Interested in joining one of our training programs, but want to hear firsthand from past participants? Check out what some of our athletes have to say!
What led you to sign up for the No Boundaries training program?
I've always been pretty active growing up playing basketball and other sports. When I started college and after graduation starting my 'adult' job, I didn't focus on my active/fitness life. My mom started running in NH and pushed me to find a running group too. I did a little research and found NOBO and Fleetfeet. While I was over in GH one afternoon I found the FF and walked in a signed up on a whim. Because I didn't know if I actually wanted to do it or not. This kind of 'made' me get started working out again.
What is your favorite thing about the NoBo training program?
Making new friends each session and building ongoing friendships with old friends from previous sessions. NOBO is such a supportive community. We are all on that same struggle bus trying to reach our fitness goal. I enjoy helping push my group to strive harder, even if that means they move up groups.
What is one thing that stuck with you from training?
When to really push yourself and when to let your body rest. If you are hurting it's okay to give yourself recovery time and that NOBO is waiting for you when you come back. it's like taking a small break and coming home to family.
What keeps you coming back season after season?
The people. You are a family, even though you may not be in the specific group with these people you see each other twice a week and become great friends. There is so much support.
What are your goals for 2018?
To complete the Half Marathon in April with a new PR for myself and completing the Ragnar in March. Also with my personal busy schedule, I want to make time to work out and go running. NOBO is always a program I can jump into:-)
How many seasons have you participated in the Dirtbags program? Fall 2018 will start my fourth season (a year and a half) training with the Dirtbags.
What is one thing that stuck with you from training? The coaches telling me that training slow will be faster. Training for my half marathon that did not quite sink in, but training for my ultra-marathon it clicked. I have learned that running at a conservative pace is the key to accomplishing the longer distances and staying injury free.
What is your favorite thing about the Dirtbag training program? Definitely the Saturday morning group runs. The group runs are what make this a community which enhances the training program.
Who would you recommend this program to? Every runner … I say this from the experience of seeing runners of every skill level participating in the training program. The training volume is very manageable and is tailored to the amount of time you can put in. Also, there are people in the training group running at a wide range of paces which provides the opportunity to run with another Dirtbag on those longer group runs.
What are your running goals for Fall of 2018 or Spring 2019? My fall 2018 goal is to complete my first 50 mile race, and then follow that up with a 24 hour race in early 2019.