Jamie Ness – Lexington Running Coach

5.00 out of 5
(4 customer reviews)

$125.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

50% off your first month! As a personal trainer with an MS in Kinesiology, I will use sound scientific principles adapted to suit individual needs and desires.



Jamie Ness is a Lexington based running coach with a focus on recovery from injury, strength training, and obstacle course races. He’s coached track and cross country at the middle school level, all the way up to the collegiate level, and is highly focused on individual needs, goals and schedules.

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


  • Holistic Individual Training-beyond just a plan; all parts of preparation will be considered and we’ll figure out how to make it jive with your lifestyle
  • Recovery From Injury
  • Strength Training
  • Obstacle Course Races


  • I take the GPS approach to coaching. No matter where an athlete is in their journey, I strive to guide them along the best path to reach their destination.
  • The science is figuring out what stress and recovery are needed to induce the desired adaptation.
  • The art is figuring out how that applies to the individual person I’m coaching.
  • I’m not married to any particular style as dogma is limiting.


I coached track and field and cross country for 8 years. I worked with beginners in middle school and advanced athletes at the collegiate level including NCAA Division I. I have since worked with adults of varying abilities and schedules, including beginners completing their first 5k or marathon and more advanced runners qualifying for Boston. Over the years I have helped many achieve personal records, school records, conference championships and homeschool national championships.

I have coached for Blacksburg Middle School in Virginia, Transylvania University, Union College, Tennessee Wesleyan College and Eastern Kentucky University. I also coached for Xcel Track Club in Lexington.


I’m a personal trainer married to an athletic trainer which makes for a good match. I occasionally get to coach her and I occasionally demand her expertise for myself or a client. I love to laugh, learn and play. I laugh at any opportunity. I enjoy learning about history, science, running and sport of course, and pretty much anything in general. As for play I like to travel, have a good beer with friends, play just about any sport, and DO anything most of us would find fun (I’m not the type to lounge around).


Greg McMillan, Jack Daniels and Steve Magness have been big influences, as have many coaches I have worked with or under. I have read a lot of training theory from many different sources and read a lot of research articles from which I draw my own conclusions. I will gladly stand on the shoulders of giants, but I’m not afraid to peer in a different direction once I’m up there.


Most Glorious: 2000 Region IV Cross Country Championships, Tazewell, Virginia
I crossed the line 5th, behind 4 Marion Hurricane teammates and just ahead of my biggest rival, Derek Webb of Abingdon. We took 7 of the top 8 spots and scored the only perfect 15 ever in Virginia’s old high school system. The week before Derek had obliterated me and we had to settle for an imperfect 16 at the District Championships.

Most Satisfying: 2003 Region XII Cross Country Championships, Louisville, Kentucky
I managed to grab the final individual qualifying spot for the National Championships. I fought valiantly and attained a long-term goal, during a collegiate career that was too often plagued by injury and over-training.

Most Humbling: 2007 Rocket City Marathon, Huntsville, Alabama
While success shows your capabilities and is certainly the goal, your failures teach you so much more. I was probably as fit as I have ever been in my life, but unseasonably warm temperatures and poor hydration and nutrition turned this race into a long death march. I finished my first marathon with a healthy respect for the distance.


  • USA Track & Field Level 1
  • NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist


  • Marathon: 2:52:16 (11/23/08) Philadelphia Marathon
  • 15 mile trail: 1:50:06 (9/22/07) Bays Mountain Trail Race
  • Half: 1:16:53 (2 /2/03) Las Vegas International Half-Marathon
  • 10 miles: 56:34 (1/1/06) Hangover Classic
  • 10k: 34:24 (7/4/05) Bluegrass 10,000
  • 8k XC: 27:19 (10/2/04) Lakefront Invitational
  • 5000m: 16:00.05 (4/23/04) Cardinal Open
  • 3k Steeplechase: 10:16.23 (4/14/07) Lynchburg College Track Classic
  • 1500m: 4:09.34 (4/16/05) Berea Alumni Meet
  • 800m: 1:59.25 (5/7/04) Billy Hayes Invitational
  • 400m: 53.2 (5/2/01) Intermountain Relays


  • In high school I was the Smyth County News Track Athlete of the Year and a two-time Highlands District Champion at 3200 meters.
  • In college I qualified for the NAIA National Championships twice and earned All-Region twice.


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Lessons Learned the Hard Way

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NSCA Coach Feb 2015

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NSCA Personal Training Quarterly Sep 2017

4 reviews for Jamie Ness – Lexington Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ethan McElfresh

    Jamie has been great. He gives excellent training plans, is fast with communication, and is very friendly. He goes further then just giving you a training plan aswell. He has helped me with form issues, strength training, and injury in addition to the training. I have seen pretty good improvements in the time I’ve been working with him. Would definitely recommend him if anyone is considering him as a coach.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Humphries

    I was looking for a coach that would help me train and avoid injuries, get me better, help me with strength training, and give me hope that I can run a marathon again after several years of being injured and Jamie has done a wonderful job in every way. He has pushed me when I needed to be pushed and given me the freedom to rest a sore foot when I really needed to rest and with his guidance and expertise I am training great, running smoother, more relaxed and I am on course for my marathon. Thank you Jamie for a wonderful job, and I highly recommend him as a coach. I had never met Jamie before and I was nervous about hiring a running coach but he has been great and worth every penny. He has a good heart and cares about you and will do his best for you.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Johnston

    Only been working with Coach Jamie for about 2 months and he’s been perfect. My first time hiring a running coach, everything has been online and over the phone since I’m a few thousand miles away.

    Thankfully I’ve been running for the past few months before and could tell I can benefit from a real coach more. He’s been everything I’ve needed since I have the experience for form but none for training to get me to that true experienced level runner I want to be at. Plan to have him as my coach for years to come.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jared Sandfoss

    I have been extremely satisfied with Jamie Ness’s coaching. He has proven to be excellent with communicating and giving insight, advice, and overall wisdom when it comes to running. The very detailed instructions and workouts have proven to be very rewarding and Jamie Ness definitely knows about running and how to properly address each scenario when it comes up. I am very happy with the quality and overall experience and would highly recommend Jamie Ness to anyone wanting to take running to the next level.

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