Coaching and consulting

More than anything else, I love to share my knowledge with other runners and coaches.  If you’d like to talk about your own training, or if you’re a coach and you’re wondering about a training plan or a specific workout that you’ve planned for your athletes, I’d love to hear from you. 

I have spent over ten tears years intensely studying the human body and how it adapts, or fails to adapt, to distance running.  I have personally coached and advised runners ranging from 12 to 45 years of age, and I have planned workouts for high-level runners at distances ranging from 400 meters to ultramarathon marathon, and I have studied the training programs of the greatest distance runners and coaches in the world.  On top of that, I have worked ardently to understand questions of injury prevention, treatment, and recovery—planning how to individualize training to fit a specific athlete’s needs is one of my specialties.

I work with a small number of athletes for one-on-one coaching. Typically these are post-collegiate runners preparing for distances between 5k and the marathon, but I occasionally work with middle-distance runners and ultramarathoners as well. I am currently open to taking on additional athletes if my coaching would be a good fit for you. Drop me an email at john at runningwritings dot com if you are interested.

Additionally, I am always available for one-off or recurring consultation sessions. Here are some topics I’ve worked on with athletes and coaches in the past:

  • Reviewing a cross country training plan
  • Preparing a training and race plan for an ultramarathon
  • Developing a strength routine for a high school program that has no access to lifting equipment
  • Plyometrics exercises for 1500m versus 10k runners
  • How to manage a “double peak” season (performing well indoors and outdoors)
  • How to run high mileage injury-free
  • Fueling strategies for the marathon (including strategies for elite-field water bottle placement)
  • Training for extremely injury-prone runners
  • Cross-training to maintain running fitness while injured

If you’d like some advice on these or any other topics, let’s get in touch.