…as I emerged from yet another winter with good intentions to run during the spring, summer, and fall. My good intentions have previously not translated into reliable, repeatable, and improved running. But with Samantha’s coaching, I was able to build up speed and distance appropriately without injuring myself, and with much less pain than previously. With her training plans, I started slowly with alternate walking and running. Normally, I am too impatient to do this, but I decided to trust her and the process. It worked! Instead of being so sore that I created my own excuses to not run, I built up muscle and endurance slowly, but effectively. And I didn’t dread running with her thoughtfully paced schedules. Her blog articles, the links that she sent, and the tips that she gave me were perfectly tailored to what I needed for specific problems. Even though I had COVID in the middle of all this, her training plans helped me calibrate my recovery (this would be useful after any regular flu or sickness!). She is good at asking questions and following up so that the training plan can meet you where you are and create progress. I just ran a 5K with absolutely no knee pain! I am going to stick with Samantha’s training plans for the foreseeable future, and highly recommend them to others.