Nicole Thome – Denver Running Coach

5.00 out of 5
(11 customer reviews)

From: $90.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

50% off your first month! RRCA-certified. Achieving goals by focusing on the athlete as a whole, mentally and physically — running, strength, confidence.

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Denver Running Coach Nicole Thome specializes in road races up to the marathon, with a focus on first time marathoners, female athletes over 40, athletes looking to get into trail running or set new PRs, and runners who have plateaued and need a jumpstart. Reach out to Nicole today!

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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: Denver, CO
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: Yes, within 30 mins of Denver. Complimentary first session for local clients. Please reach out to Coach Nic if interested.

SPECIALTIES

I specialize in creating customized training plans – designed with an emphasis overall health, strength, and injury prevention. I will work *with you* on designing a plan that is unique to you! This means, a thorough discussion of goals, challenges, past race history, current fitness, the works.
A solid foundation is important.

My focus is road training, from 5k to marathon, but I have experience on trails as well.

Though I’m happy to work with any runner who is looking for a collaborative, supportive, and inclusive process, I specifically enjoy working with:

  • First time marathoners
  • Female athletes over 40 (yes, I’m looking at you – my Masters ladies!)
  • Athletes who are newer to running seeking guidance on how to safely begin a training program while reducing injury risk
  • Athletes looking to set a new PR or take on a new race distance
  • Plateau runners (have you been stuck at the same pace or feel like you’ve peaked? Or burnt out? That was me for years. Let me help you break through it!)

PHILOSOPHY

“Get to the start line healthy and the finish line happy!” — that is my driving motivation as a coach. It’s that simple.

How do we accomplish that: I believe that training is primarily about two things:

  1. Adaptation
  2. Consistency

I don’t believe that training is about running more miles or getting faster. Some people thrive on high mileage, others do not. If you stay consistent, keep showing up and commit to getting stronger, you *will* get faster! And if you want to improve, you have to adapt to new challenges. Some call it “embracing the suck!” or a milder way of saying it, “get comfortable being uncomfortable.” That’s where the magic happens!

As a coach, it’s my job to provide the tools to help you grow and achieve your goals. Each athlete is unique — there is no “one size fits all” approach to training (which, in my opinion, is why ‘cookie cutter’ online training plans aren’t ideal if you want to level up).

There are several other elements that I consider necessary to build fitness and performance. Along with a customized running plan, coaching also includes:

  • Strength and mobility routines (strength work is the *superglue* of running)
  • Information on nutrition
  • Support and focus on the mental elements of training

As coaches, we do our best to keep athletes on track to achieve their goals, give a push when needed, and reign things in when necessary. My primary training focus for all of my athletes is on consistency. The only way to improve and reach big goals is to keep showing up.

Overall, I believe strongly in working WITH you. We are a TEAM! Your health and wellbeing is and always will be the most important aspect in this process.

COACHING EXPERIENCE

I became a certified run coach through RRCA (level 1) and began coaching distances from 5k to marathon with a local running club — mainly focusing on first-timers.

As an active participant in several Facebook running groups, I found an audience of women looking to improve their running as well as overall health and fitness and began coaching 1:1 on a trial basis before signing on with Team RunRun. Once I hired a coach for myself, I found a passion for the process and decided to invest in become a coach, too.

Most recently, I began volunteer coaching with Girls on the Run (Denver chapter) — a running-based program that empowers grade-school girls by building confidence, kindness and decision making skills.

In addition to run coaching, I’m also a certified life coach, with additional training in mental performance, as well as a certified Yoga teacher. These are additional benefits included in your training plan.

ABOUT ME

Native Southern Californian now living, training and loving life in Colorado. Though I’m not a lifelong runner with a ton of running accolades, I have been athletic all my life. I spent my formative years as a dancer (began at age 5) and competed and worked professionally until college. My background as a dancer offers a considerable amount of experience with stretching and conditioning — as well as unique insight into what “listening to your body” truly means.
(Fun fact: if you think runners have gnarly feet, you’ve likely never met a dancer!)

