Jacqueline Sommer – St. Louis Running Coach

4.75 out of 5
(4 customer reviews)

From: $85.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

With a focus on a balanced life, I am here to guide you through your journey to make running part of your everyday life!

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Description

St. Louis running coach Jacqueline Sommer specializes in distances ranging from 5K to 100 miles on both road and trail. She enjoys working with runners of all abilities, especially busy parent athletes who are trying to get the most out of their training time.

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TYPES: Road, Trail, Track
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra
TRAINING PLATFORM: Google Docs
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text, unlimited phone
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: O’Fallon, IL

SPECIALTIES

My specialty is creating meaningful journeys with a positive mindset. I have experience racing all distances from 5K to 100 miles on both road and trail. I enjoy working with runners of all abilities, but the group that I relate to the most is busy moms! One of my strengths is time managements skills and I enjoy helping people learn how to work running into an already full schedule. As a busy mom myself, I thrive on chaos and a full schedule with knowledge to share about juggling multiple life obligations! I also have a ton of knowledge about running and racing through pregnancy, post-partum, as well as while breastfeeding based on my own personal experiences!

PHILOSOPHY

Balance, balance, balance! I believe running should complement your life, not take it over! Training plans should be flexible and individualized to seamlessly fit into your already demanding schedule. As your coach, I will be there every step of the way to provide necessary support to keep your mind and body healthy and ready for the demands of your training journey. Mental strength is a key component to success and I believe we can achieve anything with a positive attitude!

As your coach, you can expect:

  • Only one week of training at a time to prevent getting overwhelmed by future volume/workouts
  • Daily communication via text
  • Weekly communication via a phone call or Zoom call
  • Help choosing a goal race that fits your schedule and expectations
  • Unlimited advice on race prep, nutrition, gear, etc.

COACHING EXPERIENCE

I have enjoyed helping friends and family meet their running goals for years just for fun! In addition to helping fellow runners, I have coached myself to PRs in distances from 5K to ultra! I also have 7 years’ experience as a Group Fitness Instructor and Spin Instructor with prior experience as a Certified Personal Trainer and an additional certification in Sports Nutrition. I also have 10 years’ experience as a middle school cheerleading coach.

ABOUT ME

I grew up in a military family, moving every year or two throughout my childhood, which I believe really helped me learn to be flexible and adapt to new situations. Growing up I was a gymnast, played softball, and was a competitive cheerleader. I started running recreationally in college just to stay fit while attending Colorado State University.

My career choice took me back to the St. Louis area where I spent 5 years teaching elementary school. I earned a Masters Degree in Educational Technology and loved training and inspiring teachers to implement technology in their classrooms. I took a step back from my career when I had my first son in 2012. Since then I have dabbled in personal training, group fitness, substitute teaching, and several volunteer positions while raising two busy boys that keep me quite busy!!!

My most important job is being a mom! I have two boys (ages 9 and 7) who inspire me daily. Both are baseball players and my youngest is a competitive gymnast. It is so rewarding to watch them both learn how to work hard, learn how to fail, and learn to keep moving forward.

My husband, Ryan, and I love adventure and work hard to instill a love of nature in our boys. Our oldest son has set a goal to camp in all 50 states by the time he is 18! That is a goal I’m happy to help him achieve. In our rare kid-free time, we love to run together and have a tradition of spending our anniversaries trail running or mountain biking!

BIG INFLUENCES

My biggest influence is my own coach, Mark Spewak, with Spewak Training. Mark taught me the importance of having a coach and I credit him with both my running growth and personal growth from our time together. I hope I can change lives the same way he changed mine!

I also LOVE the positivity of David and Megan Roche and the intensity and mindfulness of David Goggins. I believe it’s all about balance!

RACING HISTORY

Hennepin Hundred (Virtual)- in 2020 I spent months training for my first hundred miler. Of course, like everything else that year, it was canceled. With the support of some friends and family I decided to continue my training and run my own race. It was an incredible experience to overcome all the adversity from a pandemic and still meet my running goal. This experience taught me the importance of flexibility and adapting to situations out of your control.

Grand Rapids Marathon- in 2019 I was training to hopefully BQ at the Grand Rapids Marathon. With only 4 weeks left before the race I got very overwhelmed with my busy life and responsibilities as a mom and decided to back out of the race. With the encouragement of my coach and my husband (and I couldn’t let my kids see me quit), I decided to run the marathon after all but drop the stress and pressure of my A goal. I decided to run for FUN and I ended up PRing and BQing!!! I learned a lot about balancing life and training from this experience!

CERTIFICATIONS

RRCA, Group Fitness, ISSA Personal Training/Sports Nutrition

PRs

  • 5K- 19:20
  • 10K- 45:05
  • Half Marathon- 1:37:46
  • Marathon- 3:31:33
  • 50K- 5:06:31
  • 50 Mile- 9:37:48
  • 100 Mile- 20:44:21

CONTACT JACQUELINE

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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SOCIAL

4 reviews for Jacqueline Sommer – St. Louis Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anna Durkin

    Jacqueline is such a joy to work with! She has been coaching me for the past 2 months and I am loving every minute. Jacqueline has created a specific training plan that effortlessly allows me to fit in all training. It is not easy for a mother of two toddlers to juggle everything, but with her smart planning I have been able to fit in all my runs and reignite my passion for running. As an experienced lifelong distance runner I am thrilled at the results I am already seeing! If you are looking for a coach to quickly and easily communicate with Jacqueline is the coach for you!

    Looking forward to all the miles ahead!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Hartrich

    I can’t say enough good things about our coach Jacqueline…she has been working with me and 3 of my kids in our goal to run our first 5k! She has helped us from everything to gradually getting us conditioned and then knowing when to push us along the way and when to encourage us if life happens and we have a set back, to finding cool family hiking adventure locations to add to our mixed training and to keep everyone engaged while progressing and having fun, to picking out the best 5k to help us achieve our goals. Her passion for running and helping others shines through in her approach as a coach. Coach Jacqueline comes with my highest recommendation.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Essert

    I have been working with Jacqueline for about 3 months while training for a 1/2 marathon. She has honestly gone above and beyond my expectations. I am not a runner; therefore, I had very little knowledge of everything! Jacqueline has had nothing but patience with my stupid questions and negative attitude towards running! She takes all aspects of my life into account when she plans my next week, which is very obvious when she sends the training plan and comments about the variety of obstacles and new information I gave her the previous week. It is because of Jacqueline that I keep training as without her, I would have given up. She truly cares, not only about the running, but also about the person who is running. No matter what, she makes me feel like I have the strength to accomplish a given goal and gives me grace when I missed a run due to life! She is extremely down to earth, motivating and knowledgeable; I would highly recommend!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Scott Bridgeman

    I have been working with Jacqueline for just a little over two months. I am an experienced competitive runner with several marathons and a handful of ultra distances behind me. I am also recovering from a long term hamstring injury. Jacqueline has been very accommodating with my training schedule, as we have had to make adjustments along the way due to my nagging injury. She has been exceptional at speaking to me on my level and has a real knack for knowing what things to say to motivate, encourage & keep me positive, despite some minor setbacks. She clearly takes both my successes and struggles personally. I find that to be particularly helpful in keeping me accountable. Her background and race experience make her perfect for beginners and advanced runners alike.

    Training program effectiveness was only marked down to 4 stars because I have not clearly defined any goals yet to measure by. So this mark down is slightly misleading.

    I am very happy with everything to date!

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