Julia- written winter 2017
I was not a runner before I first joined Bayshore in Training in 2013 and to be totally honest, after 5 years most of the time I still do not consider myself a 'runner'. I do however love to run in the winter time, and I love to have an aggressive goal to keep me fit, so each year I participate in this 18 week program and get to spend a lot of time outdoors when the rest of the world seems to be bundled up inside. There are many reasons I come back year after year but I think the main reason is the enthusiasm, support and understanding of the coaches. Yes, they push you to do your best, but there is an element of understanding of what YOUR limitations are. They will help you find 'your' pace and 'your' goal, but they will push you out of 'your' comfort level. They give you a training plan to follow but it's complimented with information on how to fuel your body, how to rest and recover and how to cross train to reach your goal. Alison and Diane have helped and encouraged me to accomplish 5 half marathons, two 25Ks and one marathon. Not bad for someone who's not really a runner!
Mark - written in spring 2016
“I was a 40-something skinny guy who ran alone, mostly out of habit, a way to exercise my Vizslas and a desire to be a good example to my family. Once in a while, I’d place in my age division in the few road races I ran each year. I stuck to 10Ks, then when my boys got into high school, I ran my first half marathon in about 25 years.
A good friend in Utah, who has run almost every major marathon in North America and qualified several times for Boston, encouraged me to try 26.2. She said that if I could train for a half, I could do a full without any trouble. But that distance required more knowledge than I could have gathered on my own. I did a little research, and found out about Bayshore In Training (BIT) from a runner buddy here in Traverse City.
With Alison and Diane’s expert coaching, the help of BIT teammates and my wife’s patient support, I narrowly missed qualifying for Boston in 2014 and nailed my goal in 2015; at age 51 I will run Boston on April 18, 2016, only my 3rd marathon. Along the way I’ve gained even more valuable friendships, racked up PRs at every distance from 5K to the Marathon, learned how to deal with injuries, how to train effectively, race strategically, and had a great time with a new network of dedicated (and hilarious) runners of all abilities.
I would highly encourage anyone, at any level, to sign up for Bayshore In Training. If your goal is to complete a 10K by Memorial Day or to qualify for Boston, you will find the coaching leadership and camaraderie you need to become a part of a energetic, supportive and challenging community. The coaches and your teammates will do everything we can to help you reach your goal; you’ll be surprised at how tough you really are. Come on! We’re AWESOME!!”
BIT Member since 2014, Boston Marathon Bound
Diana - written Fall 2016
For the past four years I have participated with BIT in TC. Coach Alison Goss and Coach Diane Goss have always worked closely with myself and other members of the group so we can achieve our goals.They worked closely with us no matter what our running abilities are. They will modify the program to meet your needs. They are caring people who want the best for you and your running goals.
Eric Richardson- written winter 2017
I moved back to Traverse City in late summer and needed to find something to do when the weather started turning bad. Both Patrizia(my wife) and I had done competitive cycling in Southern California where cycling is a year round activity. We were looking for a challenge so we decided we wanted to run the Bayshore Marathon in May of 2017. We knew we needed some help so Patrizia found Bayshore in Training (BIT) and we started training with the group. Neither of us had run further than a 10k prior to starting the program and had never been more than a casual runner.
We followed the Beginner Marathon training and followed it religiously even making sure we did our training during vacation. There is a ton of intelligence built into the plan including workload, recovery, cross training as well as stretching and personalized coaching. Alison and Diane were always upbeat and helpful especially when we did things wrong, got lost, or needed water or help. No matter what your ability or speed, you are going to feel welcome and encouraged even if you have a bad day or are feeling down. They helped with shoe choices, clothing, rollers and virtually anything a novice or expert could need. Most of the group runs start at the Running Fit store so that is perfect for getting help with what you need for training.
Looking back, I think it would be really hard to finish a Marathon without a good training program. We highly recommend BIT no matter your ability or race goals and will be participating again this year.
Zachary -written fall 2016.
I was nineteen years old and a senior in high school who loved the outdoors. I played tennis in high school but had never really gotten in running distance and even dreaded running the mile for gym class. My senior year of high school I met a cross country runner named Alyssa and in turn met the Goss's for the first time at one of Alyssa's home races. They always questioned why I played tennis and why I didn't do track and I always said "I'm just not a runner". After graduating I needed some kind of goal and Alyssa had always had the goal of running a half marathon, so I said "why not join her?" and made it my own goal for my freshman year of college. Instead of doing the usual "freshman 15" my first year after high school I joined the BIT group to help me train for the upcoming Bayshore half marathon.
