Kate Marden – Arlington Running Coach

5.00 out of 5
(7 customer reviews)

From: $75.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

50% off your first month! RRCA-Certified Coach and Nutrition Coach – experienced with pre- and post-natal running, 10-miler up to marathon training programs!

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Arlington running coach Kate Marden is a certified nutrition coach and seasoned runner and marathon racer who is dedicated to helping anyone and everyone get more out of their running. Read on to learn about her specialties, philosophy, and rates!

*** 50% off First Month for month-to-month Coaching – Coupon Code: 50percentoff ***

Contact Kate

Kate is also a certified Nutrition Coach – a free nutritional assessment is included in each run coaching package. Part of the Cherrydale Running Group? Reach out to Kate via the contact form below for the discounted rate of $200 for 6 months or $375 for 12 months.

LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate
TYPES: Road, Trail
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon
TRAINING PLATFORM: Final Surge
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Arlington, VA

SPECIALTIES

I have the most experience with training for the following distances: 10-milers, half-marathons, and marathons. Recently, I started personally foraying into ultras, but I’ll probably hold off on coaching for that distance for now. I also have a good amount of experience coaching the couch-to-5k program structure. I’m most comfortable with beginner and intermediate runners, though I’ve also coached advanced athletes. When it comes to strength training, I have coached classes, and I’m a certified personal trainer through ACE. In addition, I have a wealth of knowledge about prepartum and postpartum running – first-hand knowledge as well as a copious amount of reading on the subject.

I earned a Master of Science in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion from George Mason University in the summer of 2019, and as part of this rigorous two-year program, I took classes in biomechanics, strength training, exercise physiology, sports psychology, and scientific writing. My culminating project for this MS program was a peer-reviewed paper and presentation on the benefits of an exercise intervention on falls risk in community-dwelling older adults. All in all, my experience and education has run the gamut!

PHILOSOPHY

I believe anyone can be a runner. You don’t need to be able to run fast or far to call yourself “A RUNNER” – as long as you are willing to get out there and put one foot in front of another, I’m happy to help. When working with a client, I want to know three pieces of information:

  1. what level they think they are
  2. what goal(s) they have set for themselves
  3. what their motivation is for that day, that week, that month

I think it’s very important to realize that motivation does not have to be in the form of “PR’ing in my next race” – it can be as simple as “feeling better about myself TODAY”.

COACHING EXPERIENCE

I’ve been coaching since spring of 2018, when I became certified by the RRCA as a distance running coach. Since then, I’ve coached both individuals – in-person and online – and groups. I’ve been coaching treadmill-based classes, some of which incorporate strength training and stretching, at the runners’ studio, Formula Running Center, since it opened in November of 2019, and I spent one year as Director of Training Programs for the DC Road Runners Club (the local wing of the RRCA). In this capacity, I led the training programs for local 10-miler races and half-marathons, and we had 35-40 registered trainees in each program. I am shifting over to the role of VP of Races for the DCRRC as of this month, but I will continue to advise as needed on training program development and implementation.

Further, I have completed two seasons of a local couch-to-5k program, with an average of 10 participants in each season. The start of our third season for this program has been postponed pending lifting of pandemic restrictions.

Finally, I am in my third season as Community Coordinator for the national nonprofit, Healthy Kids Running Series. This cross-country style series offers age-appropriate races over 5 weeks for kids ages 2-14.

ABOUT ME

Currently coaching from Arlington, VA, I’m originally from the Midwest – Kansas, a fact that provides endless entertainment for friends. Though I’m a KU Jayhawks fan, I came out to the East Coast for college, starting out at Tufts University in the Boston area, studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria, and finishing my BA in German at Georgetown University in DC. I speak fluent-ish German still 🙂

I’ve got two young kids (3 and 6 years old), a few animals, and have been working in recruiting for the language services industry for the past 15 years. I hope to get back into the equestrian world, too, at some point – my 3-year old daughter has shown a keen interest in horses – as I grew up showing, from hunter-jumper to dressage to barrel racing. You can read more about me on my blog site, Flash Running Wild.

BIG INFLUENCES

I don’t subscribe to any one training system or philosophy, but I do find merit in the Galloway Training Program, especially for those trainees who are struggling to find their footing. If someone comes to me for advice on which online program to follow, I’ll direct them to Hal Higdon, as I find he’s got a pretty broad range of options.

For me, I am always training, regardless of whether I have a race coming up. I don’t always take enough rest days myself, but I am a big proponent of rest and recovery, especially for beginner runners. The biggest mistake someone wanting to get into running can make is to go out too hard, too fast. More miles does not always mean better running. It’s about quality of miles, thinking through what you are going to run, when, and at what pace.

