Success Stories

This list of Race Pace Runners set Personal Records (PR) either by conquering their first race or by taking minutes off of their previous best time at various race distances. Click on the links below to read their stories.


Angela: Went from a 4:24 marathon PR to a 4:11 at the 2014 New York City Marathon


Anne: Worked hard to snag a PR at the 2015 Rock’n’Roll Philly Half Marathon and again at the 2016 NJ Half Marathon.


Annie: Set a 38 minute marathon PR taking her marathon PR from 4:17  to a 3:39 at the Philly Marathon


“I cannot recommend Jess enough. I used to think that training with a coach was for “fast people.” That’s absolutely false. Jess and I had 30-minute calls on Mondays to go over my custom training plan for the week. She told me what workouts to complete on what days, so I didn’t have to plan. These workouts were designed specifically for my skill level and could be adjusted if needed. While Jess helped physically prepare me for the race, I am even more grateful for her emotional support. Training for a marathon is a roller coaster of emotions. There are record-setting highs and frustrating lows. You simultaneously feel proud and beat up. It was absolutely worth having someone to call and email to explain how I was feeling and how to move forward. Jess also created my race day strategy.” ~ Evann C.



Brittany: Successfully completed her 1st Marathon, the  New York City Marathon


Christine: Set a 2 minute PR on the hills of the San Francisco Half Marathon

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Evann: Conquered her first marathon, the Walt Disney World Marathon. Read her recap here. She also took three minutes off her half marathon time at the Pittsburgh half.



Jenna T: Went from a 1:57 PR in the Half Marathon to a 1:44:38 PR at the Brooklyn Half Marathon. Read  Part I & Part 2 of her race recap.


Gabby: Ran a speedier mile than she ever thought she could at the NYRR’s 5th Avenue Mile and also ran her first marathon while grinning ear to ear. Read both her 5th Avenue Mile and New York City Marathon race recaps!

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Big Sur Half Marathon (ever wonder what happens when you don’t listen to your coach?)


Surf City Marathon (his very 1st 26.2)


Green Bay Marathon Recap



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Jess D:  Set a 2:00 PR despite getting sick on the course at the  New York City Marathon in 2014. And then set another three minute PR in 2015 at the New York City Marathon!


Cheers to my 3rd @nycmarathon, the best day in #NYC, a 3.5 minute #PR & the perfect cheer squad 🎉🎉🍾🍾   A photo posted by Jessica Defilippo 💗✌🏻☀️ (@jessdefilippo) on

Jen C: Hit her goal of going sub 2:00 in the Half Marathon at the 2013 Brooklyn Half Marathon

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Jen G: Grew so much as a runner by setting a huge PR in the 5k, running her 1st marathon and going sub 2:00:00 in the Half marathon despite a crazy schedule of completing law school, studying for the bar and working as a 1st year. Read her recaps below.

5K PR Northwest Raspberry 5k 26:06-24:23

1st Marathon: Chicago Marathon

Half Marathon PR:  was a 9:43 PR! 2:09 – 2:00 New York City Half Marathon & New York City Half Marathon going sub 2:00 despite a rocky training schedule.

At CIM in 2015, Jen logged a 10:46 marathon PR. Read the race recap here.

Kayla conquered her first marathon, the New York City Marathon and document her training on her blog, Kayla in the City.

Meredith J. Didn’t run a PR, but she took six minutes off her half marathon after being a RPR for six weeks! Read her recap here.

Sarah D.: A fellow fitness professional, that I was honored to coach for her very first marathon. Read all about her experiences as a first timer in her two-part recaps posted here: Chicago Marathon Part 1 & Chicago Marathon Part 2

Theodora: Set both a huge marathon and half marathon PR. She went from a 4:04 marathon PR to a 3:56 marathon PR: New York City Marathon & from 1:55-1:50 in the Half Marathon Rock’n’roll DC