/Testimonials

I’m Focused On Gratitude And Mindfulness

By | March 24th, 2020|Athlete Profiles|

VDOT Coach John Raneri of group McKirdy Trained on grappling with the cancellation of the Boston Marathon and living through a pandemic... After hearing about Boston’s postponement I wasn’t surprised. But like many others in the following days my emotions caught up with me. This was a goal race. Hours of preparation, sweat, and data [...]

How Did Your Running Story Start?

By | February 26th, 2020|Athlete Profiles, Coach Profiles|

We're proud to have over 45 Olympic Trials Qualifiers in the marathon on our app. The story of VDOT started due to an Olympic pursuit and the search for how to train properly in the sport of running. In Atlanta we'll be celebrating the sport we love and the continuation of Dr. Jack Daniels' legacy. [...]

“This Race Was 25 Years In The Making!”

By | January 24th, 2020|Athlete Profiles, Coach Profiles|

Congratulations to VDOT Coach Malindi Elmore on setting a Canadian national record at the Houston Marathon. Version 3.0 (track, triathlon, marathon): So much for the 10,000 hour rule - this race was 25 years in the making! Millions of steps and thousands of races; from the highs of highs to lows of lows; from crushing [...]

Nick Hilton Wins The Disney Marathon

By | January 17th, 2020|Coach Profiles, Training Talk|

On a very warm/humid day VDOT Coach Nick Hilton took home his second victory at the Disney Marathon with a negative split. We asked Nick how he adjusted his strategy and managed the conditions in the race so well: Knowing that it might be warm and humid in Orlando, and since I live in a [...]

Friends Stick Together

By | December 11th, 2019|Athlete Profiles, Coach Profiles|

The road to the Olympic Trials started with the trust of a friendship. Caleb Kerr will toe the line again with his former teammate and now coach in Atlanta. "My best friend and college teammate Caleb Kerr had surgery on BOTH his Achilles tendons for Haglund's syndrome in 2016. He spent almost a year without [...]

“Thanks, Jay!”

By | December 11th, 2019|Testimonials|

Jonathan Giles of Brooklyn, NY set a new PR on a negative split at the Philadelphia Marathon. [Full Results] He was 17th out of almost 700 runners in the M45 age division. I have worked with Jay for almost two years. In that time I have managed to achieve many running goals, culminating in breaking [...]

Top 15 In Boston And New York

By | December 3rd, 2019|Athlete Profiles|

Kate Landau seen in the NYC Marathon having way more fun than any other elite in the pack. Kate went on to place 15th female overall in 2:33:04. [Full Results] I been working with coach James McKirdy (@McKirdyTrained) for the past 8 months. During that time I have experienced some of the top life stresses [...]

OTQ In Chicago For Shari Eberhard

By | November 26th, 2019|Athlete Profiles|

A college teammate of mine at Purdue, Shari was one of the first athletes I started coaching. She had a goal of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which she achieved by running 2:43:13 at the Chicago Marathon. Shari has a great ability to always stay positive. After the best and worst workouts she always [...]

7-Min PR For Kevin

By | November 21st, 2019|Athlete Profiles, Coach Profiles|

"I could not have done this without awesome coaching from Alana. The VDOT training plus her positive vibes had me primed for a great race." - Kevin Curley "Coaching Kevin has been an exciting journey. We started working together as he prepared for the Lake Placid 1/2 Ironman in September. Then using his base from [...]

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