I’m a nationally ranked master runner currently in the 55-59 age group and a RRCA certified distance running coach. I ran for fitness in my early 20′s and ran 4 marathons back during the first running boom. I worked my way down over four years from a 4:15 first marathon to a 2:49 by training consistently and increasing my running volume and intensity. I then stopped because of the time demands of college. I continued to remain physically active in my 30′s and 40′s with the emphasis on Olympic distance triathlons, bike centuries, mountain bike riding and running. When I returned to marathon training with the goal of qualifying and running Boston, I studied a wide variety of training methods and approached my running seriously. I have great respect for the marathon distance and knew that without a proper base and consistent training I would either end up injured or being under prepared.
Once my goals of qualifying for and running Boston were achieved, I progressively moved my goals up. I tried not to put any artificial barriers on what my potential might be. With each training cycle I would see some improvements and those small goals met would fuel the fire to get to the next goal. I learned that while consistency is important, variety makes a better runner. Each cycle I would try a slightly different approach to work on weak areas and to expand on my ever improving fitness. I was becoming a more dynamic runner and made improvements at everything from the 5K to 100 miles.
Early in this process I started coaching other runners. A couple who had a long time dream of running Boston but were 30 minutes over their respective qualifying time asked me to train them. For 6 months they followed my program. Both qualified and went on to run the 2009 Boston Marathon, achieving a life goal! This was an enormously satisfying experience for me. I decided to learn more about coaching and completed the RRCA coaching certification program.
Besides those with a marathon goals, I have worked with Ultra distance runners, Triathletes and those with shorter distance focus. Some have the goal to finally finish a marathon strong and others mainly want to run injury free and experience more joy in their running. So far I have worked with runners from age 11 to 62, male and female, across a wide spectrum of running experience.
If you have a strong desire and motivation to run closer to your potential and would like to find out more about my coaching services, please contact me.
Coach's PR's 5K - 16:34 - april '14 8K - 27:53 - mar '14 10K - 34:39 - mar '12 Half - 1:14:51 - oct '11 Marathon - 2:41:19 - oct '09 50 Mile - 7:49:03 - oct '07 100 Mile - 21:38:50 - nov '14
Age Group First Place Javelina Jundred '14 Brea 8K '14 Surf City Half '14 Carlsbad 5000 '14 California International Marathon '13 Boston Marathon '13 Carlsbad 5000 '13 Spirit Run 10K '13 Surf City Half '13 Dana Point Turkey Trot 10K '12 Run Love 10K '12 Orange County Marathon '12 Spirit Run 10K '12 Boston Marathon '12 Carlsbad 5000 '09 Twin Cities Marathon '08 Orange County Marathon '08 California International Marathon '08 Dana Point Turkey Trot 10K '08 Spirit Run 10K '08 So Cal Half '08 Firetrails 50 miler '07