Ilana Guttman – Jerusalem Running Coach

From: $60.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

Learn how to weave running into your identity in such a way that it enriches all the other areas of your life! Beginners welcome!



Running coach Ilana Guttman is based out of Jerusalem, Israel. She helps beginners and intermediate runners with their first 5k/10k/Half Marathons, and she understands the need to train around work, travel, family, and all the things that life brings, so she works with you to make a very personalized, flexible schedule.

***I want to be a part of giving back! Get 50% off your first month of coaching if you are fundraising at least $500 USD for a charity as part of at least one of your races in 2022!***

Contact Ilana

LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon
TRAINING PLATFORM: Training Peaks Premium
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Jerusalem, Israel
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: Yes, meet within 20km of Jerusalem, excluding Areas A and B administered by the Palestinian Authority. Sessions can include a long run, a workout, or sitting down to review a plan or race strategy.


I like to help athletes develop the mindset that they need for success. This is particularly important for beginners who don’t have “runner” as part of their identity yet. I coach “real people” who need to train around work, travel, family, and all the things that life brings and I like to talk about how running can help us understand and overcome challenges.


I believe that running helps us become our best selves. It is a tool that can improve our mood, our self-confidence, teach us how to set and achieve goals, and this is all before all of the fitness benefits!

Life is also an endurance sport and running helps train us for the journey.


I am new to coaching and am currently training adults in Israel but I would like to reach out to an international audience. I have informally guided friends on their running journey and now as a licensed distance running coach, I am excited to do so now as a career!


I have been an athlete my entire life despite not having a particularly athletic family or many friends who competed in sports. I know what it’s like to train without a support network and it’s super rough. I want to provide my athletes with the support that I never had until recently to help them be their best.
I try to incorporate activity into my daily life as well, running errands by bike, and walking rather than driving whenever possible.

As a child I played soccer and basketball, then I transitioned into tennis in high school and college. Along the way, I ran and lifted weights to round out my primary sports but honestly thought it was silly to run for the sake of running.

But during college, study abroad, internships, and jobs that took me all around the world, I found that running was a constant companion that helped me stay centered and remain active when I didn’t have the structure of a gym, a team, or anyone else to hold me accountable. It has helped me to discover each of my new hometowns as I moved. In 2008, I moved from the United States to Israel, and I love being a part of the growing running culture here.

Up until very recently, I ran mostly for fun, but after one month of training with a coach, I reached a new PR and caught the running bug for good! I haven’t always maintained the ideal consistency needed for the best results. For the last decade, I was working full-time in a demanding job while raising 3 young children and as a practicing Orthodox Jew, which brings its own time restraints.

Supporting and communicating with my athletes is very important to me and I usually respond well within 24 hours, but during the Sabbath and certain holidays I am away from my phone and email for an extended period.


In my teens and twenties I tried using dieting and exercise to reach some sort of ideal physique and suffered from disordered eating. When I stepped away from that and focused on performance-based goals, I developed a much healthier attitude toward food and toward myself. I believe that if we switch our mindset from “exercise” to “training” and “diet” to “nutrition” or “fuel”, then everything else tends to fall into place, including aesthetics.


I trained for the 2007 LA Marathon by myself because all groups had training sessions on Saturdays, which my religious commitments prevented me from doing. Left to my own devices and without the resources available online today, I completed all of my training sessions, but alas I didn’t make it to the starting line. I got injured and sick the week of the race and had a DNS. I believe that if I had the support of a coach I would not have made the overtraining mistakes that likely prevented me from reaching my goal of completing my first full marathon.
Despite the major setback that was, I continued to run and have completed about a dozen 5ks, 5 10ks, and 3 Half Marathons. What I like to tell athletes is that I have kept coming back stronger after giving birth to each of my children!

In 2017, after training specifically for the 5k, I very unexpectedly won a women’s night run in Jerusalem and went on to place in my age category in 2 other local races.


UESCA Distance Running Coach
Tel Aviv University Distance Running Coach (in progress)


5k: 24:40 (Merotz Lod), April 1, 2022
10k: 54:17 (Jerusalem Marathon), March 25, 2022


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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