Although I have always been fairly active, I discovered the joy of running later in life. I ran my first marathon almost 10 years ago after I turned 42 and after my third marathon I had taken 35 minutes off my time from my first race three years earlier and started to think about qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Over the next 7 years I ran another 12 marathons getting as close as 40 seconds this past fall. I have been known to be stubborn but at my wife’s insistence I decided that if I was really serious about achieving this goal maybe I should find a coach that knows more about running than I do. I had been receiving Eric’s weekly running emails and decided to reach out to him for help. From day one Eric has been very responsive and helpful. He developed a plan specific to my background, helped me get set up on Strava to monitor my training and the biggest thing is that he held me accountable for doing the work necessary. During the 4 month training cycle leading up to the marathon I ran a few shorter races (not a big fan of anything shorter than half marathon) as part of a local winter series and posted my fastest 5K, 5 mile, 10K and 10 mile times. This past weekend I ran the Albany GA marathon and I always stalk the weather leading up to these type of races. As I was preparing to fly out the forecast called for temps in the 60s with humidity of 95%!! I texted Eric in a little panic and asked about changing race strategy due to the high humidity. He convinced me that under optimal conditions I could possibly do a 3:20 but with this humidity don’t give up on getting under 3:25 which I needed to qualify. The humidity did not disappoint! With a solid in race nutrition and hydration plan from Eric I was able to finish strong. As I got to the last 6 miles of the race I was passing many runners that had already hit the wall and I know how that feels! I was able to run a very even pace all the way through the end with my fastest ½ mile coming as I crossed the finish line. Thank you Eric! Boston 2020!
Eric was able to provide me with coaching and advice. What he provided was more than just a spreadsheet with a training plan. He knew exactly what kind of training I needed to feel confident in reaching my goal. There was never once that I doubted that I wasn’t going to cross that finish line, and it was because I knew that I had a solid training base and that I could trust the training that I had done. I’ve been running for over 15 years now, but Eric has been my first coach and he truly transformed my running.
I have spent six months training with Eric and have had an awesome experience. I had been running for the past 2 or 3 years “on and off” without any consistency prior to his coaching. I really had no experience with structured speed type workouts (intervals / tempo / etc.), so I wanted to learn how to do these workouts and to implement them into my schedule. During our initial conversations I let Eric know that my objective was to spend a few months prior to a half marathon and learn how to overcome “stopping and starting” workouts and how to build a solid schedule, with the intent of being able to finish the 13.1 miles. He was more than happy to help me and had no problem with that plan.
Over the several months training with Eric, he was always on top of everything going on with my training, work schedule and life. I always knew the game plan and I always had my schedule well in advance so I knew what was coming but not too far in advance to stress me out. He responded to daily workouts as well as any questions I had regarding schedule changes, nutrition, injuries, heart rate, or whatever else I could come up with. Even with his busy schedule, he was great about making sure that my workouts were modified to meet my changing schedule.
I never thought I would get or need a coach. I know (or so I thought) a decent amount about running anyway, so I always did my own training. However, as my schedule got busier I had less time (and want) to think about my own training schedule. Eric was a perfect fit! Most off, I knew Eric really cared about me; both personally and in running. I would highly recommend his coaching service to anyone who is interested. If you want to speak with me personally about my experience, feel free to contact me directly (ask Eric for my contact info).
Eric has been a fantastic catalyst in my pursuit of being an elite spartan racer. I have a busy full-time job along with coaching CrossFit at a local gym. Eric helped me develop a running/training schedule while being very “present” in my journey. His kind, professional & experienced approach worked well for me. We set goals and worked hard together to achieve them. I have been an athlete of Eric’s for two seasons now and he has helped take me to the Spartan World Championships in both 2017 & 2018, as an Elite male competitor. I recommend Eric for any level runner looking to push themselves to the next level!
Eric is a passionate and talented runner who wants you to succeed! He understands the craziness of life and he provides an individualized training plan that is practical for busy schedules. He sends weekly check-in emails to help keep you motivated and continues to offer expert advice leading up to race day. Eric helped me to break through my plateau and achieve a new half marathon PR!
