WIMB is proud to partner with some of the best private running and fitness coaches in New England, David Bedoya, Brennan Bonner and Sarah Apold. If interested, please contact them directly through the emails provided.
David Bedoya- Running Coach
I have been helping fellow athletes achieve their goals and vastly improve their racing performance for several years. My tailored approach to each athlete’s goals and life situation draws from my vast endurance training background as a competitive cyclist, mountaineer, and elite level marathoner. As a father of two young children with a full time job as a civil engineer (and at times a part-time job as an adjunct faculty), I understand the challenges of balancing a busy life with training hard to improve your personal records. I’d be delighted to help you achieve your goals with the same passion I’ve had for achieving my own, while maintaining that balance we all need on a regular basis.
I am a life-long athlete who’s been passionate about endurance sports since my teens. My sports career began as a competitive road cyclist in my native Spain at fifteen years old. During that period, I competed in many racing events all over Spain and Europe. In 1999, I won my home state championship and placed top 10 in many multi-stage events. I transitioned to road running and racing in my late twenties when I moved to Boston. I immediately engaged with the vibrant running community in the Boston area and began training for many of the area’s road races. Soon, however, the Boston Marathon, the ultimate marathon event, began to call and I ran my first Boston in 2007. My transition from competitive cycling to competitive running was successful because of a methodical approach to training, which allowed me to tap into my base aerobic fitness while rapidly adapting muscles to a new type of effort. This training approach quickly resulted in successful results. My best marathon results are highlighted below:
Philadelphia International Marathon:
2h21min54sec in 2011 for 5th place,
2h23min36sec in 2010 for 3th place,
2h27min33sec for 10th place in 2015.
2h25min19sec in 2010 for 37th place,
2h26in30sec for 50th place in 2013,
2h26min36sec in 2007 for 35th place,
2h27min13sec in 2009 for 36th place,
2h27in33sec for 37th place in 2008,
2h29min42sec for 21 place in 2012.
Cape Cod Marathon:
2h30min18sec for 3rd place in 2006
Other persona records include:
5K: 14min 49sec
10K: 31min 49sec
Half Marathon: 1h 08min 24sec
"Coach David has been amazing - in just a few months, I have become a stronger, faster runner. I had been marathoning for 10 years and my PR last year was a 3:20 - my goal for this year's Chicago marathon was to get sub- 3 hours. I knew I couldn't do this without a coach so reached out to some runner friends who recommended I email David. As soon as we met and talked about goals, I knew working with him would be perfect. Not only are his weekly emails with runs and workouts thorough, easy to understand, and manageable with my schedule, they have been EFFECTIVE. Just one month into working with David I PR'd a 10k at 39 minutes! In addition to his workouts, his follow up is thoughtful and timely. I feel comfortable telling him the good, the bad, the ugly of every run and workout and know that he will tailor workouts for me based on how I'm feeling. I highly recommend David and can't wait to see my time in Chicago this year!" --Kelly Whittaker
"David Bedoya has trained me for 3 marathons. We easily work easily well together because of his clear communication and supportive/positive attitude. I wouldn’t choose any other coach! David takes the time to learn and understand my running goals. His coaching is influenced by his diligent work ethic, his own-self study, and running experiences. Our coach/trainee relationship is founded on honesty, transparency, and reciprocity. Together we outline my ultimate, yet realistic running goal. Coach devises the training program with precise details like time, pace, exertion measurements, HR zone, and/or miles. The entire plan from training day #1 to marathon race day is mapped out and given to me in its entirety. David welcomes questions and wants to know about personal, specific training day challenges. He intently listens, assesses, and creates training modifications so that I can continue in the healthiest body and mindset, while staying on course towards my goal.
David has been a friend for 10yrs. I have seen him race 5 Boston Marathons. I now know him better through the experience as my coach! Who he is as a runner reflects his character out in the world: committed, intelligent, determined, impeccable, imperfect, trustworthy, and optimist!" -- Jen Brock
Contact David via email at email@example.com
Brennan Bonner - Running Coach
For Brennan Bonner, running has been a central aspect of his life for the past fifteen years. What started in high school as an avenue for staying active during the offseason of basketball and soccer slowly transformed first into his main athletic interest and, ultimately, into his passion. Brennan continued to run in college at Washington University in St. Louis where he became one of the top NCAA Division III runners in the nation.
