Coach Andrew has coached me for five years through five marathons, including the 2012 Houston Marathon in which I achieved a PR at age 60 and finished first in my age group. He is a caring and inspirational coach, full of wisdom beyond his years, a friend, a mentor, and somehow able to extract the best from each of his athletes. I have often said to him, “You made me a runner!” I am now able to say, “Thanks to you, I am an elite masters runner!”
“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” The Little Engine That Could. “Oh, Kastor’s on board? I know I can, I know I can, I know I can.” And I did. Thank you Coach Kastor.
Andrew’s help in coaching me was just what I needed. I stuck to his plan, and ran my first marathon faster than my goal time, which was a Boston qualifying time, and I don’t think I could have done it otherwise. His advice is based on a lot of knowledge and experience, and I know I can rely on it to keep my training on track.
Coach Andrew has uncanny wisdom. He knows how to get the best from us and what we need to do well. This is especially evident in his (sometimes dreaded) interval and tempo workouts, without which I would not have been able to place 1st in my age group in Chicago and 3rd in Boston 09. Thank you Coach!