Super powersYou are here, now, for a reason. 

You want to start running, but you’re not in good shape – or you’re older – or you’re overweight – or you’ve tried before, and it didn’t go well. 

I get it. No, really. I’m a 62 year old running coach who’s been running for 39 years, but I didn’t run in school, and I was never an elite athlete. I became a coach in my 50’s, and now, I’m on a campaign to help people like you succeed.

And you know what? I’m having great success! It’s because my philosophy is different. I believe these 8 weeks to a 5k programs are ridiculous for anyone who is not already in good physical condition.

Well, isn’t that the point? You want to ‘become’ a runner to get into better physical condition. To expect you to go from not running to being ready to do a 5k in 8 weeks is putting the cart before the horse.

If you’re like most people I meet, you have long term fitness goals – and you’re realistic.

  • You don’t want to hurt yourself.
  • You want to enjoy running because you plan to do it for the rest of your life.

Well, you landed here with me for a reason. I absolutely love to work with people who are worried that they cannot run, that maybe they don’t have the body for it – or the mental strength. I thrive on working with those people. Seriously, if that’s you, know that you are my very favorite people to work with. I get an adrenalin rush just thinking about it because of the incredible potential for life-changing success, because of the empowering effect I’ve witnessed again and again.

I can help you achieve your goal to become a lifelong runner! 

Who wants to become a runner for a few months? It’s critical to keep the big picture in mind. So what if it takes several months to build up to a 5k? That is just fine. The more gradually you build up your endurance, the better chance there is that it will stick, that you’ll be doing this forever, and that is what counts!

I want to meet you! Listen to my podcast by clicking the link in the menu bar. They’re free, and you can listen on your computer or on your smart phone with a podcast app. Those podcasts will motivate you and provide critical information, the knowledge I share with my ‘in person’ clients.

In the podcast, I explain

  • how to structure your training
  • how to select shoes
  • what to do if you feel an injury coming on
  • how to breathe when you run
  • how to prevent knee problems
  • how running will assist with weight loss
  • all about proper running form

and much more.

If you’d like to work with me, My Walk to Run Beginner Runner Program is based on my unique approach to beginner training. ‘Pain’ should never be a part of ‘gain.’ Never! Pain is your body’s way of saying, “Whoa!” I’m looking for people who want to become runners who are not looking for a ‘quick fix,’ but who are realistic and accept that it takes a little while to get into shape if you’re out of shape.

The concept of trying to “push through pain” is just plain dumb. Seriously, no expert, no one who is really knowledgeable in the fitness industry ever repeats that foolish phrase, anymore. If you have pain, it means there is a problem! Sore muscles are okay, of course. You know when what you’re feeling is sore muscles and when it’s pain. When you have pain in your joints or bones or tendons or ligaments, it is essential that you listen.

Another thing, when you hate getting out there for a workout, something is wrong. It shouldn’t be miserable! Dare I say it should be enjoyable? Yes, I said it, and I believe that if you progress gradually enough, it will be.

I want you to feel good after every workout. That way you look forward to the next because the last one made you feel good, gave you a feeling of empowerment.

I LOVE what I do because I LOVE seeing empowerment in people’s eyes and hearing it in their voices!

I’m 62, and I’ve been running 39 years. Of all that I’ve learned, this is #1: Listen to your body! Treat it well, and it will treat you well! Challenge your body but never push too hard. Stress it a little, then give it time to recover; this is especially critical in the first months.

Running can be fun for everyone, and it SHOULD be fun for everyone. You should look forward to every workout and feel a sense of accomplishment at the end. You don’t need to be huffing and puffing and red-faced. In fact, that is a sign that you’re not doing it right.

No, the key is to start at the right level for you. If that’s alternating running 20 steps with walking two minutes, that is just fine. Really. You’ve got to start at the right place for you and very gradually increase the distance you run over a period of months, not weeks.Motivation

Over the years, I have figured out why most beginner programs don’t work, not for true beginners, and they certainly don’t foster a lifelong love of running. And without that, what’s the point? 

No one wants to be a temporary runner, right?

My Walk to Run program combines easily achievable goals, encouragement, and strategically designed exercises. Even if you’ve never run a day in your life, the Walk to Run Program can make you a runner. You’ll become the person you’ve always wanted to be. You’ll be empowered by your own success.

Please settle in, take a look around and learn more about the program and about me, your coach, I hope, Debbie Voiles. The podcast is here, and there are blog articles and quite a bit of other information. If you don’t join the program, which is $27 per month with a 30 day moneyback guarantee – that’s fine. You can learn an awful lot just from my free podcasts. Everything is in the podcasts except the actual schedules (including exercises, stretching, cross training). The principles to apply and instructions on intensity, form, cadence, etc., are all in the podcasts, and that doesn’t cost anything!

Once you’ve looked around, if you still have questions, I would be happy to answer them.  Drop me an email. And remember that while you’re exploring, you’ve already taken the first step to changing your life. It’s just one step at a time from there!