"In the spring of 2020 I had reached a point in my training where I felt like I needed some extra support. I was feeling down and uninspired in my running since I could no longer run with my friends or attend group speed workouts in Boston because of new pandemic restrictions. I was also signed up for the Chicago marathon, to take place in October, and I had a big PR goal in mind. I hoped that having a personal coach would help me achieve my goals, re-inspire me, and take the stress of planning my weekly training off my plate. Tucker exceeded all of my expectations for a coach. Not only was I able to PR in the marathon distance and run further than ever before, but I was able to fall in love with running again.
I wanted to find what kind of running really lit my fire and Tucker allowed me to do just that. He was always available to answer any questions I had, make last minute schedule changes, and was always there to hype me up for all my spontaneous running adventures. The Chicago marathon was cancelled a few weeks into my training cycle and Tucker quickly adapted my plans to prepare me to run the Presidential Traverse, the Pemi Loop (a 31-mile, 8 peak trail route), and eventually the Dartmouth 50 miler. With Tucker’s guidance I was able to successfully finish all three and snag some FKTs (Fastest Known Times). If that’s not enough, I signed up for a marathon with 3 weeks’ notice and Tucker was still able to set me up for success. I ran a 3:09 at the Manchester City Marathon, a 10-minute PR for me! I would absolutely recommend working with Tucker, whether you are a new or seasoned runner. He has the knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to help you achieve your goals."
In spring 2018, I ran a 3:23 marathon training as diligently as I believe I could have, even eating better than ever. After suffering a foot injury, missing my fall marathon, and running a pretty flat trail marathon in April 2019, I thought that 3:23 would probably stick around as my lifetime PR. Tucker’s coaching changed that. In 5 months, with some tough love and motivation, weekly calIs and supportive, personalized training emails, I ran a 3:16 at Marine Corps Marathon!
I can't say enough about the help Tucker has provided me on my endurance journey. I've spent the last few years marathon training and Ironman training, both of which I have trained for with and without a coach. In both instances, I can't say enough about the importance of finding a coach that spends the time and has the patience to work with you through the training blocks leading up to your event. Having Tucker as my running coach through my New York City Marathon and Mesa Marathon training plans is no different. Beginning my marathon training with Tucker I was sitting at a 3:50:00 marathon PR. After weeks of Tucker's guidance, check-ins and workouts, I was able to PR in the NYC Marathon with a 3:07 and a smile on my face. You can't beat the benefits of a knowledgeable coach, which is why I stand by the instruction Tucker can provide you.
After years of unfocused running, I decided to sign up for my first road marathon. With only a basic understanding of building speed and endurance I turned to Tucker for guidance. It was crucial having Tucker guide me through the training with his personalized plan but what I benefited from most was his wise listening ear that helped ease my nerves during times of doubt. This was hugely important in my journey leading up to a successful first marathon! Thanks Tucker!!!
- Max B.
I attempted to run my first marathon in November 2019 without any type of formal coaching/guidance. I had run a number of half marathons in the past and thought I could employ the same type of training to a full marathon. My goal was to break 4 hours, but on race day, it became obvious early that I was not prepared. It ended up taking me 4 hours and 50 minutes. Disappointed but determined to improve, a friend introduced me to Tucker. Tucker helped me appreciate how to properly prepare for a marathon. He created a training program geared towards achieving my goal. He was available; willing to take time out of the day to explain not just what to do, but also why that day’s activity will help me achieve my goal. When the time for training was complete, Tucker was there to help develop a strategy for race day and provided insight on how to prepare my mind and body for the task ahead. With Tucker’s help, in February 2020, I ran a 3:57 in the Mesa-Phoenix Marathon; a 53 minutes improvement in just 3 short months of working with him.
In December 2019 I reached out to an old friend to seek his advice about training for a big goal I had, which was to run the 2020 NYC Marathon. He highly recommended working with the Tucker as he had helped get him to the next level in terms of racing and endurance. Tucker was extremely quick to set up a call with me to learn about my goals and what he offered as a coach. In 3 months, I have gone from barely being able to run for 2 minutes to now running 4+ miles without stopping. I have a long way to go to reach my goal, but I am very confident that Tucker will help me get there. If you have any training goal, whether it's a marathon or a 5k, I would absolutely recommend working with Tucker. Looking forward to continuing the training process and getting ready for November!
I worked with Tucker during the global health pandemic and was very thankful to have a coach during those chaotic times. I would consider myself an experienced marathon runner whose created my own plans and workouts for the past 10 Years. Despite my experience, Tucker added value by taking the planning off my plate and by delivering innovative workouts. Figuring out my pandemic work from home routine was made significantly easier by having Tucker manage my running schedule and goals.
Where I'm generally a creature of habit and stick to the same routine, Tucker introduced new training techniques that I thoroughly enjoyed. There was always variation in the workouts and exercises, which made me feel like I was really getting the bang for my buck. Whether you’re a new runner or a seasoned runner, training with Tucker makes you realize you don’t need to do it all on your own to meet your goals.
Everyone runs for different reasons. For me, I run to constantly prove to myself that I am not limited. As a cancer survivor, I started running to combat an illness. However, with Tucker’s help, I have been able to strive for goals that I never thought possible just one year ago.
In July of 2019, running 5 miles was a struggle. On my own, I was able to run the Cambridge Half Marathon in November of 2019 in 1:38:47. I was happy, but I knew that I needed more guidance if I wanted to achieve my dream of qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
To work towards this goal, I reached out to Tucker. As a fellow plant-based runner, I hoped that Tucker would be able to help me improve. Not only has Tucker exceeded my expectations, but he helped me lower my half marathon time to 1:29:30 in just three months of training and successfully complete my first marathon in 3:16!
There are three key areas that make Tucker a great coach. First, he is a great listener. At the beginning of the training block, I was struggling with some hip pain. Tucker modified my plan, and encouraged me to listen to my body and run on feel. His highly individualized training plan successfully cured me of the pain and brought me to race day in one piece.
Second, he is passionate about helping his clients reach their goals. We have weekly coach office hours, team meetings, and frequent guest speakers. All of this availability allowed me to learn a lot about running just by being Tucker’s client.
Third, he is great at encouraging and inspiring people. Tucker is kind, thoughtful, and knowledgeable about the sport of running. He knows when to push you and when to support you. When he talks you listen because he has successfully run many marathons and ultra marathons. It is these qualities that make him such a great coach.
Overall, I could not be happier with being a part of the team. If you want to work with someone who has the knowledge, experience, and personality to help you achieve your goals, then I would highly recommend reaching out to Tucker.
- Greg M.
I’ve been running long-distance since 2012 and I’d never trained with a coach at all. I’ve admittedly been really bad at conditioning and full-body strengthening, so I’ve dealt with several injuries before and after races. I decided I needed to change up my tactics. I turned to Tucker for coaching because he’s not only an exceptional runner but also a solid human being. He was always available to answer questions and provide any kind of support throughout training, and each week we would discuss any wins, big or small, as well as any struggles. He made sure each personalized weekly schedule would help enhance my running ability and also help me maintain my physical health. It’s very clear he cared as much as I did about reaching my goals, and I couldn’t recommend him more. Thanks Tucker!
Tucker is a great coach! He is motivating and encourages each athlete to do what feels right for them. His training plans are thoughtful and flexible. I’ve already seen great endurance improvement and I cant wait to race and see what we can accomplish together!