RACING HISTORY

I personally only race a few times/year, and it’s almost always a last-minute decision unless it’s a race that requires travel. This is partially because, for me, running is such a big, integral part of my daily life that I don’t find specific race training cycles to be necessary for my motivation levels. And, let’s be honest, races can get expensive quite quickly! I ran the Marine Corps Marathon twice – my PR was 3:10 at the MCM in 2012. My half-marathon PR was 1:24 at the Marine Corps Historic Half, also in 2012. I’ve won a few races, including a half-marathon in Kansas City, and the Garden Spot Marathon in Pennsylvania. I’ve done Ragnars a few times, including one ultra that involved 43 miles for me, and the Wawayanda Lake Black Loop this past fall in New Jersey.

My first marathon was in Prague – not the best course, but Prague happens to be my favorite city in the world, and I lived there for a while with my brother and his (Czech) wife. My favorite marathon was a very obscure race in Vermont – the Kingdom Games. 21 people ran, and the weather went from torrential, sideways downpours to hot and steamy several times over the course of the race. But it was beautiful and fun!

I’m at the point now where I really only do races that are small – I prefer to roll up 20 minutes before starting time, and I don’t really want or need the medals, t-shirts, etc.

That all said, my brother has gotten me more interested in both trail running and ultras over the last year or so, so I’m hoping to continue that trend!

CERTIFICATIONS

  • RRCA Level I Distance Running Coach
  • NASM Nutrition Coach
  • ACE Personal Trainer

PRs

  • Marathon – Marine Corps Marathon in 2012, 3:10 (Arlington, VA)
  • Half-Marathon – Marine Corps Historic Half in 2012, 1:24 (Arlington, VA)

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

  • Named Race Ace Ambassador for 2020 to Freedom’s Run Race Series (WV)
  • Named to Community Advisory Board for Healthy Kids Running Series, a competitive selection process

CONTACT KATE

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?

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7 reviews for Kate Marden – Arlington Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Woodson

    I can’t say enough about Kate. She provides substantive feedback quickly, she adjusts my plan as needed, she is positive always, and so responsive. I wish I could put her in my pocket and have her words of wisdom all the time!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sara Gardhouse

    Update as of 4/28/22:

    Kate is AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING! Anyone looking for a running coach should pick her in a heart beat. I truly cannot even describe my gratitude towards everything she has done for me. She is doing so much for the running community all the time, and is truly an inspiration to all. I cannot say enough good things about Kate, except that you 100% will be so thrilled to have her as your coach – hands down, she is the best!

    Review as of 3/20/21:

    Kate is absolutely amazing! She is constantly available for any questions and advice, and always provides detailed responses to any questions or concerns. She has helped me so much already and is a constant source of encouragement and inspiration. She is so incredible that she even checks the weather where I run to make sure that a run is realistic that day. She is also incredibly flexible and understanding when life gets in the way and never gets upset if you miss a target. She is truly an outstanding coach to work with and I could not recommend her more highly.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Hessekiel

    Kate is AWESOME! She has really helped me get my pace and endurance up. She is always available to respond to my questions and gives me such good advice. She’s great about helping me integrate cross-training and strength-building exercises to prevent injury and also gave me some great nutrition tips. I’m getting ready to run my first 10k next month, and with Kate’s help, I feel certain I’ll be ready.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Regan Brunette

    I cannot speak highly enough of Kate. I was looking for a coach who would be more than just a semi-automaton sending me a standard training plan, and Kate is the furthest thing from that. She is responsive, knowledgeable, and personable. Questions are answered in a very timely manner, and the answers are substantive and relevant. The training that she provides is detailed and is clearly adapted and updated to my own particular fitness and training requirements.

    If you’re thinking of choosing Kate as your coach: do it!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amber Sandager

    Kate is exactly what I needed. I’m a very amateur runner who just needed some guidance and accountability. She has provided more than that. I have run more consistently working with her than at any other time in my life.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Doxer

    Kate has been helping me train for a marathon and has been wonderful! She always answers my questions quickly and helps me through any concerns that I have. I love working with her and I highly recommend her!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Steen Simonsen

    Kate is the best coach I’ve ever worked with. I’ve been training for my most challenging run yet (50 miler) and she’s been fantastic. She diligently answers my questions, keeps communications regular and substantive, and is supportive. She’s also flexible, working with my sometimes uneven schedule. She challenges me but also backs off my schedule a bit when needed. Her coaching is totally worth every penny. No concerns or areas for improvement at all.

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