A Desire to Improve

Here’s a report from our client Irina who earn an amazing PR at the Chicago Marathon this year finishing in 4:01:25. She writes,

“This weekend was an absolute blast. I ran the Chicago Marathon and got a 42 min PR. This was my 5th marathon and I couldn’t be more thrilled with my performance.

Now, let me give you a little background. I’ve been a dedicated listener of your amazing podcast ever since I started running 3 years ago, when I was 35.

My previous 4 marathons were not too shabby for someone with zero athletic experience, finishing between 4:43 and 5:03. But, listening to everyone’s journeys, I’ve had a desire to improve and push myself further.

Enter Marty Gardner’s inspiring story in a July MTA episode. It hit me right in the motivation bone! So, I reached out to MTA and they paired me up with the incredible Coach Cindy.

Working with Coach Cindy

Coach Cindy’s training plan was a game-changer. On race day, she even created a custom pace bracelet for me. Talk about feeling like a pro! I had a real, technical race strategy laid out for the first time ever.

I finished the marathon in 4 hours, 1 minute, and 25 seconds. And here’s the icing on the cake. I got to experience it with my husband and our two kids, aged 6 and 9. They were there to witness all the excitement and cheer me on.

I hope my 42 min PR story brings a smile to your faces and maybe even inspires you to chase after your own running dreams. Keep pushing, my friends, and remember, the finish line is always waiting for us with open arms!

I’ll see you all at the NYC and Philadelphia marathons next month. I’m JUST getting started 😉.”

-Irina from Long Island, NY

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