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Run Coaching

Coaching Philosophy & Approach

2/25/2018:  I will be launching a more professional, comprehensive coaching website within a month!

I coach runners because running and helping other runners is my passion.  I love encouraging my runners, helping them reach new levels of fitness they never imagined possible, and guiding them along the path to a lifelong love of running.  I love runners who love to run and want to work hard, regardless of ability level.  I want to help other runners reach their full potential.  I love when someone tells me they could, "never run a marathon/half marathon/5k!".  It's a window into their soul; a chance to see if they're open to the opportunity to find out what they're made of.  Running, training, is a time to challenge yourself.  A time to hold yourself accountable and address complacency, whatever that means in your life.  A time to dig deep and find the best version of yourself.
I believe my athletes deserve attention to detail, personalization, and responsiveness from and access to their coach.  For my runners, I work with them to understand their goals and starting point.  I plan out an overall roadmap for their training, culminating with their goal race.  Then I assign weekly workouts.  This includes mileage, types of runs, paces, cross training, rest days, etc.  The key is specific feedback.  My runners tell me, in detail, how the workouts are going and how they feel.  I take that feedback, the data I see in Garmin Connect (MapMyRun, Nike+, etc.), and the big picture, and adjust the plan as needed.  For some people, this looks like a lot of notes back and forth in their Google Sheet (where we program) each week, texting, and emailing.  Some people prefer to keep it more simple.  I also help with race day planning, which includes race pacing, food/clothes prep., etc.  I help my runners track down resources and send them to professionals for more complicated issues (injuries, advanced nutrition, etc.)  

If you're interested in discussing private run coaching, please email me at and complete this form:

Here's an example of how I program for my runners.  This is my personal, current training plan for the 2017 Chicago Marathon.

Notes from Athletes

"Hi Coach, I don't know if you'll get this anytime soon as we've had no wifi or reception here since earlier today but I just wanted to tell you that I am feeling great about tomorrow and that I am so happy I got to learn from you this past few months.  You've given so much and I know how much you care.  You probably don't realize how much you have helped my heart heal during my grieving just by caring so much and helping me to pursue this running adventure.  I am immensely grateful.  I'll update you as soon as I can after the race.  Sending love!"
~ Bethany, the night before her first marathon, the Bhutan International Marathon
  • Road Runners Club of America certified distance run coach, Level 1
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certified
  • RUNdetroit and Be Bold Crew run coach
  • Experience coaching adults to successfully reach their running goals, from 5k-26.2
  • Expansive personal race history, from 5k-26.2