SUMMER RUNNING CAMP & RETREAT

Jacob has been a really calm, supportive and clear running coach. As a stay at home father I didn’t think I would be able to really push my running to a new level. But Jacob worked with me to find a system that worked in my schedule and with my stroller. It never felt like a cookie cutter plan but something specialized to who I was as a runner and a person. I now feel like I have a lot more confidence in my running ability and see more clearly where I can grow. It’s a great feeling.

I have always wanted to be a “runner” but I wasn’t sure where to start or how to do it. Jacob’s coaching has been a game-changer for me. I feel accountable to him and his strategic plans make it easy for me to understand how to build my cardiovascular endurance without getting hurt. I track every run and seeing the electronic “kudos” from Jacob every time I finish makes me realize that there is someone who cares about my success and growth as a runner and is committed to ensuring I don’t get hurt, which without a plan I’m not sure would be the case. Jacob’s long-term commitment and knowledge of running is what makes him so valuable as a coach. Watching him do a 100km run really motivates me to get my 5 kilometres in!

‘running’

Well, that was hard! I entered the One Track Mind 24hr track race thinking running 100 miles would be no problem. Boy was I wrong! I thought that the biggest challenge would be mental and running on a flat track wouldn’t be physically as challenging as say a mountain trail ultramarathon. So wrong. After about 50 miles of running in circles, I could run no more. I managed to walk another 18ish miles, but I literally could not pick up my legs to run. My quads were entirely shot! But I thought quads get beat up when running downhill? WTF! In the end I ran for 15hrs and about 68 miles (68.68 according to my watch). When I dropped out I was going slower and slower and I just couldn’t see myself walking for another nine hours! I did fully feel disappointment. I wanted more out of the run and my body/mind but it wasn’t to be.

I do feel proud of myself. It’s rare that we set goals and objectives that we have a pretty good chance of not achieving. I’m proud of myself for putting myself in a really tough situation and knowing I might not finish. I am also proud of myself (us) that I raised over $1,000 for Help Fill A Dream.

I also can’t express how impressed and inspired I was by all the runners. People were working so freaking hard and giving it their all. What else can you ask for? It was really an amazing experience. Felt like I was really living life, ya know??

Below are some shots from the day

Daycare drop-off
very underwhelming covid start line
Running with the famous Gerry Hughes who ran over 550 kms in 6 days