Thank you and your great staff for an amazing training season.
I could not have made a better choice for this marathon.
Keep up the good work You all rock!!!
Patty Gonzales - Biggest Loser Contestant 2007 - "When I signed up only 5-6 weeks ago, My goal was to merely finish the 13.1 miles. Now I am encouraged to decrease my time and continue training.
It's amazing that only 6 months ago I was a morbidly obese lifeless couch potato! This week I accomplished the unheard task of finishing a half marathon! WOW!
Thanks for the great coaching and motivating spirit!
West Coast Road Runners program has been an essential tool for my training and my success.
Thanks!" Patty Gonzalez - PATTY HAS CONTINUED ON HER QUEST FOR BETTER HEALTH AND LOST OVER 100 POUNDS. SHE IS NOW A CURRENT MEMBER OF OUR 2008 TRAINING PROGRAM. Great Job Patty!!!
Back in January I struggled to complete 3 miles, and yesterday I became a marathoner. Along with my race finish time (4:29), I want to say a HUGE thanks to you and all the WCRR coaches. Running the marathon was an enormous accomplishment for me, and something I'd wanted to do for a long time but never had enough discipline or motivation. WCRR was the motivation and support I needed. Everyone in the group, coaches and members, are so positive and supportive. It doesn't matter if you're a first-timer or a veteran, if you're fast or slow. I was so surprised and grateful for all these "strangers" cheering me on during the training runs, whether they were passing me or I was passing them. WCRR is a phenomenal group and I'll recommend it to anybody. Those last 6 miles were excruciating, but I pushed through it and when I crossed the finish line I felt completely exhausted and unbelievably proud. Thanks WCRR! Pedro
Dan, I blasted my time from last year! Last year I ran a 5:33:33, this year I ran a 4:16:56! Over an hour and 15 min difference!
I just wanted to thank you for another great season and I'll see you next season. I'll be training for the Los Angeles and Vegas half! Zana
Love you guys!! I sing your praises all the time. I ran the RnR half at 2:40 and was pleasantly surprised since when I signed up with WCRR my intent was to walk it in under 4 hours. Imagine how proud not only my family was of me but the sense of empowerment I felt crossing the finish. It's been days since the race but I still can't stop smiling and look forward to doing it all over again! I feel amazing and I truly owe it all to WCRR. You believed in me and now there's no stopping me! Woohoo!!! See you at the reunion run.
I would like to thank you for all your help through this past 5 months of training.
I finished the Marathon in 4:41:08, which was a 44 minute improvement over my
first marathon which I had trained for without help. I was much stronger throughout
the entire race due to all the training and the hills in particular!
I really appreciated the coaches who were there supporting us from mile
particularly 18 through 26. Thanks Coaches -- your running with me
What a great feeling!! It was everything as advertised and more. I have never been a runner in my life and as a 48 year old "geezer" I never so much as participated in a 5K let alone a Marathon!! I joined your group in January with the sole ambition to run the Rock and Roll Marathon. I worked my --- off and followed religiously your marathon training program, as well as the outstanding guidance provided by the West Coast Road Runners coaches, and it paid off in spades. While surprising myself weekly by incrementally increasing my distance, strength, and endurance during our Saturday morning runs, I also gradually increased my confidence to the point where I was able to enter into this marathon knowing that I had done everything necessary to complete this amazing feat, and by God I pulled it off. I'd be lying if I were to say that I did not have a little doubt before doing it, but I was in just about the best shape of my life and I vowed that I would complete that bad boy if I had to crawl across the damned finish line. I also must say, seeing all of the coaches out there along the marathon route, cheering me on during the later miles, was absolutely awesome and I think very helpful as well, and I did finish in what I consider a respectable 4:39. I am very happy and extremely proud and so appreciative to all of you who helped me to achieve this amazing goal.
Thank you all so very much.
I did it, ran my first marathon today and I honestly can say that I couldn't of done it without your support and that of the other coaches and all the other amazing runners in our group. This day is one that I will hold as one of my top three for the rest of my life and thank you and everyone at WCRR for making this possible. You said that after I crossed the finish line I will feel like I can do anything and you are right, no fear.
A million thank yous!
I was over 50 when I started. 30 pounds overweight, out of shape and couldn't walk a quarter mile without difficulty, and definitely very slow.
I am now 52, lost those 30 pounds, I can now walk under a 12 minute timed mile, did a half marathon in under 3 hours and just finished my first marathon in Catalina this past month. And it felt like just another training day.
-- Karen from the LA group
I love WCRR! The group and coaches have inspired me to believe in me. The camaraderie and discovery of new places to run have added a wonderful dimension to my running experience. I have faith, trust in the process, and know that I will cross that finish line in June. Thank you Coach Dan and crew! You all are the best.
I want to take a moment and thank the ENTIRE staff and members of WCRR, you were my strength and motivation when I needed it during the season and yesterday. I shaved an 1 hour, 7 minutes off my first marathon yesterday - and I cried - I have NEVER been a runner, nor athletic for that matter and yesterday I saw a finish line I would never have imagined about a year ago.
During the season I was asked, ‘what are you running from? This question plagued me, and I kept coming to the same answer; my future. When I crossed the line yesterday I cried for so many reasons;
I knew I had broken my time barrier
The fact I was able to sprint the last .4 mile
The realization that I can do ANYTHING
More importantly, I can have it all - a healthy, work, social, and personal life.
Dan, from the bottom of my heart I thank all of you - thank you for believing in me even when I did not.
I will be back next season and I want to shave another 35 minutes, so let the hard work begin. Cheers, Jaks
Great run yesterday by Lake Hodges! Even though Vern and I live close by, the WCRR spring run is the only time we actually get on that trail. And I LOVE our new shirts!!
I can't believe this is our third season. We've come a long way in the past year and we wanted to give kudos to Holly and Bob. Bob was the first person I saw when we arrived for our first Saturday run and he was so welcoming and friendly that I was immediately at ease. I've learned so much from Bob over the past year. Whenever I have a question or a concern, he offers fabulous advice that gets me back on track. His half marathon times are better than mine and my goal is to keep up with him on one of these races.
Can't say enough about Holly, either. She's a true leader, Dan. Holly's first priority is to make sure we're all safe and know the route. It's a great comfort to know someone's watching out for you, especially as the miles get long and we get spread out. Vern has 'graduated' to the new Vegas group and he feels better knowing that he's leaving me in Holly's and Bob's care.
While I'm at it...I can't leave out Ric and Chuck. They make track training a great experience. Their care and encouragement keep us injury free and make us want to show up week after week.
We're loving this adventure more than we ever dreamed. Kudos to our awesome coaches!
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