Brian Condon – Boulder Running Coach

4.83 out of 5
(12 customer reviews)

From: $120.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

From marathons to ultras and stage races, helping runners focus on the process and enjoy the journey with consistency, work and rest.

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Description

Boulder running coach Brian Condon specializes in trails and ultras and staying consistent to achieve long-term goals, though he’s just as comfortable training and racing road marathons. He’s raced at all the major races, including Western States 100, UTMB, TransRockies Stage race, Ice Age 50, The North Face ultras, and the Chicago Marathon.

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TYPES: Road, Track, Trail
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra
TRAINING PLATFORM: Training Peaks Premium
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Boulder, CO

SPECIALTIES

Trail-Ultras-Marathons
Consistency-Sustainability-Balance

PHILOSOPHY

I believe in consistency more than anything. Running smart, healthy, and injury free for as long as possible is the best way to get better. Having fun with what you are doing is important too, but I’ve found that getting better at something is the best way to have fun, so that’s the goal.

I believe that becoming better requires figuring out when you can push and when you need to relax and lay back in training, racing, and in life. That is what I aim to do as a coach – work with a runner to push and pull those levers to reach balance and long term potential.

COACHING EXPERIENCE

Three Years online coaching for Team RunRun and personal coaching (everything from first half marathon, Boston qualifiers, first ultra, taking that next step, and 100 mile prep)

Five years coaching high school cross country and track and field

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ABOUT ME

I am very easy going, positive, and adaptable. I believe in the ‘work hard play hard’ mantra, but I like to throw in and relax hard too.

I’m from Wisconsin and currently live in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. I run with the Rocky Mountain Runners and work at a mountaineering Gear shop. I love running, all things outdoors, and any sport or activity thrown my way. I also love live music, good food and drink, and my family and friends.

BIG INFLUENCES

Coaches I have had through the years have probably influenced me the most, but the three running coaches I look to for ideas, influence, and inspiration outside of my own circle are Jerry Schumacher, Mike Smith (NAU), and Jack Daniels. I also look for inspiration outside of the running world and I encourage my runners to do the same – good ideas usually translate across practices.

RACING HISTORY

I ran cross country in college at UW-La Crosse and then progressed from marathons to trail ultra marathons. I like doing everything from 5k to 100 mile now; it’s just fun to run. I’ve had the opportunity to race a few great races like the Boston Marathon, Western States 100, and the TransRockies Stage race a few times and hope to do some cool races in the future like Comrades and UTMB. I’d like to try to set the FKT on the 1,200 mile Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin some day too.

CERTIFICATIONS

Coursework through the WIAA in ‘the fundamentals of Coaching’ and ‘First Aid, Health, and Safety for Coaches’ and at UW-La Crosse in ‘Coaching Cross Country and Track and Field’.

PRs

  • Half Marathon: 1:10 (Get Lucky Half, Minneapolis, 2012)
  • Marathon: 2:30 (Chicago Marathon, 2012)
  • 50k: 3:50 (Dances with Dirt, 2013)
  • 100K: 9:38 (Canyon Endurance Run, 2019)
  • 50 Mile: 5:55 (TNF Endurance Challenge, Madison, WI, 2013)
  • 100 Mile: 17:25:01 (Western States Endurance Run, 2019)

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

A few notable races:

  • 41st at CCC 2021
  • 1st at West Line Winder 50k 2021
  • Top 10 at North Face 50 Mile championships
  • Top 10 at Pikes Peak Marathon
  • Top 20 at Western States 100
  • 1st at Golden Gate Dirty 30
  • 1st at Madison Marathon
  • 54th at Boston Marathon
  • 1st in TransRockies Stage Race (Partner with Eric Senseman)

CONTACT BRIAN

Finding a coach who is a great fit for you is really important. We encourage you to email your coach prior to signing up so you can connect, communicate, and ensure a good athlete/coach fit.

