Emily O’Brien – Atlanta Running Coach

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

20% off your 1st month! RYT200 yoga instructor and run coach helping beginner-advanced runners meet their running goals on road and trail.



Atlanta running coach Emily O’Brien has expertise extending from road events from 5k-marathon, into trail and ultrarunning, along with swimming, and triathlon. She works with beginners just getting started to more intermediate runners working on their BQ or next PR. Ready to get started? Reach out to Emily below!

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TYPES: Road, Trail
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited phone, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 48 hours
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: No, online coaching only


Coaching is a great source of joy in my life and I love working with runners and multisport athletes of all skill levels from beginner to top amateurs. As a runner seeking to perform at a high level in the amateur field who also lives with several chronic illnesses I have unique firsthand experience with the challenges of juggling training and chronic health conditions and enjoy working with athletes facing similar challenges.

I seek to encourage, motivate, and challenge my athletes no matter what their goals in running are, whether they are just starting out and looking to complete their first 5k or whether training for a BQ. My expertise extends from road events from 5k-marathon, trail and ultrarunning, swimming, and triathlon. My goal is for all my athletes to be happy, healthy runners and as such much of my training programming focuses on injury prevention, fueling, and recovery in addition to run training.


First and foremost, my approach to coaching focuses on an individualized plan for each athlete and their unique needs. Every runner has unique goals, experiences, life demands, and responses to training and my training plans are designed in a way that reflects that. Some athletes thrive with high volume while others perform well with lower volume and higher intensity or a higher portion of weekly training allocated to cross training workouts. There is no one size fits all strategy to running success and my coaching philosophy centers around supporting each runner’s unique needs. This means taking a holistic approach to training and looking at all aspects of a runner’s experience from life demands, to health conditions/injuries, to cross training and fueling. I seek to support the whole runner and ensure that their training plan adds joy and confidence to their running, rather than serving as an additional source of stress.

I believe my role as a coach is not only to use the science of human physiology and training to build effective plans but also to serve as a source of feedback, motivation, and support for athletes. I seek to provide encouragement and serve as a sounding board for my athletes and strongly encourage them to take an active role in their training by keeping open lines of communication. I am passionate about education and also seek to serve as a resource on fueling, cross training, recovery, and strength and conditioning for my athletes.


I’ve been fortunate to coach runners, swimmers, and triathletes of all ages and abilities over the years and to learn from some of the best coaches around in the process. In addition to coaching I have been a RYT200 yoga instructor since 2018 teaching private and group classes in the Atlanta area.


I’m a runner and multisport athlete with a focus on road running, sub-ultra trail running (up to 50k), and triathlon. I am also a certified Yoga instructor and teach a variety of classes ranging from power vinyasa to yin and restorative. Beyond these active pursuits, my career is in medicine and I am currently in my final semesters of training as a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies student and plan to practice in sports medicine after passing my boards this fall.

My journey to running began after my swimming career ended. After being recruited to D1 programs, my collegiate career ended prematurely due to injury. In the process of recovering from that injury I began doing pilates and practicing yoga and shortly after picked up running. I enjoyed the joy and mental clarity that running added to my week as a busy pre-med student and after college found trail running which really cemented my love of the sport. Since then I have enjoyed growing in the sport as both an athlete and a coach, and have also returned to my swimming roots in training for triathlons.


  • 5k: 21:30
  • 10k: 45:32


  • RYT-200 Yoga Instructor


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.
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