Andrew O’Connor – Seattle Running Coach

5.00 out of 5
(10 customer reviews)

From: $125.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

With over 10 years of coaching experience, Andrew will LISTEN to exactly what your goals and concerns are. Let’s get stronger together!

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Seattle running coach Andrew O’Connor puts a big emphasis on the importance of strength training and cross training in a well-rounded running program. If you’re looking for the whole package for training, Andrew is your guy, anywhere from shorter races up to ultra distances and multi-day challenges.

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TYPES: Road, Trail
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra
TRAINING PLATFORM: Final Surge
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Seattle, WA

SPECIALTIES

Most runners know the multiple benefits of strength training: stronger connective tissue, improved posture, injury prevention, increased bone density, boosted confidence – the list goes on and on. The reality though, is that many runners are overlooking their strength work, and are, in turn, missing the benefits that routine strength training can add to their running. Maybe you have simply been neglecting strength training or are unsure of where to start or even what movements best benefit runners. Whatever your situation is, I can help build and design a strength training program that fits well within your training and which complements your running. I believe that having the ability to prescribe both running and strength workouts has been a huge benefit to my clients. Because I will be able to have the full scope and understanding of your training schedule, injuries and past goals, I am able to build a holistic training regime melding both your running and strength work in a way that couldn’t be possible with multiple coaches.

I have also had a lot of success working with runners who have been prone to injury in the past. I believe that there are two elements of my coaching style that have lead to this success.

  1. Incorporating full body strength training, with an emphasis on posterior chain and core strengthening. 
  2. Taking a long-term view and approach to running, slowly building a large aerobic base and not rushing the process. If you think of your running as a lifestyle and life-long project, it is essential to always keep in mind that happy, healthy running over a long time period is more important than any temporary short term gains. 

Integrating these two pillars of philosophy into my training has helped many runners who have been prone to injury return to healthy running.

Because I believe in the importance of strength training and cross training in a well-rounded running program, I pride myself on building strong well-rounded endurance athletes able to handle any type of challenge or work load put in front of them. Not only do I want to help build you into the best runner you are able to be, I want you to feel strong, capable and confident in your body. My athletes are not just strong runners, they are balanced, powerful athletes.

As a coach, I also believe that we must work together to build not simply physical strength, but mental strength as well. I often talk to my clients about the set of skills that they have. We work to cultivate those skills to help ensure success as endurance athletes. We can think of these skills as being different tools in a tool box. One of the most important tools you have as an endurance athlete in your tool box is your mental strength and mental control. As your coach, I will strive to empower you with tools that allow you to further expand that mental strength and control.

PHILOSOPHY

I have some key components that help to shape my training philosophy. The importance and order of these components vary from runner to runner, and vary over time depending on what role your running plays in your life. In over 10 years of working with athletes I have come to understand these underlying truths.

Consistency 

In order to become a better runner, there must be a certain level of consistency in training. This will mean different things to different runners, but almost all runners need some sort of movement on most days. To this end, as a your coach, I will strive to write a program for you that is both fun and repeatable. I want you to (on most days) look forward to your training, and really enjoy the process of growth. At the end of the day we run to have fun and find joy in the process. If I can help make your training fun and repeatable, you  are headed in the right direction with consistency.

There is no “one way” to fitness

This idea stitches back to idea about the importance of consistency. As long as you are consistent in your training, there are many paths that will lead you to being a strong runner. If you put in the work, believe in the process and trust the training you are doing, then you are setting yourself up for success. It’s my job as your coach to help find and design a program that is best suited to your goals, your life, and what you want from your running. 

Build a large cardiovascular base

I am a big fan of taking lots of time to build a big “cardiovascular base”. Almost all runners could benefit from doing a little more volume of easy running, and prioritizing this over speed and specialty work. That is not to say that speed and specialty work don’t have their place, they do, and are critical to building complete runners. However a little extra volume of easy work will go a long way for many people. I believe this process of emphasizing base-building has helped in coaching so many runners prone to injury, back to health as running athletes.

Being flexible as your coach

This is your journey, not mine, and I am part of your team to help you reach what you want to with your running. Because I know we can take many different paths to fitness, I will work with you when roadblocks and life events pop up, to keep you running and consistent. This is truly one of the perks of having an individual coach – we are able to adjust and modify plans, as well as keep you in track, when life happens.

Compassion

I want all of my athletes to know I truly care for them and for their success. As one of my runners you have decided to trust me by investing both your time and money in the process of individualized coaching. Having that knowledge and opportunity is something that I hold closely to my heart. As your coach I want you to trust that I will always be fair, kind and compassionate with you.

