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The Keys For Courtney Barnes: Balance And Community

By | August 7th, 2019|Athlete Profiles|

Courtney Barnes moved to Flagstaff, AZ last year and shortly afterwards began working with private coach James McKirdy of McKirdy Trained. In just 8 months she's already accomplished one of her goals of representing Team USA. After her 8th place finish in the 3,000m Steeplechase at U.S. Champs she'll be wearing the USA singlet in [...]

“Serves As An Excellent Motivator For My Athletes”

By | August 6th, 2019|Coach Profiles|

Featured Coach: Keith Pierce McKinney Boyd High School, Head Cross Country (boys and girls), Head Girls Track & Field16 years Coaching Texas Public High Schools1 Texas State Championship as Assistant Coach (2003 Krum High School)1 Texas Regional Championship as Head Coach (2014 Clyde High School)4 District Championships as Head Coach (Krum High School, Vandegrift High [...]

Don’t Wait For The Stars To Align

By | July 29th, 2019|Coach Profiles|

VDOT Coach Andrew Marshall set a new PR at Grandma's Marathon. His 2:54:45 was a 2-min PR surpassing his previous best set two years ago. His even pacing helped him get under his sub-2:55 goal. [Full Results] "Don't wait for the stars to align themselves - put in consistent mileage, surround yourself with people to [...]

My Marathon Experience, Part II (Pacing)

By | June 19th, 2019|Coach Profiles, Training Talk|

By Matt McClintock View Part I (The Taper and One Final Workout) here. PacingProper pacing is the single most important factor in running a successful marathon. Runners at all levels, from the everyday and sub-elite runners I coach to the highly specialized and trained athletes I race, make the same mistake of going out too [...]

My Marathon Experience, Part I

By | June 4th, 2019|Coach Profiles, Training Talk|

By Matt McClintock In December 2018, I ran my first marathon at the California International Marathon which served as the United States Championship for 2018. While walking away with an Olympic Trials Qualifier in 2:18:03 was on the low end of my expectations for the race, the entire experience, from training to racing, provided me [...]

Three In Top 10 At NYC Half

By | March 26th, 2019|Athlete Profiles, Coach Profiles|

Daniel leads charge through Times Sq. Photo cred: Richard BrounsteinJohn second from right, Tim far right, Photo cred: Richard Brounstein VDOT athletes and coaches represented three of the top 10 spots at the NYC Half. Daniel Mesfun, fresh off his his record-breaking win at Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Half in 1:01:12 (over 2-min PR), led [...]

Coach Spotlight: John Raneri

By | March 12th, 2019|Coach Profiles|

John Raneri is a recent Olympic Trials Qualifier and coach on VDOT O2. This rising star has an incredible combination of talent, work ethic and a wise mental approach to his training. You can connect with John @raneri.john. Favorite Workout “I'm a fan of mixed intensity workouts. Take 3 mile, 2 mile, 1 mile at [...]

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