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Fellow Runners,

We here at Train Smart Run Fast are incredibly lucky and thankful to have had great coaches at each stage of our running careers thus far. In high school, we had coaches who ignited the spark and lead us down a path that would later shape our entire lives. In college, we had coaches who motivated and challenged us and helped us accomplish things we never even dreamed of. And now, we have a coach who understands the nuisances of post-collegiate running and who fully supports our decision to pursue our careers while we continue to train. We have each also had the unique experience of coaching ourselves, a process which was both freeing and terrifying, frustrating yet satisfying.

Though each coach has their own preferred training method and personal style, there is one thing they all have, one thing that we think all great coaches should have: the ability to see the forest through the trees. As the athlete, it is sometimes hard to see the bigger picture; you focus so hard on completing the task at hand that sometimes you lose sight of where you're going and what it's all about. But that's OK. Sometimes when you're right there in the thick of it, trying to tackle the next rep of your workout or the next mile of your long run, you need to focus and be in the moment. Thinking about everything all at once - the race 3 months away and all you have to do to prepare between now and then - is just too much. That's where your coach comes in. It's your coach's job to do the long-term thinking and planning. It's their job to assess where you are and make adjustments as needed. They tell you what you need to know when you need to know it, breaking your training cycle down into smaller, manageable pieces and guiding you as you take on each piece one by one. 

With over two decades of competitive running experience between the two of us, we've seen and been through just about everything. We've had breakthroughs. We've had setbacks. We've gotten injured and come back stronger. We've gotten injured only to come back and get injured again. We've been big fish in a little pond, little fish in a big pond, and everything in between. We've struggled to find the balance between training and working and simply living our lives. We've spent a lot of time and energy figuring out what works, and even more time and energy figuring out what doesn't.

We may not be experts in training or racing or running in general, but we dare say that we do know a lot. So if the sharing of our knowledge and experiences can help others as they venture on their own personal running journeys, then share it we will! Running is all about community and togetherness, about experiencing the uniquely painful and wonderful joys of this sport with other people who understand and appreciate what you're going through. Through our work with Train Smart Run Fast, we hope to foster that community and help its members not simply get faster, but also grow stronger, more confident, and more capable of achieving their goals. 

Sincerely, 

Fellow Runners,

We here at Train Smart Run Fast are incredibly lucky and thankful to have had great coaches at each stage of our running careers thus far. In high school, we had coaches who ignited the spark and lead us down a path that would later shape our entire lives. In college, we had coaches who motivated and challenged us and helped us accomplish things we never even dreamed of. And now, we have a coach who understands the nuisances of post-collegiate running and who fully supports our decision to pursue our careers while we continue to train. We have each also had the unique experience of coaching ourselves, a process which was both freeing and terrifying, frustrating yet satisfying.

Though each coach has their own preferred training method and personal style, there is one thing they all have, one thing that we think all great coaches should have: the ability to see the forest through the trees. As the athlete, it is sometimes hard to see the bigger picture; you focus so hard on completing the task at hand that sometimes you lose sight of where you're going and what it's all about. But that's OK. Sometimes when you're right there in the thick of it, trying to tackle the next rep of your workout or the next mile of your long run, you need to focus and be in the moment. Thinking about everything all at once - the race 3 months away and all you have to do to prepare between now and then - is just too much. That's where your coach comes in. It's your coach's job to do the long-term thinking and planning. It's their job to assess where you are and make adjustments as needed. They tell you what you need to know when you need to know it, breaking your training cycle down into smaller, manageable pieces and guiding you as you take on each piece one by one. 

With over two decades of competitive running experience between the two of us, we've seen and been through just about everything. We've had breakthroughs. We've had setbacks. We've gotten injured and come back stronger. We've gotten injured only to come back and get injured again. We've been big fish in a little pond, little fish in a big pond, and everything in between. We've struggled to find the balance between training and working and simply living our lives. We've asked our why in the middle of an unfathomably hard track workout, and somehow found the answer a lap later. We've spent a lot of time and energy figuring out what works, and even more time and energy figuring out what doesn't.

We are by no means experts in training or racing or running in general, but we dare say that we do know a lot. So if the sharing of our knowledge and experiences can help others as they venture on their own personal running journeys, then share it we will! Running is all about community and togetherness, about experiencing the uniquely painful and wonderful joys of this sport with other people who understand and appreciate what you're going through. Through our work with Train Smart Run Fast, we hope to foster that community and help its members not simply get faster, but also grow stronger, more confident, and more capable of achieving their goals. 

Sincerely,