The History of DWEP
Although the Endurance Project did not officially begin until 2012, the makings of DWEP started as far back as 1995, while I was running in high school. Even back then, my passion to coach and train others was quite strong. Because my high school coach was none too keen on developing distance runners, I took it upon myself to learn as much as possible on the various methods and training modalities on how to best improve running endurance and fitness. Ever since then, I have been coaching and developing athletes in some fashion or another. When the Endurance Project became official, it was due to the need of bringing organized and structured training to the fledgling running group that I had joined in Virginia Beach. Over the next several years, the Endurance Project transformed the local running scene by creating and developing a structured program for all fitness levels and talent. By using unique methods and modalities of training, in a group setting, we were able to bring together all calibers of athletes, from elite level to the beginner, in a fun and friendly environment that quickly allowed all group members to reach and surpass their goals.
Since then, the Endurance Project has expanded from its small local origins to now becoming one of the top endurance specific online training programs. We have athletes in nearly every state across the country, as well as multiple international athletes, and we’re still growing. Today, our athletes can be found running every race distance from the 400 meters, all the way up to multi-day ultras. We are runners, triathletes, cyclists, hikers, swimmers, and the list goes on.
What is DWEP?
In life, all things worth accomplishing can be contributed to ENDURANCE. The definition of Endurance is: the fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.
Here at DWEP, we don’t like to refer to enduring as something unpleasant or difficult. Instead, we want to make what might have once been considered unpleasant or difficult, into something that you can mindfully control and overcome, not just for the time being, but for the rest of your life.
While endurance is paramount in long distance training and racing, it’s also paramount in all of life’s other endeavors. The same type of mental and physical strength that is needed to run a marathon, or a 100 miler, is the same type of strength needed to get through a tough medical procedure, getting fired from your job, pursuing your degree, raising a family, or perhaps just simply surviving in tough situations.
While training for and racing endurance events is what we use as the vehicle for delivering the Endurance Project philosophies, our principles and methodologies extend far beyond the race courses. Our ultimate goal, over time, is to create all around better humans, that can learn to adapt to any and all situations and that can eventually go on to share our principles and methods with those around them, to become an overall stronger community. While we are athletes, we are also much more than that, and the same endurance and characteristics we need for sports, are the same that we need for life.