"I trust Lon. Before becoming a Monster in November of 2012 I was a casual runner without any goals, and I wanted to change that. The realization I couldn't do this on my own set in quickly. When I contacted Aerobic Monster I said, in sum, "Here is my reality, what can you do with that?" It was a joy to work with Lon to set goals. And what a relief to hand the burden of training plan creation to a pro. First we targeted a half marathon, then a couple marathons, then we hit the trails and I've been running 50k's in preparation for my first 50 miler.
Based upon the training feedback I provide, Lon has been able to uncannily predict how I will feel during training and in specific events. Coach and runner are in sync enough so I enter each run physically and mentally prepared. Lon adjusted the plan in response to physical needs and the needs of life and family, like adding more recovery so a minor ache won't grow into a serious injury and shifting runs to accommodate life events. It is a wonderful feeling to be gently realigned into the center of the training plan without the stress of figuring out the optimum path. If doing it alone is not for you, trust Lon." - David M.
"A few years ago when I became interested in triathlon there was really only one person to turn to, Lon. Lon has a passion for the sport and a wealth of experience to draw from in guiding you to your goals. He has been very adept at creating a plan that works around the rest of my life, a plan that has allowed me to meet my goals yet not create a burden on my work and family.
Lon has always found the perfect balance between giving an honest assessment of my efforts and encouragement to improve. This is a key element to coaching successfully. On top of this he provides valuable advice on recovery, nutrition and the psychological demands of racing. Without a doubt I would not have finished any of the races I have tackled without Lon’s guidance. Including half marathons, a 50k, triathlons (including several half Ironmans) and preparing for a full ironman. I look forward to continuing my progression with Lon." - Tony C.
"I've been a basic fitness runner my whole life, but at the age of 49 I decided to explore distance running. Under Lon and Justine's guidance I've gone from 10k's to running my first 50 mile race in just 2 years! In 2013 I ran a 50K every 2 months leading up to the Fire trails 50 mile race in October. In that time I relied on their expert knowledge on the latest sports fitness and nutrition. They supplied a thorough workout schedule, advice, and encouragement and kept me from overtraining. Now with their help I’m looking forward to my next 50 mile race and eventually longer distances.” - Tim Q.
"What was most remarkable about this year’s race was that I actually made it to the starting line. After illness, travel and a nasty ankle twist killed 6 weeks of training in the heart of my schedule, I was ready to pull out, given that I had not run over 90 minutes with only 7 weeks before the race. But Lon pulled a rabbit out of his magic running bag and delivered a highly conditional schedule that, if completed, would deliver me ready to run the distance. It was literally a day-by-day schedule of ‘IF you can do X workout AND your ankle doesn’t hurt THEN do Y workout.’ Over a period of five weeks he took me from 90 minutes to 5 hrs. It was the steepest ramp-up in running time of my life and culminated in the longest and one of the best training runs in memory. [At the 2010 Ohlone 50K trail race] my 4:38 was the 6th fastest time in the history of the modern course." - Andrew S.
"When I started working with Justine I only ran road races with generous cutoffs. I wasn't training, I was in constant fear of the sag wagon. I had no real goals, and wished I could run races like the Marine corps marathon. After working with Justine, I have real goals and structure to my training. I've gained confidence in my running abilities, and am pushing beyond my preconceived boundaries. I am now tackling races on the trails from Diablo to the Headlands, things I thought impossible just year ago. Oh yeah, and I beat the Bridge and conquered the Marine Corps marathon last year, thanks to Justine. I'm excited to see how far she can take me and my running." - Jen W.
"Justine customized a training plan for my first sprint triathlon which was three weeks before my wedding. She helped me understand which workouts were flexible to fit in with my crazy schedule, and which ones were most important to build up a strong fitness base. Justine also sent me a short guide for how to do a sprint tri, with a packing list, nutrition and hydration timing, and hints to speed up transitions. I was so happy when I actually won my age group on race day!" - Megan K.