1:1 Coaching Testimonials
My name is David Herbst and I have been training with Coach Michelle since January 2023. I joined The Runners Den clinic with the intentions of bettering my marathon time (3:59) and improving my overall running abilities.
I realized after my first training block that I was looking for more personalized training rather than group work. After having a conversation with Michelle we were able to come up with a personalized plan for me to train for the Niagara Marathon.
Michelle's ability to work with me and create workouts that pushed my limits while ensuring that I remained injury free was incredible. Her communication has been great, providing weekly training plans through email and replying to messages throughout the week.
I would suggest Coach Michelle to a wide range of runners. From those just getting started to people looking to better their personal bests. I was able to bring my marathon time down from 3:59 to 3:18 this year and am excited to see where training with Michelle takes me in 2024!
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Last year, I made the commitment to run my first half marathon and decided to join the Runners Den group clinic under the guidance of Coach Michelle. In just a few weeks, my confidence as a runner soared, my times improved, and my runs felt noticeably easier. The fall of 2023 when I completed my first half marathon in 1:50.33. Fueled by the exhilaration of that achievement, I eagerly signed up for another Half Marathon in the spring and the challenging Around the Bay 30k. Simultaneously, I entered the lottery for the Chicago Marathon – and to my excitement, I got in.
Returning to the group clinic in the winter, under Michelle's coaching and encouragement, I achieved a remarkable 7-minute personal best in my half marathon, clocking in at 1:43.31 during the Chilly Half marathon. Shortly after, I conquered my first Around the Bay race.
As I embarked on Marathon training, recognizing the need for more personalized guidance, I turned to Michelle for one-on-one coaching. She crafted a plan tailored to my current abilities and marathon goals, helping me stay on track and adjusting the plan when necessary. Chicago Marathon day arrived, and the results exceeded my expectations. I felt strong throughout the race, adhered to our pacing strategy for a negative split, and finished with a time of 3:40.33.
I cannot express enough gratitude for Michelle's coaching over the past year. Her expertise, encouragement, and personalized approach have been instrumental in my running journey. I wholeheartedly recommend Michelle to anyone seeking a dedicated and effective running coach!