Steph Bennett – Mazama Running Coach

$100.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

Excited to help you Dream Big as you embark on your career as a life-long runner. Individualized training plans tailored just for you.

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With over 20+ years of racing experience on the roads and trails, Mazama running coach Steph Bennett is here to help you with individually tailored plans to help combine running and racing with life, whether it’s aiming for a road marathon PR or taking on a 50 mile trail ultra.

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate
TYPES: Road, Trail
DISTANCES: Marathon, Ultra
TRAINING PLATFORM: Training Peaks
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text, unlimited phone
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Winthrop, WA
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: Yes, willing to meet in the greater Seattle / Bellingham / Leavenworth / Methow Valley areas. The in-person session will be tailored to what your specific goals and outcomes are. We can work on a variety of trail technique including technical terrain, up-hill & down-hill movement and managing your Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) throughout. Reach out to Steph to ensure a good fit for scheduling and location.

SPECIALTIES

My specialty is working with athletes to inspire them to Dream Big and to create a plan that supports their career in running. I love working with athletes who are excited to run their first marathon as well as athletes that have been running for 15+ years and are looking toward their 50th ultra. As a parent with a full-time career, I understand how precious time is, and work with athletes to ensure all training plans are optimizing their time effectively while maintaining a healthy work/life/community/family balance. I work with both road and trail athletes in any distance from 5k to 100 miler.

PHILOSOPHY

Every athlete is an individual that responds to training interventions differently. As a result, my coaching philosophy is highly individualized and I integrate coaching techniques that have been found to be tried and trued as well staying on top of current scientific research within the trail and ultra community to help inform an effective, safe and healthy training plan. My philosophy also is deeply rooted in ensuring that we are maintaining a healthy training/work/life balance. For example, if you didn’t have a good night sleep and have been stressed at work, we will modify your training plan to mitigate adding additional physical stresses to your body, since your body cannot distinguish between the source of your stress just that it is stressed. As a result, I am constantly available to my athletes to make sure we’re doing the best for you to stay healthy and positive in your training adventures.

COACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been coaching road and trail athletes for the last three years with goals ranging from PR’ing at a marathon, to returning to mountain running after nursing school. I have coached athletes to their first trail 50 miler as well as a successful attempt running the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim. I co-coach multiple group programs in-person for our local 50km and 10 miler trail race program each year, which is a complete blast!

I also have had the amazing experience to “coach” our local elementary school running club for the past two years and am already scheming up ways to play freeze tag for our third year.

ABOUT ME

I am a life-long runner that has had the opportunity to race and compete in road, trail, ultra and triathlon for the past 20+ years. In the last 10 years, I’ve transitioned into more of a full-time trail and mountain runner after moving to the North Cascade Mountain Range and basing out of either Leavenworth or Winthrop. When I’m not running I am constantly balancing a full-time job at REI in Supply Chain Management and being a mom and present partner. I also enjoy skiing of all types in the winter months and mountain biking in the summer months as an advocate of the benefits of cross-training. Some day I hope to publish a coffee table book on the best ski town Nachos in North America.

BIG INFLUENCES

The list is long and always expanding, as I believe it should for every coach. My main influences behind my coaching philosophy and strategy are Jason Koop, Uphill Athlete (Steve House & Kilian Journet), Steve Magness & Jon Marcus, David and Megan Roche, and Renato Canova.

RACING HISTORY

With 20+ years of racing under my belt, I’ve had the opportunity to race all different types of distances in both road and trail and have also competed in triathlon from sprint up to 70.3 distances. Some of my favorite races are the NYC Marathon (2006), Sun Mountain 50k (2016), Swamp 30k (2022) and completing the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim with four of my closest friends (2021)

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Certificate in Exercise Physiology from Stanford University
  • UESCA Ultrarunning Coach
  • NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (target completion Dec 2022)

CONTACT STEPH

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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