by Stryd. Hearing him talking about how he analyzes the data and how it steers his kids training (as a cross country coach), it excited me. I asked if he had any openings for client and he did. Coach Palladino ran a 2:16 for his marathon PR back in the Bill Rodgers era of running. He’s also coaching emerging elite runners.
After a few discussions, the decision was made; I needed to work with Coach Palladino. At least until next May, where I’ll run the 2018 Buffalo Marathon for the 6th year in a row. I can’t wait to see how things progress and hope to track all of it here. I will be blogging AND vlogging about it.