Here are six possible reasons one may desire a running coach when playing in the ultra world:
1. Yoda Insight
50 km, 50 mile, 100 mile, multi-stage, night running, mountain, ultra nutrition, desert, jungle, trail, or road.
A coach that has experience/knowledge that matches your ultrarunning goals can accelerate your learning curve in the sport and help reduce the number of dark side moments.
2. The Rubber Mallet
Who wants to tell their coach they missed a bunch of workouts? A coach can provide a bit of extra motivation to help you get the work done and keep moving towards your goals.
3. Monkey See Monkey Do
What training am I doing this week? No worries, a coach will often have a daily/weekly plan that you can simply follow and provide feedback.
4. Tick Tock Goes The Clock
A coach can free up additional personal time so you don’t have to do as much research on training, nutrition, recovery, etc. Now you can get the lawn mowed, rooms painted, and house vacuumed. 😉
5. Cheer Team
Who doesn’t like a good old pat on the back every now and then. A coach can celebrate with you during your high moments and provide support/guidance during those low moments.
Same old same old? A coach can offer new training ideas that can make things fresh and exciting again. Whatever your goals, we want to have fun with the process. Consistency may just be the biggest ultra asset you can own and excitement in your training will almost always help you get the shoes laced and out the door.
If you are interested in a coach, here are a collection of trail and ultramarathon coaches from our own TALON (TX, AR, LA, OK, NM) region listed in alphabetical order.
If you are aware of any others throughout the region, please share and I will include in the article.
Amanda McIntosh is based out of the San Antonio, Texas area and offers both local and online services for trail runners of all levels and abilities.
Amanda has over 20 years of experience in the fields of Exercise Physiology and coaching athletes around the world.
Coaching website: http://www.amandamcintosh.com/
Lesley is based out of Texas and offers one-time consultations and online training program packages.
Lesley has both road and trail experience up through the 100km.
Coaching Website: http://racingitoff.com/
Liza is currently based out of Texas and offers both online and in-person coaching through Sharman Ultra Endurance Coaching.
Liza has both road and trail experience through the 100 mile.
Coaching Website: http://www.lizahoward.com/coach/
Michael Schreiber is based out of Texas and has a bit of an old-school website.
Michael offers free advice to any running questions you want to toss at him. He also offers personal training programs.
Michael has been a consultant and author involved in endurance training and running. He also competes in a range of running events from 5 km to 450 mile multi-day events.
Coaching website: http://www.training2run.com/index.html
Olga is currently based out Texas and offers online coaching services.
Olga has ran a variety of both road and ultra distances including over 90 ultra.
Coaching Website: http://www.olgav100.com/coaching.html
Rogue Training Systems
Rogue Training Systems is based in Austin, Texas and offers three local trail running group coaching options.
Rogue Training Systems doesn’t appear to offer any remote trail running coach services.
Coaching website: http://www.roguerunning.com/programs/2/Trail.html
RunnerOne – Tim Neckar
RunnerOne is created by Tim Neckar and based in Houston, Texas. Tim offers both local and remote (email/telephone) coaching services.
Tim has a deep level of coaching and personal trail/road ultra running experience.
For remote athletes, you will get the same coaching services without the run-with-coach workout session…unless you want to take a trip into the city.
Coaching website: http://runnerone.com/
Sharp Coaching – John Sharp
Sharp Coaching is run by John Sharp who is based out of Texas.
Sharp Coaching offers consultation, remote coaching, running form analysis, personal coaching, and a weekend one-on-one knowledge sharing run.
John has running experience from 5km to 200 miles.
Coaching Website: http://www.sharpruncoaching.com/
Tejas Trails Coaching
Tejas Trails Coaching is based in the Austin, Texas area and offers local group and individual (local or remote) coaching options.
The Tejas Trails Coaching team has deep experience with a variety of local and national ultra trail/road running events. Check out coach Joe’s Bio for a taste.
Coaching website: http://www.tejastrails.com/TrailCoach.html
Trail Roots – Erik Stanley
Trail Roots is based out of Austin, Texas and offers local group, individual training, and organized destination running trips.
Erik has personal experience up to the 100km distance.
Coaching Website: http://www.trailroots.com/
If you have had any experience with any of the above coaches, feel free to share any thoughts in the comment link below.
And…if you are aware of any additional regional ultramarathon coaches, feel free to add them to the comment link as well.
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David – EnduranceBuzz.com
Posted on 16 Aug 2010
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