I was a “later in life” runner starting around 2012 and for many years, I had a love/hate relationship with it. I loved running races and how running made me FEEL, but I absolutely hated the training – which is ironic since now I train runners! (guess what? I hated the training cause I didn’t know what the heck I was doing!) If this sounds at all like you, I’m your people.

Fast forward: I love the training process so much that I’ve embraced it and consider it a passion (with any luck, I can help you love it, too!)

I’ve always been the type of person who, when I set my mind to something, I dive in the deep end. “Love of learning” is one of my core values – so, I began studying running. The science of running. Books, podcasts, online courses. You name it.

While studying for my life coaching certification (13-month program) during the pandemic, I decided to get run coach certified thru RRCA (Roadrunners Club of America).

In addition to running, I love everything the outdoors of Colorado has to offer: all types of skiing (downhill, backcountry, cross-country), snowshoeing, hiking, camping, paddling, backpacking. I’m all for being well-rounded in my athletic endeavors and would encourage you to do so, too!

BIG INFLUENCES

  • Matt Fitzgerald — his 80/20 approach to endurance training was key when I began taking marathon training seriously
  • Dr Stacy Sims — her book “ROAR” was transformative for me! “Women are not small men. Stop eating and training like one” — this makes so much sense.
  • Molly Seidel, Keira D’Amato — current elite females who are unapologetically candid, vulnerable and simply bada** runners!

RACING HISTORY

While marathon training (and since hiring a coach for myself), I have set new PRs in every distance I’ve raced. Since 2022, I’ve achieved qualifying times for Chicago, New York and Boston 2x!

I have also paced dozens of half marathons with Beast Pacing — that experience allows me to provide critical insight on pacing strategy. Having a solid pacing plan in place (and the discipline to stick to it) can be the “break or bust” difference on race day!

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Level 1 Certified Run Coach (RRCA)
  • 200-Hr YTT (Yoga Renew)
  • Life Coach Certification ( ICF-accredited, Lumia Coaching – formerly JRNI)
  • Certified Mental Coach (Mental Training, Inc)
  • Certified Sports Nutrition Coach (NASM-CSNC)

PRs

  • 5K – 23:12 (Long Beach Grand Prix 5k, April ’22)
  • 10K – 53:36 (BolderBoulder, May ’23 — not exactly a ‘best effort’; I don’t run a lot of 10ks)
  • Half Marathon – 1:52:49 (Slacker Half, June ’23)
  • Marathon – 3:50:11 (REVEL Mt Charleston, April ’23 — BQ)

CONTACT NICOLE

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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11 reviews for Nicole Thome – Denver Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lauren M

    I recently completed my first half marathon, and I owe a huge portion of my success to Coach Nicole.
    From day one, Nicole has provided invaluable guidance and support, ensuring that I approached my training journey safely and effectively.
    One aspect that truly stood out was Nicole’s meticulous approach to mileage buildup. She helped me recalibrate my preconceived notions for how to increase my mileage, which often was too much too soon. Instead, she emphasized gradual progression adding a focus on strength and mobility. This has helped allow me to build both strength and endurance steadily. Her personalized training plan was tailored perfectly to my abilities and goals, making the sessions enjoyable and rewarding.
    Moreover, Nicole did not just focus on the physical aspects of training; she also shared a wealth of insightful running tips and advice. What impressed me the most was the timing of her tips—they always seemed to arrive just when I needed them the most, whether it was for improving my form, managing fatigue or weather elements, or staying motivated during tough runs.
    In addition to her expert guidance, Nicole excels in fostering a supportive and encouraging environment. Nicole is incredibly responsive and always willing to answer my questions, providing clarity and reassurance whenever needed.
    Thanks to Nicole’s expert guidance, unwavering support, and exceptional responsiveness, I not only completed my first half marathon but also exceeded my own expectations. I cannot recommend her highly enough to anyone seeking a knowledgeable and dedicated run coach who truly cares about their clients’ success.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Talia

    Nicole has been my running coach for more than a year, and in that time she’s had a lasting impact on how I approach running across many dimensions. She even coached me through some setbacks that had sidelined me from running the NYC Marathon, her sound advice and thoughtful training program helped me get back to running safely, and finishing the Boston Marathon only five months later.

