“NYRR Group Training Has Made Me a Happier, More Confident Runner”

“NYRR Group Training Has Made Me a Happier, More Confident Runner”

Jessica Nachman is feeling great around the halfway point of the 2017 Boston Marathon.

Jessica Nachman is feeling great around the halfway point of the 2017 Boston Marathon.

Are you looking to get faster? Or maybe you simply want to start—or restart—a regular running habit, or to break out of a cycle of repeated injuries. You can reach all these goals—and gain some unexpected benefits—by signing up for NYRR Group Training. This eight-week program of coach-led workouts offers Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan locations on weekday mornings and evenings, and it’s for all levels of runners.

Jessica Nachman is a Group Training success story. The 32-year-old started running four and a half years ago when she decided it would be fun to try a half-marathon. “Before then, I had never really been into ‘fitness’ or demonstrated much athletic prowess, so I knew it would be an uphill battle,” Jessica says.

In the summer of 2015, feeling she’d hit a plateau, she signed up for speed workout classes offered by NYRR at the time. “I wanted to mix up my training,” she recalls. The following January, she joined the new NYRR Group Training, and she’s participated in the sessions continuously since then.

Related: 10 Things That Happened When I Signed Up for NYRR Group Training

Jessica has run 19 half-marathons and 12 marathons, including a 3:29:04 at last April’s Boston Marathon and a personal best 3:17:54 at the Marine Corps Marathon on October 22. Here’s how NYRR Group Training has worked for her.

What was your goal when you started with Group Training?
My main goal was to get faster and improve my running technique. I’d never had any formal training or coaching.

And what’s kept you coming back?
I’ve loved my experience with Group Training. The coaching staff does a phenomenal job of keeping the atmosphere extremely positive and encouraging.

How so?
I’m pushed to do my best in each session, both by the coaches and by the other runners. The group setting is very beneficial. 

Those are some pretty fast marathon times. Did Group Training help you improve?
Yes, absolutely. Interval training is an important component of marathon training, and I would not have been able to get faster without it. 

Couldn’t you just do interval workouts on your own?
I’ve found for interval training challenging to do on my own. Challenging myself to keep up with runners in the group who are faster than me has made me a faster runner. Also, I've received great advice from the coaching staff about my running form, nutrition, the timing of my workouts, and proper tapering.

What other goals has Group Training helped you achieve?
GT has made me a happier, more confident runner. Also, somewhat unexpectedly, I ended up meeting incredible people who are now my close friends.

What’s your next goal?
I plan to run the Tokyo Marathon in 2018, which will be my sixth and final Abbott World Marathon Majors race.

Good news: The current session of NYRR Group Training started on November 7 and registration is still open!

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