1,600 trainees run races across the country, 35 million miles logged to date, 6% improvement
Burlingame, Calif. – October 22, 2013 – Runcoach, the leading dynamic training platform for runners and walkers, announced today that its athletes have reached a new milestone with over 35 million miles and more than 200,000 races completed. This weekend alone, 1,600 runcoach athletes participated in major events across the country such as The Detroit Free Press Marathon, The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon, The Army Ten-Miler and the Nike Womens’ Marathon San Francisco. Over 70,000 athletes have used runcoach to create highly personalized training schedules that adapt to their backgrounds and progress.
"I just did the unimaginable! One year ago, I literally couldn't run to the end of my block. Yesterday I completed the Detroit Half Marathon. I've lost 45 pounds and feel terrific thanks to runcoach."
Biddle, a 36 year-old grants and informations manager from Livonia, MI registered with runcoach to help him regain fitness he had lost through the years. He worked through injury, with several adjustments to his training plan by runcoach, to complete the half marathon in under 2 hours and 30 minutes on Sunday.
“We could not be more excited and proud of our athletes,” said Tom McGlynn, CEO of runcoach. “We only provide the dynamic road map for them. They have to drive the car over the finish line!”
On average, runners who train with the service for 12 weeks or longer, realize a 6 percent improvement in their race finish time over prior races (4 hour Marathon to 3 hours and 44 minutes.) Unlike standard template programs and other online plans, runcoach is the only online training engine specifically for runners that can instantly recalculate a user’s training plan to adjust for missed workouts, a change in goal race, increased fitness levels and more.
Runcoach provides the world-class guidance of a personal coach for anyone who wants to finish a race. A patented-algorithm adapts training so that each athlete is guided to success. Founded by Tom McGlynn, a 3-time Olympic Trials Qualifier and high-performance coach, the service helps participants reach their goals and train consistently. For more information about runcoach, please visit www.runcoach.com.
September 22, 2013 - One of the traditions of Silicon Valley and tech companies in general is that great companies have a way of fertilizing the ground for other companies to follow in their wake years later. Execs who come up through the ranks at one company learn at the knee of one or a few entrepreneurs and take what they’ve learned and apply it to new ideas.
The classic example of this phenomenon are the so-called Fairchildren — the companies that followed the old Fairchild Semiconductor, which include such venerable names as Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. Then there’s the PayPal Mafia, named for the many early employees of the payment company who went on to start companies as varied as Tesla Motors, YouTube and LinkedIn.
Another company that appears to be having a similar effect is Salesforce.com. Since its founding in 1999, enough people have passed through its doors and gone on to start companies of their own that it’s now worth going to the effort of buildings a list of such people, and its getting to be a little lengthy.
The person who has done it — and who is also on the list — is Leo Tenenblat, founder and CEO of AppMesh, a would-be Salesforce rival that’s looking to build a customer relationship management tool aimed at mobile devices. (I first wrote about it earlier this year.)
Tenenblat’s list, which he readily admits is probably incomplete, shows 43 people at 34 companies all founded since 2007. Among the names are Todd McKinnon of cloud identity startup Okta (which just raised a $27 million Series D funding round), Tien Tzuo of Zuora, (which just raised $50 million) and Clarah Shih of Hearsay Social, (which just raised $30 million). He even suggests a collective phrase for them all: The Salesforce Startup Cloud.
Of course, Salesforce’s Benioff had his own formative years, too; they were spent at Oracle, where he was a student of its founder and CEO Larry Ellison. It’s worth noting that Oracle alumni can be found all over the place, too, and include not only Benioff but NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson among numerous others.
Here’s a partial screen-grab of the first dozen or so companies on Tenenblat’s list, but if you want to see the whole thing, check out his blog post here.
August 13, 2013 - For the record number of American runners who completed an official race event last year, the questions often start not long after they cross the finish line: "What's my next challenge?" and "How much further can I push myself?
But data show that the bulk of runners are heavily concentrated in shorter races, specifically 5 and 10 kilometers. That could be because many who aspire to race longer distances struggle with how to successfully ramp up training and stay motivated.
Of the 15.5 million race finishers in 2012, 40% completed a 5k (or 3.1-mile) race, while 10% finished a full 10k, according to Running USA, an industry nonprofit organization based in Colorado Springs, Colo. By contrast, only 3% accomplished a full marathon.
"Going from 3 miles to 6 miles—a 5k to 10k—that's logical. Going from 6 miles to 26 miles is a whole different world of stress," says Tom McGlynn, a three-time Olympic marathon trials qualifier and founder of Runcoach, an online training program for runners. Longer distances require a much different mind-set and approach than shorter ones, he says, with more focus needed on muscle stamina and endurance.
