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June 06, 2017

Runcoach Success Story: Wes Bigelow

Written by Jennifer Van Allen
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rc_successstory_bigelowWes Bigelow may be a relatively new runner, but he’s already learned one of the most important rules about running.

“Push yourself, but don't forget to enjoy yourself too,” he said. “If you never have any fun you probably won’t stick with it.”

Luckily, he’s having a great time. Bigelow has already logged more than 800 miles while training for his third marathon, and recently got a half-marathon PR of 2:03.

“I'm feeling great and looking forward to a little taper time,” he says. “Runcoach has been a great training plan that pushed me harder than I would have thought I could go on my own.”

Name: Wes Bigelow

Favorite sport: running

Major milestone: training for marathon number 3!

What’s the secret to your success? There is no secret. I’m a firm believer that if I can run a marathon, anybody can.  It’s just a matter of commitment and desire. And maybe being a little crazy.

What is the biggest obstacle to reaching your goals and how do you get over it? The biggest obstacle to marathon training is putting in the miles. There are many days where the weather is bad or your legs are sore or you just plain don't feel like running. The only way to get over it is just lace up the shoes and go. No matter how miserable the run is, you never regret it when you finish.

What is the most rewarding part of training? Seeing your hard work pay off when you reach new milestones and set new personal records.

What advice would you give to others? There is always somebody faster and somebody slower. Run your own pace and do it for yourself, nobody else matters.

What advice would have for other runners? If you are training for a longer race like a half or full marathon, a good training program is invaluable. It keeps you on track and makes you accountable for your training. Push yourself, but don't forget to enjoy yourself too. If you never have any fun you probably won’t stick with it. Don’t be afraid to take a short break.  Runcoach has worked great for me so far. I try to follow as close as I can but it doesn't feel like I'm getting penalized if a week doesn't go as well as planned.

UPDATE: After his story was published, Wes ran a 17-minute PR at the 2017 Grandma's Marathon— that's 37 minutes faster than last year. Congrats Wes! You rock!

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Last modified on June 28, 2017
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