In my first year of training with Coach Todd and the team, I completed my first full ironman, qualified for Half Ironman World Championships, shaved over one hour off of my marathon time, and emerged as the inaugural Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon champion. I accomplished this through a degree of teamwork that I had never experienced before. There is an art to Todd’s coaching that capitalizes upon shared pain and growth. He has an ability to appreciate potential that even the individual athlete may not realize and nourish it with a scheduled program of physical work, often matched with others on the team. Not until working with Coach Todd did I understand the transformative power of teamwork. Coach Todd fosters a simultaneously competitive and cooperative environment that can only yield success when you stick to the plan and trust the process—both mantras that have guided our five-year coach-athlete relationship.
In the short amount of time we have worked together, Coach Todd has given me an entirely new perspective and appreciation for the sport of running. Coach Todd’s dedication and passion for this sport allow me to continue to push my boundaries both physically and mentally. He has helped me understand how to be a better runner while also teaching me the importance of accountability, patience, and discipline. It was apparent from the moment we started working together that Coach Todd cares deeply for each individual athlete. His passion for coaching stems from the joy we athletes experience as we continue to grow and realize our goals. I ran 9 marathons prior to working with Todd with my best time being 3:14:16. After getting coached by Todd for 10 months I ran 2:58:24 at the 2018 Philadelphia Marathon. The proof is in the results.
Todd has been critical in taking me from someone purchasing a bike 9 months prior to my first Ironman, to a podium finisher at that Ironman. His coaching style has been extremely effective for me, and I continue to improve race after race due to our work day in and day out. Todd goes above and beyond the call of duty for his athletes and it shows in how successful each of us are.
Todd was my coach through 5 marathons and multiple other races from 2003 through 2006, including an 11th place 2:24:39 result at the 2005 United States Marathon Championships. While many individuals may know a lot about running, you will be hard pressed to find anyone who knows “runners” as well as Todd does. We are are all given a certain genetic box as runners. If your goal is to find what the outer limits of that box are, you will not find a better guide than Todd.
When I first met Coach Todd, he told me with more structured training I could make a huge jump in performance. Todd’s direction has helped me grow as an athlete and led me to become the 2018 USAT National Age Group Champion in sprint triathlon. Additionally, he helped me lower my marathon PB from 3:01:17 to 2:43:21 within a couple of years. Coach Todd goes above and beyond and tailors training plans to the specific needs of each athlete. If your goal is to find out how good you can be, Coach Todd can help you get there.
Todd started coaching me immediately after college. His support took me from being a fairly mediocre Division III runner to a sub-2:30 marathoner which included a 12th place overall performance at the Philadelphia Marathon.More than just giving me his knowledge about the sport though, Todd ignited in me a deep passion for running, for training, and for being part of a team and a process. What he taught me - and his influence - burns bright after more than 10 years of competing at a sub-elite level. If you have a chance to work with Todd, all I can say is: Get on the bus. If you commit to him, he’ll match that commitment 10-fold. And if you’re committed to exploring your potential as an athlete, he really will help you go “furthur.”
Coach Todd has played a critical role in helping me drop 30 minutes off my marathon time and qualify twice for the Half-Ironman World Championships. Equally important to me, he’s supported me through rehabbing a torn ACL, training through a pregnancy and getting my first Boston Marathon qualifying time when my daughter was 7 months old, as well as through the ups and downs of balancing training with my personal life and career. A coach is far more than someone to write workouts – they are a support when you doubt yourself, a partner in creating the vision and driving the training process, and your biggest cheerleader in celebrating success. Todd is all of this and more, and I would not have accomplished what I have without him.