Jeremy Lynch – Pittsburgh Running Coach

5.00 out of 5
(2 customer reviews)

From: $70.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

Running is physical, mental, & life-balanced, personalized for each unique individual & their personal, professional, & athletic goals.

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Description

Pittsburgh running coach Jeremy Lynch works with trail runners across all distances, from 5ks up to 50k, 50 miler and 100 milers, working with them to build a strong, injury-resilient base, along with a personalized approach to each athlete’s needs. Reach out to Jeremy below to get started!

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TYPES: Trail
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra
TRAINING PLATFORM: Final Surge
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited phone, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: New Wilmington, PA
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: No, online coaching only

SPECIALTIES

  • Holistic Development: Recognize that an athlete’s performance is not solely dependent on physical training. Mental strength, nutritional balance, recovery, and life balance are equally important. Training plans are personalized to fit the individual needs of each athlete, acknowledging their personal, professional, and athletic goals.
    Sustainable Training: Encourage practices that are sustainable over a lifetime, prioritizing health, and injury prevention. Training should be adaptable, gradually building resilience and strength without overreaching, to ensure longevity in the sport.
  • Mental Resilience: Foster mental toughness through targeted exercises that prepare athletes for the highs and lows of running. Emphasize the importance of mindset, focus, and self-awareness, helping athletes to adapt to, and overcome barriers, both physical and mental.
  • Individuality and Flexibility: Acknowledge the uniqueness of each athlete—tailoring training, recovery, and nutritional advice to their specific needs, goals, and life circumstances. Be flexible and adaptable, understanding that the path to any goal may require adjustments and recalibration.

Sustainable Training Methodologies:

  • Building Base Mileage for New Runners or Runners Recovering from Injury: For new runners or those returning from injury, the focus should be on gradually building base mileage, emphasizing consistency and patience over intensity and volume. Start with low mileage runs, prioritizing form and technique, and using time and heart rate rather than distance or pace. This cautious approach helps in building endurance while minimizing the risk of injury. Incorporate rest days and low-impact cross-training activities to promote recovery and reduce the monotony of running.
  • Using a Block Periodization Framework for Advanced or Experienced Athletes: For advanced or experienced athletes, implement a block periodization framework to structure training into distinct phases, each focusing on different aspects of fitness (e.g., base building, strength, speed, and tapering). This approach allows for concentrated work on specific areas of improvement while preventing burnout and overtraining. Each block is designed to build upon the previous one, leading to peak performance for targeted races or competitions.

PHILOSOPHY

To foster a community of athletes who are not only physically prepared for the challenges of endurance running but are also mentally resilient, environmentally conscious, and supportive of one another.

My professional foundation in clinical mental health, educational psychology, and as a certified XPT Performance Breathing Coach, combined with my personal passion and dedication to ultra-distance trail running, allows me to offer a comprehensive and deeply informed approach to coaching. This fusion of clinical insight and ultra-running experience equips me to support athletes not only in achieving their physical endurance goals but also in mastering the mental and emotional challenges that are intrinsic to the sport. Through this holistic coaching strategy, I am committed to guiding athletes toward peak performance, resilience, and a profound appreciation for the journey of ultra-distance trail running.

COACHING EXPERIENCE

I’ve worked with several types of athletes, from kids in after school running programs to high school students to adults running their first ultras or trail races. I’ve worked with NCAA athletes on the mental side of training and performance mindset. And I coach my wife… and we’re still married (we also teach together at the same university, in the same department).

ABOUT ME

I came to running later in life – my mid 30s – after a lifetime of team based sports – NCAA football – and the military, where running was not anything we did for fun. In fact, I hated running. That is until my cousin invited me to run a trail marathon in coastal Massachusetts. After that, I was hooked. The trails, the community, the challenge… I haven’t looked back since. Like Bart Lasso, I’ll race everything from 5ks, to 50ks, to 100s, to beer miles. If it sound like fun or it sounds painfully challenging I’m in.

I currently live in western Pennsylvania with my wife and two teenage daughters. We’re a busy, active family – I coach my wife in her ultra trail pursuits – and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Ultra running is a team sport and my family is a huge part of my team. My wife is my crew captain and my daughters always volunteer at the aid stations (without being told they have to). I couldn’t do it without them.

My career has been spent teaching in public schools, counseling in clinics, and now in higher education teaching educational psychology and social-emotional wellness to people who want to be teachers. I’m lucky in that I get to do the things I love, coach and teach, everyday.

BIG INFLUENCES

  • Joel Friel and Dr. Yuri Verkhoshansky and their approaches to the Block Periodization training framework. I geek out on that stuff.
  • Brendan Leonard (semi-rad.com) – because we all need more humor in our lives, especially running humor.

RACING HISTORY

My first trail race was the Stone Cat Marathon in Ipswich, Massachusetts. I learned a lot during that experience. Including the best piece of trail running advice I’ve ever received – from a much older female runner passing me – “honey, we walk the hills in this sport.”

I started worked with Team RunRun coach Maxx Antush and things took off from there with several top 10 finishes, including 9th at the 2023 Rim to River 100 in New River Gorge, WV (and I was still able to run the turkey trot with my family a few weeks later). It’s been an incredible journey.

PRs

Rim to River 100 – 100 Miler – New River Gorge, WV
Nov 4, 2023
Overall:9
21:11:58

Youngstown Ultra Trail Classic – 50K – Youngstown, OH
Sep 11, 2021
Overall:2
5:25:07

Arches Ultra – 50 Miler – Moab, UT
Jan 26, 2019
Overall:11
8:34:38

CERTIFICATIONS

  • UESCA Certified Ultrarunning Coach
  • McMillan Certified Coach
  • XPT Performance Breathing Coach

CONTACT JEREMY

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?

SOCIAL

2 reviews for Jeremy Lynch – Pittsburgh Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sararose DeVore

    Jeremy is an awesome running coach! He takes the time to really listen to you by getting to know your running (honestly sporting) history, goals, things that motivate you, and concerns. All of these factors are considered when he creates your plan. I am currently rehabbing a past injury, and he has done an amazing job creating workouts that follow my rehab expectations while still helping me continue to make progress towards my goals. He also makes an effort to learn about your local parks, trails, etc. and helps you identify which ones might be best for specific workouts. I highly recommend Jeremy!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kim Cook

    Coach Jeremy is great! In the past, I ran fairly consistently but without a clear plan for how I could improve. Cue Jeremy. After discussing my running history, short and long term running goals, injuries, concerns, and much more, he created a plan. Each week, he schedules my runs and strength training sessions in the app, which makes it so easy for me! He checks in on my progress daily, answers all of my questions, and revises my workouts when needed. He works with me to ensure I’m doing okay and that I feel we are on track. I can already see improvements in my strength, endurance, and cardiovascular ability. If you’ve been looking for a running coach, I recommend Jeremy!

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