Is support with nutrition included?
Yes! I am always happy to provide basic support about performance nutrition. If you're looking to tune-up your diet to support your health and running, I can help!
Is strength training guidance included?
Yes! Athletes I work with have a customized strength and mobility plan designed to maintain overall fitness, support their running, improve weaknesses and lower injury risk. Like the running training plan, these vary widely by age and athletic history, goals, training volume, available equipment and whether or not you enjoy strength training!
Is there really unlimited communication?
Absolutely! Coaching is a relationiship, and that's based on communication. No good coach is in it just for writing training plans. I'm always happy to answer questions or just chat, whether running related or not. I check training logs 6 days per week, and respond to texts and emails promptly during waking hours 7 days per week. For more in-depth discussions of past or future training or complex questions, I'm always happy to set up a chat over Zoom or the phone.
What does the cost include?
Everything. There are no additional fees whatsoever. My goal is to provide anything and everything I can to help you in your running.
I can't really afford it, but I think I would benefit from coaching.
I do have the ability to provide discounts for those who have the need. Please reach out! If we're a good fit, I will do what I can to make it work!
How do payments work?
Team RunRun handles the backend of payment processing and maintaining training logs. Once you sign up through Team RunRun, you'll be billed automatically each month via either Stripe or Paypal. It's super easy!
Can you give feedback on my running form?
Definitely If you have a modern cell phone, it has the ability to film in slow motion. I can walk you through taking a few video angles of your running, and do an analysis from those videos. From there, feedback might include cadence and form cues, or strength and mobility training designed to correct specific issues. Many athletes have found dramatic improvements after a few subtle form tweaks. Research doesn't really support dramatic form adjustments (like footstrike) for experienced runners, so our adjustments are always subtle!
How do you see my running data?
I am happy to look at whatever data you would like! Some athletes run with only a Timex; others are members of the Miles and Mountains Strava group, and I see their runs there. All athletes enter basic information in the training log about their runs, including mileage, overall time, and subjective feedback, and this guides future training. More than data, I'm interested in how things felt, and what's going on for you in running and life. Your body doesn't understand miles and pace - it understands effort over time. Life stress and environmental factors play a big role in that!
How is this different from a training plan online?
A training plan that you find online, even if it's an amazing plan, is not customized for your physiology, your history and goals, or your schedule.
Custom coaching builds your training plan from the ground up around you. It's your body, your goals, and your schedule that we build around, so everything is a custom fit. Inevitably, something will come up and derail you for a few days. Custom coaching rewrites your training weekly, or even daily, to ensure you're training as ideally as possible in the context of your life!
How does the training log work?
How do I get started?
Go back to the Coaching page, and fill out the contact form with some background information! You and I will chat about your running history and goals, and then I'll help you get set up at Team RunRun so we can get started! Generally this can all happen within a day or two, but you can take as much time as you need.
Can you help with injury prevention?
For sure! It's a fact of life that most runners will get a minor injury at some point. But through careful "prehab" and strength training, combined with mindful training structure, we can not only limit the risk, but decrease recovery time if it does happen. I am well-versed in biomechanics, injury prevention and treatment and overall strength and mobility. I'm in the middle of a 'Human Movement Specialist' certification to formalize what I've learned over the years.
Are there communities and other benefits to coaching?
We have an amazing community! This has been an extremely important part of my running and my life, and I try to help facilitate that for athletes I work with as well.
There are Miles and Mountains Facebook and Strava groups, and an Instagram hashtag. We have group chats, share photos and running/life updates. We also occasionally have group Zoom sessions about specific topics. I send out a monthly newsletter for those that aren't as active on social media.