After graduating college, he moved to Boston where he began his career as a teacher. During this time, he also began training with Greater Boston Track Club. While teaching, first at the middle school level and then at the high school level, Brennan discovered the enjoyment of sharing his love for running with others. More recently, Brennan, or Coach B as many of his athletes call him, has continued to expand his coaching to include adults looking to become better runners.
Two time qualifier for Division III Nationals
2004 UAA champion indoor 3000 meters
Former Washington University and UAA record holder (indoor 3000 meters)
2007 New York City team championship member
2008 Boston Marathon 73rd place finisher (2:32:18)
2013 Philadelphia Half Marathon 14th place finisher (1:08:12)
3000 - 8:22
5000 - 14:27
Half Marathon - 1:08:12
Marathon - 2:32:18
“I started working with Brennan during the lowest point in my running career. Back-to-back hip surgeries sidelined me for more than two years. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to jog regularly, let alone race and compete at the club level. Brennan closely analyzed my previous training approach and devised innovative ways for me to gain fitness without running high-mileage and further damaging my hips. He designed a series of training blocks that focused on executing high quality workouts. He consistently recalibrated weekly expectations based on my current performance and overall health. In fact, he checked-in with me at least twice a week to reassess my goals, expectations, and progress. The results were astounding. In only my first year back (and working with Brennan), I ran personal best times in the 5k, 10k, and half marathon. More importantly, I remained injury free. I attribute my success to Brennan’s uncanny ability to work with individual athletes to identify novel ways to make fitness gains, as opposed to simply following a rigid, “one size fits all” training plan. Brennan has single-handedly reinvigorated my love for the sport of running by helping me to achieve goals that I, quite frankly, did not believe were possible given my injury history.”
— Rob D.
“Brennan is the best. His knowledge of training is vast and I have been pleased with his ability to tweak his training for an athlete’s unique situation. He understands that training is an experiment with a sample size of one and there are general rules but there is not a one-size-fits-all solution.”
— Matt H.
“Before working with Brennan I struggled for 8 years on my own trying to return to my college running form. All of my solo attempts were frustrating and unsuccessful. Brennan developed a disciplined, effective training program for me and I have now been training consistently for six months, injury-free. Despite being in my mid-30s, I am logging my fastest times since college cross-country.
The social pressure of having to share a training log with Brennan has been a key part of my success. I am far less likely to skip a workout when I have to report that to a coach. Brennan’s coaching is absolutely the reason my mileage and consistency have improved.”
— Matt S.
“Before working with Brennan, I dealt with two years of difficult injuries. I had a stress fracture, two stress reactions, a strained achilles, and two rounds of IT band issues. Had I not already qualified for Boston 2016, I would have quit the sport by the end of 2015. I’m so glad that I asked Brennan to coach me through my first Boston. He successfully kept me injury free and helped me run within two minutes of my PR while running significantly less mileage! Since then, I have PR’d in the marathon by over two minutes. Over the past two years, Brennan has coached me through many different distances and has helped me stay competitive AND injury free!”
— Dana M.
Contact Brennan via his website:
I am an online personal trainer that specializes in programming.
Most of you have a good general idea of how to workout and already have access to a gym membership or a home gym and just need a personalized workout without the hassle of scheduling time with a personal trainer or paying ridiculous prices for an hour session.
That is where I come in.
I can provide personalized programming for your specific goals. Weather it be to run a faster marathon, getting better in your off season or just to get a good workout in a few times a week.
A little bit about me.... I double majored in Exercise Science and Health Promotion and Fitness and received my Masters in Sports Management. I am ACSM certified as a Exercise Physiologist. I have done personal training for the past 10 years as well as strength and conditioning and agilities for sports teams. I played Volleyball in college and continue to play indoor, grass and beach volleyball. I have also become an avid runner, running 4 half marathons and 1 full marathon. My goal is to qualify to run the Boston Marathon one year.
Contact Sarah via his website: