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Rich Boone –
Mark has been a superb coach. I’m a 68-yr-old runner, have been running for 54 years, and am currently training for the Boston Marathon. It will be my 7th marathon. Over the past two years I’ve run the California International Marathon and the London Marathon. What I appreciate about Mark is his deep knowledge about running and sports physiology; his detailed, thoughtful responses; his strong support; and workouts that are aligned with my goals — staying healthy being first, running the Boston Marathon second — and running background. He has pushed me a bit; I’ve enjoyed the challenge and have responded well. I’ve also have appreciated his one-on-one feedback via video. We’ve had three video calls over the past three months, including the first introductory one to explore his coaching me, and they have been very helpful.
D. Carr –
I’m going into my 3rd month of coaching with Mark. I wish I had started the process much earlier. It’s incredibly helpful to rely on someone with a ton of experience who is keeping a constant eye on my training. The advice always seem to come at the right time as I need to make adjustments. In the past couple of months, I’ve seen a good bit of improvement while staying injury free which is a first for me.
Sagi Ben-Porath –
I’m an ultra runner with almost 2 decades of running behind me, and I approached Mark after a couple of covid years that ruined my big dreams in the ultra races world. I felt I needed someone to put me back on track and lead me towards fulfilling these dreams.
But Mark didn’t do just that. He listened to my goals/dreams and said “oh, you can do a lot more than that”. And now I’m deep inside a training program towards a race so long and so crazy, I never would have dreamed of doing without Mark.
Mark has a tremendous amount of knowledge that he loves to share. A good coach knows how to make you push your boundaries in order to become an even better runner. Mark does exactly that, in the most professional and supportive way possible.
He’s funny, smart and always available and responsive to every short or long e-mail I send him, even though we live in totally different time zones across the Atlantic.
It’s been almost 4 months I’m working with Mark. We have one race behind us, and two more ahead of us, including the big crazy one, and I’m so happy to have met Mark and having him coach me towards these goals.
Mark is THE coach, if you want to run your first 10k, your first 100 miler or anything in between (or beyond). You will not regret it.
Dennis Willerford –
Mark has been my coach for 2 months. I am relatively inexperienced as a runner and not young. I had become stuck with my self-directed training and my confidence was soft regarding some of my own goals. Mark has changed all that in a short time. His fund of knowledge about running is incredible, drawing from published literature, long experience with his own training and coaching experience. He is really good at coaching: explanations are detailed and he is very supportive and responsive. His assessments of my fitness are quite prescient, and he can usually predict where my limits in a workout will be (as well as race times). The training loads are spot on as a result and my fitness is improving in ways I couldn’t manage myself. My confidence has followed and my goals are expanding. I am not an ultrarunner (yet!), and I would recommend Mark to any endurance runners dedicated to improving their fitness.
Beyond grateful to have asked Mark to coach me. As his other athletes have said, Mark is attentive, knowledgeable, thoughtful, flexible, and incredibly detailed. (And extremely humble and quite funny, too.) No suggestion comes without sound reasoning and an open invitation to ask for clarification (which I’ve needed often and he’s always responded speedily and with kindness.) I heartily recommend working with Mark. Its been an extremely productive relationship and I only regret not starting sooner.
Mark Washburn –
It has been great to work with Mark. He has a wealth of expertise and demonstrated success with running. He listened to make sure he understood what I wanted to accomplish, developed a custom plan and provides excellent advice and feedback. Mark makes it simple to stay on track and improve quickly. I had tried to get back to running after a few detours and found there was almost too much information and advice. Mark has made it easy to enjoy running again.
Thomas Peatman –
Mark is awesome! If you want to run long, he has already done it. He has lived the life that I am trying to work my way into. His coaching is no nonsense and not all geeked out with technology. I think a good coach brings wisdom as well as intelligence. He has both and is happy to share it. I have been happy with my experience so far and plan on keeping him in my running life. Thanks Mark, for the time and compassion you spend on me!
Shabnam Shaik –
Wendy Foster –
I’ve been running for about 8 years and have run several ultras. But I’m a back of the packer and am often battling cutoffs. I had signed up for the 2020 Sun Mountain 50 miler and wanted to work on my speed so I wouldn’t get cut off. My friend Christy Shelton had been working with Mark and recommended that I speak with him. I did, and signed up for coaching. Mark set up a training plan for me to fit my personal needs, strengths and weaknesses. It wasn’t a cookie-cutter plan, but one tailored towards me – a slower, 54 year old runner. In the short amount of time I had been working with Mark (before SM50 was cancelled), I was getting faster and stronger. Once that race was cancelled, I floundered a bit and put my coaching on hold. Even though I was in a holding pattern, Mark kept in touch and regularly checked in. Then I signed up for Walla Trails 12 hour Hamster Endurance Run. I contacted Mark and we got started with coaching again. He immediately restructured my training plan towards a very different type of goal race than the original. Mark is good about explaining the reasons behind the training plan, mileage and workouts and is very responsive to my emails and questions. He has given me confidence in my abilities and what I may be able to accomplish in my future races.
Ryan Hoffman –
Have been working with Mark for over two months. I reached out to Mark specifically due to his “bucket list” race history of ultra marathons as I am working toward a 100 miler. He worked up a great plan for me, very detailed workouts, and instilled confidence in me that I didn’t need to overwork myself to be ready. He is very knowledgeable and very responsive, and when I don’t reach out after a few days I usually hear from him. Also has sent me some reading material, exercises, etc which is very helpful. Very happy I chose to team up with runrun and Mark!
Kyle McGourty –
Mark is by far the best running coach I have ever had. He has a deep knowledge of running science that he marries with practical, no-nonsense wisdom to give you the best running advice that there is out there.
I thought my running career was over. Injuries hobbled me and I could barely complete a 3-mile run without painful aches . Under Mark’s guidance, I slowly built up my running capacity and today I am completing 11 mile runs without out pain, on my way to my goal of completing an ultra marathon. And, it was all thanks to Mark and his coaching.
As a lover of running, I can’t emphasize enough that having Mark as a coach has been the best running investment I’ve ever made. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to get serious about running, or is simply interested in the sport.
Tony DeEulio –
Mark is great at assessing your abilities and then pushing you beyond. He is flexible and works workouts around your schedule. He brings a great wealth of knowledge to the training plan and always follows up on things he says to tweak and make better.
David Spurr –
I’ve been working with Mark for 2 months now, and it’s been terrific. I trained on my own for my first marathon last year, and outsmarted myself. I hit 2 of my 3 goals, but also beat the tar out of my body in the process. I was injured one way or another for 6 months.
I’m training for my second marathon in April, and I’m thrilled to be working with Mark. His knowledge about all topics is boundless — from injuries, to pacing, to fueling…. And he has the resources and citations to back it up. I have yet to ask about a topic that Mark doesn’t have information about.
Moreover, he’s incredibly responsive and encouraging. It’s been a pleasure working with Coach Mark these last 2 months, and I’m confident he’s going to keep me healthy along the way.
Phil Benadum –
Mark has been great to work with and has kept in touch on a regular basis. I am still 88 days out from my goal race, and with Mark’s help it will be successful!
Sachin Nayak –
Mark is a great coach. He has been responsive to any and all questions that I’ve had as I prepare for my first 100. I feel that he has tailored my training plan to fit my experience and my life. I’ve already seen improvements in my running. I would highly recommend Mark!
Love working with Mark. I needed someone with experience and a philosophy. I’m 44 and longtime endurance cyclist switching towards running. If it wasn’t for Mark’s easy and gentle approach I was injured again like I was pretty much each year when I tried running during winter months off the bike. I’m still not there, keep in mind that cycling condition transferring to running takes months, even years. Basically, you need to restart from pretty much zero. There is where Mark was a great help. (also please listen on Youtube for an interview with Mark and you’ll find an integer, patient and emotional man). If you want a “Hercules hammering it all down” approach Mark is not your friend. (meant in a good way)
I’ve been working with Mark for two months at this point and he has been absolutely fantastic! He provides detailed explanations of all training, is supportive regarding my upcoming races, and is always available to answer questions. Very happy so far!
Started training with Mark a couple months ago and am very pleased. He’s detailed, communicative, responds quickly to questions, and has worked with me to really understand my goals, my capacity to train, and has tailored a plan for me that I believe in.
I am a long-time cyclist who wants to run a marathon or maybe longer. Mark has gotten me into running slowly and safely, which wouldn’t have been my natural inclination as someone who is pretty fit from cycling. I am now up closing in on half-marathon distance, and I feel great. I will keep increasing the mileage and getting faster as Mark directs. I am very confident that Mark’s training plan will get me to my goal — and happily too.
So I never really thought I’d ever hire a running coach. But then I never really thought I’d decide to run an ultra either. Since I have a job where I am very active and wasn’t sure how much to train to be ready for my 50k while also being able to pay the bills, I decided to look for a coach that could guide me around my work.
Mark has been terrific. He listens to you and tailors your weekly run log to your needs. He’s easy to get a hold of and answers questions promptly and thoroughly.
I have high confidence that, with Mark’s guidance, I’ll have nothing but fun during my race in September. He’s a great coach and I’d recommend him to anyone who’d like a running coach to assist with their training. For me, it’s taken all the guesswork out of training so all I have to do is run. Which is the way it should be.
Kathie Walters –
Mark has been coaching me (no easy task!) for about two months now and I have already learned so much. He is extremely thoughtful and analytical in his approach to my training program and takes the time to explain the logic behind the workouts. Mark does an excellent job of designing a program that fits into my schedule and accommodates my various aches and pains. He also manages to balance pushing me a little out of my comfort zone without making it so difficult I get frustrated or discouraged. Most importantly, he does this all with a great sense of humor which I really appreciate!
I have been working with Mark for almost two and a half months now and his coaching is absolutely stellar. From the very beginning when he met with me he listened carefully to what my goals were as well as my issues. Coming back from injury, with some ongoing issues, it was important to me to find a coach who would be able to work with these issues and be able to be flexible. Mark has given me a comprehensive programme, that takes these issues into account while still continuing to push and challenge me. He also knows when to hold me back and to gently remind me when I need to rest. The plan Mark has put together for me has fun and interesting workouts, while also giving me the flexibility to change the time and distance of some of my longer trail runs/hikes depending on what is going on in my week. Since I have started working with him I have definitely noticed a massive improvement in my run cardiovascular fitness and I am not constantly running injured. Not quite sure how he does it but Mark makes me feel like I’m his only client – he’s attentive to my fitness log, gives me consistent and excellent feedback and often emails me to check in with a particular workout, depending on how my training has gone. The support I feel from Mark as I work towards a very technically challenging 100K is palpable. I trust him and the programme he’s put together and I know with him on my team that I will be absolutely prepared to do well on race day. Mark’s dedication to his own running goals is incredibly inspiring as well and the fact that he’s still out there experiencing what his athletes experience, I think, makes him that much better of a coach. The shared training spreadsheet works incredibly well as a coaching tool. It is very detailed and Team Run Run is always making updates to it based on their coaches/athlete’s feedback and is a definite plus. I would highly recommend Mark to anyone who is looking for a well rounded coach – whether it’s a marathon you’re training for or a 200 miler. Mark definitely knows how to handle it all.
Laura Rodde –
I have been coached by Mark for about two months. Mark has provided a realistic structure and the flexibility to work around my schedule. He has presented opportunities for me to challenge myself and push a little harder when I can (something I have found myself wanting to do). I already feel like I am getting faster! One of the things I appreciate about Mark is that he continues to pursue his own running goals and seems a continuous learner of the sport. At first, I was a bit worried that he might not be able to tailor workouts to someone who isn’t an Ultrarunner yet I quickly found that his experience adds to his credibility and understanding of how to create an individualized plan for me. I feel grateful to have Mark supporting me during my training and since working with Mark I have found a renewed inspiration for running and being intentional about my running in general. I appreciate his clear and thoughtful approach and I really enjoy working with him.