COACHING EXPERIENCE

In 2008 I realized I wanted to turn a lifelong passion for strength training and daily movement into a career that would bring me joy. I earned my personal training certification from the Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas and in November 2008 I started training clients.  From 2009 through 2012 I grew and expanded my client base, focusing on full body strength and conditioning through functional fitness. At the same time I began teach group strength classes, and spin classes. This experience was extremely valuable as I learned to train and coach people one on one in an individual setting, as well as train groups up to 50 people at a time in group strength classes.

In 2012 I decided to give running a little bit more of my time and commitment. After having run cross country in high school, and having done a couple of 1/2 marathons, I wanted to put more energy towards running. I ran both my first marathon, and trail ultra that year. As running and endurance become more a focus for me, more of my clients started to become endurance focused athletes. From 2012- 2015 I began integrating running plans into fitness programming I was developing for clients. In this time I was able to coach multiple athletes to new PRs from 5k to marathon distances, as well as inspire and encourage clients who had never tried running to begin.

In 2015, after moving to Seattle, I was hired by Always Running as the in-house strength and conditioning coach. This role included reading and understanding the training program of over 30 runners, and then designing individual strength programs for each.  I then began to transition to writing running plans in addition to the strength programming I was doing. Under the guidance of Coach Tony Williams I was able further my understanding and knowledge of how to build individual running programs.

In 2017 I transitioned back to personal training in a gym setting, with an emphasis on training runners and endurance athletes. I continue to take a holistic approach to working with the clients designing both their running and strength programs. A few highlights from coaching over the last couple of years include: prepping an athlete for Rim to Rim crossing of the Grand Canyon, training and pacing a 67 year old client to a Cascade Crest 100 finish, training multiple clients for Mt Rainer ascents, and helping a client crush their expectations for the Rut 50k.

In addition to working with individual clients I continue to teach a couple of extremely popular spin classes a week. The opportunity to lead 40 people on a demanding and grueling workout is extremely gratifying –  the energy can be electric. The group setting challenges me to make an endurance workout difficult yet appealing to a large group of people. Leading and challenging literally thousands of people through endurance work on the bikes has also helped build the experience I draw on as a one-to-one running coach.

ABOUT ME

I live in Seattle with my wife Leah, daughter Hazel, and our dog Pepper. When I am not running I love to take advantage of our beautiful natural surroundings by getting out to ski, kayak, camp, and bike. As a new father I am extremely excited to share my passion and love for movement with my daughter.

BIG INFLUENCES

David Roche – I love the self-belief that he coaches. He helps his athletes believe that they are amazing and capable of so much! His energy is amazing.

Ryan Hall – America’s fastest marathoner who now coaches multiple athletes including his wife. He has an amazing insight to elite training and mindset. I admire his focus and intensity.

Steve Magness – He has incredible depth of knowledge in the sport of running. While I don’t always agree with all of his takes or ideas, his lifelong dedication to running, coaching, and learning is awesome.

Jack Daniels – A legend! He is straight forward, down to earth, and all about performance. I love how regimented, and concise his training programs are.

Tom Schwartz – I like his belief in the value of cross training and multi-sport training. His belief in his athletes and the belief he instills in them is admirable.

Sage Canaday – He really lives and embraces the any surface, any distance approach. From road racing to trail 100’s, Sage is just in love with running and it shows. I love his obsession with running and his willingness and dedication to share it with all of us.

Shawn Bearden- An incredibly detailed and thorough coach! It’s amazing how Shawn looks at all aspects of running, both the physical and the mental. Some of my favorite methods for strengthening the mind have come from Shawn.

Kilian Jornet – The GOAT! Not much need to be said about his impressive lists of accomplishments from running to climbing. It is his humble and caring nature as well as his connection to the natural world that inspire me.

Magdalena Boulet – Her love for running and the running community shines through her! Her kind spirt and fierce competitive nature, as well as her ability to translate road speed to trail success make her an amazing runner to follow.

Rickey Gates – His unique approach to running projects is so inspiring. I love how Rickey takes a running lifestyle and uses it to explore his surroundings in that are totally unique.

Kaci Lickteig – An incredibly positive runner, who seems grateful for every mile run, and she runs a ton of them! I think it is amazing how she has been able to be a competitive trail ultra runner, while living in the flats of Nebraska. Truly an example of what dedication and work can produce.

RACING HISTORY

Racing is just one aspect of the whole realm that encompasses a running lifestyle. There is so much more to what defines us as runners than a specific race or time that we have run. The emphasis that we put on daily training, the recovery and sleep that we prioritize, our strength training, the dedication and structure we apply to our daily lives, really the whole approach we take to honing our craft of running is what defines us. Racing can be just one of those components if we want it to be. I have had quite a few clients who have thoroughly enjoyed running without ever racing. If you do choose to race I like to encourage my clients to race hard and free! I like to think about racing as a chance to ” let our training show itself”. We dedicate a lot of work both physically and mentally to build ourselves into strong runners, and it can be fun to let all of that work translate into a magical day on the road or trails.