Doctors and running coaches advise beginners to transition slowly. Some recommend running regularly at a 5k to 10k level for six months to a year before training for a marathon, while others suggest dedicating one to two years to building a base.
All agree—don't wait too long after a first race to start working on the next one.
Mr. McGlynn says he advises runners to sign up for a second race well in advance of their first 5k or 10k. That way, he says, they immediately have another goal to train for.
"A 10k doesn't take a lot of rest. A day or so and you can get back into training," says Bill Roberts, director of the University of Minnesota St. John's Hospital Family Medicine Residency and medical director for the Twin Cities Marathon.
Generally, runners shouldn't increase their mileage by more than 10% each week and should run three to four times per week, Dr. Roberts says. One of those runs should be longer and paced more slowly to help runners increase their endurance and stamina. "If you're a new runner, it takes a long time to toughen the tissues," he says.
One problem runners face is a lack of interim-length race opportunities. Last year, there were roughly 60 12ks and 320 15ks—a fraction compared with 3,200 10ks and 1,900 half-marathons, according to Running USA.
Boredom and mental burnout can also trip up beginners who are moving to longer distances, says Jennifer Van Allen, a running coach and co-author of "Runner's World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training." "Go with a buddy, go with a group, run with music, run without, run with a watch, run on trails or run on the road," she says.
Half-marathon and marathon training plans also introduce a new component to the weekly schedule: the long run. These typically start with 5 or 6 miles and build up to near-race distance by the last quarter of training, says John Honerkamp, manager of runner products and services and coach at New York Road Runners.
"For a beginner, the long runs each week are pretty daunting," Mr. Honerkamp says. "Focus on a sign, focus on the people you're running with," he says, which will help combat monotony. Another strategy: Dedicate each mile to a friend or family member. Or if it is windy, think of pushing against the wind. "It might seem silly, but if you're on mile 22, you need these mind tricks," Mr. Honerkamp says.
Overweight and older runners should check with their doctor before starting a training plan. "If you're overweight, it is probably good to spend time working on the weight loss and strength to support that weight, and bring that weight down before you increase to a half-marathon or 10k," Dr. Roberts says.
He also suggests alternating strength days and running days. Runners should focus on their core, including their abdominals, hips, glutes and lower back, as well as their upper body, he adds.
Once the regimen reaches about 30 miles per week consistently, "you're ready to make that next jump to marathon distance," he says.
Meg Navatto of Oceanside, N.Y., decided to start running about three years ago to lose weight. "I was very heavy, over 200 pounds, and I'm only 5'2." I couldn't even walk up a flight of stairs without huffing or puffing," says Ms. Navatto, 38, a cytogenetic technologist. When her husband Pete, also 38 and a New York State Court officer, said he wanted to start running, she offered to try.
They ran their first 5k in September 2011. He came in second place in his division. She came in last—but both were hooked.
They continued to run three days a week after work for 30 minutes. "We'd go to the park in Valley Stream near where we live. We'd loop in opposite directions so we ran at the same time, but not the same pace," Mr. Navatto says. After Mr. Navatto completed a half-marathon and Ms. Navatto finished a 10k in May 2012, they started adding in one long run on the weekends.
Now, they are training together for the New York City Marathon in November, following a 20-week customized program from New York Road Runners. They typically run five days during the week, at varying speeds and terrain. They run an organized race pretty much every weekend, in addition to a long run.
Ms. Navatto says having shorter goals helps her stay motivated. "I said this to Pete last year, I have to get through the first one before I can think about doing another," she says. "But then again, I said the same thing about a half-marathon. And now I've done five so far."
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Thousands of Runners Look to runcoach for Personalized, World-Class, Affordable Coaching
San Mateo, CA – Oct. 24, 2012 – runcoach, the only 100 percent personalized training service on the Web, today announced that Mebrahtom ‘Meb’ Keflezighi has joined the Board of Directors.
“We are ecstatic to have Meb join us in our mission to help people run more, and run better,” said Tom McGlynn, CEO and founder of runcoach. “Meb is the embodiment of consistent, logical training and long-term development.”
In addition to Meb, the runcoach Board of Directors includes McGlynn and Rusty Rueff, a former CEO of SNOCAP, EVP at Electronic Arts, and PepsiCo Executive. He is now a technology investor, corporate director, philanthropist and runner from Hillsborough, CA.
“When the runcoach team approached me about their mission to bring world-class, personalized training to runners around the world at an affordable price, I was intrigued,” said Meb, from Mammoth Lakes where he is preparing for the New York City Marathon. “Working with runcoach gives me an opportunity to help people build a passion for running, regardless of their experience.”
As runcoach continues to make its proven training methodology more widely available, the company will seek out other passionate fitness experts. McGlynn explained that Meb epitomizes the runcoach goal of reaching runners of all levels.
