Dan Lyne – Portland Running Coach

5.00 out of 5
(6 customer reviews)

$80.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

Over 40 years of running experience. Exclusively coach busy middle age athletes. Training, coaching & strengthening programs.

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Description

Dan Lyne is a Portland-based running coach who focuses on helping busy, middle-aged athletes improve their running. With over 40 years of experience as a runner himself, Dan knows how difficult it can be to carve out time for running and stay injury free, which is why he is here to help.

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

SPECIALTIES

I exclusively coach middle age athletes. I specialize in helping busy people set realistic short and long term goals based on their athletic abilities and lifestyle. We then work together to develop a customized plan with a focus on keeping you injury free, building strength and developing new healthy habits while you progress towards their goals.

My specialties include:

  • Coaching busy middle age athletes
  • Sharing proven strategies to balance work and life demands with running goals
  • Post injury comebacks, injury prevention, motivation & mental preparation
  • Beginner runners to complete 5k – half marathons & first time marathoners
  • Experienced runners who want to improve their time
  • Developing strategies to make healthy eating a year round habit

PHILOSOPHY

As a busy professional & life long runner myself, I know what it takes to successfully balance life & competitive running. There’s no “One Size Fits All Program” for middle age runners training for races. As part of my coaching practice, I have successfully coached numerous athletes who have unique life challenges, such as work, family/kids, traveling, charity, and more.

As your coach, I develop a custom program based around your abilities. I will help you set realistic goals and provide a lot of positive reinforcement to keep you motivated. Sine I only coach a limited number of athletes at once, I can provide a very personalized experience where we minimize the risk of injury and help you achieve your goals.

With all my athletes, I begin by understanding your past athletic and injury experience, current abilities, lifestyle, goals and access you may have to any athletic facilities. With this information, we then take you through a proven process to develop a periodized program that’s specific to your unique life situation and goals. Meanwhile, I continue to seek additional education and recent research on my craft by engaging in frequent discussion of pertinent topics with peers and athletes. I then share this with athletes whom I coach.

My goal is to exceed my clients’ expectations with an effective training program that includes being responsive to their particular needs, while keeping it fun. With this approach, I help you stay healthy, motivated and confident. All the while, I remain flexible and available to adjust your plan as necessary.

COACHING EXPERIENCE

I’m an RRCA certified coach and the author of “Crushing 26.2 – A Step-By-Step Program to Avoid Injury, Have Fun and Finish the Big Race.” For 7+ years, I’ve managed a running blog and contributed content to many online resources. In addition, I lead a 5 day healthy lifestyle challenge. I’ve been coaching, advising and mentoring middle age athletes of varying ability and experience levels for 6+ years. I have been a devoted student of running & healthy lifestyle for 30+ years.

ABOUT ME

Based in Camas, WA, I’m a running, fitness and health fanatic. I’ve been running for 40+ years. I grew up in Chicago, spent 7 years as an officer in the US Navy, and have lived in Southwest WA for 20+ years. Think of me as the “Crash Test Dummy” for middle age marathoners. I have extensive experience coaching. With the help of my medical team & coaching influences, along with my never ending study of the sport, I’ve learned what it takes to make it to the starting line of races, healthy, strong and confident.

I’m also a busy professional, husband & father. I’m always “on the go” so I personally know what it’s like to stay motivated and organized to complete a training plan for long races like marathons. My competitive experience ranges from High School & Division 1 College Cross Country & Track to running so many road races over the years, that I’ve lost count.

BIG INFLUENCES

  • Bill Rodgers
  • Greg McMillan
  • Amby Burfoot
  • Jack Daniels
  • Steve Magness
  • Deena Kastor

RACING HISTORY

I started racing back in the early 1980s. I ran my first marathon in 1986. Due to some injuries and military service, I didn’t race from the mid 1990s until 2010, but I’ve raced consistently over the last 10 years. I’ve raced every road distance from 5k – marathon. Following list includes some of my highlights.

  • Boston Marathon
  • Marine Corps Marathon
  • Las Vegas Marathon
  • Chicago Marathon
  • Portland (OR) Marathon
  • Sauvie Island (Portland, OR) Foot Traffic Flat Marathon
  • Many, many 5k – ½ marathons since 1980

CERTIFICATIONS

  • RRCA Certified Adult Distance Running Coach (Road Runner’s Club of America)
  • CPR/AED & Basic First Aid Certification

PR’s

  • ½ Marathon: 1:17 (Jan 1991) – Salem, OR
  • Marathon: 2:40 (Feb 1991) – Las Vegas, NV

CONTACT DAN

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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6 reviews for Dan Lyne – Portland Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeannette Sanderson

    Dan is a really good coach. He created a marathon training plan for me that was challenging but doable. Sometimes I worried that I wouldn’t be able complete a workout, but Dan’s belief that I could, combined with some stubbornness on my part, helped me push past my doubts. I ran two really strong half marathons before my big race. Sadly, I was unable to finish my marathon due to an injury that I should have been more vocal about during training. I was especially disappointed because I knew I was in shape to run a great race.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Tsuchiya

    I worked with Dan for 7 months. Dan is very knowledgable, helpful and responsive. He identified issues preventing me from achieving my goals and gave me strategies. I am in my late 50’s and want to run injury free. With Dan’s coaching I was able to run these past months injury free. His service is a great value. To be honest he had more to offer than I have time to utilize.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Monte Hawkins

    Dan is my first running coach, and to be honest, its been a great experience for me personally. I choose Dan as my coach because his coaching style matched where I am at in my running “Career”. I have a young family and busy work schedule, but also had a lofty running goal. Dan worked with me to develop a plan that worked for me. He communicates and gives insights during the entire process, and quickly adjusts the plan (even weekly) if something comes up. That is the part of Dan’s coaching that impresses me the most. He listen’s, adjusts, and keeps me moving towards my goals. A+ coaching.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alex Nydahl

    Dan is the first running coach I’ve worked with since high school (25 years ago!), and I’m very glad to partner with him. I’ve struggled with injuries off and on in my running life, and Dan has developed a comprehensive plan to keep me running–injury free–for as long as possible. So far, it’s working out perfectly! His running and conditioning plans are flexible enough to fit into a busy work schedule, and I’ve felt myself getting stronger and faster over the last several months. By the time my fall races roll around, I’m confident Dan will have guided me to meet my goals!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Jackson

    I have been working with Dan for three months now and it has been a great addition to my training. His training plan is clear and easy to follow (which takes the guess work out of training, which I appreciate), and he readily incorporates feedback based on the regular meetings we have. He is also very quick to respond to emails, which makes communication super easy. He sends over a ton of information related to specific training questions/injuries, which is very helpful. I am looking forward to continuing to work with him.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Fioramonti

    I’ve been working with Coach Dan for about 3 months and I could not be happier with what he has provided for my training. Dan is an accomplished marathoner and draws from his wealth of personal running experience to augment his extensive coaching knowledge. He sends me tons of resources and always seems to have something to help overcome any obstacle I may be facing. His training plan is easy to follow and he consistently updates and tweaks it to adjust to how my body is responding. He has a genuine interest in driving me to improve and has become a true partner in helping me attain my goals while avoiding injury. Dan’s style is encouraging while being realistic about the effort required to advance. If you are a middle-aged runner like me, I highly recommend that you give Coach Dan a shot to help you grow your fitness in a way that will ensure that you can enjoy our sport for the long term.

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