I Got To Meet Running Coach Greg McMillan! – Author of You (Only Faster)

by Nikky Manausa on March 7, 2014

Nikky Manausa and Coach Greg McMillan

Greg McMillan is in Tallahassee!

When I heard Greg McMillan was doing a book signing at Capital City Runners, I rejoiced like Buddy Elf, “I know him!” OK, maybe I don’t really know him, but I have visited his website countless times, and I have liked his Facebook page. That counts for something, right?

I took Randy, my 5-year-old son, with me to Capital City Runners. I told him we were going to meet a “famous running coach.” He was excited, even though he had no idea what I was really talking about!

Why I Like Coach McMillan

If you do a Google search for marathon training plans or running pace calculators for any distance, McMillan Running will immediately pop up.  I often reference his running calculator to help me plan my paces for both workouts and races. What I really like about Coach McMillan is he recognizes that the body operates scientifically. Each body is different and responds in a unique way, but there are some physiological similarities that we all share. Scientifically driven training works!

You (Only Faster)

What a great title for a book! In Coach McMillan’s recent book, You (Only Faster) (2013), he provides readers with 5K, 10K, half marathon, and marathon plans. I glanced through the book and there are several flexible running plans to meet the needs of a variety of runners. In his book, his readers get to evaluate themselves through his “Personal Running Evaluation,” and he also explains the many different types of workouts. My favorite part of the book is actually the last 20 pages where he focuses on “The 10 Rules of Running.”


One last note, in Brett Gotcher‘s foreword for You (Only Faster), Gotcher recounts his first interaction with Coach McMillan before he officially began coaching him. Gotcher recalls that Greg did not want to talk about the upcoming season, but instead wanted to focus on the next four years. Greg told him it was going to take two years to figure out what kind of potential Gotcher had. Point is, anyone can become a runner; however, to achieve your personal best takes time and dedication. Put in the time and you might just surprise yourself with your result.

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