Sarah Forman – Columbus Running Coach

5.00 out of 5
(24 customer reviews)

From: $140.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

Every runner’s needs are different. I excel at developing not only personalized workouts, but an entirely personalized approach!

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Description

Ohio running coach Sarah Forman offers personalized running plans to help you meet your personal goals, whether that is learning the basics of running or getting ready for your next 100-mile ultra. Sign up now!

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TYPES: Road, Trail
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra
TRAINING PLATFORM: Final Surge
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text, unlimited phone
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Columbus, Ohio

SPECIALTIES

I enjoy working with runners of all experience levels, from someone who is just starting out, to a veteran getting ready for a 100 mile ultra. In particular, I’m interested in working with anyone wanting to do their first ultra, focusing on injury prevention and post-injury running and parents trying to balance running with family. I will meet you where you are in your training. Whether your goal is to get faster, build endurance, train for a specific race or even just to learn to enjoy running, I can help you through the process.

PHILOSOPHY

I want to help guide you to new levels of fitness through a training plan, but I also want to be there as a person of support and motivation. I am a big believer in consistency and routine. Enjoying the process of training is the best way to keep to running long term. Celebrating small wins along the way and learning from setbacks are part of this process. There’s a quote I like: “Real supermen don’t leap over buildings in a single bound, they take small, determined steps over time.”

In addition to a personalized training schedule, here’s what you can expect when training with me:

  • Daily communication
  • Strength workouts 2-3 times per week for injury prevention/recovery
  • Running gait analysis via video as well as running form drills to improve your running form
  • Advice and recommendations on race prep and race nutrition. Planning can be the difference between a great race and a
  • good race!
  • Motivation and encouragement to help you to stay positive even when it’s difficult. I believe that mindset is the most important part of running. A positive outlook can get you through a hard workout, or to a new distance that you never thought was possible!
  • Monthly group runs for athletes local to Columbus, Ohio

COACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a coach with Team RunRun since August of 2020. Since then I have coached runners of all ages and abilities to success. Whether that means running their first 5k, a half marathon PR, finishing a 100 mile race or even running injury free for the first time, I enjoy becoming invested in each athlete during the process.

I have coached athletes who simply want to enjoy running again after taking some time off. I’ve also worked with many parents with busy schedules who have big goals but need flexibility in their training schedule in order to make it work. As a coach, I feel like it’s my job to make the schedule work for my athlete’s lives not the other way around. No matter what your background or goals are, I treat each athlete as an individual. I spend time getting to know each person and customize their training accordingly.

I also have 3 years of experience coaching an elementary school cross county team, 1 season of Girls on the Run, and 30 years of running-related experience which includes track and cross country throughout middle and high school. More informally, I have enjoyed coaching and giving training advice to friends throughout the years. I spend a lot of my time researching training, nutrition and strength exercises for injury prevention.

ABOUT ME

I live in Columbus, Ohio with my husband, Dave and my young daughters, Eleanor and Maeve. I come from a family of dedicated runners who I saw running every day and started joining them when I was 6 years old. Since then it has always been an important part of my daily routine. My husband is also a runner, so balancing training with family life is something that we’ve worked really hard to figure out! In my free time, I’m usually training for an ultra marathon or spending time with my family.
I love running for so many reasons; the stress relief it provides, the social aspect of it, as well as the time alone with my thoughts. But the thing that I love most about running is that it pushes me to search for my limits and become a better version of myself when the run is over.

BIG INFLUENCES

  • Jason Koop
  • Jack Daniels
  • Megan and David Roche
  • I’m also influenced by Courtney Dauwalter, Sally McRae and David Goggins for their dedication to the mental side of running, and the development of mental toughness.

RACING HISTORY

I’ve been running for nearly my whole life and just started getting into ultras over 3 years ago when I ran the Outdoor X 12 hour race. I finished 47 miles and loved every minute of it! Since then, I’ve completed a 50k, 40 mile race and multiple 50 and 100 mile races. I still like to mix in a 10k or half marathon here and there though!

