Mark Riggs – Pensacola Running Coach

5.00 out of 5
(4 customer reviews)

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

50% off your first month! RRCA certified. Pensacola, FL based. Personalized coaching for Beginners to Intermediate. Road, Trail, and Ultramarathon.

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Description

Pensacola running coach Mark Riggs specializes in both roads and trails, for those who are either looking to get back into running or bump up in distance to an ultramarathon. Mark also knows how to juggle a busy schedule and will help make adjustments as life happens during training. Reach out to Mark below to get started! 

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate
TYPES: Road, Track, 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: Pensacola, FL
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: No, online coaching only

SPECIALTIES

  • 5k up to 100-mile Ultramarathon
  • Road and Trail Running
  • Smart, Flexible training plans that fit busy schedules
  • Positive and Constructive feedback

PHILOSOPHY

As athletes, I believe we are all an “experiment of one.” We should utilize proven training methods but also be flexible to allow for each individual’s unique challenges and circumstances. As a coach I want to work cooperatively with YOU to find a plan that gets you excited to go out and run!

Not every race or workout will go as planned. Things happen. Life happens. I want to help you find the positive in the bad times and learn from setbacks. Most importantly, I want to encourage you to take time to enjoy your wins and accomplishments!

COACHING EXPERIENCE

I have led and coached local group training programs. Participants include individuals who are new to running, coming back to running after injury, and people just looking for accountability.

I also coach athletes who are doing everything from training to improve a 1.5-mile PT run all the way to athletes training for upcoming ultramarathons. Reference available by request.

ABOUT ME

I’ve lived in the Pensacola, FL area for most of my life. My day job is working for a local run speciality shop where I’m able to help outfit runners of all levels. I feel fortunate because Pensacola has a great running community and through that community I have made lots of awesome friends!

Most of my training has been for Ultramarathons but I do enjoy running local 5k’s and participating in our Parkrun event. Currently, I’m training for an upcoming 50k trail race and a shorter trail race in north Alabama.

While I love to race, I really enjoy planning self-supported ultra trail runs with friends. Spending the entire day on the trail with friends and ending it with a cold beer is the best!

BIG INFLUENCES

I have many influence, but lately I’ve taken a lot from the work of authors Alex Hutchinson, and Steve Magness. My other influences are too numerous to mention, but they include personal running friends, strength coaches, teachers, and many works by authors and journalist outside the world of running. I feel that as a coach I should always be looking to improve my knowledge, question assumptions, and stay up-to-date on the latest trends. To the best of my ability, I want to make sure that your training is based on science and/or experience and not fads and hacks.

RACING HISTORY

My racing history includes distances from 5k all the way up to 100-miles. Every distance has its challenges and I enjoy training and strategizing for each one. I know what it feels like to train hard to go out and crush a race. I also know what it feels like to train hard and come back with a DNF.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • RRCA Level 1

PRs

  • 5k 19:43 4/1/2023
  • 10k 49:14 4/5/2018
  • 15k 1:06:36 2/2/2019 Double Bridge Run, Pensacola FL
  • Half Marathon 1:45:35 11/16/2019 (Trail)
  • Marathon 3:43:24 11/11/2018 Pensacola Marathon
  • 50-Mile 10:28:30 1/15/23 Bear Bait Ultra
  • 100k 13:14:18 1/16/2021 Bear Bait Ultra 3rd Place OA
  • 100-Mile 28:53:23 3/23/2019 Lake Martin 100

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

I’ve won numerous Age Group awards and placed in the top 3 at races. In February of 2021 I finished as Fastest Male at the Joe Relaxo Challenge. The race requires participants to complete 1 mile every half hour for 24 hours.

CONTACT MARK

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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4 reviews for Mark Riggs – Pensacola Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    After entering my 40’s I thought I could just toss on some running shoes and run anytime I want and at any distance or speed like I used to. However, I quickly found myself experiencing pain at a certain distance each time and I couldn’t figure out how to move past that threshold without injury. I then reached out to Mark, who has helped guide me through this process, and after making some adjustments to my running mechanics/mindset, and a gradual progression in my training plan, within about two months of working with him I have been able to more than double my previous distance threshold without any pain or injury. I actually look forward to my runs each week and feel like I’m making great progress. It’s never too late, and I look forward to continuing my training with Mark and highly recommend him to anyone who could use some professional guidance and instruction on how to become a more efficient runner!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tina Broxterman

    I’m a 35 year old mom of two little boys. Between work, being a wife and mom I figured my running would never progress because of time restraints. After working with mark for a few months, I realized things began to change. I trained for my first 15 mile race (with many moments of sickness or missed workouts) and was surprised when I finished my race faster than I ever imagined. Not only did I finish fast, but I also won first overall female. I couldn’t have done it without the amazing training and support from mark. He structured workouts to fit your life and your goals which is difficult to do. Since I began training with mark I have grown in my confidence as a runner! I look forward to many more PR’s and new goals ahead.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gana Bayarmaa

    Mark is a great coach to work with, very supportive and always encouraging you on the progress. It’s nearly my 3rd month training under Mark and I’m already seeing a significant improvement in my running as a whole. I like that Mark knows how to implement a routine accoustumed to your current potential with slight challenge.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Terry Sovinsky

    I am 70 year old male and after ceasing my ultra running 8 years ago I thought I would give it another try. I hooked up with Mark who taught me new things related to my training method and running form. Incredible feedback and highly knowledgeable. Very very user friendly and responsive.

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