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Web Site History

In order to articulately convey the history of the State of the Art Marathon Training web site, I must first provide a brief overview of my running background and coaching experiences. Much of site's informational content relates directly to what I've learned about running through my personal experiences, conversations with coaches and runners of all ability levels, as well as reputable information I've assimilated from books, magazine articles, and related training publications.

From these experiences, I began my coaching career in the late 1980s. Initially, some of my earliest coaching clients were friends training for races of all distances. In 1992, I became assistant cross country coach at The College of Charleston (S.C.), and shortly thereafter, head coach of North Charleston High School's cross country team. From 1993 - 1998, I served as coach of Charleston, SC's Team in Training (TNT) program, a very successful nationwide fundraising initiative of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The concept for, and evolution of State of the Art Marathon Training web site can be traced back to 1996 during the time when I was the Charleston TNT coach. Lectures were presented at our meetings that highlighted important information relating to various marathon training topics. Unfortunately, some of our team members were unable to attend our meetings from time to time and thus missed receiving vital information they needed to train safely and successfully for their upcoming marathons. While having this information on hand at meetings in written form helped to some extent, another alternative was needed.

During this same time period, I was fortunate to have a friend teach me the basics of web site construction and design. With her assistance and encouragement, my first marathon training web site was launched on Yahoo!GeoCities. The marathon training information posted on this new web site could now be accessed both by TNT members as well as runners around the world.

In 1999, I acquired the domain name: www.marathontraining.com (much easier to remember than the one used on the original Yahoo!GeoCities site). Shortly after, State of the Art Marathon Training web site was redesigned from its original appearance. The site has recently undergone another facelift. Along with a new look, content additions/updates as well as navigation improvements have been made.

It's been quite astonishing to me how State of the Art Marathon Training has evolved and grown from the time it was first launched along with the awareness and recognition that it's attained on a worldwide level. As a result of the site's success, the opportunities I've received have been gratifying. Over the past 10 years, I've answered reader's questions appearing in Runner's World Magazine's (RW) Advice Column and have been interviewed for a number of feature articles. My coaching tips have also appeared within RW's on-line newsletter.

In 2000, Carlo De Vito, an editor associated with the Adams Media Corporation, was searching the web for source material related to a running book project in the works. Soon after reading through the content pages of State of the Art Marathon Training, he asked me to author The Everything Running Book. After working with Carlo for 1-1/2 years, the Everything Running Book hit the bookshelves and web booksellers in the summer of 2002.

Since that time, The Everything Running Book has been one of the Everything Series’ best sellers. As a result, a second edition with expanded content was released in the spring of 2008. The third edition of the book was released in January 2012. To order your autographed copy, please visit State of the Art Marathon Training's On-Line Store.

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