Coaches Alison and Diane Goss are probably the best coaches you could ask for. I had never ran before the BIT group and hated running in general, but Alison and Diane helped me learn a lot about the sport (for instance loosen my arms for smoother running and even the basics like how to keep a pace.). They never gave up on me and pushed me harder than I could have ever thought. I remember running up Wayne hill and feeling like I was going to puke but Alison said "breathe, you got this, keep going!" And I ended up getting the workout done.
My goal for my first Bayshore Half Marathon was to finish in 2hr and I finished in 2hrs and 3 seconds. With all I learned from BIT I know I can finish my next half marathon in under 2hrs! This coming year I'll be doing my second year of BIT and I'll be training for the Charlevoix half marathon and also doing the Mackinaw Island trio series races.
I would strongly urge any "newbies" like I was or even any experienced runners that get lonely while training to join BIT. This program is a great way to learn some running knowledge and also gain some new running buddies that cheer you on and help you through training and racing.
Joined BIT in 2016
Less than 2 years ago after becoming dedicated to a healthier lifestyle and losing a lot of weight, I decided that I wanted to give running a try. I never intended to become one of those crazy runners that I saw out running before dawn, or in the snow and rain. My goal was to be able to run a 5k without stopping.
I ran by myself. I either made it up as I went, or used training programs that I found online with predictably inconsistent results. Sometimes the training went well, and sometimes it didn’t, but I never had a clue as to why. Whenever I did enter a race, I had no idea whether I had properly trained.
A year ago, I registered for the Bayshore Half Marathon. I decided that if I was going to be better prepared, I needed a coach. I joined BIT with a great deal of trepidation. I didn’t know the coaches or the members. I feared that all of my teammates would all be highly competitive and experienced runners, and that I’d be the slow guy in the back of every workout. I worried that the experience would be too intense. I thought that the training plan would be too many miles at a pace I could never dream of sustaining. I was 100% wrong.
Alison and Diane set up training plans based on the length of your race, your level of experience set an appropriate pace for your ability. You train with people of comparable experience. Some workouts were challenging, but we were always prepared to successfully complete them.
I could never have imagined that I would find such an amazing group of people to train with. The coaches are great. My BIT teammates are of all ages. Some are fast, and some, like me, are less fast. Some are intense in their approach to the sport, but others are laid back. But we all encourage one another because we share the common bonds of our training and our understanding of what goes into the challenge of preparing for a race no matter what our level of talent or experience. This bond with my teammates got me out the door for our twice weekly group runs even when the weather was lousy, I was tired, or I was busy.
But the proof is in the results. I joined the program because I wanted to become a better runner. Since joining BIT this year, I’ve run my personal best times at 5k, 10k, 15k, and the half marathon. And I finished my first marathon in October! I truly believe that these accomplishments are the result of my decision to join this program. I will be back in 2017.
Joined BIT in 2015
Seven or eight years ago I started running for fun and stress relief. After running a few 5ks, 10ks, 15ks, half marathons and one marathon (over the course of 4 years) I figured I had reached all I could do as a runner. Prior to BIT, my training consisted of just putting miles under my feet. Then a friend told me about BIT training. The three years I have been with this group and I have PR’d in various races every year. The knowledge the coaches and teammates share makes you a stronger, faster and smarter runner. The best part is that you can be at any level and they will design a training program for your goal and there will be a group for you to run with at that level. I am very excited to see what the 2018 BIT season brings!
Alyssa- Written Winter 2017
My experience with Bayshore in Training has been amazing, the past two years I’ve taken advantage of going to college in Traverse City and training for the Bayshore half-marathon and 10k races with a team of great people. I’ve been lucky enough to have Diane and Alison as my cross country and track coaches sense freshman year of high school. They’ve taught me everything I know about running and gotten me addicted to it. After graduating, my bucket list of races grew and I decided to join BIT to continue my training. I convinced my boyfriend to join me and we both had a great time meeting new people and accomplishing our first half-marathon together as well as a handful of other races. Alison and Diane Goss have perfected this training program with an 18 week schedule. They will work to modify bits and pieces to fit each individual and help by holding teaching sessions to correct running form and prevent injuries from occurring. The people you meet in this group will become your team, with each hill course, speed workout, and long run, it helps to have a team cheering you on especially when you’re dying while running up Wayne Hill!