Joaquin Martinez de Pinillos – San Luis Obispo Running Coach

$99.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

$40 First Month! Here to help you find the perfect balance between training and recovery so you can train and race at your best! Free consultations!



San Luis Obispo running coach Joaquin Martinez de Pinillos works with all levels of runners, from the 5k to the marathon, with a focus on injury prevention through strength work and cross-training in order to help you achieve your running goals. If you’re working towards your first race or your next PR, reach out to Joaquin below to get started.

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


  • Injury prevention through strength work and cross-training
  • Couch to 5K fitness plan
  • Post collegiate elite runners
  • Safe mileage growth


I believe that there is no such thing as a “secret workout” and that to race fast you need to know when to run slow. I have been fortunate enough to have been coached by some of the greatest coaches in the world, John Hayes and Ryan Vanhoy, and will use the knowledge I’ve gained in my 10 years of running to elevate your training to the next level. Here are some snippets about my coaching philosophy:

  • As stated above, I will encourage you to run 70-80 percent of your running at an easy pace.
  • I use terms like marathon pace and anaerobic threshold to communicate some workout efforts. Even if you’re getting ready for a 5k, be prepared for many of your weekly workouts to be at your perceived marathon pace and half-marathon pace.
  • Neurological efficiency is key! To keep you uninjured, plan on using a resistance band to strengthen your glutes, hips, and lower legs.
  • I am a huge fan of longer-tempo work.
  • NEW RUNNERS WELCOMED! I am here to help you on your running journey just like I was lucky enough to have coaches guide me. I hope I can do the same for you!


I coached at a high school running camp with over 300 distance runners where I was tasked with demonstrating proper stretching and mobility form and doing mobility drills. I also participated in a Q&A where I shared my experience as a runner and talked about the lessons I learned while developing the Wake Forest University Cross Country team into a national-level program. I was also an assistant coach for Elite Racing San Diego. Most of my experience comes from my ten years of running under some of the best coaches in the Nation. Coach John Hayes and Ryan Vanhoy have produced multiple All-Americans even a few Olympic finalists.


When I’m not running, I’m surfing, bouldering, playing bass, and recovering from my workouts. I’m currently reading “Reborn on the Run” by Catra Corbett, an inspiring meth addict turned ultra-marathoner story. You should totally check it out!


I would say, that my first coach, Lisa of Elite Racing San Diego, made such a positive impact on my running and coaching philosophies, as well as Dan Gieger, my high school coach. They are the reason I fell in love with running and are a big reason I decided to pursue coaching. Coach John Hayes, the former NAU and Texas coach and currently at Wake Forest, is my biggest inspiration regarding coaching. His ability to make sure his athletes peak at the right time is unlike any other coach in the NCAA. Many of the workouts I will be prescribing are partially inspired by some of the workouts he gave me. I will forever be thankful for his guidance.


Runners have to deal with multiple mental forks in the road while racing. An example might be when you see a gap open up in your racing pack and decide at that moment to split the gap and match the move, instead of playing it safe and staying with your current pack. In some cases, staying safe is the most optimal choice. But when I ran 7:53 in the 3k and 13:39 in the 5k, my brain was turned off and I ran with a level of confidence I try to replicate in all of my races. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but every time I fail I get to learn and prepare better for the next one. Great runners aren’t just physically strong, they are mentally strong and have good race IQ.


  • 1500: 3:43
  • Mile: 4:01
  • 3000: 7:53
  • 5000: 13:39
  • 10000: 29:07


  • Cross Country California State Team Championship; 2016
  • High School Footlocker Cross Country Nationals Finalist; 2017
  • Atlantic Coast Conference Team Title, 2022
  • NCAA Championship Qualifier; 2020, 2021, 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.
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