2018 Year Recap

Recapping the year TrainwithMarc runners had

2018 was a great year for TrainwithMarc athletes.

What an amazing year TrainwithMarc has had! Our team has done some amazing work this calendar year and it’s only because of the great group of runners I work with that make this year as special as it’s been.

2018 End of Year Recap
2018 End of Year Recap


Marc does his training program with the Marlton Track Club and this year was again very successful. He works with 20 runners who are in their offseason to prepare them both mentally and physically for their spring track season.


Jackson worked with me in the winter, again in the summer, and then again after cross country season. He’s a talented middle distance runner competing at the high school level. His PR’’s are 2:00 for 800 and 16:21 for a 5k! That’s some range!


Rachelle ran a really good half marathon in the cold of March. She posted a 1:50 for an average pace of 8:26. Later in the year, she ran a fast 10 miler at the Broad Street Run.

Marco came into the TrainwithMarc fold and was very new to running. He had a lot to learn about pacing, racing strategy and about being patient with his running. He lined up for numerous races while under TrainwithMarc’s tutelage, and then turned on the after jets in the 2nd half of the year. He’s posted scores of top 3 results in many of the races he competed in.  Pictured below, Marco won the inaugural Pop Up Mile.

Marco won the 1st ever Pop Up Mile
Marco winning the Pop Up Mile


Bridget lined up for her 1st of 2 half marathons this year. She started at the Eugene Half Marathon and posted a very good performance.

TrainwithMarc Interview with Steve Shuster
TrainwithMarc Interview with Steve Shuster

Steve toed the line for his first marathon – the Pittsburgh Marathon – and finished feeling good and ready to tackle more!

April was a good start to the racing season for Samantha – she posted a PR at the 10 mile distance and then came back in May with another PR in the 10k.


Camille joined the squad and put in some quality work preparing herself for her upcoming cross country season. She was able to log a lot of miles while also enjoying her summer vacation.


In July, Patrick and Marc worked together over a series of weeks to come back from a torn up knee. Patrick gained strength, motivation, and confidence to eventually come back to full strength for his cross country season.

Year End Review of TrainwithMarc runners
2018 Year End Review


Later in the summer, Marc worked with a runner to improve her performance for the FBI test. Starting in August and all the way to her test in November, we worked in improving her speed and her endurance and it culminated with a passing score!


Christine went out to Chicago for her 26.2 mile romp through the city and while it didn’t go exactly as planned, she bounced back for an attempt at another marathon.

Year in Review for TrainwithMarc
Year in Review for TrainwithMarc

At the end of the month, Marcus ran the Des Moines Marathon and while training went REALLY well, he came down with serious cramps at mile 25. He was so close, and yet, with the pain he was in, he couldn’t finish. He’s already picked his 2019 race and he’s looking forward to getting back into training.


The month started with two great performances at the New York City Marathon. Chrissi and Shannon both ran awesome 26.2 races!

Marc ran the Philly Half Marathon and posted a really solid 1:31 performance. On that same weekend, Leah ran the Philly Full Marathon. She came away with a tremendous respect for the distance and has already signed up for her 2nd marathon.


Nick joined the team in November and has been putting in quality wok. As the youngest ever TrainwithtMarc-coached athlete, Nick is still competing on the Youth level. He recently ran a mile race, indoors and posted a very respectable 5:43 time.


All in all, it was a fantastic year. I’ve worked with so many fantastic runners and it’s been absolutely amazing seeing their progress throughout their training cycle. I’m proud of them and they’ve done great work.

2018 Year end Recap
2018 Year end Recap

I also picked up blogging on a regular basis – every single Wednesday without fail – since April and it’s really made me appreciate the blogging world. Writing doesn’t come easy for me, but I know that if I want runners to know TrainwithMarc exists, I have to help them by providing them with content that helps them.

Now, it’s time to kick of the New Year with some special posts from Carly and they will be shared every Friday! Stay tuned and I look forward to a fantastic 2019!

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Dr. Jack Daniels VDOT & USATF Certified Running Coach
Dr. Jack Daniels VDOT & USATF Certified Running Coach

I am a USATF Track and Field & Dr. Jack Daniels VDOT O2 certified running coach. I have more than 19 years of experience running and more than 10 years of experience coaching runners. Click for more information!

2 thoughts on “2018 Year Recap

  1. It’s always nice to take some time and look back on the year. Here’s to an even better 2019 for you and all of your running clients!


  2. Thanks! Hope you have a great year as well! Have any big races lined up?


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