Daryle Lamoureux first came into my focus when I posted an invitation for a practice run for the Seacoast Half Marathon. He was one of only a few who showed up that day but said he'd come to support the runners and that he would run at my pace — no matter what my pace was. That impressed me. (At that point I only knew Daryle was a Certified Running Coach, but I did not know yet he was my running coach.) About midway through our run, he gave me a gait analysis with suggestions for improving my cadence and posture. He also demonstrated how to efficiently run up a hill (pretty helpful advice when running South Street and Summit Avenue). Fortunately, I listened to him and immediately felt the difference in my effort. I think of that lesson on every hill I encounter and just move through it. His approach was simple: "Try and see how it works for you." I can tell you from personal experience to take his instruction — it works. Thanks to him I had a better understanding of what to expect from the 13.1 mile course and felt more prepared for the race. Afterwards, I requested he coach me for the Half at the Hamptons and that experience was customized just for me. To summarize, I want what Daryle has, so I began doing what he does. I noticed my outlook began to change for the better. We trained together three days per week right through the thick of winter and that kind of one-on-one attention helped me to improve. He has a gentle, direct way of correcting and teaching which speaks to me. He uses visual examples to help emphasize points. When we first met, I was heel scuffing — "running with the brakes on," as he described it, which was promptly corrected. His adjustments to my posture (head, shoulders, arms, hips, legs, ankles and feet) produced a solid, quiet stride which propelled me forward with every step. I grew more confident in my running form and began to really enjoy my runs. During our training sessions I asked him all sorts of questions about athletes, method, stretching, hydration, diet, fueling, muscles and recovery, and he either had the answers or provided books or resources to better understand the sport of running. Thanks to his coaching, I am able to run farther and don't feel so fatigued during or afterwards. I am consistently impressed by his knowledge and ability. Work with Daryle and you will become a better runner.
Andy Howe
Andy Howe