My dad ran both trail and road races when I was younger, including Boston the year I was born, so I grew up around running. I ran my first race, a road mile, when I was 7. I ran track and cross country in middle school and high school, and worked out with my college team, though never ran competitively for them. In 2012 I ran my first marathon, The Avenue of the Giants, and I haven’t looked back since then!

While my true passion lies in the freedom and unpredictable nature of trail running, I really love all types of running and racing! I have raced road 5ks to marathons, I have run snow races, fixed time events, large classic races like Boston to small old school ultras, and everything in between. I love it all!

One of my favorite running experiences was not a race – it was my preparation and running of the Sea to Sky to Sea FKT in Hawaii. The route is 38 miles round trip and involves 10,200 ft. of climbing up Maui’s largest volcano, Haleakala. The trail is extremely remote and includes a lot of route finding/navigation. The challenge of training through a Seattle winter to prepare for this tropical FKT, and then executing my goal, is one of my favorite running memories. Read more about the FKT here:

http://seattleendurancetraining.blogspot.com/2018/05/road-closed-5-miles-ahead.html

CERTIFICATIONS

  • TRX Level 1 certified trainer
  • HealthSport Certified Cycle Instructor

PRs

  • 5k – 16:19 (11/28/2019) Eureka Turkey Trot
  • 1/2 Marathon – 1:18:04 (3/3/2019) Lake Sammamish 1/2
  • Marathon – 2:41:34 (9/8/2019) Cascade Express Marathon
  • 50k (actually 34 miles) – 4:52 (3/25/2107) Badger Mountain 50k
  • 40 mile – 5:49:47 – (12/7/2013) Arcata to Willow Creek

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

  • Cinderella Trail Marathon (8/18/2012) – 2nd overall
  • Folsom Lake Trail Run (4/26/2014) – 2nd overall
  • Grasshopper Peak Redwoods Run (6/7/2014) – 2nd overall
  • Methow Snow Trail Race (1/24/2015) – 1st overall
  • Badger Mountain 50k – (3/25/2017) – 3rd overall
  • Sea to Sky to Sea FKT – (5-3-2018)
  • Snoqualmie Trail 1/2 Marathon (6-3-2018) – 1st overall
  • Bigfoot 40 mile (8/10/2018) – 1st overall
  • Deception Pass 25k (12/9/2018) – 2nd overall
  • Bigfoot 20 mile (8/9/2019) – 2nd overall
  • Cascade Express Marathon (9/8/2019) – 2nd overall
  • Maui 1/2 Marathon (10/11/2019) – 3rd overall

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10 reviews for Andrew O’Connor – Seattle Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chi Wa Eric Lee

    I have just moved to Seattle 3-4 months ago. About the similar moment, I decided to choose Andrew of TeamRunRun as my coach to work with, and hope he can help me to achieve another BQ.

    After 3 month, I learned a lot from Andrew.
    Every Sunday, I am looking forward to seeing what the program in coming week will look like. Andrew’s program, including running and strength training, is always fun and interesting. Running program includes walking, upstair walking, walking with heavy-loaded backpack. No need to mention different kind of intervals.
    Within 3 months.Strength training he designed always helped me to be fitter and stronger.
    To me, more important is Andrew’s program is so enjoyable. That makes training not so boring at all. Needless to say, Andrew’s program is scientific and efficient.

    Communication with Andrew is great. He responds quick. His comments are encouraging, professional and very detailed.

    Andrew is always supportive and friendly. He understands well about running and training. He knows there are ups and downs in training. He always asks my feelings and condition and then designs the program fitting well to me, both physically and mentally. Andrew really cares about his runners.

    I should say, now, Andrew is not only my coach, and also my friend who I can trust and rely on.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Hendershott

    I’ve been training with Andrew for my first 50 mile race, and the experience has been awesome so far. Andrew is great at communicating, and gives me really consistent and helpful feedback on my runs. He’s also been great at helping me balance my running with other activities (CrossFit and skiing), and also with helping make my training fit into everything else I have going on in a week. I also really appreciate his communication and feedback; I love having the accountability of knowing that Andrew will check in on my runs, and his feedback has been really helpful for knowing how to prioritize runs and effort levels. Overall, I feel really lucky to be working with Andrew, and am really grateful for his guidance!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Alamshaw

    Andrew is great! We’ve only been training for 2 months together for my first half and he’s already helped improve my PFS and I can now run almost 6 miles pain free. He’s so knowledgeable and I love the workouts he programs. He really tries to get to know his runners and figure out what works best for them. Highly recommend Andrew!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Debbie O’Neal

