Erin Hunt – Asheville Running Coach

5.00 out of 5
(12 customer reviews)

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

Running has changed my life, and I help others find joy in the sport through balanced training for both road and trail races.

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Description

Erin Hunt is a running coach based out of Asheville, NC. She is passionate about helping athletes progress to the next level of running fitness, and also loves finding ways to fit fitness into your busy life. Get started now!

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TYPES: Road, Trail
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra
TRAINING PLATFORM: Final Surge
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text, unlimited phone, weekly analysis email
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Candler, NC
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: Yes, anywhere in Bent Creek or in Carrier Park (Asheville, NC), or reach out with other trail ideas. Options include: runs together, good form sessions, and race strategy discussions. Please reach out to Coach Erin if interested.

SPECIALTIES

My specialty is athlete progression and development. I enjoy training runners up in distance, to their first marathon, ultra, etc. While I prefer trail ultras myself, I have trained simultaneously for trail and road and can help you through the nuances of that. I also love tackling a busy schedule and integrating fitness. If you have a packed calendar AND big running goals, I can relate and help you balance training.

PHILOSOPHY

My philosophy centers around realistic goals and honest communication. I take everything into consideration when creating an athlete program. What you wear on a run, what you do before and after your workouts, and all factors of life come into play during training. I base workouts on the feedback clients give me, so I want you to be as honest as possible about how you feel.

In addition to their weekly running schedule, my athletes are educated on running form, nutrition, hydration, footwear, and gear. I integrate short core strength routines into each week, and I’m always available to answer questions or give encouragement.

COACHING EXPERIENCE

My coaching experience started unknowingly through years of self coaching. I got serious about training for my first half marathon and started consuming all of the running information I could get my hands on. Then I passed what I learned onto friends. In 2014 I got a job at a running store where I could talk training to customers daily. I formally began coaching, and I have taken on clients with goals ranging from increasing their 2 mile speed for military testing, to marathon and ultramarathon distances. I also developed a half and full marathon program for a group of over 30 local runners, and meet with them weekly to do long runs and workouts together.

ABOUT ME

Born in Michigan, I’m a midwesterner at heart. However, I’ve lived all over for the past few years and now reside in the beautiful Asheville, North Carolina with my husband and little beagle. After graduating college and working in a running store in Michigan, I moved to California to work for Nathan Sports (running hydration and visibility gear). That job eventually took me back east where I traveled full time covering half of the country. If you went to a Nathan sponsored event east of the Mississippi river in 2017 or 2018, chances are we’ve met! Following that position I began working with a running shoe company. My remote work experience has resulted in hundreds of runs from hotel lobbies.

Through working in running I’ve had the opportunity to run races I wouldn’t have experienced otherwise, spend time with the nicest professional athletes, and learn the behind the scenes work that goes into big city marathon expos, Ragnars, small 5k races, and everything in between. I am fortunate to have a big network of run specialty friends, and they’re always fueling my passion for the sport.

BIG INFLUENCES

They say don’t meet your heroes, but that’s not true in the sport of ultrarunning. Each athlete I’ve met and spent time with is so encouraging and fun. Maggie Guterl, Stephanie Howe, and Courtney Dauwalter are huge influences for me. Patrick Reagan is coaching me to my first 100 miler right now, and his guidance and encouragement has done wonders for my personal running goals.

RACING HISTORY

  • Lots of 5k’s and 10k’s, most memorable is the Peachtree Road Race
  • Half Marathons: Capital City River Run(x3), Richmond, Lansing Half Marathon, Duo at the Ledge
  • Marathons: Lansing Marathon, Capital City River Run, Bayshore Marathon (x3), Detroit Free Press Marathon, LA Marathon, Charleston Marathon
  • Trail Races: Bad Apple Ultra (12 hour race), Run the Rut 28k, Run The Rut 50k, SLO 50 Miler, Hullabaloo 50k-2nd place, Umstead Trail Marathon-10th place, Hot to Trot (8 hr race)-3rd place

CERTIFICATIONS

  • B.S. in Physiology with a focus on exercise science – Michigan State University
  • USATF – Basic Principals of Endurance Training
  • NAASFP – Currently completing Marathon Coaching Certification Course
  • CPR/First Aid Certified

PRs

  • Half Marathon: 1:43-Richmond Half Marathon 2018
  • Marathon: 3:38-LA Marathon 2018
  • 50k: 6:31-Hullabaloo 50k 2018

CONTACT ERIN

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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PUBLICATIONS

12 reviews for Erin Hunt – Asheville Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    Erin is awesome! She’s everything you want in a coach: great communication, positive attitude, flexible, kind. I’ve only worked with her for about 2 months so far, but I’m already feeling stronger as a runner. This past weekend, I was on pace to PR my 12-hr distance, still feeling strong at the 8-hr mark (had to stop due to wet, blistered feet; my fault, not hers). I’d definitely recommend her to anyone wanting to get the best out of themselves.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Signi Goldman

    Erin has been wonderful and knowledgable. I highly recommend her.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dylan

    Erin is the best! I’m a relatively new runner training for my first marathon, and things have really gone uphill since I started working with her.