PRs

  • 10k: 50:28 (2015 Run Like a Girl 10k, Columbus, OH)
  • 1/2 marathon: 1:59:12 (2014 Cap City Half Marathon, Columbus, OH)
  • 20k: 2:51:17 (2019 Rocks and Roots Trail Series, Lewis Center, OH)
  • 30k: 4:05:08 (2020 Rocks and Roots Trail Series, Lewis Center, OH)
  • 40 miles: 9:25:17 (2019 Glacial Esker 40, Albion, IN)
  • 50 miles: 10:23 (2021, Get Lucky 50/50, Canal Fulton, OH)
  • 100 Miles: 28:23:10 (Burning River 100, 2022 Cuyahoga Falls, OH)
  • 6 hour: 30.78 miles (2020 Rise Up Ultra Virtual Race)
  • 12 hour: 47.4 miles (2018 Outdoor X 12 hour Run, Dayton, OH)
  • 48 Hour: 130 Miles (2022 Vernal Equinox 48 Hour Race, Batavia, Ohio)

CONTACT SARAH

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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24 reviews for Sarah Forman – Columbus Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amber Fitzsimmons

    Sarah is a ROCK star coach. I have never had a coach before, but as a middle age woman wanting to run an ultra, I found her bio to resonate. First, she is an exceptional communicator. While I didn’t expect it, she comments and we email several times a week (she mostly prompts this-not me!). Second, as a middle age beginner runner, I seem to have a lot of aches of pains as my mileage ramps up and Sarah is always tweaking and acknowledging this issue. She doesn’t diminish or ask that I push through it–she gives me tailored exercises and tweaks my plan to accommodate my healing and strength training. Third, she is a role model and runs many types of ultras and so knowing that she is also training and going through the ups/downs is inspiring. I can’t say enough how helpful it is to have a coach and someone to be both accountable to–and someone who supports me (who has a wealth of experience). We have discussed training plans, strength training, shoe and equipment recommendations. It’s such a wonderful investment in my health, wellness and motivates me to push myself. You won’t regret signing up with Sarah!

  2. 5 out of 5

    catherine derrow

    Sarah has been a great running coach for me and I have really enjoyed working with her for the past two months. This is my first experience working with a run coach, but I have worked with personal trainers and athletic trainers in the past. Sarah is personable and friendly, and checks in on my workouts daily. She provides specific feedback and tailors my training plan according to my performance, needs and the information I provide her. I specifically chose Sarah because we live in the same city, and am happy to have gotten to meet her in person. She is just as pleasant in person, and it is rewarding to meet the human behind the comments on the app.

    Even though I have been running a long time, I have noticed that I feel better and my pace has improved with her training plan.

    I would definitely recommend Sarah to anyone looking for a run coach!

  3. 5 out of 5

    gramanero

    I have never had a pure running coach in the eleven years that I have been racing both mountain bikes and ultra trail events. I quite literally broke myself November of 2020 and had been on this up and down roller coaster of feeling better and then re-injuring myself. It was beyond frustrating. I got wind of Team RunRun, spoke with Sarah on the phone, and decided to sign up with her as my coach.

    The experience has been just awesome. Sarah is kind, encouraging, compassionate and super communicative!! When I am in the dumps, she lifts me up. When I am firing on all cylinders, she is right there cheering me on. Even when I am working hard at cycling she is right there helping me along the way. The strength training has been quite a refreshing change and continues to challenge me.

    The best things for me is that I am finally getting back to running, after months and months of non-stop niggles, aches, pains and set backs. Her approach, weekly plans, and continued guidance are helping me get back to my passion of running.

    Sarah is top notch!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    lmdavis697

    Wow. The previous comments pretty much say it all about Sarah and how amazing she is. I started with Sarah a few months back to get back into training after an ankle injury. One of the reasons I picked Sarah as my coach was because of her communication style and how much she cares. When it came to building my base miles and getting back into running, Sarah was so flexible and understanding when it came to my schedule and how I like to train. Excitingly enough, I was selected to run in the 2022 Boston Marathon and I cannot wait to continue my training with Sarah! I am so happy to have her in my corner and can’t wait to see what the 2022 race seasons brings 😀

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kim Perkins

    I have been coached by Sarah for a couple of months now. I don’t have any races on my calendar right now so its hard to keep motivation up, but Sarah has been instrumental in that for me. She has tweaked my plan based off my feedback. I really appreciate that I am heard. I’m impressed by her communication and encouraging attitude. I highly recommend her as a coach!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sean Perkins