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PUBLICATIONS

12 reviews for Brian Condon – Boulder Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jared Barnett

    This has been my first experience working with a running coach and it has been a game changer. I’ve always struggled to optimize my training around my family life (2 kids) and my work. I was making progress towards my running goals but it was stressful and unsustainable in the long-term. Working with Brian has taken a huge load off my shoulders. We chatted about different ways to balance training with life and he has been able to craft schedules that work for me. It’s a huge upgrade from my training before and worth every penny. I was so psyched to hit a major 10k goal of mine that I’ve been chasing for years and was unlikely to hit without his guidance. Can’t wait to tackle my first marathon with him. Highly recommended working with Brian — he’ll help you achieve bigger things!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Noel Rieder

    After years of running without a coach, I decided to hire a coach because I realized that my running ambitions exceeded my ability to successfully coach myself. After evaluating multiple potential coaches, I chose Brian because his running/coaching experience seemed to align closely with my personal running interests and goals. It has definitely been a positive experience thus far and I am very happy with Brian’s coaching. He has done a great job of creating a varied training plan that includes different types of runs, while also being responsive to my needs. Brian has also provided valuable advice on strength training, fueling strategies, and injury prevention. When the inevitable injury does occur, he is very responsive to how my body is responding to the training and makes changes to the training plan as necessary. Brian is also happy to share the science behind the training so that it never feels like I am just logging junk miles. It has been great to have Brian in my corner to provide encouragement and feedback through the highs and lows of training for challenging events. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a coach.

  3. 5 out of 5

    RJ Boyle

    after 6 years of not being able to pull together a single race, a few months brian got me from running 10 miles a week to finishing the sawatch ascent 50k. he’s a super smart super talented coach and he really knows how to tune into an athlete and set a plan for success!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rob P

    I’ve worked with Brian for a couple of months and have been very happy with my plan, our communications back and forth over phone and email, and overall he’s been very tolerant of my silly running questions as somebody taking on bigger efforts. He developed a half marathon program for me that was more rigorous which involved a running test of sorts; took into consideration my overall goals and running availability; provided programming for long runs, short runs, and workouts; then on top of all that, gave me help in coming up with a running strategy for the race and gave me some motivation to boot! This is way more value than I could’ve ever gotten from than the average free online half marathon program.

    I’m looking forward to training for my full and then ultra, breaking personal barriers I never thought would be possible! Thanks, Brian!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Isaiah Ford

    Brian has been an excellent coach for me! I really appreciate the flexibility in training plans given schedule changes, other life adventures and effort levels. Super knowledgeable and descriptive on specifics in training, which being new to coaching, I really appreciate. I have better understanding now of how specifics in training all fit together in the grand scheme. Working on my first 100 mile race and hopefully many more to come. Thanks, Brian!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eric Meahan

    I’ve been working with Brian for 2-3 months now and for a couple of races. Brian has been excellent, encouraging, and a valuable resource. He’s done a great job taking my planned runs/races and building in my training. I have 100% improved since training with him. I’m now starting to train for my first 100 miler with Brian and looking forward to it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michael Dobos

    I’ve been working with Brian for about 10 weeks now and could not be happier. I began working with him the week after running my first ultra and he was able to develop a plan that allowed me to recover before increasing the milage. I can honestly say I am already in better shape now than I was when I ran my first ultra. He is always available for questions and constantly providing feedback on workouts. Great experience so far!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Shallow

    I can’t say enough good things about Brian’s coaching style. Whether you are working toward a fast road race or an ultra, he will have your training dialed in. His approach is a perfect balance of hard work and fun, one that ensures steady progress and achievable goals. Even in a year of uncertain times and cancelled races, Brian has shown an unwavering commitment to his craft. If you are fortunate to work with Brian, you will get both a coach and a friend.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Murphy

    Brian is super great- very patient, supportive, and encouraging. He’s available when I have questions and is willing to work with me/where I’m at. Happy he’s helping me try different stuff and work through different barriers.

  10. 3 out of 5

    Andy Wind

    I only worked with Brian for about 6 weeks and had real trouble getting aligned. Very knowledgeable and clearly an extremely talented runner, but lacked consistent communication or the rigor that I was after.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Raithel

    I have been working with Brian for 2 months. My goal is to qualify for Boston. He’s pushing the envelope with me, which I like and appreciate. He is encouraging and knowledgeable. I look forward to the next few months with him as my coach!

  12. 5 out of 5

    SRhinehart

    I started working with Brian three months ago, and could not have been happier with my decision! Training for my first 50k was intimidating to think about, but Brian was super encouraging, supportive, and helpful throughout the process. He was always available to answer any questions I had, and was particularly helpful with giving me stretches and routines for avoiding injury. He also knows Boulder inside and out, and was able to give me route suggestions on several occasions.

    Brian’s philosophy for running and training is something that can fit any athlete and has really helped me understand my body better! I would absolutely recommend him to anyone looking for a coach for their next race. Thanks, Brian!

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