Coach LaToya is no stranger to the podcast! She is one of our Healthy Runner Coaches who helps many of our athletes crush their half marathon or marathon goals!
In this deep dive training, Coach LaToya shares her insight into why tapering before a race is so important and how you can properly taper for your marathon or half marathon without getting the taper tantrums!
Listen to the Podcast Episode during your next run!
LaToya answers the following questions in this episode and so much more!:
Check out Coach LaToya’s previous episodes here:
How to Run without Mom Guilt (episode 30): https://sparkhealthyrunner.com/how-to-find-time-to-run-without-mom-guilt/
Running Mindset (episode 78):
Are you struggling to put all the pieces together and just can’t stay healthy? Trying to get stronger as a runner but just throwing random exercises at the wall and don’t have the structure or consistency you need in your training. Well we have a solution for you….
In our Team Healthy Runner Coaching program LaToya and the rest of our coaching team works with you 1:1 to provide you the structure and take the guesswork out of your strength program and run plan & then you get the support from our whole coaching team and all our athletes to keep you motivated to become a lifelong injury free runner!
If you are ready to take your running and health seriously and finally put all the pieces together like all our athletes have done this past training cycle then just jump on a strategy call with me to see if you are a good fit to work with coach LaToya or any of the coaches on our team to crush your running goal and become lifelong injury free runner!
Grab your slot on my calender here:
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Connect with Coach LaToya:
Healthy Runner Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HealthyRunnerGroup/
This week we are sponsored by our partner, Noxgear! Feel safe running in the dark with their amazing products like the tracer 360 that keeps me lit up during my 5:30am runs! Use the code HEALTHYRUNNER to get 35% off your purchase at checkout! Check out their website here —> https://www.noxgear.com/
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“I don’t have enough words to express my gratitude towards Duane Scotti and the Spark Healthy Runner program. When I started working with Duane, I had been dealing with chronic shin splints/posterior tibialis tendinitis for almost a year.
I had worked with multiple other coaches and physical therapists with little success and was at the point of almost giving up on my love for running. Duane is so kind, thoughtful and knowledgeable as both a physical therapist and running coach. Our first virtual meeting lasted two hours because he was so meticulous in his assessment. His strength and running program is progressive and created so that you can continue to build strength and mileage as you heal. His strength program is unique, effective, and fun.
Additionally, his warm-up routine is awesome and includes drills that over time have made me a more efficient runner. His training platform is easy to use, and he is always readily available to chat when problems or questions arise.
Over four months of working with Duane, I have built back to five days a week of running and am almost back up to my pre-injury weekly mileage and long run distance. Whenever I have flare ups or setbacks, Duane reassures me and makes necessary adjustments so that I can continue to progress in my running journey. I have had so much success with him so far that I have signed on for four more months so that he can help me to continue getting stronger as I train for the Dopey challenge in Disney World.
If you are struggling with a running injury and are feeling hopeless, you have to reach out to Duane Scotti. Of course, you will have to put in a lot of hard work, but with Duane by your side, you will be able to achieve your goals and more. Thank you Spark Healthy Runner for bringing the spark back to my running!”
You can teach an old dog new tricks!!! I have never considered myself a runner and I knew I needed to be smart about it because I am no spring chicken. Spark preached getting strong and healthy to be injury free and they practice what they preach. I am soooo glad I made the investment in me! I finished my half marathon last weekend and couldn’t be any happier! The program fed me all the steps I needed to essentially learn how to run long distance, build strength, nutrition help, a forum of other runners and probably most important was the 1:1 coaching. I had no idea how to tackle training for a 1/2 marathon and this program broke all of it down, had it individualized for me and we tweaked as we went to make sure I was staying healthy and strong. I had so many questions the week prior to my race and Coach Cat was always there for me and answering all the questions and issues I had-and believe me there were a lot! The biggest benefit I think I got was the strength. I am strong and fit. But most important was what I gained emotionally. I built confidence and strength I didn’t know I had, even at my age. Honestly could not have done this without Spark Healthy Runners!
My Healthy Runner journey started after I had battled bilateral achilles pain for a few months and was frustrated how it affected my running. As soon as I talked to Duane I knew I had made the right decision. His positivity, enthusiasm and genuine care are infectious. The training plan that was tailored to me included specific exercises to rehab my injury and I was so excited that I didn’t have to stop running. It took patience to only run slow for a few weeks but I trusted the process and it got me me to where I am now: running pain free. We made adjustments to the plan throughout whenever needed having someone in your corner that is always there with guidance and support throughout the process was invaluable.
I just ran my second half marathon, both with Duane’s coaching, and PR’d by over 9 minutes! I got all choked up in the last mile when I realized that I felt strong and could still kick it up a notch.
I’m so thankful for the Healthy Runner program, community and the entire coaching team for all the support!