Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the cost?

Depends! You could pay as little as $0 (zero dollars), all the way up to $500, depending on the amount of input you want from me, as well as the duration of our commitment. The best way to find out exactly what you’d be paying is to ask! –> ASK!!!

Why hire a coach?

You’re making an investment in yourself! The reasons for doing so vary from runner to runner…

  • Learning a sport that will help improve your health. I recently read that a HEALTHY couple retiring at age 65 will need an estimated $275,000 to cover health care costs for the remainder of their lives. That’s a HEALTHY couple!! Imagine the cost of hitting retirement in poor health. Investing a little now could save you LOTS of money in retirement.
  • It’s a time-saver. If you’re currently a casual runner but want to learn more about the specifics of training to get faster, a coach can save you tons of time in reading and research. I’ve done hundreds of hours in reading and research about all things running over the years, and can pass that information on to you whenever you need it!
  • Avoid injuries. I’ve made plenty of mistakes while training early on that have caused injuries. The good news is that I’ve learned from those mistakes, and have been running injury-free for years. I’ll put that first-hand knowledge to work, making sure that YOU don’t make the same mistakes and stay healthy.
  • Unbiased advice. I’ve seen many people ask for advice on hiring a coach on message boards, and a very common reply from others is something like, “Save your money, get advice from your friends!” That advice will work well if those friends are certified running coaches. However, the greatest advantage to getting advice from an actual coach is that I’m NOT your friend. My mission is to give you the best advice for your health, even if you won’t be happy with what I have to say. Friends are often afraid to hurt your feelings when giving advice. I’m not.

So you’re a “coach.” What’s your background?

Read the “Meet Your Coach” page! I’ve recently completed my first official certification from one of the best running coaches in the world, Dr. Jack Daniels. I’m also in the process of completing another official certification through the Road Runners Club of America.

Who can benefit from these plans?

I’ve helped runners do just this at all ability levels, from twelve-year-olds learning the basics of stretching and pace, to adults looking to qualify for Boston, and even high-schoolers that went on to become collegiate runners.

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YOU could be…

  • A beginner runner looking for more fit lifestyle
  • A novice runner getting into uncharted territory (1st marathon, etc)
  • A runner coming back from injury
  • An experienced runner that walked away for a bit, but is getting back into it.
  • An experienced runner chasing a milestone/PR.

No matter who YOU are as a runner, I’m here to help you GROW and LEARN. Let’s get to work!

Take me to the plans!

How do you determine pacing?

We’ll determine pacing using heart rate, recent run/race history, or go old school based on breathing patterns and feeling. Your call!

Do you ever run with your athletes?

I have done this in the past. I make no guarantees here, but if you are a local and we can make it work every now and then, absolutely!

What training philosophies do you use?

The workouts and paces I prescribe are based on the work of a mix of Dr. Jack Daniels’, Steve Magness’, and Renato Canova’s training philosophies. For marathon work, I also lean on the work of Pete Pfitzinger and Scott Douglas, as well as the philosophies found in the Hanson’s Marathon Method. However, I’m always reading and learning more (as we all should be!), so this may change over time.

You said you used to have some boring, “business-y” home page statement?

Yup. If you’re into that sort of thing, here it is…

When you consider all of the aspects of running that are required to maximize your potential and stay healthy and injury-free (think stretching, rolling, strength training and core work, massage, workouts and recovery, travel time to venues), it’s easy to see how it could be a full time job. It’s overwhelming, and easy to feel as if there’s just not enough time in your schedule to improve your running. I’m here to tell you that there is time, and Balanced Life Running is all about finding that time and maximizing it.

Balanced Life Running (BLR) is a personalized coaching service that offers an approach to your run planning and training that takes into account all of the stressors of your life.  In a running environment full of apps and algorithms that give generic guidance, BLR is a throwback coaching service that plans running around your life (instead of forcing you to plan your life around a rigid training schedule), and offers regular communication, feedback, and training adjustments from an actual person. You could be…

  • A beginner runner looking for more fit lifestyle
  • A novice runner getting into uncharted territory (1st marathon, etc)
  • A runner coming back from injury
  • An experienced runner that walked away for a bit, but is getting back into it
  • An experienced runner chasing a milestone/PR

 

GIVE someone a training plan, and they might run a race. TEACH someone HOW to plan, as well as the MEANING to be found in the sport, and they’ll run for LIFE!