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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate
TYPES: Road, Trail
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra
TRAINING PLATFORM: Google Docs
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited phone
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Seattle, WA
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.
I enjoy helping any runner regardless of their goals. That said, there are two things that are particularly interesting to me based on my own history: 1) Helping people take on new challenges that seem ambitious and a little scary, whether it is running consistently, taking on an intimidating new distance, or running faster. 2) Working with runners who have “more life experience”. Getting older has its challenges and yet some people keep going out and doing amazing things in spite of extra years of wear and tear.
Enjoy the journey: Training should be enjoyable over time as you improve and see results. There will be great days and hard days along the way – the experience of individual days may be fleeting but the satisfaction that comes as you improve is lasting. If you aren’t enjoying training most of the time and becoming a better runner, then we will adjust things so you do.
Do the work: Consistency over time is the key to improving as a runner. Easy running alone can bring big fitness gains. Throw in the right amount of faster running and some patience, and goals that once seemed outlandish suddenly become achievable. But the miles don’t run themselves – you need to get out the door and run them, week after week.
Train for you: Training that makes sense for someone else probably is not going to work for you. You want to train in a way that takes into account your current fitness, your goals in the coming months and years, and the many other things in your life that compete for your time. Finding that sweet spot is the key to keeping you healthy and happy, and making your training sustainable for months and years.
I started coaching friends and family in 2011 and have helped people train to run their first marathon, qualify for Boston, transition from road races to trail races, and run ultra distances up to 100k. I have also coached people in a work setting for many years – watching someone grow be able to do more has always been my favorite part of working with people.
I draw most heavily from the coaching philosophies of Jack Daniels, Greg McMillan and Steve Magness. That said, I’m familiar with most of the coaches/systems out there and they all have a lot in common – lots of easy miles, some faster miles (but not a lot!), appropriate recovery, and making the training specific to your goals.
Although I have accomplished some pretty outlandish running deeds, I spent most of my life as a reluctant and infrequent runner. I didn’t start running seriously until my early 40s, and ran my first marathon in 2007. In 2012 a friend said “I’m going to run this 50 mile trail race in 6 weeks – you should do it with me”. I said ok, and ran my first ultra, ran my first trail race, and qualified for Western States all the same day, 6 weeks later at White River. Since then I have accomplished things that seemed impossible when I first started running regularly – running the Boston Marathon for 8 straight years, completing my first 100 mile race after being accepted off the wait list 45 minutes before the race started, and spending 3 ½ straight days and nights working my way 205 miles around Lake Tahoe. I have run 39 marathons (including Boston, New York, London, Chicago, Berlin, and Paris) and 41 ultras (including Western States, UTMB, and Tahoe 200). Lately I’ve start doing self-reliant running adventures, e.g. the Issy Alps 100M and Ultrapedestrian Wilderness Challenges. I may be old and lack meaningful running talent, but at least I am crazy.
Marathon PR 2017 Tunnel Vision Marathon (at age of 55)
3:15:22 Fastest Known Time 2017 Issy Alps 100 Mile solo/unsupported 38:26:57
2017 Moab 240M 90:27:54 33rd out of 127 starters
2016 Tahoe 200M 77:26:32 1st male 50+ finisher, 17th out of ~100 starters
2014 UTMB 37:37:46 427th out of ~2300 starters
2014 White River 50M
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