THE COACHES

ADAM MULIA - EXPERT RUN GUIDE

I'm 36, and have been running for a little more than 10 years.  I ran my first marathon in 2002 on 3-4 days a week training.  I ran 3:30:46.  Although it was a struggle I caught the marathon fever.  From that point I started training with coaches, researching training methodology and experimenting on myself.   Through process of elimination I found how to reduce the recovery/injury cycle in order to train consistently at a high level for longer periods of time.   

My current marathon PR is 2:34:45, Boston 2010, half marathon PR is 1:13:48 in Queens NY 2010.  I currently reside in Costa Rica with my wife, two dogs Paloma and Frank, expecting a baby in January (2013).  7000 feet altitude, mountain roads to train on, 65 degrees all year round, 2 hours from the pacific ocean.  RUN BYFEEL is a way of life for me. 

I was a beginner at one time and it is truly gratifying helping runners achieve their goals and improve in the most efficient way. As we are all training under a coach, or training program, we are training to become coaches of ourselves.  I do have more to learn, and I am continuously seeking knowledge.



email:  adam@runbyfeel.com

DIRK MUENCH - RUN GUIDE

 

I hated running until I was 30 years old. I rarely ran for exercise, and I only cycled now and then. It all changed in July of 2008, on a random single day. Bored at work, I accepted a simple bet: Run the NYC Marathon in under 3:00hrs to win $8,000 to donate to charity – run slower, drop out or don’t start and pay $8,000 to charity yourself.

 

I had never run a race, I didn’t know a thing about running and I had only 14 weeks to train.

 

I crossed the finish line in 2008 in 2:43. And, since that moment I am in love with running and with the journey of preparing oneself to run a fast marathon.

 

I ran three more NYC marathons: 2:39 in 2009, 2:33 in 2010 and 2:31 in 2011 (PR). I won the Brooklyn Borough Trophy in 2010 and 2011 and I placed no. 55 in total that year.

 

 

I have learned a great deal about running since that day in July’08 when I agreed to what seemed like a crazy bet. I have learned how to become a better runner, how to deal with setbacks, and how to overcome injury. More importantly, I learned how to have more fun training today than I ever had before.

 

I know I can offer two things to my clients: first, a path to a faster time; second, and maybe more important, I can offer a perspective on having fun while putting great effort into running that often rocky path.

 

email:  dirk@runbyfeel.com

PATRICIA MULIA - RUN GUIDE

I started running in 2004, my first race was the Dash and Splash in Central Park, NYC on July 17th, my B-Day!  I had just met Adam and he had encouraged me to run a 5 mile race for my B-day and enjoy the events in beautiful Central Park.



It was a very hot day, I had a cotton shirt on, pants (because I was embarrassed of showing my legs) and a pair of Nike sneakers (my first running sneakers).
When I think about it, it was a very tough day.  I was nervous about not being able to finish the race.  Just when I was ready to quit I saw Adam at the finish and I finished the race in 53:37(10:32 pace).



Here is where my training to race began.  I trained for the Staten Island Half Marathon and other races that same year.  I fell in love with running.  I joined a team, raced and participated in the local running community in NYC.  My life totally changed.  I lost weight, I ate better, and I felt happier. 



I began running major marathons all around the world.  However, my improvement started to wane.  I decided to formally train with Adam and he taught me how to run by feel and my times improved exponentially. 

I ran the NYC Marathon in 3:27 minutes, I qualified for the Boston marathon, and I ran a Turkey Trot 5 mile race in 33 minutes (6:37 splits) and a 25K (7:17 splits). I have improved so much since I started RUN BYFEEL and I encourage your to join me. 

I will be running the NYC Marathon in 2013 and London 2014.  



email: patricia@runbyfeel.com

DAVID NAYOR - RUN GUIDE


Adam's training changed my understanding of running to truly RUN BYFEEL.    My background has always been in competitive athletics and running is now a huge part of my life.  


I played both soccer and lacrosse while growing up.  In fact I played rec soccer with Adam and his dad Sal was our coach.  In high school I was captain of both the varsity soccer and lacrosse teams.  I went on to play Division I lacrosse in college where I learned a lot about focus and discipline.  However, a head/helmet to my knee took out my ACL, MCL and meniscus – I did score on the play though!  Several months of rehab and I was back playing. 



After college I tried to find athletics that would fill the competitive gap and running and road racing (bicycles) was what did it.  Amazingly New York City has a huge running and riding community.  Although I mostly ran the shorter races I had always wanted to accomplish a full marathon and New York is the perfect place to start.  My marathon PR is 3:04 and my ½ marathon PR is 1:27 (6:40 pace).   My Olympic Distance Triathlon PR is 2:29:23 at Lake George.  I am a Cat 4 Road Racer (bicycle) and race in and around New York in Central as well as Prospect Parks.  I also coached the 1996 Nutmeg state tourney champs, 14 and under boys lacrosse team – a truly rewarding experience.



I started this training a year ago when I lost to a competitor 4-years in a row at the 5-mile Turkey Trot.  I was at rock bottom and raised the white flag.  After RUN BYFEEL I finally beat him in 2012 with 31:25 (6:17 splits).  


I live in New York and West Dover, Vermont – trail running is sick there!  My Yellow Lab Sonny Boy comes on 10 mile hikes with me in the Green Mountains.



email: david@runbyfeel.com