Brian Comer is an online running coach based out of Portland, OR. His goal is to help you grow as a runner
and a person through consistent training. Whether you work with him in-person or join his online team, you will get a customized training plan that includes strength training, nutrition guidance, and of course running assignments that will help you meet your goals. Sign up with Brian today!
BRIAN’S ONLINE COACHING RATES
Sign up for $80/mo
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BRIAN’S PORTLAND-AREA IN-PERSON SESSION RATES
$30/hr BRIAN’S COACHING PROFILE
LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TYPES: Road, Trail, Track
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra
TRAINING PLATFORM: Final Surge
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text, unlimited phone
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Portland, OR
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: Yes, meet anywhere within Multnomah County and Clark County for road, track, and trail runs. Options include: Instruction offered on drills, strides, and stretching, or runs together such as easy runs and hill repeats, or Q &A offered on pacing, race prep and strategy, nutrition, training phases, mental training, strength training/cross training, and gear. Instruction and Q&A dependent on needs of the athlete. Please reach out to Coach Brian if interested.
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BRIAN COMER’S COACHING SPECIALTIES
Works with beginner to advanced runners looking to maximize their potential, whether that is to complete a new distance for the first time or are looking to run a BQ.
Track, road, and trail experience at distances from 800 meters-marathon.
Nutrition strategies for race day and beyond, with specific race day nutrition experience in marathons and overnight relays.
Experience in injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Offers guidance on warmup/cooldown routines along with strength training and cross training as applicable.
BRIAN COMER’S COACHING PHILOSOPHY
Whether a competitive runner or a casual runner, consistency is key to conquer your goals. My emphasis as coach is to get you to the starting line not only fit, but also healthy and injury-free. We will pay specific attention to injury prevention and management and utilizing cross training activities as applicable, so you come back stronger and swifter. While consistency is key, sometimes life happens and things don’t go as planned. I’m always willing to be flexible and help navigate the highs and lows of this journey. No matter your previous running experience or how big or small a goal, you’ll receive hands-on feedback and motivation with full investment in your growth as both a runner and person.
BRIAN COMER’S COACHING EXPERIENCE
Athletes I’ve coached recently have gone on to accomplish goals such as setting personal bests at distances from 5k-half marathon and finishing a marathon for the first time. I have received positive feedback and fostered a love for the sport from all runners I’ve previously coached. I coached middle school cross country and track for 2 years at Seattle Country Day School in Seattle, Washington. In addition, I had 1-on-1 coaching experience over the summer after first starting at SCDS with one athlete, who went on to have their best cross country season while at SCDS following my mentoring. I also served as youth head coach and assistant coach for cross country in Vancouver, Washington and Northwest Portland, Oregon in Fall 2020. And additionally, I have been the track and field youth head coach for Vancouver, Washington in Winter/Spring 2021 and Northwest Portland in Fall 2021, in addition to as the track and field assistant coach for Southeast Portland in Spring 2021.
I grew up in Sammamish, Washington and attended Eastside Catholic High School. While I didn’t start running until 8th grade, I played everything from basketball, baseball, soccer, and tennis before that. When I broke my finger at basketball tryouts sophomore year, I started running year-round as a result to stay in shape and train for track, and that was when I started labelling myself a runner. I went on to compete collegiately at Seattle Pacific University and Multnomah University. Aside from running, I enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities like hiking and skiing and often volunteer at trail work parties to pursue my passion for the environment. You may still often find me at the tennis court on a nice day or in the gym playing a game of pickup basketball. There’s nothing more soothing to me than cooking myself a nice meal. I also am probably the biggest anime nerd you’ve ever met.
BRIAN’S BIG RUNNING COACH INFLUENCES
My collegiate coach Corey Mehl has been a major personal influence. After battling a slew of injuries in my undergrad collegiate career, I went to a new school and new system in which I bought into the training and was able to return to a level that I thought I could only dream to return to. I incorporate parts of that program into my coaching while also borrowing more mainstream, popularized training ideas like the aerobic emphasis from Lydiard and the multi-pace and critical velocity training of both Coe and Tinman. My coaching offers the whole package and whether out on the road or in the gym, you’ll get the training stimulus you need in order to grow and develop.
BRIAN COMER’S RACING HISTORY
I ran on varsity all four years of high school in both cross country and track, scoring as the 1,2, or 3 runner each race of high school cross country. At Seattle Pacific, where I obtained my bachelor’s degree, I competed at the conference championships in cross country four times and regional championships two times. Also I competed at the indoor and outdoor track conference championships two times each. While I only had track eligibility at Multnomah, I brought the program to new heights as I was the school’s
first ever qualifier for NAIA Nationals in any sport, qualifying for the marathon at Outdoor Nationals in both of my years on the team. I graduated with my master’s degree April 2019 and left with school records indoors at 5k and in anchoring the distance medley relay as well as outdoors in both the 10k and half marathon. When I anchored 7th place relay team at the 2021 Sunflower Relay, I ran a time that would have won the Sunflower Half Marathon by 5 minutes. Finally, I was part of the 4th place team at the 2021 Cascade Lakes Relay.
BRIAN COMER’S RUNNING COACH CERTIFICATIONS
USOC SafeSport certified
Essential Elements of Running Certification from RunDNA
Altis Certified (Coaching the Endurance Events)
1500: 4:20.50 (Puget Sound Five Way 3/7/15)
Mile: 4:44.91 (UW Indoor Open 2/14/16)
3000: 9:01.64 (Rose City Preview 3/21/15)
5k: 15:49.13 (Cougar Open 4/20/19)
10k: 32:37.08 (Club Northwest Spring Break Open 3/28/15)
Half Marathon: 1:13:24 (Hop Hop Half Marathon 3/31/18)
BENEFITS OF JOINING TEAM RUNRUN
When you join Team RunRun, you get tons more benefits than just working with an amazing running coach like Brian Comer. As a runner, you will get access to monthly talks with experts, informational newsletters, and social networking with runners and coaches around the world. In addition, we hook you up with discounts on running gear. Finally, we use an easy subscription model that you can pause at any time so that running fits easily into your lifestyle. Read more about online coaching
GET STARTED WITH BRIAN COMER, ONLINE RUNNING COACH IN PORTLAND, OR
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CHECK OUT BRIAN’S RECENT RUNNING-RELATED PUBLICATIONS
Cascade Lakes Relay – 7/30/21
Sunflower Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relay Race Report – 4/24/21
Setting Goals During Covid
Incorporating Strength Training into Running during the Coronavirus Pandemic
A Guide to Overnight Relays
Sports Psychology and Meditation: The Power of Visualization
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