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.