“If you’re looking for a straightforward and highly skilled coach who will help you achieve your goals, look no further than Team Bird Training. I’ve been running for +10 years, and running marathons for 5 years, but I’ve always had difficulty with speed work and running to my potential. In hopes of qualifying for Boston at the California International Marathon in 2017, I hired Nora last summer, after hearing from tons of friends and fellow members of the Oiselle Volée team that she was exceptional. It turns out they were right — not only does Nora cater a two-week schedule to you in advance, she periodically runs with you, keeps in near-constant contact, and provides sage advice about everything from nutrition to rest to race strategy. More than anything, Nora somehow seems to magically combine a fierce commitment to hard work and a holistic view of running and life in her coaching. She helped me realize that the quality and consistency of my runs overall matter much more than whether I have to make an adjustment one day or take a day off due to an overwhelming schedule. Thanks to her wisdom and support, I ran a 3:30 (a 1:30 BQ) at CIM, and feel more confident and capable about my running in 2018 than I have at the outset of any other year running. Hire her as soon as you can: you won’t be sorry.”
“In January of 2017 I met with Nora to discuss my race aspirations for 2017 and beyond. For the year, running my first 100 miler was my main target. During our first meeting there was an instant comfort talking with her. Shortly thereafter we began working together. Her tagline of “Personalized Training Plans To Fit Your Life” is spot on. This has been a very active year for me and Nora adapted my training plan around my schedule. In June I did finish my first 100 miler at the Kettle 100. Not only did Nora pace me for the last 35 miles, she was at every aid station where crew was allowed. If it were not for her guidance and support during this race, I would not have finished. There have been many ups and downs with running and my day to day life this year. I hired Nora to train me to become a 100 miler. This she did, but she offered so much more. She offers a personal touch that incorporates compassion and understanding. Not only is Nora an excellent coach, she is a quality person that I am honored to call my friend.”
~ Patrick Lang
It might not have been the wisest move but I had signed up for a very technical 40 mile race with just 5 and half months to train. In addition to that bit of stupidity, the last and basically only running I had ever done was a half-marathon 3 years prior. I knew right away that I was going to need help making it to the finish line.
“Nora has been such a huge asset to the team at Her Madison Half Marathon and 5K. She has provided our team of 40 ambassadors with a detailed half marathon and 5K training plan with strategic key workouts to ensure success on race weekend. Nora can relate to athletes of all levels and has successfully maintained coach to athlete relationships in a friendly and professional manner. Our group of women race ambassadors are lucky to have her leadership.”