+ Training SMART is just as important as training hard.
By adding the right elements to your training, at the right time, in an intelligent way, we will be able to help you stay healthy and consistently improve. By stringing weeks, months and years of intelligent training together, you'll be unstoppable!
+ In order to get faster, it's imperative to stay healthy and become a better, stronger athlete.
We're big believers that ALL runners need to perform specific strength exercises that are functional to the running motion. This strength work will increase your athleticism and allow you to absorb more training, maintain composure during races, and most importantly, keep you healthy!
+ Having a base of well-rounded fitness allows for successful, specific training.
Having a well-rounded fitness base is another staple in DWRunning training plans. This means that several months out from a goal race, it is vital to work on ALL elements of your running fitness. We work to improve your speed and muscular endurance, while working in many traditional running elements, in a plan customized to your exact strengths, weaknesses and abilities. This early work not only builds running fitness, but, more importantly, SUPPORTS the training in the months directly preceding your goal race. As your goal race approaches, your training will become increasingly focused on the specific rigors of your goal race!
+ Recovery is CRITICAL to success.
We believe in focusing on a clean diet (comprised of non-processed, natural foods), constant hydration throughout the day and consistent sleep. You are only able to improve as much as you allow your body to recover after major training sessions - we’ll help you hone your recovery efforts!
+ A long-term commitment to fitness produces the best results.
Results don’t come overnight, and trusting in a coach and training philosophy long-term is what enables athletes to make the biggest improvement gains. We work hard to help our athletes improve their running abilities by putting an emphasis on long-term aerobic/muscular development and by always keeping an eye on their speed and full-body strength. We do this through steady, manageable workloads that build upon previous training sessions/cycles and make sense in regards to each athlete’s background and future goals.
+ Training plans aren’t one size fits all.
There are no 'cookie cutters' here! Each athlete’s individual situation is incredibly unique, and while two athletes might be training for the same race with the same goal, there are different routes that will best get each of them there. Similarly, training for the same race two years in a row will require different stimuli to ensure that you are as fit as possible given your current fitness level and situation. Being in constant communication with our athletes and writing them workouts which challenge them but fit within their real world schedules enables them to perform to the best of their abilities.
+ “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
DWRunning operates as a TEAM
. Regardless of whether my athletes are local to Chicago or live afar, new to running or dreaming big goals, DWRunners support and encourage each other every step of the way. While each athlete has an individual training plan and goals, we all share the same vision and work hard together. The energy and passion that we have is infectious and the teamwork is felt on long runs and is seen in friendships that are formed and training partners that are gained.