Running with Amira, LLC


Cathy Sobral King

While running one very early morning this week, I was reflecting on my running over the last several months, which in and of itself says a be thinking about something other than the actual mechanics of occurred to me that running has become pleasurable. While it's still a lot of work depending on what kind of running I'm doing, I no longer feel a sense of dread - which is what running had become to me. Today, I received my Runners World QOTD (Quote of the Day) which summed up my training with Amira. According to Bill Rodgers, four-time winner of the Boston Marathon, "The advice I have for beginners is the same philosophy that I have for runners of all levels of experience and ability - consistency, a sane approach, moderation and making your running an enjoyable, rather than dreaded, part of your life." Kudos to Amira.

Cathy & Myself after the 2013 ING Hartford 1/2 Marathon
My response:
Cathy sure is one dedicated, hard working lady!  I am so proud of the improvements that Cathy has made, not only in her race times, but also in her form, foot strike and breathingCathy's goal when she came to me in June 2013, was to run a Half Marathon in under 2hrs - a goal that Cathy had attempted several times.  A runner of 5 years, I decided to take Cathy pretty much back to the beginning to re-learn so to speak the basic fundamentals of runningWithin a period of 6 months Cathy achieved her Half Marathon time goal at Hartford 2013 with a time of 1:58, and has since shaved her 5K time down from 26:55 to 23:22.  She also qualified for her first Manchester Road Race under 40 seed card in this years race, and ran an impressive 37:37.  Cathy has already set goals for 2014, and I'm excited to work with her and help her achieve those goals and more.  Way to go Cathy!

Amira, Shannon & Pat
Amica Iron Horse 10K, 2013

Pat Allen May

It has been my wish to be able to run for a long time. I started a few years ago walking and sort of running on my own, but I was never able to breathe, much less go very far.
  I first met Amira at the gym before she became a trainer. She was very friendly, and I admired the fact that she was my age and was a runner. I ran into Amira again about a year later at another gym, and to my surprise she informed me she had her own business as a Certified Running Coach. Deep inside I was so happy to hear that.   THIS IS YOUR CHANCE, I thought to myself! Amira has been working with me since March 2013.  She is an amazing coach.

She has a way of believing in me, and not letting me give up even when I think I can't run any further. Since then I have been running more than I ever dreamed, and I really enjoy it. I started training with Amira for my first 5K, but as time went by I believed I could run the 10K instead, so we started training for that.  I ran my first 10K, Sunday June 2nd- Amica Iron Horse. Yes it was hot. But to my amazement I finished in 1:03. I could not have done any of it without Amira's coaching, encouragement, patience and expertise. She won't allow me to doubt myself.  Now we are working on improving what I have learned so far, learning new things and running other races. I won't say it's easy. Running in the cold, heat, rain, changing your eating habits (boy this one is a battle), trying to work running and weight training in to your schedule. But the rewards are amazing.

So don't hesitate. HIRE Amira. It will be the best decision of your life. My life sure has changed.

My Response: 
Wow, the Amica Iron Horse 10k 2013 sure was a toaster!!!  First really hot weekend of the season.  Not only did Pat do an amazing job training for, and running her first race ever, but she did an amazing job in 80 degree weather!  An amazing finish time of 1:03, all within 12 weeks.  It's been an absolute pleasure to work with you Pat, not only as a coach, but as a friend, and I'm excited for what many more years of running will bring to your life in the future.  So proud. Keep up the great work!

Shannon Kievman

An avid runner in college and early 20's, running took a back seat for me for many years.  With four small children, all very close in age, I ran when I "could fit it in".  Eventually my children became interested in running.  We began attending 5Ks as a family.  But due to the ages of my children, I spent several years running with them, feeling they were too young to run alone.  I found myself running my first 5K by myself  July 2012.  Initially excited, the race was a disaster for me.  I left feeling unbearably slow and frustrated.  I resolved to train more, and harder which I did for a few months.  However, I was getting nowhere.  Increasingly frustrated and becoming unmotivated, I took a friend's advice and contacted Amira.

Amira worked with me to improve my foot strike, posture, form and breathing, as well as create tailor made training plans to help me achieve goals that I set for myself.  In under six months time, I took several minutes off my 5K time and finished first in my age Division (for the first  time ever).  I also completed my first 10K and first half marathon during this time also.

