While running one very early morning this week, I was reflecting on my running over the last several months, which in and of itself says a lot...to be thinking about something other than the actual mechanics of running...it occurred to me that running has become pleasurable. While it's still a lot of work depending on what kind of running I'm doing, I no longer feel a sense of dread - which is what running had become to me. Today, I received my Runners World QOTD (Quote of the Day) which summed up my training with Amira. According to Bill Rodgers, four-time winner of the Boston Marathon, "The advice I have for beginners is the same philosophy that I have for runners of all levels of experience and ability - consistency, a sane approach, moderation and making your running an enjoyable, rather than dreaded, part of your life." Kudos to Amira.
Cathy Sobral King
Thank you so much for believing in me when I didn't believe in myself. I'm so happy that we became friends. That's when my journey began. You inspired me to run, and graciously took time to help me train for a 5k race that I'd registered for. It was so much fun to run together, that we ran another race a couple of weeks later, and then I ran another, each time getting faster! You introduced me to a whole new way of looking at food, not just for exercise, but foods for everyday life. Food combinations and portions to help me lose weight. Foods I'd never heard of before, like Quinoa and Hemp protein. You shared your own weight loss and exercise program with me, and also your own struggles to lose weight after having 4 children. I was so proud to be a part of your Boston Marathon experience in 2012. So happy that I could be there to cheer you on and be further inspired. You were always there for me and saw the point when I didn't. You are still there for me. Thank you Amira. So far I have lost 64lbs and 14 inches. I have not been that weight since High School! I love you friend xxx
An avid runner in college and early 20's, running took a back seat for me for many years. With four small children, all very close in age, I ran when I "could fit it in". Eventually my children became interested in running. We began attending 5Ks as a family. But due to the ages of my children, I spent several years running with them, feeling they were too young to run alone. I found myself running my first 5K by myself July 2012. Initially excited, the race was a disaster for me. I left feeling unbearably slow and frustrated. I resolved to train more, and harder which I did for a few months. However, I was getting nowhere. Increasingly frustrated and becoming unmotivated, I took a friend's advice and contacted Amira.
Amira worked with me to improve my foot strike, posture, form and breathing, as well as create tailor made training plans to help me achieve goals that I set for myself. In under six months time, I took several minutes off my 5K time and finished first in my age Division (for the first time ever). I also completed my first 10K and first half marathon during this time also.
Training with Amira has helped me to run stronger, faster and further than I ever imagined. I was lucky enough to not only find a great coach, but a great friend in Amira!
It has been my wish to be able to run for a long time. I started a few years ago walking and sort of running on my own, but I was never able to breathe, much less go very far. I first met Amira at the gym before she became a trainer. She was very friendly, and I admired the fact that she was my age and was a runner. I ran into Amira again about a year later at another gym, and to my surprise she informed me she had her own business as a Certified Running Coach. Deep inside I was so happy to hear that. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE, I thought to myself! Amira has been working with me since March 2013. She is an amazing coach.
She has a way of believing in me, and not letting me give up even when I think I can't run any further. Since then I have been running more than I ever dreamed, and I really enjoy it. I started training with Amira for my first 5K, but as time went by I believed I could run the 10K instead, so we started training for that. I ran my first 10K, Sunday June 2nd- Amica Iron Horse. Yes it was hot. But to my amazement I finished in 1:03. I could not have done any of it without Amira's coaching, encouragement, patience and expertise. She won't allow me to doubt myself. Now we are working on improving what I have learned so far, learning new things and running other races. I won't say it's easy. Running in the cold, heat, rain, changing your eating habits (boy this one is a battle), trying to work running and weight training in to your schedule. But the rewards are amazing.
So don't hesitate. HIRE Amira. It will be the best decision of your life. My life sure has changed.
Patt Allen May
After my second marathon, Hartford 2009, I began to wonder if I could qualify for the Boston Marathon. A 10 minute decrease in my time was called for, but I had no idea how to go about training for, or achieving that goal. After contacting Amira, we began training together on a regular basis. Amira provided me with lots of useful tips on how to run and breathe more efficiently. We worked on different speed exercises to improve pace. We talked about which training programs to follow, nutrition, running gear, footwear, and where to purchase them. I was also given advice on how to incorporate cross and strength training into my routine to aid with injury prevention.
Amira has not only become my running mentor, but an amazing friend. In the fall of 2011, I ran the Hartford Marathon for a second time. Amira met me at mile 21, after she ran the Half marathon to help me through the last 5.2 miles. I was really struggling at this point, but her companionship and encouragement helped me through the finish line triumphant! Amira's training and confidence in my ability to succeed enabled me to finally reach my goal of a Boston Qualifying time for the Boston Marathon 2013!
I have to say that I could not have done it without her, and we continue to run together to this day.