This program is for individuals who want to run a long distance race [e.g. 10 km, ½ marathon, marathon, ultra-trail,...]. It is either a continuity of the Tao of Running 10 Week Transformation Program ™ or meant to experienced runners who have not done the 10 Week program but want to embed the Tao of Running principles in their running practice to improve their joy, freedom, and /or performance while making sure they do it in a healthy way.
It is no secret that a lot of long distance runners battle with injuries, face difficulties in losing weight even if they exercise a lot, undergo over-training syndromes like persistent muscle soreness, chronic fatigue, loss of motivation, insomnia, irritability, regular illnesses, elevated resting heart rate. Also, some serious studies have concluded that competitive athletes have similar risks as sedentary people related to the increased risk of heart disease and death (*).
In a few words, fitness DOES NOT MEAN health. It is 2 different things that can lead to opposite behaviors if not considered with attention and in a holistic way to balance health, well-being and performance.
This holistic preparation program is designed to help you develop running fitness level without sacrificing but enhancing your long term health and well-being!
This program will be tailored specifically for you! It will take in consideration your personal and professional constraints, your specific fitness and health situation, your nutrition situation in regards to determining the right balance and meet your performance goals while enjoying the process, being intuitively connected to your body and make sure you don't deteriorate your health for the sake of short term performance.
(*) Published in New England Journal of Medicine in 2012), asthma (British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2012; 46(7): 471–476), depression (German Elite Athletes. 2013. J CLIN SPORT PSYC; 7(4):313-326
Stephane Thiltgen is a transformational “lifestyle coach” who helps people from all walks of life find their balance through his unique holistic approach interrelating exercise (particularly running), mindfulness/mind training, breathing science, nutrition, sleep science and other supporting habits: The Tao Lifestyle ™.
He coaches executives and business leaders in high pressure jobs deal with stress. By incorporating the principles of Tao Lifestyle™, individuals reconnect to their whole person and gain better health, fitness, balance, productivity @ work and wellbeing. The Tao Lifestyle™ emphasizes heavily on creating synergies between mind, body and soul which come together in a crucial way to help strike the ideal balance.
Coming from the corporate world, Stephane has a deep understanding of the many challenges one faces in everyday life. Living a healthy and wholesome life can be challenging and Stephane is living proof of how one can alter their lifestyle to strike the balance. A certified Holistic Health Coach - trained in more than 100 nutrition theories, a certified NLP practitioner, a certified Lean Six Sigma black belt, passionate about long distance running and endurance mastery, neuroscience, nutrition, mindfulness, sleep science Stephane is able to understand the many challenges one faces.
His lifelong and continuous quest to be a better version of himself led him to famous thought leaders like Robin Sharma, Eckhart Tolle, Anthony Robbins, S.N. Goenka and many others. He channels his deep understanding of exercise, nutrition and meditation though his unique approach to everyday life. A popular speaker in Kuala Lumpur, Stephane is regularly called to address corporates and the staff at wellness centres. He works actively with corporates to help their staff unleash their fullest potential.
In his free time, Stephane loves running alone outdoor to connect with himself and the nature around. Although originally from Belgium, he has made Malaysia his home for well over one decade. A passionate healthy & simple food cook, Stephane loves researching and testing new recipes.
I believe that everybody can run long distances, enjoy it and reinforce his long term health and wellbeing with the right approach & guidance. Aren’t we Born To Run?
But, everyone has a different starting points & various expectations. Therefore, the approach to make it real requires a degree of customization (e.g. duration of preparation, frequency of training, intensity of training, focus more on body &/or mind training, or nutrition etc…) to be aligned with the current fitness level, state of health & the performance objectives.
The approach combines the important elements of a “traditional” long distance running preparation (e.g. 10km, Spartan race, 1/2 marathon, marathon, trail, ultra-trail) with Tao of Running -10 Week Transformation™ integrated approach for health & well-being.
Accordingly, an initial FREE OF CHANGE discussion is the best way to determine the most appropriate approach together and the pricing will be calculated accordingly.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle
Long distance - Holistic Preparation™ has a typical duration of 12 weeks to 24 weeks
[this is an indication. It might vary depending of your current situation, your specif health and performance goals, the type of race and personal needs].
Each follow-up session will typically be every 2 weeks either face to face or remote by video call.
The first session consists on an interview and a detailed questionnaire to:
Based on that session, we can:
During the preparation,
The customized program will typically include: