Brian Locher – Seattle Running Coach

From: $115.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

15% off for a 6-mo commitment! Brian is an award-winning coach who will help you take a unique and personalized approach to your next race.



Seattle running coach Brian Locher works with runners on all levels aiming for a 5k up to the marathon, both on the roads and the trails, with a focus on injury prevention techniques, strength and conditioning options, mental sports performance protocols, and biomechanical analysis. Brian also offers in-person sessions, see below for more info and reach out to Brian to get started!

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TYPES: Road, Track
DISTANCES: 1500 up to 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: Yes, meet at Woodland Park – 1000 N 50th St, Seattle, WA 98113 (dirt track)

What’s included in the In-Person Session? In-person sessions are booked in 1-hour increments. Brian can provide one to two of the services listed below during a session, depending on available time.

Athletes are encouraged to commit to three, 1-hour face to face sessions at a time to maximize the benefits of the coaching program. If booked in a package (3), the per-session rate will come at a 10% reduction ($130 per session).

  1. Video analysis of runner biomechanics and methods for improvement.
  2. Demonstration and script of injury prevention drills.
  3. Personalized strength and conditioning circuit.
  4. Application of mental sports performance techniques and race preparation.


I specialize in the holistic training of both male and female runners of all ages, who would like to improve on the track or compete for the very first time in road races from 5k to full marathon.

My experiences in coaching, race directing and academic teaching in Kinesiology for the past 18 years have led me to my philosophy of coaching the whole runner. What does that mean? My coaching provides a unique platform to improve through strength and conditioning, periodized run training, injury prevention drills, methods for biomechanical improvement to reduce injuries and increase efficiency as well as mental performance steps to increase confidence and reach your goals.

My 1:1 Coaching Includes

  • Onboarding client questionnaire.
  • FREE 30-minute Zoom consultation.
  • Individualized weekly coaching including training adjustments.
  • Access to unlimited texts, calls or email communication.
  • Video analysis of runner biomechanics and methods for improvement.
  • Demonstration and script of injury prevention drills.
  • Personalized strength and conditioning circuit.
  • Application of mental performance techniques and race preparation.
  • What I enjoy most about coaching is supporting motivated runners to reach their goals, even goals they didn’t realize were possible. Now, let’s run!


With over 18 years of coaching, I have found that the biggest improvements in performance occur when there is a strong athlete-coach relationship. If you trust the training provided, you will improve. To do this I will seek to understand your running history, possible previous injuries, previous achievements and training, goals for the future, work/life balance and more.

Through effective communication, as well as your dedication and consistency you can achieve your goals.

As a coach, I don’t prescribe to “high mileage” or “increasing intensity” as the cure-all fix to gain personal records. I will make an individualized training plan based on your life, interests and abilities. And, just like life there will be adjustments along the way, and a progression to your training.


I have coached the gamut of athletes, from Olympic hopefuls to the “couch to 5K” layperson as well as Boston Marathon qualifiers. The majority of my coaching experience has come in the NCAA and CCCAA divisions, having spent time as a graduate assistant track coach for Chico State University, and California Polytechnic State University, and for 15 years at Cuesta Community College (CCCAA). In addition, I have coached youth runners, and have experience with online coaching, too. Each experience has been wonderful and unique from the last.


Parks, Exercise and Date Night! My wife and I enjoy taking our toddler son to experience new parks and playgrounds around the greater Seattle area. Being a father has been an awesome experience. There is no greater love. It’s also busy, so I’ve had to learn to really manage my time.

In my downtime I enjoy exercising, mostly running and strength work, and am currently in training for a half marathon and the USATF Club XC Championships. My wife and I enjoy trying new restaurants, the tranquility of a foot spa or even an evening on the Lake.


In short, my athletes! When coaching runners became my passion, I dove into reading training theory (Jack Daniels, Joe Vigil, Peter Coe, Arthur Lydiard, etc.). However, understanding the physiology of training is much different than the application. Your average runner, who works 40 hours a week and has a family, has disrupted training. I found my strength in the art of applied knowledge. I observed my coaching peers and listened to my mentors in the running industry (Gary Towne – Chico State, Mark Conover – Cal Poly, Joe Rubio – Hoka Aggies). More than anything, I observed, listened, and asked for feedback from my runners. They provided me with the knowledge I needed to craft the art of my coaching.

I’ve also been profoundly influenced by the students I work with as an instructor of Kinesiology, Health Science, and Strength and Conditioning at Cuesta Community College.


My modest racing history began in 6th grade when my friends and I would run around our middle school track for extra credit in class. I ran through high school and qualified to the CA, State Championships in XC and Track at my local community college. I continued racing at the University of Chico where our team qualified to their first NCAA Championships in nearly 20 years.

After a break from competitive running for a couple years I began training again as a graduate student while at Cal Poly in 2005. I ran all of my PR’s from 1500-13.1 miles between the ages of 29-31. In addition to my racing I have been the event director for the City to the Sea Half Marathon & 5K and Castle to the Coast for over 13 years.


  • Masters Degree in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Coaching and Sports Studies
  • CPR/First Aid Certified
  • Certified in Mental Health First Aid
  • USATF Level 2 Endurance Coach
  • USTFCCCA Track and Field Academy, Sports Psychology, and Injury Management
  • USTFCCCA Track and Field Academy, Program Management, and Weight Training
  • Online Teaching and Coaching Certified, 2018\


  • CCCAA Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country State Coach of the Year – 2011 and 2022
  • Western State Conference Coach of the Year: 2008, 2010, 2011, 2 x 2016, 2021, 2022
  • Coached 12 State Champions, 36 All-Americans, and 57 Conference Champions in XC and T&F
  • Coached 21 Cuesta College School Records and 5 NJCAA National Leaders
  • Coached the Olympic Distance Triathlon, Collegiate Club National Champion, 2010
  • Coach for the Guatemalan Olympic Committee at the Central American and Caribbean Games
  • Multi-time Boston Marathon qualifier coach


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.

Give us a brief history of your running, and this can include what distances and/or races you’ve run, how long you’ve been running, any past or present injuries, if you’ve worked with a coach or a specific training program before, etc.
Any short term or long term goals?
Describe your ideal coach/athlete relationship.
Any questions/comments for Team RunRun or the Coach in general?



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