I started running at the age of 43. Before I started my training with Coach Wilson, I had completed 15 half marathons. When I was almost 50, I trained on my own and completed my first marathon, the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC. It was a very difficult race, and I completed it in 6:05 hours. I attempted to run again at the Baltimore Marathon, and I finished in six hours. I was not happy about the time, so I ran the Dallas Marathon and finished in 5:16 hours. It was very encouraging to me that, finally, I was able to move from 6+ to 5+ hours. I dreamed about finishing the 50 states and the Abbott World Marathon Majors (Chicago, New York, Boston, Berlin, Tokyo, and London).
For marathon coaching, I searched the Maryland, DC, and Virginia area, and I contacted several coaches. I was not confident after speaking with them, but when I spoke with Coach Wilson, his first question was, “Oh, do you want to run Boston?” I laughed and said that would only happen through a charity entry. He said, “You can do it. I have trained all types of athletes.”
Coach Wilson was so positive, and he was not concerned about my age (52 years) or my BMI, which was more than 26 at that time. Furthermore, I was impressed with his simple approach. I started training with him in April 2018, and so far, I have finished 3 marathon races with a personal record of 4:34 hours in the Missoula, Montana Marathon.
Coach Wilson is easy to approach, and he has remained engaged throughout my training. He is very accommodating about my travel, and at a very short notice, he can adjust my training to accommodate it. Training with him in less than a year has improved my form, confidence, and performance, and I am learning a lot from him in all facets of running. I was lucky to find him, and I look forward to his continued guidance as I work toward my goal of breaking four hours in the marathon.