Hi Douglas … after 2 years, and the help you gave me in our Skype sessions, my running is about 98% back, but with healthy form. I am no longer limited by the painful chronic hamstring injury.
Last weekend I won the 2018 Ironman Kona in my age group by over 21 minutes and set a new course record! I will go back next year automatically qualified as a winner. I plan on doing the Ironman Boulder again in June as a warmup race. Maybe we can plan a tune-up session while I’m in your neighborhood.
Hope all is well with you. — Rich S.
I found Douglas after exhaustive searching for a remedy to help my shin splint pain. The discomfort was making running almost impossible and I had already tried taping my legs, changing sneakers, and taking time off.
Since I reside in Massachusetts, I set up a Skype session with Douglas and sent a video for him to review ahead of time. He immediately noticed specific areas of tension and other running form issues. Together via Skype, we were able to make adjustments to my form until I was able to run comfortably and my shin splint pain was gone. At the start of this year with my shins feeling better, I decided to sign up for the Boston Half Marathon. As someone who had never really run over three miles before, I was pretty intimidated by the distance.
Douglas coached me through the spring and summer and into fall to prepare me for the race and to continue watching my form and correcting any issues as they arose. With his coaching and training schedule, I not only met my goal of completing my first half marathon, I did it at a pace that was more than a minute faster than my goal. I could not have been any happier with the whole experience.
How a Skype session works:
To start, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and give me a quick summary of relevant running and injury information. I will want you to send me a short video of your running, a side shot and a back shot, but may want some walking and standing shots depending on what you report. This is best done on the road, second best would be an indoor location where there is room to run and be filmed; a treadmill can work also. The easiest way to do this is to get a friend to video you with their phone (this makes it very easy to email it directly to me), either from a stationary position, or even better driving along side of you. I only need a 5 to 10 seconds of footage. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just an unobstructed view.
I will then contact you and give you a short analysis of what I see and how I could help. We can then set up a Skype session and get started. Skype sessions are $100 for a single session or $235 for a “3-Session Package”. (Add $10 for international session packages). The obvious advantage of the 3 sessions package is that I can give you, through demonstrations, exercises, and drills, an experience of moving differently. And I can monitor your progress, make individual adjustment to address your particular needs and learning style, and making training suggestions. In addition I supply you with links to videos and exercises that will help you learn the necessary skills to overcome your injuries, improve your performance, and increase your running enjoyment. Skype sessions range from 1 hour to 1:15.
If at the current time you feel you are too injured to run, I would be able to give you exercises and drills to get the healing process going.