“I’ve been running for 20+ years and running races for 15 of those. I’ve always considered myself an informed runner. Meeting Jacob exposed many barriers to meeting my running goals, and to achieving them with a healthy body and mind. After 15 stubborn years, I started working with Jacob and this is the outcome thus far: I changed my mindset and flipped my training on its head. I’m consistent. I’m mentally tougher on race day. I’m doing the right combination of training sessions. I’m resting when I should and finally slowing down on recovery runs. I’m reaping the rewards of activating my muscles. I have improved hip flexibility and have a greater range of motion. I feel energized and excited about running again! “

“I had a bit of imposter syndrome when I first considered hiring a run coach. I was far from elite but looking to turn the needle and crush some big goals.

Jacob was engaged with my goals from our first meeting. His approach is relaxed but effective. Jacob programs goal-oriented workouts so that time on feet is always productive. I felt a huge difference in race day preparedness and performance without a massive increase in training volume. He gave me the guidance I needed to train smarter.

Weekly check-ins provided insight on upcoming workouts and an opportunity to debrief the previous week. As I worked through an injury, Jacob kept me motivated and positive and checked in often to ensure I was responding to our modified training plan.  Jacobs has a holistic approach to coaching and takes time to discuss the importance of cross-training, nutrition, mindset and recovery. I toed the start-line with confidence, feeling stronger both mentally and physically thanks to Jacob!

I’m so grateful for Jacob’s support and for cheering me on (cowbell and all!). His commitment to his athletes and passion for running really shows.

If you are looking for a coach, look no further! You will not be disappointed.”

“Jacob Haas is a friendly, patient, supportive and encouraging coach. In the roughly one year I’ve known him in my run club, he has demonstrated knowledge, patience, respect, determination and a passion for running that inspires all of us, whether beginner or elite. He gave me some solid advice as I prepared for the Hamilton Road to Hope Marathon this year, the first marathon of my life, and I’m so thankful for that advice. I really believe his recommendations and encouragement assisted me greatly in completing that marathon. Not only is he knowledgeable about the mechanics of running but nutrition, as well. If you want to be a better runner or you want to start and are looking for a coach, I recommend Jacob. He knows his stuff and he’s very respectful and kind while imparting his knowledge!”  

Progressive runs are bread and butter training runs. They work on lactate threshold while, typically, are not too demanding. There are many ways to structure a progressive run (cut down the pace each mile/km, cut down the pace each third or quarter, etc). Next time try this:

Set your watch so it shows your ‘average pace.’ I.e. not the pace you are currently running. Start your run at relaxed running pace. Check your watch 5-10 mins into the run and note the average pace. Then, each time our check again just make sure that the average pace is getting faster – that is it. This way you don’t need to fuss at the actual pace you are running – just that you are getting faster. And that is it. Check out my run from today using this technique:

look at that pacing…