“Watch Meb at a race expo and he has to be torn away from all the people that want to speak with him,” continued McGlynn. “ His enthusiasm and passion to run and help others comes across in his personal interactions, as well as his inspirational performances in competition.”
Meb is set to participate in the New York City Marathon on November 4th where he will try to follow up on his 2009 victory. The 37 year-old is the most decorated U.S. Olympic Marathon runner of this generation winning silver in Athens in 2004 and finishing 4th in London this past summer.
The runcoach Board of Directors will help position the company for continuous growth and success through a variety of distribution channels.
runcoach provides the world-class, individualized guidance of a personal run coach at an affordable price for participants of all levels. Through its patented workout engine the online service dynamically delivers customized schedules that adjust for each runner’s training. Individuals improve their starting fitness by 7 percent on average when using runcoach for at least six months.
The Chevron Houston Marathon, Zazzle Bay to Breakers and Army Ten-Miler, as well as other leading races utilize runcoach services as their official training program.
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runcoach Raises Bar for Online Training with Patented Technology
San Mateo, Calif. – July 17, 2012 – runcoach, a leading provider of interactive training for runners of all levels, announced issuance of patent US# 8,202,202 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its Web Enabled Aerobic Training Methodology. The runcoach workout engine and technology uses an algorithm based on personal inputs to create highly personalized online training regimens for runners based on fitness level, schedule preferences, running background and much more.
“Thousands of runners have achieved their race goals using runcoach’s patented online training engine,” said Tom McGlynn, CEO of runcoach. “We are proud to have created a one-of-a-kind coaching service that is equally beneficial for beginner runners looking to finish a race and competitive runners attempting a new PR.”
runcoach collects and evaluates 20 key data points to create a 100% customized training plan which users can access online or via an iPhone application. Unlike standard template programs and other online plans, runcoach is the only online training engine specifically based on aerobic training methodologies for runners that can instantly recalculate a user’s training plan and adjust for missed workouts, a change in goal race, increased fitness levels and more. On average, runners training with runcoach for 12 weeks or longer, see a seven percent improvement in their race finish time compared to prior races.
Steve Curtis, 42, of Millburn, NJ successfully used the runcoach training service to qualify for his first Boston Marathon after several missed attempts at the mark. “I cut 26 minutes from my previous time, or just about 1 minute per mile. For me it was the logical progression and variance of intensity with volume that made the difference. I have tried other coaching programs and runcoach is by far the best.” said Curtis after completing the Surf City USA Marathon in February.
Currently, more than 30 race organizations, including the Wipro San Francisco Marathon, the Army Ten-Miler, Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Half Marathon have named runcoach their Official Online Training Program.
Since partnering with runcoach in 2010, nearly 2,000 Zazzle Bay to Breakers runners have use the system to prepare for the race. “As a runner myself, I wanted to provide our participants the most personalized and effective online service available,” said Angela Fang, Race Director, Zazzle Bay to Breakers. “runcoach has set the bar higher for online coaching and the USPTO further validates the technology with this patent issuance.”
The patent for runcoach’s aerobic training methodology represents a breakthrough for the industry overall. While a variety of documented technologies exist for footwear, apparel and tracking devices, runcoach’s patent harnesses the power of web based delivery and tracking with raw compute output to create and adjust personal training plans in real-time.
“The running industry is driven not only by people who have a passion for the sport, but also by the many companies that support runners through their products and services,” said Susan Weeks, CEO of Running USA. “We congratulate runcoach on its newly awarded patent for its online training engine, and celebrate those organizations breaking ground in the running industry.”
We help people run more! Tom McGlynn, an accomplished runner and coach who qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in 2000, ’04, and ’08, founded runcoach in 2002. In an effort to make proven training methodologies more widely available, he engaged a team of programmers to create a fully adjustable, algorithmically fueled online training technology. The resulting product offers the highest level of customization of any online training solution. For more information about runcoach, please visit www.runcoach.com.
runcoach Reveals Training Habits of Marathon and Half Marathon Runners
runcoach Reveals Training Habits of Marathon and Half Marathon Runners
Women twice as likely to use a training plan to prepare for a half marathon than men
Women who utilized training plans realized a more significant time improvement than men
San Mateo, Calif. – June 20, 2012 – Each summer, tens of thousands of competitive and recreational runners take part in road races around the country.runcoach, a leading provider of interactive training for runners of all levels, today announced the results of a new gender comparison study of runners training for the marathon and half marathon.
According to industry organization Running USA, women’s running is at a record high with more than 7 million females finishing U.S. road races with 950,000 female finishers in the half-marathon last year. runcoach’s study supports those numbers and further reveals that female runners are also more committed to preparing for races and are seeing better race results from their training than their male counterparts.
runcoach conducted a study of 706 runners training for the 2012 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon using runcoach, the official online training service for the event. A summary of findings includes:
Women rule the half marathon distance in registration and training. Women made up more than 55% of Aramco Houston Half Marathon registrants. Of those who signed up for online training plans, 70% were women.