    I have been working with Andrew since February (2021). I chose to work with Andrew because his profile talked about the mental aspect of running and how he can help develop and strengthen this area. This area is challenging for me. As I trained for my race, I saw HUGE improvements in my running. I also gained perspective on running and my approach towards my running. Andrew really helped me with the mental aspect. I had originally planned to train with Andrew until I finished my race but I’ve enjoyed working with him so much, I plan to continue training for future races. His training, coaching, and his incredible positive approach to running has been the best! I highly recommend Andrew. He’s an all around great coach!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ella Raff

    I feel SO lucky to be working with Andrew! I joined TRR when I was injured, just diagnosed with RED-S, off a super major DNF. Andrew has been amazing at getting me back into a consistent running regime. I feel like the timing is perfect and I am noticing tangible improvements. He got straight to the heart of what my weaknesses are as a runner (and what my strengths are too!) and for the first time in my running life I feel confident about my training! His communication is top notch, he is funny, endlessly motivating. I have had a lifelong aversion to strength training and have found his guidance here very helpful. A few months ago I felt resigned to never being strong enough to hit my goals confidently, and Andrew has turned that around. If you want to become a resilient well rounded runner at the top of your game…Andrew is the coach for you! His endless positivity and belief has really changed my running for the better.

  6. 5 out of 5

    MEGAN CARPENTER

    I’m a regular person, not a super-athlete. The fact that I have stuck to an (aggressive!) exercise regimen for this long astonishes me and it is 100% because of Andrew. He is so great. SO GREAT. Honestly, it’s just too much to write it all out. Here are the highlights:

    -He got me in the best shape of my life.
    -I am running farther than I ever thought imaginable.
    -He trained me carefully and compassionately after the birth of my first child, through my second pregnancy, and after the birth of my second child.
    -There is something about him that is just endlessly motivating.
    -He convinced me to believe in myself (most of the time, at least). This might be his biggest feat.

    I am so lucky to have been paired up with him. I cannot imagine a better coach.

  7. 5 out of 5

    anapvalencia

    Choosing Andrew as my running coach has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made (seriously).
    He’s not only helped A TON with my endurance, but he’s been incredibly influential in my mental game and strategy. Thanks to Andrew I’ve achieved much more than my initial goal of completing an ultra:
    Running an FKT! Finishing my first 50k and smiling the WHOLE way. Running most days of the week without injuries. Being on Strava leaderboard. LOVING running even on the hard days. LOVING running even on the slow days. LOVING, or at least TOLERATING the last uphills on a long run. and much more… Thanks Andrew for helping me keep doing and enjoying the activity I cherish most.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dianna Hull

    Where to start!

    I never really thought of myself as someone that would like to go to the gym, run, or have a trainer – I only started working with Andrew because when I joined the gym I go to, I thought it would be good to get started and familiarize myself a bit with it. I initially signed up for three training sessions, that was almost 5 years ago! I’ve worked with Andrew ever since.

    The facts: Andrew has trained people for years. He’s run marathons, ultra-marathons – he knows how to set a goal, work towards it, and achieve it; he knows how to help you do the same. It doesn’t matter what level you are starting at. I went from not being able to run a mile – to having run 10k’s. I am stronger than I have ever been, physically and mentally.

    What sets Andrew apart is well, unique to him! He lives the life he coaches you toward, leading by example. From day one, working with him I felt like I belonged at the gym, or running on the trails – even when I had no clue as to what I was doing. He helped me find the joy of movement, of using my body, and even sweating. (I used to hate sweating!). The workouts are important, but equally or even more so are the tools Andrew helped me cultivate and find within myself to be motivated and to keep challenging myself.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Terry Gardiner

    Andrew has been my coach for several years now. Rather than bore you with the details I just want to provide a “proof is in the pudding”: At age 69 my goals and training is not the simple days of just do it and bounce back. Andrew has really worked to personalize my training to very specific goals. At age 67 I survived and finished the Cascade Crest 100 in 90+ heat, forest fire smoke and added miles/elevation. Andrew did a heck of a job getting me trained up and through these trying conditions. Now my goal is an anti-aging program of not losing the inevitable muscle mass, losing VO2 Max capacity…and I can report the metrics are going well.

  10. 5 out of 5

    akerson

    Andrew has been great and helped me achieve my goal of training to run a trail half marathon. I had no background in running and had never run further than 3 miles when I came up with the idea. He put together a weekly plan that I stuck to and it worked! I am very stoked. I came across a few minor injuries along the way which he was knowledgable about and helped me continue training without making things worse. I highly recommend Andrew to anyone out there.

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