Tag: Coaching

The Business of Coaching

I have been coaching endurance athletes for nearly 20 years. When I first started, I had a difficult time explaining to my mother what I was doing with my hard-earned (and expensive) education. At the time, the concept w...

Even Coaches Need a Coach

Over the past 20 years, I have coached numerous high school and college teams. For the past five years, I have provided personal coaching for ultrarunners working towards their next races. While I am embarrassed to admit...

Should You Hire a Coach?

Hi and Happy New Year! I am excited to be joining the UltraRunning Magazine team for 2018. In this column, I plan to dissect some general questions in ultrarunning while applying my basic philosophy that no issue is just...

Ultrarunners and Coaches: Finding the Perfect Match

Coaching for ultrarunners is no longer limited to elite athletes. A personal running coach will help you plan your race season, prepare a custom training plan and provide a third-party perspective on your strengths and w...

Coaching Methods in Ultrarunning: Contrasting Views

As ultrarunning has become more popular and more competitive, increasing numbers of runners are turning to coaches to help guide their training. Certainly, some runners simply wish to train by whim and feel, spending lon...

Does Coaching Differ for Elites?

When runners ask me about coaching, they often assume that it’s just for the speedsters trying to maximize their chance to win races. Many wonder whether they’re appropriate candidates to benefit from being coached and w...

Should You Use a Coach?

It’s a common question today, one asked not just by elite athletes but by “everyday” runners as well. So, what’s the right answer? Truthfully, it all depends. Whether or not to work with a running coach is largely a p...