Twin Hills Half Marathon 05/05/2013
Congratulations Shannon on running your 1st Half Marathon under your goal time of 2 hours, in 1:58:53!!!
Training with Amira has helped me to run stronger, faster and further than I ever imagined.  I was lucky enough to not only find a great coach, but a great friend in Amira!

My Response:  Shannon has come a long way since we first met in October 2012.  Shannon worked extremely hard on her form, posture and foot strike, to become a more efficient and faster runner.  She came to me after a disappointing, (to her), first competitive 5k, Red Dress Run for Women, which she ran in 2012. She ran the same race again, July 6 2013 in 90 degree temps, and managed to shave a whopping 6 1/2 minutes off her race time... Amazing!  Shannon is eager and excited for her future in running, and I am as eager and excited for her!  Shannon is currently a first time 10k runner, Half Marathon runner, 2 x 5K Division winner, and soon to be first time Marathoner - Hartford 2013! It's been a pleasure to coach Shannon through one accomplishment after another, and I know there's many more to come.  Well done!!!

Bobbie Jackson

Thank you so much for believing in me when I didn't believe in myself.  I'm so happy that we became friends.  That's when my journey began.  You inspired me to run, and graciously took time to help me train for a 5k race that I'd registered for. It was so much fun to run together, that we ran another race a couple of weeks later, and then I ran another, each time getting faster! You introduced me to a whole new way of looking at food, not just for exercise, but foods for everyday life.  Food combinations and portions to help me lose weight.  Foods I'd never heard of before, like Quinoa and Hemp protein.  You shared your own weight loss and exercise program with me, and also your own struggles to lose weight after having 4 children.  I was so proud to be a part of your Boston Marathon experience in 2012.  So happy that I could be there to cheer you on and be further inspired.  You were always there for me and saw the point when I didn't.  You
Bobbie Before & After
Losing 64 Pounds!!!   

are still there for me. Thank you Amira.  So far I have lost 64lbs and 14 inches.  I have not been that weight since High School! I love you friend xxx

My response: Bobbie has worked so hard to get to where she is today, and is even more committed and determined than ever before to reach her goals.  I am honoured to have been a part of her fitness and weight loss journey this past year.  To see how hard she's worked and how far she's come is truly inspiring to myself and othersThough body building competitions are Bobbie's ultimate goal, she continues to run as part of her training, and is registered to run HMF Max's O'Hartford 5k and The Families for Sandy Hook 5k.  About once a week I tell Bobbie "You can do it." And she will!


Jessica & Myself at the 2011 Hartford Marathon

Jessica Doyle 
After my second marathon, Hartford 2009, I began to wonder if I could qualify for the Boston Marathon.  A 10 minute decrease in my time was called for, but I had no idea how to go about training for, or achieving that goal.  After contacting Amira, we began training together on a regular basis.  Amira provided me with lots of useful tips on how to run and breathe more efficiently.  We worked on different speed exercises to improve pace. We talked about which training programs to follow, nutrition, running gear, footwear, and where to purchase them.  I was also given advice on how to incorporate cross and strength training into my routine to aid with injury prevention.  

Amira has not only become my running mentor, but an amazing friend.  In the fall of 2011, I ran the Hartford Marathon for a second time. Amira met me at mile 21, after she ran the Half marathon to help me through the last 5.2 miles.  I was really struggling at this point, but her companionship and encouragement helped me through the finish line triumphant! Amira's training and confidence in my ability to succeed enabled me to finally reach my goal of a Boston Qualifying time for the Boston Marathon 2013!

I have to say that I could not have done it without her, and we continue to run together to this day.

My response:
 I am so proud of Jessica and all the hard work that she put into reaching her goal.  I can't tell you how happy I was to see her run through the finish line at the Hartford Marathon 2011 with a Boston Qualifying time - I believe I shed a few tears...but best of all, I am so happy that I get to share in Jessica's success - her first Boston Marathon experience April 2013, and what an experience that will be! 



Congratulations to all runners and walkers who successfully completed the 76th Manchester Road Race!  What a fabulous day we had for a race.......beautiful weather, thousands of eager runners and walkers, and once again, some spectacular costumes!  There were several Division Winners from our very own wonderful town of Manchester, including myself.  Well done to all Division Winners!  A special thank you to organizers, volunteers and spectators, who's hard work, dedication and support year after year help make The Manchester Road Race one of the best road races in the country!  An extra special thank you to Honorary Chairperson Deena Kastor - 1998 and 1999 Manchester Road Race Champion.

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