Road Runners Club of America Certified Coach
USA Track & Field Level 1 Certified Coach
CCFA Certified Run Coach
8 Marathons (6 Boston Qualifiers)
3 Half Marathons (1 New York City Qualifier)
5 Seasons w/ Team Challenge
Numerous Age Group Awards from 5k to Marathon
Why did I begin running?
Twelve years ago I felt I was literally not fit to be a mother to my two young daughters. Not only did my lack of fitness interfere with my ability to care for them, I realized that they were going to be looking to me as the female head of the household to set a lifestyle example for them.
Why am I still running 12 years later?
I run because I’m a better person for it. I’m more energetic, more focused, more even and balanced. My confidence has sky rocketed since I began my journey to become an athlete. The social aspect of running keeps me on the roads. I’ve created some of the most fulfilling relationships with training partners and people I simply meet along the course during a race.
Why Team Challenge?
I'm now in my 6th season with Team Challenge. When I was originally contacted to be the coach for TC, I didn't know anything about Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. I had to read up on IBD because I was told that up to 40% of my team could have the disease. I wanted to take this into account when coaching them. It has been those participants, the participants walking/running in honor of a loved one or friend, and the participants doing it just because it is the right thing to do that have taught me why this program is so important. They overcome physical, emotional, and mental barriers to become heroes to the 1.4 million Americans suffering with IBD. Our 100% completion record speaks for itself.
Daisy has achieved many personal running goals through competing in races ranging from a few miles to a full marathon. Running always leaves her feeling energized and ready to face the world, but her greatest goal and pleasure is helping others know the joys and satisfactions of setting and achieving their own personal health objectives. She explains that the experience can be, "truly life changing." This will be Daisy's fifth season with Team Challenge.
Our coaches, with their 50+ years of combined experience and their fun yet uniquely different styles, WILL get you from couch to completion!
Below are Coach Dave’s top five tips for sticking with your new year’s resolution:
• Create one, specific goal. Whether it’s to lose a certain amount of weight, to walk or run 5-6 days per week, or to complete a 10k or half-marathon, having a specific goal is a great way to stay focused. Make sure your goals are ambitious, but attainable for you with a bit of hard work and persistence.
• Make small changes and don't overdo it. The human body is very adaptable, and it’s designed to move. The key to starting a running or walking program is to make gradual changes to your current situation. Start by walking 15-20 minutes 3-4 days per week. Gradually increase the time you walk, and if you want to run, start adding a few minutes of running at a time, interspersed with 2-3 minute walk breaks. Over time increase the duration of the running segments and decrease the time of the recovery walks.
• Track your progress in a training log. It’s a new year. Get a calendar, special book or use an online workout tracker like endomondo.com or mapmyrun.com Record your workouts every day, even if you take the day off. Track your mileage, how you feel, what you eat, how much you sleep, and anything else that has an effect on your training. Then—and this is important!—go back and read your diary from time to time! If things are going well, continue with the same plan. If you’re going through a bad patch, try to sort out what might be the cause, such as increasing your mileage too quickly, insufficient rest, poor diet, etc.
• Tell others about your goal. When family, friends and co-workers take an interest in your goal and ask how your weekend long run went; do you want to tell them you ran farther than you’ve ever gone before, or that you finished off a bag of donuts while watching the Real Housewives Marathon? Accountability keeps you honest. Social media is a great way to update friends and family of your progress.
• Make it fun! Training with others, varying your training routes, and rewarding yourself after milestone workouts are great ways to make your training more enjoyable. Finding creative ways to make your workouts fun is the key to sticking to your goal into February and beyond!
Q: I’m not currently running or walking more than a mile or two at a time a few days per week. How will I be able to finish a half-marathon?
A: Your coach will design a program for you based on your current level of fitness, whatever it may be. You’ll gradually build your mileage over the course of the coming months until you can walk or run (or with a combination of walking and running) a ten-mile workout. From there, well over 99% of our participants complete their half-marathons.
Q: What kind of shoes do I need?
A: Everyone has different feet and biomechanics. The staff at your local running/walking specialty store will be able to fit you for these needs, as well as your mileage level, and the surfaces on which you train. To find a local specialty store, head to www.runnersworld.com/store-finder
Q: What’s a “GU”?!
A: “Gu” and other sports gels (PowerGels, Cliff Shots, Hammer Gels, etc.) are concentrated forms of carbohydrate about the consistency of honey. They are an alternative to sports drinks and are designed to provide athletes with energy for endurance activities. Each gel contains about 100- 110 of concentrated carbohydrate. Many half-marathons will provide gels in the later stages (around mile 10) to give runners and walkers an energy boost for the last few miles. Although they are generally pretty easy on the stomach, especially when taken with water, it’s always a good idea to try gels several times in training first before using them on race day.
Q: I had to miss three days of training. How do I make up the lost days?
A: You don’t! If you’ve missed anything less than a full week of training, just jump right back into the schedule. If you missed more than a week, talk to your coach about modifying your schedule to get you back on track.
Q: My fingers swell during my training walks. What’s going on?
A: Your heart beats harder and faster when you train, so blood is sent more forcefully to the extremities. Muscle action helps to return blood back to the heart, but many walkers don’t pump their arms very much when they walk (they should!), so blood pools in the fingers. Swollen fingers are more common with changes in temperature, during pregnancy, and when electrolytes are out of whack. Clenching and unclenching your hands, or shaking them over your head will help to pump the blood out of your swollen fingers.