Psyched to have these GoalDiggers on board.  They have been coming to Lloyd Hall boot camp for the past year now.  And let me tell you- when they have a mission in mind- they are NO JOKE!!! They will be sure to bring a lot of fun, determination , positivity and strength to the team.  Welcome girls!

PC1Megan: My running history isn’t too long I ran my first race last September the global energy 10k and have went from there hitting my longest run last weekend at Broad Street! My goal is to run the full marathon and commit fully to the training program. I’m looking to get more of a plan for running and getting up to the 26.2 I think the biggest challenge I’ll face will be running on my own and being my own accountability, so with the program I know I’ll have other people doing the same thing and we’ll all be in it together. I’m so excited and can’t wait to get started!

Colleen: Running history: cross country runner in high school, took a break in college, started running again post grad. I’ve ran three half marathons leaving my last with a 2:09 PR. Three broad streets and numerous small races.Goals: To run longer than 13 miles without hip issues or injuries. To complete first marathon.Time to finish full marathon: below 5 hours



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Running for two!

Interview with Julie Stabler:  This is the third year in a row Julie has taken part in the You Should Be Running Program.  Although this year, slightly different than past years.

fullsizerender-701) This is your 3rd year in a row – why do you keep coming back for more “track practice torture ” ?
Around 330 every Tuesday the “Tuesday track terrors” set in for me and then I usually call Karl about 4 times saying “I think I’m sick” “I think it’s best if I stay home” and any excuse I can make but I make sure to get my butt up and go to every single practice.
I like to come because even though I’m slower than I’ve ever been, track (and running in general) is the only workout where my head clears completely. My brain moves at a 100 miles a minute but when I’m running, it just clears and I feel calm.
Also, it’s only 1 hour of my day and love seeing my watch at the end of practice how many miles we hit within the hour. It just feels nice saying to myself “I just had a 4 or 5 Mile long practice”
2) How this year different from past years?
Well where should we start!
I found out I was pregnant a few days before track started and knew this would be a challenge. Kasey was probably the 2nd person I told and after our first timed mile she said “yea you’re gonna have to get that sprinting out of your system now.” I had to get just 1 more timed mile time in the low 6-minute range to see if i still had it.I like being fast and I have a few teammates that I love to chase down (sorry Andrea. I’m coming for you next year), but I started to notice how hard it was to breathe and how much more energy it took to get my legs moving at a pace I wanted.
I told myself that I’m just going to follow the schedule and take this year as a conditioning year and just finish.
My goal was to qualify for the Boston marathon this year because I finally thought I had pacing myself down but my teammate Lauren told me “goals change” and I’ve taken that and really thought a ton on it.It’s also made me appreciate that I have the ability to run and when no one wants to come on a long run with me, CeCe has to regardless haha.
3) How has running and this program in general helped your pregnancy ?
It’s been amazing because I’ve had a lot of anxiety knowing I don’t have much control over things anymore. I really, really like control and running has helped me clear my head a ton.Running also has helped me keep up my love for cardio. Spin has become a challenge because of how short I am – the pedal movements cause a lot of pressure inside that I don’t feel with running.I’ll be a little more than 7.5 months pregnant on marathon day (I’ve backed down to the half) and of course I have to set a goal for myself so I feel good knowing that I’ve trained for 6 months at long distances. My goal is to beat the time I got in the Rock and roll half this year.

4) How is being on the team as a “soon to be mom” different from past years ?In the past years, I’ve only ever stuck with a smaller group of people. I didn’t have to lag behind and would always be way up front trying to beat the person in front of me. This year, I’ve had to slow down, I get passed by everyone but I laugh about it now. I’ve gotten to know almost everyone on the team this year and have been able to either start or finish with all different groups.
I’ve seen a ton of people that started with me in group 2 get faster and faster every week and when someone feels down on themselves I’ve said to them “trust me, I’m behind everyone every week and you have picked up the pace so much.”
I like to joke that I’m the only one who regresses each week and just keeps gaining more weight but I’m really just so happy coming to run with everyone.
5) Coming back next year ?
100%. I hate the winter weather but already have on the books to join on for the winter track program to prep for year 4 of marathon training.
Karl knows how important track is to me and we’ve already worked out our childcare schedule for Tuesday’s starting in February. I’m really looking forward to it!
And in 4 years plan for me to show up to the super girl striders!
Of all the years participating this has been the best so far. I hope everyone decides to come back next year!

