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After over 20 years of competing in track and field and doing marathons I thought I knew most things about training, race strategy, and nutrition. After qualifying for my last Boston marathon in 2013 my times kept declining and I just couldn’t get back to the level I was used to even after doing all the things I had always done.
This summer while training for the Chicago marathon I had a friend who was working with Eric and doing things a lot differently than I had ever heard of. She was improving rapidly and her workouts were so strong. I decided to reach out to Eric to see if he could help me get out of my slump and get back to the level I wanted to be at. The workouts and nutrition strategy he gave me where something I had never done before and I could feel myself getting stronger. I also went through ups and downs mentally and he was always there to motivate me when I had a bad workout. The ultimate test of this new strategy was running a 30 min faster time in Chicago this year compared to 2015 and it was the first time in a marathon I didn’t hit the wall. I would highly suggest Full Potential Running even if your a seasoned runner. It will take you to a level you never thought possible.
I couldn’t me more thrilled with my experience with Full Potential Running. I started working with Coaches Eric & Mike at the start of 2016. We discussed my history, conditioning, nutrition, running goals and target races. They tailored customized training programs based on the specific races and goals that we set. We stayed on track all year with constant communication. In my 5th year of running and my first with FPR I signed up for 6 races, which included a half marathon and 2 full marathons. I’m proud to say I had a PR in every single event this year! I would not have achieved that success if it weren’t for the outstanding Coaching of Eric Wallor and Michael Lucchesi. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2017!
I wanted to thank Michael and Eric at Full Potential running for my running success in 2016! I started training with them in May 2016. They were able to find some mistakes I was making during my training and helped me fix them. They taught me how to be a more efficient runner. Thanks for the PR and I look forward to working with you guys again in 2017!
Eric has been a fundamental part of taking my running to the next level! With his guidance and support I was able to take 50 minutes off my previous 26.2 PR and I am one step closer to qualifying for Boston in the year to come. Eric is always available to me and answers any questions or concerns that may come up during training. He is confident in my running and I am confident in his coaching!
Since I met Eric back in October of 2013 at Harper College to interview him about his experience running the Chicago Marathon, every interaction I’ve had with him has been memorable. Just over two years after that first contact, I am blessed to call Eric a personal friend. He is someone I admire in many ways. Sure, he’s a great runner, but he also gives back so much as a coach with Full Potential Running and at Harper College. Coaching is more than just setting plans in place for athletes to succeed. Coaching is developing a personal relationship with someone, and Eric always makes sure to do that.
In the summer of 2015, I was fortunate enough to work with Eric as he customized a training plan for me for the 2015 Chicago Marathon and followed up on a weekly basis to see how I was doing. He covered all facets of what it takes to be successful: the miles, core, stretching, nutrition, and much more. I always felt comfortable bringing my questions or concerns to him. I hit a rough patch during the middle of training, but Eric didn’t push me to the point of breaking down. Instead, he worked with me to get me as healthy as possible while providing a ton of encouragement.
I could talk about my goals and how I believe Eric will help me reach them, but instead, I choose to focus on the most exceptional aspect of his coaching: his care. Some of my fondest memories of Eric include seeing him do his morning run from his house to a race site to go cheer on the runners he’s working with or his friends. I also know he has traveled downstate or out-of-state just to see one of his runners chase a goal. For Eric, coaching isn’t a job. Coaching is in the fiber of his being, and I’m blessed to get to witness that from up close.
As an avid runner the past 30+ years, I have tried and been involved in many different “training” philosophies. 10 years from various coaches and the remainder from “self study” (Which includes advice from others within the running community). Recently, after committing to my first marathon in 10 years, I found myself in a quandary…….I spent a week pouring through years of training journals, studying the training and race results. What I found was that it really didn’t make a lot of sense. Don’t get me wrong I had a routine. I did Tempo, Easy, long, etc. But each one really did not have a reason behind it. I found that I would ramp up my intensity as well as volume resulting in injury. So I thought to myself, “I need a coach”. My best performance years occurred when I actually had a “real” coach. A coach??? “Why would I need a coach”, I asked myself. With the plethora of on line information, training advice, articles, training plans, etc. “Who needs a coach? Heck, anyone with a smart phone nearly qualifies as one” Right??? Wrong!!! First, Eric and Michael are proven they have “Walked the Talk”
Their training program for me is personalized, not just some template. And they are awesome!!! (Don’t get me wrong I have never had a coach I didn’t like on certain days) That aside, they are knowledgeable, accessible, flexible, they hold me accountable and are everything I am looking for in coaching. They have “talked me off the ledge when necessary” suggested some important dietary changes and are extremely supportive.
Bottom line is this: I have increased both volume and intensity to levels I thought were gone forever, (due to age) while staying extremely healthy. I have never felt better!!! Whether a beginner of someone wanting to “up their game” I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM!!! THANKS GUYS!!
Eric has been a great coach toward me and my running goals. Whether it was hitting a certain time in a speed workout or hitting a certain pace on our long run, he ensures that I get the most out of my training. Eric has been a great supporter in my junior college racing and continues to provide feedback to my training beyond my time in community college. He makes recommendations on what nutrition you should be consuming to see the best recovery results and any adjustments in your training to ensure that you obtain your fitness goals. He also have extensive knowledge of what type of recovery program you need after your training cycles. I went from being an average runner of having a 5k of 18:05 when I was anemic to fixing my anemia and currently running a 15:30 5k. He is a great motivator and training partner and ensures results because he is passionate about running. Thanks Eric!!
