Coaching - testimonials

Stuart Graham

I started working with Daniel about two years ago with the goal of completing my first marathon. Having already been a runner for a few years, I had found it difficult to transition to longer distances and setup training programs which effectively build the different running systems required to run a good marathon. I had also struggled to create fuelling and nutrition plans that worked for me.

Daniel has helped take my running to the next level by applying a thorough training methodology to develop programs tailored to my specific needs, carefully considering my ability, race goals and available time. Each training block and each individual session has a clear purpose and goal. Importantly, Daniel has helped me understand the rationale and logic behind each session so that it is always very clear what we are trying to achieve, how it fits into the broader plan and how I am progressing. Crucially, since every runner responds slightly differently to various forms of training, Daniel has put considerable time into monitoring progress and understanding what works best for me and used this to further customise and adjust our plans to get the best results. Daniel has also helped me to understand the broader elements of running that support a training program, including nutrition, fuelling, injury prevention, recovery and gear.

In the two years working with Daniel I have completed five marathons as well as setting new PBs across 5km, 10km and 21km distances. Having helped me realise what I am capable of, Daniel is now helping me prepare for my first ultra-marathon.

Update 08.10.2019

I have really enjoyed working with Stuart. He was very open and willing to listen to my suggestions and he diligently followed the training plans right from the start. He quickly adapted to different types of training and we learnt what works well for him and what elements of training to repeat. He works hard and has made fantastic progress through his consistent and dedicated approach.

The key challenge of training for Stuart has been managing his weekly training schedule to fit effectively with his work schedule. We've tried a number of different approaches and finally settled on two methods that work well for him. The first is that his training is heavily weighted towards long runs on the weekend. While this is not always ideal, we've found that Stuart can handle the acute load and it has allowed him to achieve a higher weekly mileage than he would otherwise. The other approachis a training "skeleton" that lists the weekly sessions and gives Stuart the freedom to fit them into his week however he can. This way there is no pressure to hit certain sessions on specific days and Stuart can find the optimal balance that works for him each week.

Stuart has run good PBs over multiple distances and has made great progress in the marathon. I have no doubt he will achieve his goals in the marathon and in moving to ultra-marathons. It is a pleasure to be a part of his journey.

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