Run SMART client Owen Kendall was kind enough to share a message about his coach Dan Wilson. Since joining The Run SMART Project this past April Owen has set three new PRs. Yet again, another great addition to our private coaching testimonials page. Thanks Owen!
In April of 2010, my running was stagnating. I’d been running competitively for about three years and joined a local team in the summer of 2009, but in April I started feeling like I’d hit a plateau and couldn’t figure out how to continue to improve. My 800 time was sitting in the mid-2:01 range race after race and I was running around 5:30 pace in most races longer than 5 km. Then I started working with Dan. Though we haven’t worked together all that long, talking with him and running his workouts have quickly improved my performances. Soon after starting to work with him, running workouts that were different but not necessarily harder than any I’d done before, I broke two minutes in the 800 for the first time. Two months later I ran a 21:25 over four miles in humid, 85 degree weather – a thirty second personal record – and then, two weeks later, a 21:06 on a hilly four-mile course.
Working with Dan has been a pleasure because he’s not only a good coach, but he has a great sense of humor, excellent experience, and brilliant stories that help me put what I’m experiencing into perspective. The workouts he gives me have made me substantially stronger and I’m confident that I’ll only get faster as we continue to work together. I’m extremely happy for the opportunity to work with Dan and feel every serious runner deserves to work with a coach like him.