    Erin is so positive & works hard to make sure that your training is built into your lifestyle in a way that feels good (and is fun!). The weekly plans she writes keep me physically and mentally engaged – helping me to reach my goals & understand all that I’m capable of.

    She’s incredibly easy to talk to; I always look forward to our conversations and her weekly emails. Erin makes me feel like no question I have is too small & she regularly sends along helpful resources (podcasts, articles, recovery tips, nutrition, etc).

    In all honesty, I felt kind of funny hiring a Coach in the first place, but – as a newer runner – it’s undoubtedly the best thing I’ve done. I’m so grateful to have Erin in my corner & look forward to continuing to grow as a runner with her support!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Harrison

    Erin is a fantastic coach! As a 25 year old that’s relatively new to structured running, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when hiring a virtual coach. With that said, working with Erin has been so much better than anything I could have expected.

    She is extremely responsive to all forms of communication, and I find myself regularly refreshing my email on Sundays waiting for her weekly check-ins and plan for that week. Her workouts are challenging, but easy to follow, and she is quick to clarify anything that I am unsure of.

    Erin is also eager to provide articles, podcasts, tips, and anything else that helps me improve in my training. I wish I would’ve signed up sooner, and I’m looking forward to my first 10k, 10 miler, and half marathon later this fall. If you’re in search of a running coach, Erin is your best bet!

  5. 5 out of 5

    T Penny

    5 stars for Erin! After a 6 month layoff, I signed on with Erin with some specific goals in mind. She is very responsive and checks in once a week. She pushes me to do more than I think I can do which is good. I really love that she is so positive and encouraging. I had a bit of a rough/slow start, missed some scheduled runs due to travel, and we just stayed focused.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Todd

    Erin is a terrific coach!

    I’m age 56 and was looking for a coach who can guide me from a long running hiatus to eventually running my first marathon. Over the 2 months I’ve had Erin as my coach, she helped me start running again after a 10 month layoff, and got me to 10 miles in a week before I had some leg soreness. She helped me thru that. Then I came down with COVID. She helped me through my recovery from COVID. Since I recovered from COVID she has me back to where I was, eager to build on my 10 miles per week, working towards a half marathon in October and my first marathon thereafter. Without her coaching there is no way I’d be running now, much less back to where I was before I got hurt and then sick.

    Erin is extremely POSITIVE and ENCOURAGING. Her own success as a runner is very inspiring to me.

    I look forward to crossing that finish line at my first marathon thanks to Erin’s consistent coaching!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Devon Early

    Erin has been an incredible coach! She is always flexible to accommodate changes in your schedule, injuries that are bothering you, or whatever else life may throw at you while training.

    Her weekly check in’s are thorough and thoughtful, but she is quick to respond if anything you have anything else you need to check in about.

    Erin is the first coach I have ever hired, and while the race I am training for is still a few months away I am excited to keep working with her and growing in my running because of her excellent coaching!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Caldwell

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sam Pittman

    Erin has been awesome! For the last two months, I’ve been training for my first marathon, and as an anxious runner with a wildly busy work/life schedule, I’ve needed a lot of guidance and changes and just entertainment of questions–all of which Erin has been awesome in providing. The proof is in the pudding: my strength over my long runs has been increasing, and my speed in my speed workouts has been going down. There’ve been a few injury/pain issues that Erin has given me great advice and instruction in managing, as well as insight on approaching some ‘mental games’ I sometimes find myself playing. Knowledgeable, flexible, patient, and communicative–Erin’s been great! I’m super confident that in a month’s time, I’ll not just be running my first marathon, but that I’ll be running it strong!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Catherine O’Connor

    Oh my gosh Erin is the absolute best! I’ve done a couple of training programs through Fleet Feet but this is the first time I’ve worked with a coach. Erin has been so flexible in working with, supporting & encouraging me. She’s so approachable and easy to talk to – my favorite runs are the ones we do together for this reason. She’s worked with me through bouts of ‘I have an excuse to not do this today… and tomorrow… and all week’ which I so appreciate. I know that if I stick to her plan and give feedback I’ll definitely hit my goals. 🙂

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ali Parsons

    I cannot say enough good things about Erin as a coach. She communicates so effectively with weekly check-ins and texting whenever I need her.

    She is very accommodating with my schedule as well as anything that is bothering injury-wise.

    Erin is the first hired coach I have ever used, and I cannot be happier with making the leap to have someone keeping me accountable and writing plans just for me based on my past races.

    I am so excited to continue training with her until November and the next time I have a scheduled race!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rick Harris

    Erin is awesome. She is able to tailor my workout goals to my crazy work schedule and specialize my mileage progression considering age, experience, previous injury recovery (from when I self-coached), and even family.

    Response time is excellent and has been from the start. When I send an email question, it feels more like I’m emailing a friend than contacting a coaching service! Speaking of the business side, I feel that I’m getting off cheap!

    I’ve been running marathons and 50K distances for over ten years, crested the 50-mile mark in 2015, and hit my first 100K this past Janurary. Looking back, I wish I would have found a coach much sooner. I’m very glad to have found Erin and am more than optimistic about my first 100-mile attempt later this year.

    If you’re looking for a good coach, look no further.

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