WIMB is proud to partner with two of the best private running coaches in New England. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Smith - Running Coach
I began running at the age of 16 when some friends on the basketball team suggested I do it to get in shape for the upcoming season. After one season I was hooked. Running unleashed something in me I hadn’t felt before, something animalistic-and I loved it. 16 years later, I ran the Boston Marathon in 2:28:50 placing 75th overall. After that, people starting asking me if I would train them for their next marathon. Once again I was hooked. Helping others train for and achieve their goals has not only been fun but a wonderful challenge! Fast forward five years to 2016 and I’m now providing personal coaching to runners throughout the U.S. While every training plan is different, they all share certain key elements. These include:
· Weekly or monthly training plans tailored to not only the athlete’s ability, but also to their schedule both at work and home.
· Specific race planning and strategy, including selecting goal races.
· Short and long term goal setting.
· Individual feedback during training.
· Injury prevention and maintaining fitness while not training for a specific race.
· Nutrition and footwear advice as requested.
Hiring a personal running coach is a big decision and the first step would be to schedule a time for us to talk over the phone. During this conversation we can see if it’s a good match and take it from there. Feel free to click on the testimonials link to read about others experience with me and I look forward to speaking with you.
2:27:35, Philadelphia Marathon, 2015
1:07:48, New Bedford Half Marathon, 2011
31:22, Lone Gull 10k, 2009
“Coach Dan has taken my running to the next level and beyond. With his training I have PR’d at every distance from the mile to the marathon. He really knows the sport and his workouts are great and attainable. You can just follow the plan and see the results. In the past year with Dan as my coach, I have improved my 5K from 17:23 to 15:59, my half marathon from 1:23 to 1:14:02 and my full marathon from 3:13 to 2:39! The best part about training with Dan is that he continuously changes the workouts to keep things fresh and my times continue to drop.”
Scott Byers, a lawyer and a competitive Miami runner.
“As a Masters runner who took up running eight years ago, my only regret is that I didn’t hire Dan Smith earlier in my late running career. Although I have enjoyed much success in the sport, Dan’s focused individual training has allowed me to keep achieving PR’s at 44 years old! Recently, I achieved a new PR in the half marathon, running 1:17:36. As I train through the hot Florida summer before I start preparing for my 8th Boston Marathon, I am glad I have Dan on my side in seeking a new marathon PR.”
Spencer West, a lawyer and competitive South Florida Masters runner.
Contact Dan through email at email@example.com