Ricky Southard – Lansing Running Coach

From: $50.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

Mid-Michigan based running coach guiding beginners and military to discover their potential from 5k to ultra distances.



Mid-Michigan based Coach Ricky Southard specializes in personalized coaching, strength training and nutrition for busy adults getting into running or returning after a break and military members striving to enhance their run times

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LEVELS: Beginner
TYPES: Road, Trail
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: No, online coaching only


As a father, husband, and first responder, I know what it’s like to have little time to run or focus on fitness. As a coach, I use those experiences to work with new runners with similar time restraints and lifestyles. Your goal can range from running for fitness, weight loss, or completing your first 5K and all the way up to 50-mile ultramarathon distances.

My specialty is developing individualized gradual training progressions that allow new runners to build an endurance base over time safely. Strength training and nutrition guidance will be integrated to ensure you have the movement skills and physical resilience for the challenge ahead.

My approach emphasizes patience, injury prevention, and celebrating each milestone along your journey to becoming a runner. No matter the distance, I’ll equip you with the tools and mindset to train purposefully and cross the finish line strong.


As a coach for beginner adult runners, my training philosophy centers around building a strong foundational base progressively and sustainably.


Although I am new to the Team RunRun coaching staff, I bring a wealth of relevant experience from my time in the Marine Corps and as a certified personal trainer. During my military service, I took on the role of preparing some of my fellow Marines for the annual Physical Fitness Test and Combat Fitness Test.


I’m a husband and father to a lively one-year-old boy named Reed. We also have two Boston Terriers, Winston, and Gizmo, who are part of the family. Our household stays active and amusing between my son and the two energetic dogs. It’s a full but fun situation managing a toddler and a pair of pups.

After my time as a Marine, I continued down a path of service by becoming an EMT and firefighter. Nowadays, I work full-time as a fire investigator while volunteering as a firefighter.
Running has been part of my life since high school and continued during my Marine Corps service, where I competed in events from 400 meters up to 5Ks. After a multi-year break from the sport, I’ve resumed running and am now training specifically for ultra distances. My current goal is building the endurance required to complete those long-distance races in the 50+ mile range.


A few coaches I’ve been influenced by in no particular order include Jason Koop, Jack Daniels, Greg McMillian and Dr. Jason Karp.


  • Carpe Diem 10k
  • Potawatomi Half marathon
  • Ode to Laz Backyard Ultra

Upcoming races

  • Crooked Creek 100
  • Wicked worm 6hr
  • Pines to Vines 55k
  • Dances with Dirt 50m


  • 5k 17:20
  • 10k 37:09
  • Half Marathon 1:34


  • McMillian running coach
  • UESCA Ultrarunning coach


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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