Women who utilized training plans realized a more significant time improvement than men. Overall, women beat their estimated runcoach finish time* by6.02% compared to 3.61% for men. The trend was similar for both races as women improved 5.4% and 6.6% in the marathon and half marathon respectively, while men saw improvements of 3.2% and 4.6% for the same distances.
They train and race for different reasons. When asked their purpose for usinga training plan to train for the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon , women were twice as likely as men to describe their own goal as “finishing” versus “racing for time.”
Male marathoners don’t rely on training plans as much as female. Although over 62% of those who registered for the Chevron Houston Marathon were male, over half of those who signed up for the runcoach training service were female.
Age makes a difference when it comes to training for the half marathon. The most popular age range of men who signed up for half marathon online training plans was the 50-54 years versus 30-34 years for women. Interestingly, no men over the age of 50 years used the training plan to prepare for the marathon distance. The most popular age range for both men and women who signed up for marathon online training plans was 40-44 years.
“Our pilot study of runcoach data confirms my personal observation that female runners are more analytical and structured in their approach to the sport,” said Tom McGlynn, CEO of runcoach and personal coach of four US Women Olympic Trials Qualifiers in 2012. “Women are the ultimate multi-taskers and through training plans and dedicated execution are able to be efficient and effective balancing careers, family and fitness.”
Following the success of its 2012 partnership, runcoach will again be the Official Online Training program of the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon for 2013.
“runcoach has been an excellent partner and we were excited to see how the training data correlates to male/female ratio of runners who participated in this year’s Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon,” said Steven Karpas, Managing Director, Business Development & Marketing of the Houston Marathon Committee. “runcoach’s online training service is an excellent guide to prepare participants for our popular events.”
With its patent-pending algorithm, runcoach collects and evaluates 20 key data points including fitness level, event distance, schedule preferences and running background to create a 100% customized training plan which users can access online or via an iPhone application. Unlike standard template programs and other online plans, runcoach is the only online training engine specifically for runners that can instantly recalculate a user’s training plan to adjust for missed workouts, a change in goal race, increased fitness levels and more.
Tom McGlynn, an accomplished runner and coach who qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in 2000, ’04, and ’08, founded runcoach in 2002. In an effort to make proven training methodologies more widely available, he engaged a team of programmers to create a fully adjustable, algorithmically fueled online training technology. The resulting product offers the highest level of customization of any online training solution. For more information aboutruncoach, please visit www.runcoach.com.
* Estimated runcoach finish time is calculated by either a personal race result record or a time/distance estimate of current fitness level by the trainee.
Destination Races Names runcoach the Official Training Plan of the Wine Country Half Marathon Series
San Mateo, Calif. – May 21, 2012 – runcoach, a leading provider of interactive training programs for runners of all levels, announced today it has been named the Official Training Plan of theDestination Races Wine Country Half Marathon Series. Runners registered for any of the upcoming Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathons receive a 60 percent discount off runcoach giving them the ability to prepare for the race with runcoach’s highly personalized online training regimen based on fitness level, schedule preferences, running background and much more.
“People compete in our Wine Country Half Marathons year after year because we produce very high quality events in scenic locations,” said Matt Dockstader, President of Destination Races. “Through our partnership with runcoach, we are making our events even more special by offering our runners one-of-a-kind training tools to help them achieve their race goals.”
Known for producing memorable destination running experiences that celebrate life, Destination Race’s Wine Country Half Marathons sell out quickly and feature five events in renowned wine regions around the US including: Santa Barbara, Northern Virginia, Napa/Sonoma, Oregon and Healdsburg, CA.
“We are very excited to be named the Official Training Plan of such a popular and quality race series,” said Tom McGlynn, CEO of runcoach. “We look forward to helping Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathoners run their fastest race yet!”
On average, runners training with runcoach for 12 weeks or longer, see a seven percent improvement in their race finish time over prior races. With its patent-pending algorithm, runcoach collects and evaluates 20 key data points including fitness level, event distance, schedule preferences and running background to create a 100% customized training plan which users can access online or via an iPhone application. Unlike standard template programs and other online plans,runcoach is the only online training engine specifically for runners that can instantly recalculate a user’s training plan to adjust for missed workouts, a change in goal race, increased fitness levels and more.
Tom McGlynn, an accomplished runner and coach who qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in 2000, ’04, and ’08, founded runcoach in 2002. In an effort to make proven training methodologies more widely available, he engaged a team of programmers to create a fully adjustable, algorithmically fueled online training technology. The resulting product offers the highest level of customization of any online training solution. For more information about runcoach, please visit www.runcoach.com.