Jeff Oliver – Portland, Maine Running Coach

5.00 out of 5
(4 customer reviews)

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Portland running coach Jeff Oliver has coached youth, high school and individual adult athletes, in a wide variety of distances, and he uses both consistency and flexibility to help his athletes reach their full potential in both their training and racing. Reach out to Jeff below to get started!

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TYPES: Road, Track
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Scarborough, Maine
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: No, online coaching only.


Each runner has areas of their training that can be improved. Some of the major areas include pacing, speed work, strength work, race prep and weekly mileage. Some of the more specific areas include preparing for various race conditions and course challenges, avoiding setbacks and knowing when to take a down week. My specialty is that I will look to progress everything that will make you a better runner. I will accomplish this by analyzing your past training and then by making adjustments as you progress.


I have a short list of core values that I believe help my runners improve.

— RUN THE PROPER PACE – It’s quite possible that nothing hinders your ability to improve more than proper pacing. I will absolutely help you with that.

— INCREMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS – My goal is to help you to incrementally improve in all of the areas previously mentioned.

— RACE DAY PREP – Is the course hilly, what paces should you run, how to get acclimated to the heat or the cold, what to consume on race day.

— WORK ON BOTH ENDS OF RACE PACE – Training to run faster should include paces both faster and slower than your goal race pace.

–STRENGTH WORK – The motion of running is extremely repetitive, creating weak areas and injury risk areas for runners, proper strength is essential.

— CONSISTENCY – It’s really hard to improve without consistency, I’m here to motivate and encourage you to keep working towards your goals.

— FREQUENT COMMUNICATION – I’m often described as an over communicator, feedback from me will be frequent, it’s important.

— RACING IS FUN – Racing is a blast and hitting new personal bests is icing on the cake, I’m here to encourage and help you to do both!


I joined team RunRun in January of 2024 but my coaching experience dates back to 2007 when I took a position as a high school cross country coach that eventually led me to coaching both boys and girls track and cross country through 2018. I learned early on that I had a passion for helping runners get faster. As a high school coach it became routine for me to work with inexperienced runners and see them improving by 10 minutes or more over their 4 years in high school. What an awesome feeling it was to be a part of that! After a great deal of success as a coach, I moved back home to Maine in 2018 and was hired as an athletic director so that I could help other coaches lead students in a positive direction. Since that move in 2018, I’ve moved onto coaching adults as I no longer have the ability as an athletic director to coach students. Immediately I discovered that the same passion to help runners improve, existed even when working with adults, it truly is a blast!


I have a 7 and a 10 year old who absolutely love sports (yay!) and of course a beautiful wife who keeps us all organized and moving forward. If you couldn’t already tell, I love all things running. My only other obsession is board games, I love a good Catan game and don’t miss too many weeks without playing monopoly with my kiddos.


Renato Canova – The premise of Renato’s training is to extend an athlete’s ability to last a given pace, otherwise put, extend the length of time an athlete can run at the specific goal race pace leading up to race day. Base training utilizes both ends of the training spectrum, high and low intensity stress. The goal of training is to increase speed endurance.

Jack Daniel’s – I find the pacing tables in his book to be very useful.


  • 5k – 16:12 at the 2008 Footlocker South Regional Championship
  • 4 Miles – 21:35 at the 4 on the 4th in York Maine 2019
  • 8k – 27:05 – FSU Cross Country Invitational 2008
  • 10k – 34:20 – Beach to Beacon 10k 2019
  • Half Marathon – 1:15:18 Gulf Coast Half 2018
  • Half Marathon – MASTERS WINNER 1:16:06 Maine Half Marathon 2022
  • Marathon – 2:44:19 Snickers Marathon 2016


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.
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4 reviews for Jeff Oliver – Portland, Maine Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5


    Jeff has been an amazing coach over the last 5 weeks. I have been using him for my marathon build for a sub 3 and he has been quick to respond to questions or comments and also give feedback and uplifting responses. I would recommend him to anyone looking to improve on their running and do it in a healthy and safe way. I am looking forward to the next 15 weeks of learning from a great guy and coach!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mina Barać

    I started running maybe two months ago. I struggled to run a mile at the beginning. Yesterday I ran my first 5k and won 3rd place in my age division! Jeff is truly an amazing and highly experienced coach. Every week he develops a running plan I should follow. He is very accommodating and always available when I have questions/concerns. He is very attentive to detail when it comes to my stats and makes sure I am both challenging myself and resting when I need to. He also helps me develop a healthy attitude towards running so that it doesn’t become a chore. Coach like that is hard to find!

    I am excited to continue my running journey with coach Jeff!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ernie Milner

    Jeff is a very experienced and accomplished running coach. In our initial consultation he listened to my goals and my running history. He then dove into my online running data to gain a thorough understanding of my current abilities as a runner. With this knowledge, he developed customized training plans that have quickly helped me improve as a runner both in terms of endurance and speed. Specifically, his coaching helped me to a 7 minute faster finish time at the Boston Marathon. Jeff is great to work with, he’s encouraging and provides thorough and timely feedback. I highly recommend Jeff!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Greg Sinnett

    First of all, working with Jeff is a lot of fun. I got a custom plan with plenty of feedback and encouragement to meet my running goals. I’ve increased my weekly milage, decreased my splits and ran a 10min PR in the half marathon thanks to Jeff’s coaching, nutrition, warmup tips and custom workouts. I’m not an elite runner, but Jeff’s experience coaching top-tier athletes shows, and I’m having a great time becoming the best runner I can be.

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