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Testimonials

 

Elite Runners

Caroline
Houston, TX
Fighter jet pilot & Olympic Marathon trials qualifier

Caroline White Olympic Trials"The road to becoming a nationally competitive runner was very intensive, and I could not imagine having been able to do it without Randy's patience and understanding. Because Randy approaches training with a balanced and holistic view, I was able to compete in the Olympic (Marathon) Trials while having a demanding profession (fighter jet pilot in US Air Force), and maintain a healthy balance of the two. Having Randy coach me from afar has worked out great, as I have moved four times in the past two years, but still have the consistency of one coach, who really knows me and knows his stuff."

PRs:2:37:32 Boston Marathon

Articles about Caroline White:
- TeamUSA.org
- USATF Athlete Spotlight
- Racing News

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Lisa
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
All-American college soccer player turned serious runner

Since working with Randy, Lisa won the Pittsburgh Great Race 10k in 35:15 (new PR); placed 18th at the USATF 5k Championships in 17:00 (new PR); won the Buckeye Half Marathon; and finished 20th at the Philadelphia Half Marathon (out of thousands).  My goals this year are to set PR's in each of the USATF road championship circuits, all the way from the mile to the 25k!

PRs: 5k - 17:00; 10k - 35:15; 10mi - 1:00:15; Half Marathon - 1:19:43

Articles about Lisa:
- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Mark
Asheville, North Carolina
Teacher at the Key School- Carolina Day School, high school coach, accomplished college runner

Mark Driscoll RunnerRandy has helped me find success in training and racing through his attentive communication, flexible scheduling, and long term outlook. He crafts training schedules that are both challenging and rewarding. I have been consistently impressed with his ability to write workouts that are exactly what I need in terms of pace, volume, and focus. Randy's flexibility has enabled me to meet my goals while balancing running with work and life's many other responsibilities. With Randy's deep understanding of the sport and experience as an elite athlete, it is easy to trust him fully with my training. All I have to do is follow the plan and stay healthy!

PRs:
800 - 1:53, Mile - 4:12, 3000m - 8:26, 5000m - 14:42, 8k - 25:04

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Student Athletes

Emily
Raleigh, North Carolina
NC State Track & Cross Country runner

I started running my junior year of high school, and by senior year placed in the top three in the 800m and 1600m.  My individual mile time (5:02) was the 18th fastest women's mile time in NC history. Coach Ashley helped me continue to drop my PR's throughout high school, and I am now running track & cross-country at a leading Division 1 running program (NC State!).   

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Whitney
Harvard University
NC High School state champ 3200m, cross-country, & steeple-chase; walk-on Harvard Cross Country

Whitney Thornburg Harvard XC"Coach Ashley changed my view of running and helped my confidence level. He made me realize my running potential and set higher goals for myself. Within a few weeks of personalized training, I ran a 30 second PR in the 5k. Since then he worked with me to consistently bring down my XC and track times. Because of his coaching and contacts, I now run on Harvard's NCAA D1 XC and Track team!"

PRs: 5k - 18:17, 2k steeple - 7:23, 3200m -11:25

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Ben
Asheville, NC
All State (high school) cross-country & track

North Carolina High School Runner"Coach Ashley has been coaching me for the past 2 1/2 years, and is a big part of why my times keep going down, and why running is exciting and fun for me. I always know what my running schedule is for the week, and he gives a lot of thought to what I should be doing, so that I don't have to. We talk before every race, so I always have a strategy going in. My goal this coming track season is to qualify for the Penn Relays in both the mile & 2 mile, and to run D1 in college."

PRs: 3200m - 9:29, 5k cross country - 15:38, 1600m - 4:32, 800m - 1:59
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Paul
Asheville, North Carolina
Lacrosse player turned All-State cross country runner

Paul Jordan Asheville School"I feel like I have a massive advantage at every county, regional, or state track or cross country meet that we go to, because I have Coach Ashley coaching me."

PRs: 3200 - 10:17, 1600 - 4:40.29, 800 - 2:04.7, 5k - 16:17

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Competitive Runners

Joe
Atlanta, Georgia
Retired teacher, high school coach; USATF Masters runner

"I have been working with Randy for almost 2 years and have seen improvement in both my track and road racing times. Workouts are difficult but appropriate for my age and competitive level. I am mainly a track runner and am competing this year in the Running Journal Grand Prix series. I have a lot of input in my training and racing - Randy is also a good listener. There is a good variation in types of workouts so they aren't monotonous. I would highly recommend Randy to anyone who is interested in improving their times."

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Sarah
Cambridge, Massachussetts
Harvard Graduate School

"I have been working with Randy for a year. My marathon PR has dropped from 3:03 to 2:57 (BayState Marathon)., placing 2nd female overall. I balance a busy teaching/study schedule with my training, regularly heading out the door at 4 a.m. to run the streets along the Charles River. My goal is to get my marathon PR down into the low 2:50s in 2012, and along the way set PR's for the 5k and the 1/2 marathon."

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Sheryl
Plano, Texas
43 year old working Mom & RN who has recently gone back to school.

"'Randy’s workouts keep me motivated and interested in running. He is exactly what a coach should be; the perfect mix of information, proper technique, support, and encouragement!

Between 2005 & 2009, I ran 7 marathons and numerous half marathons, 15k, 10k, and 5k’s. I had become bored with my training methods and really liked Randy’s ideas and approach. My first marathon working with Randy, I took 10 minutes off of my time! Every subsequent marathon, I continued to shave minutes off, with a PR of 3:33."

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Dave
Granbury, Texas
51 year old oil executive who 'had drifted far from running'

Dave Runner"At age 41, I decided to run to lose weight and improve my health. 5 Boston Marathons later (PR 3:15:21), Dave has now been working with Randy for 6 years.

When I have had consistency in my training, I have been surprised at how easily I can run fast with his program. Staying injury-free has also been a major goal and success of our working together.

Time after time, Randy has taken my phone call the day before a race and given me confidence that I can pull of our goal the next day. This call has allowed me to sleep every night before my marathon efforts. Over the last six years our relationship has moved easily between coach – athlete to friend – friend."

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Laura

Asheville, North Carolina

39 year old art teacher, single mother of 3, runner

Laura Runner

Randy is the perfect fit for me. I’ve had personal running coaches in past, but none like Randy. He is completely professional, knowledgeable, and successful in what he does, but the best part is his rapport and personal touch. He is a coach that celebrates your successes and also understands your real-life outside of your running life. 

He is thoughtful in sending good luck messages on race days and I can always count on him to get me my weekly schedule every Sunday night.  I’ve gotten new PRs in every distance race - 5K PR @ 20:18, Asheville Citizen-Times ½ Marathon in 1:30... I say it is a bad race if I don’t AT LEAST place in my age group.

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Claudia

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Grandmother, full-time student, Boston marathon qualifier

"I’ve been running for 22 yrs. After my 1st 10k at age 42, I was hooked. Since then, I’ve run 239 races including 11 marathons and 50 half marathons (my favorite distance). Up until 6 years ago (when I started working with Randy), I had mostly trained by myself.

I really like having a coach make the schedule for me. Randy knows better than I what I should be doing, so I trust the daily runs he plans for me. Randy has always understood the complications of my job(s) and worked to help me achieve my running goals even when life was complicated. I just have to follow the schedule ... a true partnership.

On an age graded table, I’m running faster now than I did 10 years ago! I’ve run a PR in the half. I’ve run 2 Boston qualifiers. I’m running times now that I haven’t seen since 2006!"

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