My self-taught approach resulted in plateauing for three straight marathons. After joining Lee’s group I realized I had not been training properly for several years. Running with a great group of friends and athletes, at the same speed and faster, provides motivation to complete workouts I would never finish on my own. Lee is always extremely responsive to each individual and answers e-mails quickly with personalized responses and plans. After one year my PR was ten minutes faster.
Lee is skilled and experienced in building quality training programs that produce results. That’s a small part of his coaching equation. The bigger part is the relationship that he’s able to develop with his runners. When I met Lee, I was a 3:15 marathon with a toddler and a preschooler at home. 18 months later, I’m a 3:03 marathoner. That’s what is possible when the coach:athlete relationships is at it’s best. It’s the relationship that helps us be our best. Lee cares deeply about his runners and we know it. We see it the individual training programs. We see it in the dark, cold rainy nights that he spends watching us workout. We see it in the one:one attention he takes the time to offer. We see it when he celebrates hard-earned goals. We see it in his carefully and wisely chosen words when a runner is down and out. We see it in his philosophy of fun and enjoyment of the process first. We see it in the vibrant and cohesive team environment that he has built, where runners are better together and better with him at the helm. Like most runners, I deal with setbacks but I know that I can rely on and trust Lee to help me through setbacks calmly and reasonably; with an eye on long term development and enjoyment of the sport; and with care, kindness and understanding. Beyond the training programs, it’s his care and investment that leads to results.
I started running with the Road Hammers in June of 2016 and was a little intimidated at first but Coach Lee and the other runners in the group are great people and very inclusive of everyone. The training program that Coach Lee sets up for all is fantastic and it is very motivating running with a group to make you push harder. At 49 years old and after a decade of doing races, I had a PB in the Moncton half marathon at 1:31:30 in October and then I had a PB in the California International Marathon at 3:17:19 on December 4th. The Road Hammers group is a competitive group of runners but everyone is racing against time not against each other, and everyone is so positive and supportive of each other that you will feel like you have a new group of best friends. Coach Lee’s knowledge, experience and guidance will make you a better runner!”
Joining the Road Hammers has been great for my running, both results-wise and social-wise. Running with a group is always better than running alone. The group environment helps me remain committed, have fun, and makes the speed work feel not quite as hard. It doesn’t hurt that this group has such awesome people. Everyone is very positive and supportive, irrespective of speed.
Lee is just what I’d want in a coach. Being a medical student, my life can get hectic at times. Lee understands this and is able to accommodate my needs, adapting my training to fit my life. Most notably, he really emphasizes the importance of having fun and enjoying the sport, while still getting results.
When I joined the group, I had only ran one marathon. I was not used to running high volume and high intensity, but with Lee’s help, I was able to work my way up without injury or wearing down my body. Now I can celebrate a shiny new 8 minute marathon PB, thanks to Lee and the Road Hammers.
Lee McCarron has been my primary coach for the past 5 years. Under his guidance I have developed from an amateur athlete into an elite runner, continuously improving over many distances on the roads, track and cross country courses. Lee goes above and beyond the expectations of a coach with his individualized training plans, presence at structured workouts, strong communication and approachability.
Lee provides the Road Hammers with the coaching and the environment required for members to pursue their own personal best. Regardless of where you start, you will find yourself setting new bests at a range of distances. New runners and established racers will benefit from joining the Road Hammers, provided there is a desire to reach toward one’s limits
I have been running with the Halifax Road Hammers Developmental Group for six months and have improved more in this time than in the previous six years that I’ve been running. Coach Lee’s dedication, commitment and respect for his athletes, and their goals, are second to none. Whether you’re a beginner, elite or somewhere in between, Coach Lee manages to balances over 100 athletes while giving everyone the one-on-one attention they need to reach their goals and set new PBs. Coach Lee’s devotion to the Halifax Road Hammers and the running community makes it easy to show up to the hardest of workouts on the dreariest of days.
Prior to joining Coach Lee and the Road Hammers, most of my running was done solo. I reached a point where my 5k time over the past several years had stagnated and I was unable to improve. Under the guidance of Coach Lee, not only did I improve my 5k time by almost a minute but I also achieved personal bests in both the 6 mile and half marathon.