    As a long-time runner, I was stuck in a self-directed rut and had put myself on a path to injury using generic online training plans that don’t account for everyone’s unique running, physical, and mental abilities. Nicole was a breath of fresh air, as she gets to know you as a person and as an athlete, bringing a holistic point of view to training and helping you put the puzzle pieces together: goals, hydration, nutrition, rest, recovery, strength, mobility, cross training, etc. I’ve had countless “Aha!” moments through her coaching. She is positive, responsive, thorough, thoughtful, and is not afraid to call you out when needed. Her feedback is constructive and actionable, and she keeps training fun and interesting with different types of workouts.

    I see Nicole as a true partner, making sure I run strong and healthy – she’s in it for the long run!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mike Southern

    I started working with Nicole with the objective of learning how to run and run better. And, she has delivered more than I expected. Nicole has demonstrated to me that this process is more than just going through the routines each day. It is an on-going education and in order for it to work you have to completely give in to the program and focus. If you do not follow the plan as she lays it out you will simply not grow as a runner. Nicole is encouraging and thoughtful with her feedback. When I first started, I was committed to running half marathons only. After two Nicole-coached half marathons under my belt I am now about to start training for a marathon (something I swore I would never do!) because of her. I could not have asked for a better experience.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anabel Soria Carro

    Nicole was so great to work with! I have always hated running and considered myself a bad runner, but thanks to her training method, I was able to run my half marathon after 6 months of training!! I’d definitely recommend training with her to anyone!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Randall

    I have enjoyed my workouts with Nicole! I have not trained with her methodology before (ie. building aerobic base, easy versus hard running). I always felt lost when running, like I was putting time in but not truly gaining anything. I am trusting the system and looking forward to a productive running season!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Glassman

    Nicole was amazing to work with. I had a short time to prepare for my next marathon and she was got started right away. She is responsive to my emails and provides prompt feedback on workouts. I’ve been running for several years but she provided a perspective and a new dimension to my training. She is a coach that truly wants you to succeed based on your individual goals! I recommend Nicole 100%!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy Z

    Nicole finally made me see the light and trust the process. Her thoroughness and diligent coaching plans made all the difference for me as an intermediate runner recovering from a back injury. She was always available to describe the ‘how and why’ of her plans, supporting them with nutrition, hydration, stretching, cross-training, and race pacing – which helped me immensely! With her expertise and guidance, I safely put in the work to PR my first half marathon in over 6 years. Thanks Nicole!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cammie

    I’ve only been working with nicole for a short time now but it’s been great. I give high praise as a coach and would highly recommend her.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lon welsh

    I am really enjoying working w Nicole. She has a lot of practical knowledge. Not only on training in a way likely to avoid injury, but what races are a good fit for your goals. Very responsive too. Glad I found her to work with!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    David B

    Super friendly and I’ve seen tremendous progress in only a few months as a newbie runner!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Britt Barnes

    I met Nicole on a Facebook group last Spring. She gave such sound, sensible advice. I really liked what she said about keeping the easy days easy so the hard days are easier. That’s something I’ve struggled with, I have a bad habit of always run hard like I have something to prove to myself. Nicole helped me focus. She helped me learn what it means to run easy (or easier!) so I can push harder on workout days. It was hard at first but I began to see the difference. She also kept me in check when I was overdoing it. With her help and encouragement, I ran a half marathon PR of 1:42 last Sept and was so happy! I don’t think I could have done it without her since I know now that I was working myself too hard.

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