After serving as a club coach for 17 years, Fernando Braz launched Going the Distance (GTD) in January of 2009.
GTD is a coaching service for all runners who want to improve their running at any level. Currently, runners from over 10 running clubs (plus non-aligned runners) train in Fernando Braz's GTD program.
GTD provides year-round coaching that includes on-site track programs in the spring, fall, and winter, plus an email program for runners who are unable to attend site workouts. This program is available at two levels. See Sign-up Steps for details.
GTD also provides a youth program in the summer. See Youth Program for details.
Dave Smith, Director and Webmaster
Dave has trained with Fernando since 1992 and claims to have done all of Fernando's weekly track workouts since then. That's over 700 workouts, and each one has been different.
Unfortunately for Dave, his "racing career" in the 80s was pre-Braz and he missed the chance to train wisely with Coach Braz -- a chance you all have.
On the other hand, training with Fernando at a post-PR stage of life opens a brilliant window to keep running well for a lifetime.
In the late fall of 2008, Dave worked with Fernando to set up the Going the Distance coaching service, and it was launched in January, 2009. Since then, GTD has coached almost 300 different adult runners, plus hundreds of youth runners in the summer program. Many runners stay with the program for all three seasons (winter, spring, and fall) and some train for one or two seasons each year.
Dave manages the GTD website and various business and communications functions within GTD. He talks with Fernando most often at 6:55 in the morning.
Dave randomly blogs at:
From the Hottub and On the Road.
He can be reached by email at email@example.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/davevsmith.
Fernando Braz, Head Coach
For information about Fernando, see About Fernando Braz.
Annie Starrett, Assistant Coach
Annie has coached with Fernando for many years. She is a well-known and popular coach for runners at all levels. Some of her current coaching background:
-- Central Catholic HS girls cross country assistant coach
-- North Andover HS track team agility/core coach
-- North Andover Boosters Middle School track program coach
-- NASA soccer coach (14 years)
-- Andover Soccer Camp @ Phillips Academy agility/soccer coach
She also offers Core/Strength training sessions. For details, go to this page.
Annie's running background (PRs):
Marathon - 2:51:19
Half Marathon - 1:22:38
10 miles - 62:53
10K - 38:16
5 Miles - 30:06
5k - 18:30