Emily Alley – Detroit Running Coach

From: $35.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

Marathon mom chasing finish lines and dreams with beginner runners. Run your first 5k, half, or full marathon!



Detroit running coach Emily Alley specializes in helping beginners work towards their first 5k, all the way up to the marathon, so whether you’re just starting out, trying to fit it into a busy schedule, or aiming for a BQ, Emily is here to work with you. Reach out below!

Contact Emily

LEVELS: Beginner
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: No, online coaching only


Imagine where you could be today if you had started your running journey a year ago. Think about the positive impact on your health, fitness, and overall lifestyle. Now, picture a future where you’ve embraced the courage to take that first step and make your running dream a reality. Join me now, lace up your shoes, and together let’s make those running dreams come true!

Why Choose Me?

  • Budget-Friendly Option: I understand the importance of accessible fitness. My training is affordable because I want everyone to have the opportunity to become a runner.
  • All Races, All Paces: Whether you’re aiming for a 5k or dreaming of completing a marathon, I’ve got you covered with a training plan catered to your level.
  • Stroller-Friendly Plans: I know the joy and challenges of balancing running and parenting. That’s why I’ve got stroller-friendly plans that let you enjoy your run while your little one rides along in the stroller.
  • Move from Walking to Running: I’m here to help you transition from walking to running, one step at a time.
  • Discount for 6 or 12 month commitment


Worry free training.

  • Running for the first time can be intimidating. Building your training plan shouldn’t be. By using a coach, you can focus on running without worrying if you’re doing the right workouts.
  • Walking is exercise too.
  • Runners are not made overnight. Easing into running is the key to avoiding burnout and injury. It’s more than okay to take it slow and incorporate walking into your routine.

Follow your heart(rate).

  • This data point offers insight into your progress more reliably than anything else. Keeping within the prescribed heart rate zones will allow you to complete the workout and reap the benefit of its intended purpose.

“Run with endurance the race set before us…” Hebrews 12:1

  • As we push ourselves towards our training goals, we gain not only physical strength but also the mental fortitude to live out our life’s purpose with unwavering conviction and determination. Running teaches us to endure, to persevere, and to strive for our goals with grit and passion. So, lace up your shoes and run your life’s race with endurance and purpose.


Embarking on a New Journey as Your Running Coach

For years, I’ve been the go-to person in my circle, sharing my knowledge and passion for running with friends as they embarked on their running journeys. Now, it’s time to take that experience to the next level. I’ve nurtured a dream of helping beginner runners log their first miles, and I’m finally toeing the line to begin my race as a running coach.

Pacing the Way to Success

Not only have I been a source of guidance for friends, but I’ve also had the exhilarating experience of being a pacer for both half and full marathons. There’s no greater joy than running alongside fellow athletes, supporting them as they reach for their goals. Let’s lace up our shoes and start this exciting journey together!


I am a wife, stroller mom, and Christ follower. Running is my sanity, locomotion, inspiration, and lifestyle. I stroller my kids wherever the sidewalk is smooth and wide, especially if it leads to a playground.

Food is another passion of mine, and I love to fuel my runs with home-cooked meals. I’m always experimenting with new recipes and flavors to keep my cooking adventures exciting.

While I couldn’t convert my husband into a runner, we find joy in family activities like long hikes, discovering new playscapes, kayaking, and leisurely walks to the ice cream shop. Life is an adventure, and I’m here to help you make the most of every step in your running journey.


Ryan Hall, the American racing icon, has been my running role model. He taught me to run the mile I am in, to focus on the task before me, dig deep, and run with unwavering determination. He inspired my end-of-the-marathon mantra, taken from Joel 3:10, “Let the weak say I am strong.” This reinforces that when we focus on something greater than ourselves, there’s no limit to what we can achieve. Ryan Hall’s story continues to motivate me, and I strive to pass on that inspiration to those I coach.

The Galloway method has been a game-changer in my running experience, and I’m excited to share the benefits of this technique with those I coach. It’s proof that sometimes, a well-timed walk can be the key to achieving extraordinary results.

Jack Daniels’ mastery of the science behind V.O2 training is nothing short of brilliant. His training principles are backed by solid scientific reasoning. When you trust your training and hit your paces as per his formula, the results are undeniable.


From Straggler to Boston Finisher: In my first marathon, the Sao Paulo Marathon back in 2010, I faced an unexpected challenge. At one point, I looked back and saw that I was only a couple of blocks ahead of the bus that picks up stragglers at the end of the pack. Despite being underprepared, my determination kicked in, and I finished the race alongside my dad, successfully outpacing the “sag wagon.” This experience ignited a fire within me.

Since then, I’ve run several marathons, including Boston twice, proving that with dedication and hard work, incredible achievements are possible. If I can do it, so can you!


  • 5k: 19:45 (6/24/23) Trenton Summer Fest 5k, 1st Female
  • Half Marathon: 1:32:25 (10/20/17) Danville Half Marathon, 1st Female
  • Marathon: 3:16:13 (11/11/17) Richmond Marathon


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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