    What can I say that hasn’t already been said about Sarah? She’s an amazing coach. She’s kind, patient, motivational, and incredibly knowledgeable. In 12 weeks, she did something that other coaches haven’t been able to do for me over the last 10 years or so – make running something I am actually looking forward to doing, instead of dreading. She genuinely cares about her athletes and our success. I’m such a Team Sarah person that I got my wife to sign up with her too!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan Zingraf

    Sarah rocks!!! Her knowledge and support has helped me become a smarter, stronger, faster runner in just 3 months. She is so friendly and positive, always willing to talk, answer questions, and provide support whenever needed. She has made such a difference to me, giving me the running confidence I’ve never had before.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lindy Butler

    I’m a mom of three young kids that decided to finally tackle my goal of running a marathon. As a surprise, my husband got me Sarah as a running coach and I can honestly say I don’t think I could’ve done it without her. I hadn’t run more than 3-4 miles at a time for the past decade and I’ve carried 3 children. She was so understanding on the strength training I needed and slowly increasing my distances and frequency as I battled shin splints. My marathon is in one week and my last two long runs of 18 and 19 miles were so encouraging! I know she has helped expertly lead me the past 6 months with running/stretching/strength/rehab coaching to get my body stronger than it’s ever been to run this distance. She’s always been quick to answer any questions I’ve had on things from socks & nutrition to scheduling. Highly recommend!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Schell

    Sarah has been an amazing coach. She has been my coach for about 2 months. In that time I’ve dropped 2 minutes off my 5k time. She knows my goals and gives me personal feedback. She knows my pacing and I’m not just someone she coaches. She cares and is excited when I’ve reached goals. I feel I can easily get in touch with her if questions arise, or I need to adjust something in my schedule. I’m very blessed to have Sarah as my coach!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Brochu

    Sarah is helping me accomplish a lifelong goal of running a marathon! I am one month away and still in awe that I ran 15 miles this past Sunday with no issues, injuries, or complaints. Sarah is supportive and encouraging- a true newbie runners dream to work with! 10/10 recommend hiring a running coach to help you accomplish your goals. 20/10 recommend it being Sarah!

  11. 5 out of 5

    William Grigg

    Overall pleasure working with Sarah. She is so knowledgeable, helpful; and my running and stamina have improved more than I could have ever imagined. I am training for my first 100 miler and Sarah has mapped out a great training plan. Communication is excellent as well in my opinion you could not find a better coach than Sarah.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Irish

    Sarah helped get me on track again after an injury. She is super knowledgeable and responsive to questions and feedback. I loved working with her and would highly recommend to anyone!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Hemmert

    I have been working with Sarah for just over two months now and I am so happy I signed up! She is extremely supportive and positive, and is super communicative and responsive. I’ve needed some training schedule flexibility and she’s easily accommodated the changes I requested. She’s answered lots of questions via text, email and the training app. In addition to a custom training schedule, she’s provided some great tips on form, including giving feedback on a video of me running. The workouts she provides are varied and all have a purpose in mind, and they’ve really kept me engaged with my training. She also provides strength workouts as an added bonus! I’m excited to finish out my training cycle for Chicago and NYC with Sarah in my corner and see where the road takes us beyond that!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Walker

    Sarah has been coaching me for a few months now I believe. I was searching for a Running Coach that has had previous experience in ultra running. I have my first 50k and 50 miler coming up and wanted someone with experience that could help lead me in the right direction. She has always been available for any questions I have. My training schedule has always been very flexible. She is eager to give me any advice and extra tips. I can definitely tell Sarah truly loves what she does. She has a passion for coaching and a love for running and it shows in how knowledgeable she is. I would definitely recommend her as a Running Coach to anyone beginner to advanced! She is amazing!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Faulkner

    During our training together, Sarah has been incredibly responsive, encouraging and supportive. When we started, I was recovering from a broken toe and later developed plantar fasciitis. She has always been able to modify my workouts to keep me out of pain and to continue to make things interesting for me, despite having injuries to work through. I highly recommend her as a coach!

  16. 5 out of 5

    James Garlick

    I’ve only been working with Sarah for a few months but so far it’s been an excellent experience. She takes your input seriously and makes adjustments to your schedule to fit your day to day life.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joel Norman

    Sarah has been fantastic as a coach!!! We’re only 5 months into our 1 year program and I’ve seen times improve, speed increase, and injuries decrease. She puts together quality workouts for both strength and running. I’ve never had a question go unanswered or felt like I couldn’t get in touch with her. She communicates with me after every workout.