At this point , the program would not be the same without Julie – so she stands no chance of leaving us !

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An Interview With Shenise

Shenise5milerShenise is part of the GoalsFit Marathon Team.  She started with us in May and come November – she will officially be a marathoner.

Q. One word to describe how you are feeling training for this marathon?

A. Empowered

Q. What are some fears you have conquered 2 plus months into the training?
A.  I had a great fear of running with people who were faster than me as well as training in Roxborough. I didn’t think I had the endurance to survive the hill work and continue to hold my head up high bringing up the rear all of the time. But to be honest it has made me stronger. I think of myself chasing the elite runners and knowing that if you don’t surround yourself with greatness you don’t become great. I am still quite afraid of the mileage of 26.2 and injury.

Q. Most beneficial part of the GoalsFit- You Should be Running Marathon Program.

A.  The most beneficial part of this program is honestly the push and Kasey’s no nonsense but nurturing approach. She will push you to your limit, the place you never thought you would go. I absolutely hate running on the track, or trying to better my pace and her training program has increased my pace tremendously for me.

Q.  Biggest Motivator to keep going? “De-motivator”?

A. My biggest motivator is progress, I don’t want to lose progress. Taking off too many days sets you back and just makes things more difficult.  I have also been taking the things I learn from Kasey to others which help me to get up and out of bed at 4 am in the morning. My biggest de motivator… I don’t think I have one yet. I’m going all the way, I’m not torturing myself for nothing.

Q. What are you most proud of thus far?

A. I am proud that I make it out every week for training despite being exhausted and overcoming so many obstacles during the week.

Q.  One word to describe the anticpated feeling of crossing that finish line in November?

A.  I don’t think I have a word!! Maybe an emoji or something. Perhaps Joy! Excitement! I can’t wait-  I surely will be crying.

Hands down she will be bawling (with excitement, of course)!!! Keep up the great work and great attitude!

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I find my favorite clients in coffee shops….Meet Emily!!!

Hi I’m Emily!

I first caught the running and race bug after a friend convinced me to tackle Broad EmilyHStreet with her in 2008 (it totally was not all downhill like she claimed). I was hooked and continued to run, completing a number of races and two full marathons. I got a slight bit burned out and took a running hiatus. Shortly thereafter, I became pretty ill, and found myself unable to even walk up the steps without being short of breath.

I ran into Kasey in a coffee shop towards the end of my treatment. Her positive spirit and encouraging ways have kept me coming back in the year since I stopped treatment. This spring I joined the Broad Street crew, but had a day I wasn’t most proud of. I’d love to continue getting faster, better, and stronger (Kanye, anyone?) by working on my stride and pacing. I would love to work on my strength training and speed work, too, and have set goals to finally run a sub-2 hour half and look for a 4-hour finish on race day. Thanks to all of you for motivating me to be faster and stronger!

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Meet Aaron, Cheer for Aaron, Bother Aaron to do this homework and RUN!!!

imageAaron Robinson was once a stellar athlete, excelling in both football and basketball. Robinson played collegiate football and basketball and had a promising future in both sports. Unfortunately Aaron suffered several career ending injuries including a torn ACL, torn Meniscus and surgery on his Achilles. This led to Robinson gaining a vast amount of weight over the years, as he exercised less and fell in love with eating. Before he knew it, he was no longer the athlete he once was and found himself out of shape. Aaron always had an interest in his health however and often visited specialist and health gurus and has dabbled in the vegetarian lifestyle. Often plagued by fast food and the mind set that he couldn’t workout as before, Aaron would often let unhealthy eating habits win him over. With his health always on his mind as well as a recent diagnosis of Gout, he has decided that embarking on a journey to good health is imperative. As he looks in the eyes of his four young sons and loving girlfriend, he has made the choice to get back to the healthy lifestyle he once knew, he has made the choice to live.
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