Running Lab Testimonials

World-Ranked Track Runner

“I compete in the 65 to 69 year old age group in the 400 meter track race.  For several years I have realized that Shane’s PAGES technique (Precise, Aligned, Graceful, Efficient, Seamless) is helpful for any distance. But, it wasn’t until I took his Saturday Running Lab that I got it.   I felt immediate results: I can go longer and faster by running more precisely and efficiently.  Also, I have made the core body strength exercises Shane taught a part of my weekly routine. (And picking up a bit of Shane’s Zen attitude helps in all aspects of my life)!  It was an enjoyable day and time well invested.” – Bert Bland
Ranked 10th in the world in 65-69 400m,  7th in 2018 World Championship


Devoted “Lifestyle” Runner:

I recommend it strongly. I got lots of exercises to do, both pre-hab/core routines and warmups that get things going gently. Shane provided videos of them with excellent email summaries of each class, so it was much easier to learn them at home than if I’d had to go on just memory.

The other key part of the class was running. Typically we would run in short stretches (like 100 yards) and in each burst we’d try to think about some aspect of our strides, like leaning or knee-lifting or arms or breath. These were very valuable. I had 1-3 miles on my Garmin after a class. The running was very valuable for teaching me how to feel from the inside, to learn more deeply, how to modify my stride to fit my body and needs. Instead of trying to copy some external suggestion, I somehow learned how to work from within.
Another aspect of the class was community. I can’t promise the same communal feeling, but I felt included and supported, and we were a good bunch. People seemed to enjoy chatting and to help one another out, commenting on other people’s form in a nice way and holding each other together in the social fabric.”   – Tonya A.


Cautious Runner, Beginning Again

A couple of years ago, running was causing me too many aches and pains, so I decided to switch to swimming – something I had never been very confident with.  You helped me to learn a more efficient way of swimming that i continue to follow and enjoy two or three times a week.

Swimming has become my main form of exercise, but I have missed running a 5K now and then, so I decided to take your Running Lab.  Learning a new and improved way to run has not been easy.  (I am “proprioceptive-challenged”.)

Your perceptive and detailed instructions, and your encouraging tone have enabled me to now run with ease- after nearly 70 years of running with pain.

And two weeks later…

So despite not being in great cardio shape and 10 pounds heavier than when I ran my last 5k, I was able to complete a 5k on Saturday, running all the way!  It was a comfortable mid 50’s temp and partly cloudy with a slight breeze–perfect.  I was able to stay consistent with my form throughout, noticing that I didn’t seem to tire as quickly as I usually do.  As well, there was a bit of uphill toward the end of the race but I was actually able to increase my pace going uphill, a new thing for me.

So now I can comfortably exercise with swimming AND running–thanks to your great instruction!” – David F.


New Runner, Starting a in her 50’s

“I had never been able to run before I participated in the Run Lab:  [I was] Born with a hernia, and had lead poisoning that was not diagnosed until I was an adult.  (I have a clear memory of eating paint chips as a child.), and being made fun of. 

Your Running Lab worked for me because it allowed me to start out slow and feel that it was okay to be slow.I am still running!  I’m a runner now.  I’m in awe of the fast runners I encounter on the Black Diamond Trail – those marvels of creation who bound past me.  I try to match their pace for as long as I can before I fall back into my own rhythm.

I love being able to do something I never thought I could.  I need running.  It makes me feel calm afterwards.

I have run spontaneously around the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, during a service no less, and got children to join me.  I parked my car and ran to snap a picture before it was too late.  I ran to catch up with someone who forgot something.  That is what gives me the most joy – just being able to run spontaneously even if I am slow.

Thank you for giving me the time and space to accept this important aspect of myself in a world that demands and rewards speed.” Andrea S.