    Sign up with her! You WILL NOT REGRET IT!!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    BETHANY BOLL

    I’ve been working with Sarah for almost 6 months now while battling back from an injury. She has been incredibly patient and constantly encouraging and supportive during this tough time while I’m struggling to get back to my desired mileage! From the get-go, she was open with creative ideas on how to maintain fitness and improve strength that would be relevant to running and help ensure a strong bounce-back. She changes up my workouts regularly enough to keep things interesting, after giving me a chance to get settled into them first. I’ve really appreciated having her in my corner as a resource and source of support to both keep me on track and provide encouragement or reassurance when I’ve needed it. I can definitely recommend Sarah!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Bowman

    I have been working with Sarah since Oct 2020. She has completely customized my running schedule and strengthening workouts to benefit running. If I have a problem or injury she accommodates the scheduling to best help with whatever the circumstance might be. I have asked for suggestions on gear and proper techniques and Sarah always has an answer for me within a 24 hr time frame. For strengthening workouts she also attaches videos on how to perform it correctly for maximum benefit. Sarah is helping me prepare physically and mentally for my first full marathon in Nov 2021. I enjoy working with Sarah and appreciate all she has to offer.

  20. 5 out of 5

    tracy greenwood

    I have been running for years in a haphazard way and decided to do a half last year. After that I wanted to try to run longer distances but was having trouble so it seemed a coach was a good idea. Not knowing anything about running really in any technical kind of way, I interviewed a couple of potential coaches on the phone before picking one. When I spoke to Sarah I knew she was who I wanted to work with. She was so enthusiastic, encouraging and fun to talk to that I felt like it would be a great fit for me and I was right!

    She has devised a plan that is working for me, I have increased my mileage and my endurance a lot in the 2 and a half months we have worked together. Last week I ran 22 miles and I’m working on a 50K for the next goal. I am 64 and I never thought I would be saying that!

    Sarah always gets back to me nearly right away with comments about my runs, and gets back to me super quick with questions or concerns I have. I appreciate her availability!

    She has been knowledgeable about anything I have asked, from gear, to nutrition, to injury prevention and some minor injuries and shoe fit issues I’ve had. There has not been anything I have asked that she has not been able to help with.

    Most of all she has been flexible with my plan, as my work schedule is pretty inconsistent, and have a kid and 3 dogs! She has found ways and times for me to work my dogs into my runs as well, so I dont have to do double duty in going for runs and then taking the pups out again afterwards!

    I am really happy with her as my coach and could not have gotten even this far without her. I’m looking forward to working on building my mileage and my goals with Sarah!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debra Simon

    Sarah has been fantastic!! I’m training for my first 50 miler and she has been very helpful in coordinating a training plan and is open to changes when needed. I love her encouraging attitude and she is very easy to talk to. Highly recommended!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Shinkle

    Sarah has been a wonderful and supportive coach. Having a running coach has changed my mindset about running. Her training program has made it easier for me to enjoy the process of running and have accountability and consistency. She is very accessible, even being 2,000 miles away. I have seen great strides in my running times in a short period of time. I look forward to working with her throughout 2021.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Moore

    I have been working with Sarah for a few months now. Sarah is a passionate coach that is knowledgeable on all aspects of running. Over the past two years of running, I have experienced countless injuries. Sarah took the time to understand each of these injuries so she could create a specialized plan for me so that I can tackle my first 50 miler. She is constantly adapting and tweaking the plan based on where I am at amidst a pandemic. She is great at constantly checking in and meeting you where you are week to week. I am lucky to have Sarah as a coach and even after a few short months she has made a tremendous impact on where I am as a runner, both in my running and my overall running knowledge.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Whitesell

    I’ve been working with Sarah for 2 months now. She been supportive everyday and is available text or email to answer questions and offer suggestions. She’s given great recommendations for gear and great suggestions for strength training for runners. I’ve seen improvements in my hip and glute strength and mobility with her suggestions. We have been able to work together to come to with a workout schedule that is best for my time and my body. She’s been flexible to make changes along the way. She’s very open and honest with me and it’s allowed me to be very open with her and it’s made for a great relationship.

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