Coaching for Runners of All Experiences

Runners Need Coaching to Keep Them On Track

Why do you need a running coach??

Do you ever find yourself not knowing what to do, or sign up for a race or event without knowing how to train for it? 

But finding the right running coach to help you find your challenges and reach your goals can be tough.

You need to find someone who understands your goals, your needs, and your past, someone who will push at the right times, and understand why you need to back off at others.

You need to find the right person

Two things set Simple Endurance from other coaches: 

First, I have a broad collection of experiences from decades of endurance sports, including cycling, running, cross-country skiing, even rowing.

Second, I use a unique holistic approach to getting you faster and stronger: using run training along with strength training, yoga, and mental toughness work.

When I was a kid, I was always a little afraid of running

I had and still have pretty serious asthma. Running would often kick off attacks.?

But in college, I began to build up some fitness, running on trails.

I had no money for a coach, so I found a book about training for a marathon and did the workouts religiously. 

By my junior year, I trained for, and completed, the Rotterdam Marathon in the Netherlands, where I was living at the time. 

But I had no idea why I was doing any of it. 

And even with asthma mostly at bay, I was never able to get faster and started riding my bike more.

Now I’ve learned a lot about training and how our bodies work to adapt and get stronger and faster.?

Supporting runners in their quest to accomplish their goal events means providing the running coaching that’s needed, not a cookie-cutter program.

I am a certified USA Cycling coach, an RYT-200 yoga instructor, RRCA running coach, and Personal Trainer and Nutrition with Action Personal Training.

I was also a middle-school English teacher for 23 years, and I bring a teacher?s growth mindset to my coaching.

When you hire Simple Endurance Coaching as your running coach, it?s important to know what you?re getting.

Step One: We Talk About Finding a Running Coach

By phone, coffee meeting, online, or smoke signals, we talk about your goals, dreams, concerns, and challenges.

Our goal is to first flesh out your reasons for finding a running coach, and second, to determine if we think we would be a good fit for each other.

If you don?t think we?re a good fit – and there are zero worries in that? – you can either carry on by yourself, or I can refer you to another colleague.

If you think you?re ready to take the step with me as your coach, then it?s time for step two!

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Step Two: We Talk Some More, And You Write ? A Lot

You will fill out an initial intake form that asks you to think about your past endurance training and competition ? if you?ve done races and such.

It also asks you to honestly consider your strengths and challenges as a runner ? mentally, physically, and emotionally.

And as your running coach, this is how I learn how to support you as you meet your challenges.

Step Three: The Training Plan From Your Running Coach

We?ll use Training Peaks to keep track of all of your workouts and various metrics, like heart rate, perceived exertion, etc.

You choose me as your Running Coach in your TP version.

We?ll start by creating two or three weeks of workouts. That initial time will need to be flexible as we figure out together what your needs are and what specifically works for you.

The workouts will fall into one of five categories:

  • long, endurance runs
  • short, really hard intervals
  • strength training
  • yoga or mobility training
  • rest and recovery

Your strength and yoga work can be at my Foundation studio if you?re local to Milwaukee or meet online if you need help with form or execution.

You can do yoga online with my videos or do other classes.

Step Four: We Talk Again

You can see that communication is a key element with me as a running coach!

I need to know how the workouts are going, how your recovery is progressing, how you?re sleeping, etc.

The more I understand about how your body and mind are responding to the training stress, the better I?ll be able to target the right workouts to meet your needs so that you?re ready for your target event.

Step Five: Enjoy the Process

You run because you love it.

Accomplishing the daily challenges of building the training stress is a great part of the training process.

Finishing a hard strength training session or a challenging set of intervals or coming to a rest week after a tough block of training is amazing.

We?ll celebrate those small steps in the process.

Step Six: Accomplish Your Target Event With Support from Your Running Coach

Even if you don?t ?win? in your target event, you are still successful.

And no, that?s not some kind of ?everyone gets a trophy? thinking.

My most spectacular failures have become the basis of deep learning and understanding about myself.

You trained hard, you learned so much, you became stronger, more mobile, and faster.

And you will become more confident in your own abilities and strengths.

Finding a Running Coach: Let?s Start the Journey

Still curious? Finding a run coach to fit your needs can be a challenging process.

My knowledge and understanding have come from a lot of research and reading, over three decades of doing the best I can in bike racing, running, and cross-country skiing, and a lot of learning up from failure and mistakes.