Training with a group of runners that have similar goals is great; there is always someone to run with no matter how good or bad you feel on a particular day. Coach Lee has the ability to strategically select workouts that will benefit the entire group; this allows his athletes to work together to achieve their goals. Coach Lee is very dedicated to his athletes. Despite having over a hundred athletes under his guidance, he knows exactly who everyone is and what goals they have. His dedication shows through his quick reply to any questions, concerns, or last minute race plans I may have.
Joining Coach Lee and the Road Hammers has been the most beneficial thing I have done for my running. I look forward to continuing to work towards my running goals with Coach Lee and my fellow Road Hammers!
I reached out to Lee the end of 2016 about online coaching after a friend (and Road Hammer) suggested it. Although hesitant about training with someone I had yet to meet- I jumped all in anyway. I soon found out distance was not a problem and I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Lee’s plans are personalized, well structured, easy to follow, and he is great at adjusting as we go. He is quick to reply anytime I have questions or just need a little advice. His level of dedication to the team and to each of his athletes is undeniable. With Lee’s guidance and support I exceeded my expectations and went from running a 3:28 marathon to being a 3:20 marathoner in just six months. More importantly, I was training smarter, enjoying the training, and came out injury free and eager for more. To sum up what I have learned while working with Lee so far: be smart, do the work, enjoy the process, and the results will come. And always listen to the Boss! You can argue as much as you want, but in the end the Boss [Lee] is always right.
This fall I am making the move from PEI to Halifax and can’t wait to see what I can do with Lee and the Road Hammers in person to push and encourage me even further!”
My journey with the Road hammers began with several looks on the website and no follow through.
My fear of not being good or fast enough kept me from signing up. I finally decided to reach out to Lee McCarron. After a few back and forth emails, he assured me that the Development Group would be a good fit. So I took a leap of faith and showed up for my 1st practice.
Having never experienced a group based workout before I was initially nervous. But after a few weeks and some high fives from my new training partners, I knew I had made a great decision. The group environment pushes me in a way I just wouldn’t on my own.They are warm and welcoming, supportive and encouraging. The friendships have been inspiring.
Coach Lee has helped me to become a stronger runner through individualized training schedule with specific paces. Weekly well designed fun and challenging group workouts and race day plans.
I am thrilled at my age that I was able to PB at the Fredericton half marathon this past spring after only a few short months of being with the group.
I am looking forward to training for a marathon with my teammates and toeing the line, where I will wear my Road hammer singlet proudly!
I was unsure how I would continue competitive running after I stopped running in University. Halifax Road Hammers was the perfect solution. Coach Lee is very approachable and easy to talk to. The relaxed atmosphere at practices makes even the hardest workouts fun! It is arguably one of the only competitive running groups that can help you achieve your goals no matter what stage in life you are at. It is more than just a group of people hitting the roads; it’s a family—helping each other stay fit and healthy.
Being fairly new to the sport of running I found myself struggling to make any consistent progress. After stumbling upon the Halifax Road Hammers Facebook page and coming out for a few sessions with the development group I knew i was in the right place if I wanted to improve and have fun doing it. The Road Hammers have a great group of people with a great coach who provides structured, progressively challenging and varying workouts. This year has been full of personal bests for me at the 5k, 10k and half marathon distance and I owe it all to the Halifax Road Hammer training!
Training with the Halifax Road Hammers the past few years has been very exciting, and running with the group is something I look forward to all work day (especially on those sunny, summer workout days where you just feel antsy to get out the door and run!). As many runners graduate from university or high school, they often face a crossroads. Namely, “Do I continue training and racing at a competitive level in the sport I love?” or, “Do I “get serious” with facing the realities of the working world (or further academics)?”
Coach Lee has been instrumental in helping me bridge this transition; helping me keep my passion for the sport, while also accomplishing other goals in life. Providing a post collegiate setting for passionate runners is something that the Halifax Road Hammers have successfully pulled off, and is a rare find. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not just a bunch of young guns ripping around… and that’s what creates an incredibly inspiring setting. Learning from the older, more experienced, runners in the club is an invaluable resource that proves running really can be a life-long activity, no matter your age or ability level. Fostering this inclusive and positive environment is what the Halifax Road Hammers (and Coach Lee) are all about. It is the reason for which I will continue to enjoy being a part of the Road Hammer family for years to come. Can’t wait for more epic memories built by road trips, relays, and red-eye flights.