Natalie Lutz – Wilmington Running Coach

5.00 out of 5
(6 customer reviews)

$110.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

Masters elite runner with 25 years of running experience who loves to tackle FIERCE goals and wants to help you to achieve them!

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Description

Wilmington running coach and elite Masters runner Natalie Lutz works with all levels of runners, from the 5k to the marathon, with a focus on passion, discipline, patience in order to help you achieve your running goals. If you’re working towards that next BQ or PR, reach out to Natalie below to get started.

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TYPES: Road, Track
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon
TRAINING PLATFORM: VDOT
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 48 hours
LOCATION: Hockessin, Delaware
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: No, online coaching only

SPECIALTIES

  • Distance ranging from 5k to marathon
  • Road races
  • Intermediate/advanced level athletes

PHILOSOPHY

I believe that running is about much more than just running; it mirrors life, and it is a journey of passion, self-discovery, resilience, and personal growth. My philosophy is rooted in the foundation that every runner is unique, and through personalized guidance and support, every athlete can unlock their full running potential.

I advocate for a holistic and balanced approach to running that goes beyond miles and splits. While physical conditioning is crucial, I recognize the significance of mental strength, emotional well-being, weight training, nutrition, and recovery in a runner’s success. As a working mother of two, I understand the importance of balance within a training plan. My coaching philosophy integrates these elements, fostering a well-rounded and sustainable approach to training.

No two runners are alike, and I tailor programs to align with each athlete’s abilities, aspirations, and lifestyle. I work collaboratively with runners to design personalized training plans and this approach ensures that each training session serves a purpose, contributing to both short-term achievements and long-term development. I also enjoy tackling fierce goals and with patience and persistence, we can “Dream Big!”

COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Former collegiate men’s and women’s DIII Assistant XC coach
  • Personal running coach for 3 years
  • Run DNA Certified Endurance Coach

ABOUT ME

My passion for running began as a high school cross-country runner who went out for the team to get a free ride home from my sister, who was the team captain. Later that season, I ended up passing my teammate, the former state champion, broke several school records, which still stand today, and my competitive running years were born. I went on to run collegiate Division I cross country for two years and then coached collegiate Division III cross country. For several years, running took a back seat while I attended graduate school and later started a family. In 2019 after having my second child, I had a sudden desire to run again competitively, and I have been dedicated ever since. I cannot express what it has done for me both emotionally and physically to be back to doing what I love. I am currently attaining PR’s and I am proof you can get faster with age!

BIG INFLUENCES

One of my biggest influences is a friend and former track teammate of mine who passed away in adulthood. She reminds me of the bigger things in life and that we are just lucky to be out there doing this thing called running. I typically sport a red ribbon in memory of her during races. An equally influential person is my former cross-country coach who found potential in me that I didn’t know existed and she showed me that running was about something much deeper than just running. I’m also a fan of the everyday runner that is out there grinding and producing without any recognition. It’s those runners who really inspire me.

RACING HISTORY

My racing history started with racing 5ks in cross country and entering into the world of the marathon in my mid thirties. It wasn’t until I went from a 3:24 to a 3:08 marathon at the 2021 Boston Marathon that I thought the marathon just might be my distance. Since then, I have bridged the gap to breaking three hours with my most recent PR of 3:00:10 seconds. You know, I’m going after that 10 seconds!

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Run DNA Endurance Coach Certification

PRs

  • Marathon-3:00:10
  • Half Marathon-1:26
  • 5 Mile-31:52
  • 5K-18:38

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

  • 2023 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Age Group Winner-3:00:10
  • 2022 Jacksonville Marathon 2nd Overall Female-3:04
  • 2022 Delaware Coastal Marathon Overall Female Winner-3:05
  • 2022 Philadelphia Distance Run Elite Entry Half Marathon-1:26
  • 2021 125th Boston Marathon-Top 3rd female finisher from Delaware- 3:08
  • 2021 USAT Team USA Duathlete
  • **Multiple Boston Marathon Qualifier

CONTACT NATALIE

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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6 reviews for Natalie Lutz – Wilmington Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Billy

    I have been working with Natalie for 2 months now she is helping me train for my first marathon (Chicago). She has been great from the beginning. I had picked 3 coaches to message about my training one never got back to me and another one wanted me to sign up before even talking with me, Natalie asked to set up a phone call right away talked to me about my experience, goals, life situation, and then told me about herself and told me what she thought we would be able to accomplish if I put in the work. I am never wondering what my next workout is gonna be my plan is always ready and she is always been available to answer any questions she is really a wealth of knowledge. As a very family oriented woman she understands that life sometimes throws a curveball or a small injury and she’s really with a plan. If you’re on the fence about hiring her as your coach I would really recommend giving her a month of your time and let her prove herself to you as a coach cause she is worth every penny. She has me on track to crushing my original marathon time goal.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Natalie has been a game changer. She is attentive, personalized, knowledgeable, and genuinely brilliant at what she does. Over the few months we have been working together, I have already noticed multiple improvements – speed, improved mindset, and an overall better understanding of everything that makes up the sport of running. I am looking forward to completing races in a more comfortable manner and hopefully setting some PRs along the way.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Todd Socket

    Look no further folks, Natalie is conscientious, attentive and has the understanding to take you to the next level. She has provided me with great feedback a philosophy or a a shift in my thinking and has gone the “miles“ to make the difference in your specific situation.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Oscar Pelaez

    Natalie is great. She’s gotten me on a path to sustainable running with consistent, measurable improvement. She checks in regularly enough to keep me focused, but never so much that I feel like it’s work. She’s very responsive and generous with her time when I have questions. Critically, she listens and is mindful of my personal goals. Plus she’s a rock star within the community! I have no doubt that my best running days are in front of me. 10/10 would recommend!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Candace

    When looking for a coach I wanted someone that would help me tap into that next level of my abilities to help progress me to my goals and aspirations as a runner. I started working with Natalie back in June of 2023 and to say I have grown as a runner would be an understatement. I have not only grown as a runner, but also as an individual. The amount of confidence I have gained in myself through conquering workouts and challenges Natalie has thrown at me is truly amazing. She really took time to listen to my wants and needs, my lifestyle and my current abilities. I’m a full time working mom who picked up running later in life after becoming a mom. I had no intel on runner lingo or workouts. I would literally just put on my sneakers and run. I was hungry to find more potential in myself and it in fact was after seeing Natalie win Coastal Delaware Marathon and finding out she too was a working mom that I knew we needed to get in touch. She knew the struggles I would face with day to day challenges and asked I just keep an open mind and go into each day giving the best I can that day. She took time to go over the workouts with me to make sure i understood what the workout was and why we were doing it. She always asked for feedback and for me to be truthful on how I was feeling because no 2 people are the same so she wanted to find what worked best for my body. I can say I’m well on my way to crushing my ultimate runner goal and I can’t wait to post a part 2 review on how Natalie helped me achieve it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Responsive, interesting plans, and reasonable advice (not afraid to tell me what I don’t want to hear–like I should rest when injured). I am looking forward to (hopefully) set some PRs after I am healthy enough to follow the plan for a bit. Overall, been a positive experience.

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