After 5 years of distance running I felt ready to take it to a higher level. Hiring a personal running coach made me nervous. I wasn’t sure I would be able to handle structured training, accountability and harder workouts yet I wanted to get better.
Eric Wallor was holding an informational running seminar at a Starbuck’s near where we hold our weekend runs. I met him previously while working out with another running club. After listening to him speak for an hour I knew he was the one who could help me achieve my goals. His philosophy made sense and I felt quite comfortable moving forward with him.
One year later I’m stronger and faster than ever. I have my eyes set on big things ahead and I’m confident, with his help, I will get there.
I have been running for as long as I can remember and, after college, pursued marathons being “self-coached”. While I learned a lot about myself and my running from my 8 marathons during that time (about 7 years), I had never reached my goal of breaking 3 hours in the marathon. My best race was 3:08. I knew that I could do better, I just didn’t know how to achieve that on my own. Enter Michael Lucchesi.
Honestly, I was nervous entering his coaching program because I had preconceived notions that he was going to give a me a LOT of mileage that I may not be able to handle. However, Michael took a lot of time to learn about me, my running history, injury history, diet, and training preferences. This resulted in a program that was tailored specifically to my body, including its strengths and weaknesses. Yes, my mileage did increase (honestly, not hard to do with the small amount of mileage I was used to), but it wasn’t without supplemental strengthening exercises and cross training that allowed me to handle the training well while making me a healthier, more efficient runner.
After about 4 months under Michael’s coaching, which included very personal attention and availability to answer my many questions, concerns, freak-outs, etc., I pr’d in my half marathon by almost 2 minutes as well as in my full marathon by 10 minutes-with a 2:58 on a very windy, hilly NYC course. This pr also felt different….I had strength and focus throughout my race that I had never had before, and recovered quicker than I ever have. Michael gave me the tools and support to achieve a goal I had for myself for YEARS, and I couldn’t be more thankful. More importantly, he truly cares about every runner he coaches. You’re not getting an online program with someone who doesn’t care about your results. He is personally invested in every runner and it shows through his coaching. Do yourself a favor and trust your running to Michael, you won’t regret it.
After my 8th grade, high school, and college cross country/track & field days, I took a 4 year hiatus from racing. I encountered a lot of bad coaching, bad teammates, and was burned out from competition between ages 22-26. The only good coaching I ever had was in 8th grade and freshman year of college. That was it. No one else cared to develop me properly throughout high school and the rest of college. When I was 26, I found some good friends who helped me find my will to race again in addition to training seriously. I was training myself back then and never followed any organized plans. After all, I was used to having a coach do that for me. Through minimal training structure and good self-discipline, I was able to run a 2:54:14 Chicago Marathon back in 2014. I was barely breaking 3 hours and I knew I could be doing a lot better than that in my races. I was barely getting by on talent, alone, and I wanted to find a coach to help me reach my goals.
I was introduced to Eric Wallor after I raced an average 2015 Shamrock Shuffle 8K time. Eric was just getting Full Potential Running started around that time with Michael Lucchesi. We talked about my background and he handed me a business card. From there, it would be up to me if I wanted to try his services.
When I crossed the 2015 Boston Marathon finish line in a disappointing 3:07:26, I definitely knew it was time to commit to hiring personalized coaching. I got started with Michael coaching me in May, after my rest period was over after the Boston Marathon. Within a matter of weeks of working with Michael, I felt like I was in much better shape, compared to everything I was doing on my own. I raced a 5K in June and a 4 miler in July. Both were very good performances for me. For the first time in several years, I was actually happy with my finishing times. In September, I set a new half marathon personal best. The following month, I set a new marathon personal best at the 2015 Chicago Marathon in 2:49:59. Without Michael’s training, I would not have done as well as I did due to the temperature that day.
Beyond finding a coach who will have me implement a structured, organized training plan, I just wanted to find someone who truly believes in me enough to develop my talent. There aren’t enough words to express the gratitude I have for being introduced to Eric and being able to work with Michael. It feels wonderful knowing I have top notch resources helping me improve every single day of my life.
The coaching was outstanding and totally customized for me! It enabled me to train for and run my fastest marathon ever…while still being a husband, father, and full-time employee! The weekly training schedules were tailored to meet my specific goals. They were realistic for my abilities, practical to help prevent injury, and yet, pushed me to my full potential!
Having Michael as a personal coach to plan my schedules, answer all my questions, and provide me with real-time feedback was absolutely invaluable!
The fact is, Michael held me accountable, pushed me harder, and trained me to run faster, and stronger than I ever imagined possible. It’s just that simple!
I haven’t ever had an official coach in my life and needed one for structure. Michael has provided consistent guidance and innovative approaches to help me reach my running goals. I live in Miami and Michael lives in Chicago but the connection between us remains strong thanks to email, phone calls and the occasional visit to Chicago for a big race or to visit my family in WI. I just started with Michael about 3 months ago but have been very impressed with his knowledge and gift with designing workouts for any level based on numbers. I hope to continue with Michael over the next few years and find his style refreshing and his interest in helping others succeed sincere. His fees are extremely reasonable and the runners he trains have all found success by following his program. Thank you Michael for your help with my running!
Joined Full Potential Running for a few months to get some proper running guidance. I had a 8 min half pr and 38 min marathon pr this year. Eric and Mike get results!
We worked together for a couple years and Michael volunteered his time to coach me. I was hesitant at first, being primarily a trail runner with limited time to run. He gave me a three workout per week plan to fit my schedule and certainly brought me out of my comfort zone. It also brought pr’s from 5k to the marathon. I frequently throw in some parts of the workouts I learned on the singlettack trails, which I feel makes for an all around better workout. Thank you Michael!