I want to thank the coaching staff at UA. Jerry for the overall workouts and pre-race prep, Alan (Dude) for outlining the strategy for the 1/4 mile splits and telling me I was peaking, Jim for making me do that last interval each workout and Herbie for sharing his race experiences and wisdom. This is still sinking in for me and you won't believe how thrilled I am. As Jerry would say "Train hard and race easy". That's how I felt today!
Thank you for great encouragement and coaching. It was a great day for running. I am totally sold now on the value of speed training. I can see the fruit of my labor so I will step it up a notch. I have been able to achieve 4 personal bests since the summer, namely:
1) 5K - from a 6:48 pace to 6:24; sub 20 minute 5K
2) Fifth Avenue Mile - from a 5:52 to a 5:22
3) 10 miler - from a 7:31 pace to 6:59
4) Chicago marathon - from a 3:54 to 3:31
Thank you Team Urban Athletics!
Alan....your words and encouragement do make a big difference. See what a great teacher/ coach you are!! -Barbara
"This is truly one of the greatest experiences of my life and the UA training program made it possible. I can't thank my coaches and teammates enough.” - Mary Brown First place female, 2012 Reykjavik Marathon.
"Coach Jerry Macari - I am particularly proud of having accomplished something I did not believe I could do. How? You believed I could do it. I just trusted you.” - Arturo
"The UA Team- I Wouldn't be where I am as a runner today without you guys at UA, so thank you for all of your help!- Siena
"I came to UA in May to prepare for my first marathon (Chicago). My goal was to run it in under 5 hours, and my time was 4:31:42. Better than the time was how prepared I felt and how much I enjoyed the entire race. Thanks for everything!" - Katie, Marathon Trainee
"Coach Jerry Macari - My 2 best racing experiences were the Philly Half with the team finishing 1st! (PR 1:08:21) and the 5th ave mile (4:19, the first time I officially ran under 4:20 for a full mile) and they happened on back to back weekends! Thanks Jerry for your help this past year. Looking forward to bigger and better things next year!” - Jason, Marathon Tainee
"Coach Jim Saint Amour is an amazing coach. In just 10 training sessions with him I wasable to cut 20 minutes off my marathon time. But more importantly, Jim turned me from a casual runner, into a Runner with a capital "R.” - Jordan
"Coach Tony Ruiz - I am very pleased with my time and I wanted to thank you for all of your help, I wouldn't have been able to do it without your expertise.” - Michael
"The UA kids groupsare wonderful! Workouts are balanced,varied and so fun that they don't even know how hard they are working. She manages different levels and ages and everyone gets personal attention. Its a great way to start the day."
“Thank you for the crew at Urban Athletics for helping me get back into running. With their fantastic coaching, I have set a number of PR's and just completed a marathon after being out of marathon running for 14 years with my second best time.” - Margaret, Speed and Form Trainee
“I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all of you. Thanks to your incredible training and support, I ran a 3:47 yesterday!! A PR!! My best marathon was 3:56 in New Jersey (flat and fast). I'd heard of so many people who got faster training with Urban and I always told myself that I would probably get in better shape and have more people to run with, but never ever assumed that I would be one of those people who got faster, but I have. Not only did I PR in NYC, but my fastest mile went from a 7:23 to a 6:25. I cannot say enough great things about all of you and the Urban Athletics Program.. you are amazing and I know that there is no way I would have done so well yesterday without you. THANK YOU!
Jerry, I finished the marathon in 3:40 which is my PR. I'm so glad.Thank you so much!” - Mie, Marathon Trainee
“Thank you so much for the workouts and guidance. I can 3:38:05 on Sunday for my first Boston qualifier. Its my personal best by 20 minutes and a course PR by 40 minutes! I could not have done that without Urban. Many, many thanks!” - Amy, Marathon Trainee
“I am very happy about my choice of UA for my NYC Marathon training. Within 10 weeks of the training, I was able to shave a minute off my fastest mile.This has been possible because of Coach Jim & Coach Peter. Thank you!” - Manoj Pillai,
“I decided to sign up for the Urban Athletics marathon program after that because I was desperate to improve my time and do so without any pain. With the help of the entire coaching team, but especially Danny, I was able to improve my marathon time considerably. Danny has an infectious upbeat coaching style that meshed well with my personality. In addition, he showed me a series of stretches to prevent my IT band problems which I preformed religiously on an almost daily basis. On November 1st, I crossed the NYC marathon with a finish time of 4:23:54. Not only did I shave an hour off my time; I did it without any ITB pain.” - Nicole
“Whether your goal is to run a PR or improve across all distances, the UA training program will get you there in style. I've been working with Coach Jerry Macari for over two years and with his dedication and expert training, I'm running faster and injury free. Jerry pays attention to each runner's strengths and weaknesses both in running form and racing strategy and consistently produces great results. Workouts are always effective and fun. Thanks to Jerry and the other coaches, I've developed confidence, increased my mileage, and successfully competed across many distances. I can't recommend the training programs highly enough!” - Janet Whittaker
“The Run Urban marathon training program evolves with me as a beginner runner. My coach Janis tailors every workout to my progress and pushes me past my comfort level. It started before all the other programs and lasts longer. The program feels like private sessions priced like a class. I started in May, now its almost September and i feel like a runner! I couldn't run five minutes when i started and today I ran for 40 minutes and this past weekend I ran 8miles with a few walking breaks. This weekend i am aiming for 14 miles. I am excited but if Janis says I can do it, i believe her.” - Odella Woodson
“I couldn’t be happier about my choice of UA and Jerry for my NYC Marathon training and coaching. I’ve improved my marathon time by more than 6 minutes to 3:00, and can’t wait to get started on my next P.R. in 2010 with Jerry’s support”. - Gerson
“My coach takes me seriously as a runner, pushing me to run as fast as I can while listening to my concerns, aches, pains, and also to the cold, hard numbers. His plan for me is individual, the same philosophy he uses for other runners, but tailored for my experience and my bodyís response to the program. The progress that I have made and the feeling that I take away has been worth every minute and every penny that I have spent on this program.” - Damaris
“If you want to have fun and improve your running, run with Urban! The marathon training program is the perfect combination of an individualized plan and group running sessions that helped me finsh under my goal time.” - Emily 2:57 marathoner, 2009 NYC