Athlete Profile: Troy P.

Troy P.

Age: 40
Home: Halifax, NS

About me

I had a sedentary lifestyle for a while, and was morbidly obese in my teens, physical activity was rarely a part of my routine, until about a year ago.

Why do I run?

I began running because I was looking for a moderate physical activity that would allow me to fend off the onset of diabetes and early dementia, both of which I was weary of.

After running with a group on a weekly, then bi-weekly basis, I started signing up for races, with increasing distances. I was, and still am, extremely curious about how far I can push this.

Running History

2016: MEC Race #4: 15k 1:21:12

2016: MEC Race #5: 21.1k 2:14:53

2017: Moose Run: 25k 2:53:51

2017::Blue Nose Marathon 5:38:51

Road or Trails?

Roads, I still have to run trails regularly to feel confident on them.

Goals:

2017 Main goals:

Blue Nose Marathon: completion, emphasis on injury prevention during training and the race itself.

MEC Races #3 and #5: under 2:08:00

MEC Race #4: under 1:18:00

Future Goals:

Complete another marathon in 2018, train through the winter with a focus, again, on injury prevention.

Why New Leaf Endurance (NLE)?

I had the opportunity to practice hill training one-on-one with Rick one afternoon, and I was stunned by the accuracy and benefits of his tips. After signing up for the Blue Nose as a New Year’s resolution, I knew I needed help, and Rick seemed the perfect choice.

I enjoy the focused coaching, his listening to my concerns and questions, and addressing my priorities in the plan he gave me. As a result, I was able to train in a way that was challenging, yet not damaging to my body. He pushed me hard enough to build a lot of endurance, and his training plan was very clear and easy to follow.

On the morning of the race, I had zero stress at the starting line, because I truly felt prepared, and that made the race really enjoyable !

 

Current NLE Training Plan?

Custom Marathon Training Plan.

Athlete Profile: Jeffrey Mosher

Jeffrey Mosher

Age: 32
Home: Halifax, NS

About me

I ran off and on my whole life as a form a cross training for kayaking. Once I retired from kayaking, my health (Crohns Disease) prevented me from running on a consistent basis. I believe this fuelled an internal desire to overcome that obstacle and run. Three years ago my health finally allowed me to dedicate more time to running. I quickly realized that running provided stress relief, which helped keep me sane well struggling with work stress.
Most of my initiation goals have been time standard chasing. My first goal was to break 40 minutes for 10K, the next goal was to qualify for the Boston Marathon. My goals are now focused on running beautiful and challenging races/trails. I have been training with New Leaf Endurance since Fall 2015.

Why do I run?

Health, stress relieve, sense of accomplishment and to push the my mental and physical boundaries .

Running History

2014: Maritime Race Week 10k – 38:52

2015: PEI Marathon 42.2k – 2:56:11 (7th overall)

2016: UTMA Sky Marathon 44.5K – 5:38 (Top 10)

2017: Boston Marathon 42.2k – 3:32

Road or Trails?

Trails, but I have goals that I want to accomplish on both surfaces.

Goals:

2017 Main goals:

  • Boston Marathon – sub 2:50 Due to injury, modified goal is to have fun and complete!
  •  Cape Chignecto Loop. Cape Chignecto is a beautiful and grueling 48km loop. I will be spending most of the summer preparing myself for time trial in the fall.
  •  Long Range & Northern Traverse Gros Morne – Parking lot to parking lot.
  •  Volunteer at more trail races including course marking and clean up.
  •  Improve orienteering skills.

Future Goals:

  • Complete an ultra marathon (~80km) in 2018.
  • Run beautiful and challenging trail races around the world!

Why New Leaf Endurance (NLE)?

“NLE provides knowledge and program flexibility which allows me to make informed decisions when setting goals and developing training plans.

When I experienced some minor injuries before the PEI and Boston marathons, Rick helped me overcome the self-doubt and adjust my training plans to help me achieve my goals.”

 

Current NLE Training Plan?

Tier 1