With the crazy demands on my schedule I found myself 56 days away from my upcoming half and questioning my ability to cross the finish line. Training had not gone my way and for the first time since I started running in 2013 I was contemplating selling my bib for a race. That was something I REALLY didn’t want to do. I reached out to a runners group on Facebook for a second opinion and thankfully, Eric replied to my post offering up his expertise to get me to race day. We discussed my running experience, my goals (both for the upcoming race and running in general) and we discussed my absolutely crazy schedule of school, work and my family. On short order Eric had pulled together a personalized running schedule based on my needs and my goals for that race. He also helped me tackle questions about race nutrition, injury prevention and worked with some issues I was having with shin splints. He was gracious with his time and always just a direct message away if I had questions. Eric, Thanks for being an awesome coach and helping me get to the finish line!
– Barb Book ☺ (Wife, Mom, Respiratory Therapist and proud member of the “back of the pack”)
For over the last decade, Coach Wolfgang has helped coach me to achieve my highest potential. From helping me break my high school’s 3200m record to walking on to a Division 1 XC and Track program, Coach has given me principled advice to help me achieve my goals… including now when coming back from a 9-month long injury. In the early years of his coaching, his vast knowledge of the sport was invaluable, and I’m still amazed at how much I still have yet to learn about running. One of Coach’s strongest attributes is the balance he brings to individualized performance evaluations. I have never gotten off easy when challenged in a tough workout yet he has been able to change workouts on the fly to accommodate my current fitness level. If I had a son who wanted to excel at running, I would hire Coach Wolfgang. Since I don’t, for now I’ll just continue hiring him to be my coach.
Eric is the most passionate person I think I’ve ever met. He is so knowledgeable and never hesitated to take the time out of his busy life to respond to any questions I had. I wasn’t a new runner, but I was new at racing and I knew I was going to need some help. Eric reached out to me when he saw my rant on Facebook and helped me along the way. He taught me the terminology that you read about online (tempo, cadence, MP, HMP, PR) and explained it thoroughly even when I still had questions. His plan met my goals and what I was looking for and also introduced me to adding striders into my routine to help with my pace. The document he used to keep track of my progression was easy to use. I loved having someone to report back to, it kept my momentum going. He is truly interested in seeing your progression and success and that in turn makes you want to strive to be better. His words of encouragement meant everything to me. I never thought I’d meet someone who loved the sport more than I did.
I highly recommend Eric to any runner looking for professional guidance to take their running to the next level! Eric takes time to get to know his clients before creating a customized program based on running history and future goals. His plans are comprehensive and easy to follow with detailed explanations of key workouts and he follows up to check on progress and make necessary adjustments. He is always willing and excited to talk running and provide much needed encouragement! In addition, Eric includes recommendations on stretching, strength training, nutrition, recovery, and racing strategy. He truly has helped me and my son take our running to a level beyond our initial goals and expectations!! More important than PR’s, Eric’s encouragement and support of my son’s running career has sparked a love for running that I believe will remain a life-long passion. We consider Eric a great coach, running partner, and friend!!
– Ryan (and Tyler)
Coach Wolfgang offers a plethora of stretching, running, and diet information. With 20+ years of experience, between high school and collegiate competition, cross country and track, he has done it all! He has the knowledge and expertise to help the average person prepare for their very first 5K race (me last year!), to assisting the seasoned athlete in lowering their marathon time. He has a positive and encouraging attitude with all of the advice he offers.
Eric created a great training plan for my goal race. He helped to tailor it to fit my needs and schedule. As a seasoned runner, Eric helped me focus in on my need of stretching, not only after a workout, but daily. My performance has never been better and I appreciate the time he takes to answer questions as they arise. I would recommend Eric as a running coach to novice runners or seasoned athletes, he will motivate you and help you to train smarter.
I really appreciate your posts on Instagram! I like to run but easily get discouraged because I am pretty slow. The Instagram is easy to check and read but also motivates me with some things to try!
I highly recommend Eric as a running coach. He provided valuable and timely feedback on my half marathon training plan which inspired me to run my first marathon this past November! His comments were always positive and helped me get over some hurdles in my training. It’s a great feeling to be part of a larger running community with Eric’s encouragement and support!
The e-mails are great. They give me the quick bit of info I use to think about my training.
I highly recommend Eric as a running coach. He helped me train and run two 1/2 marathons this past summer. I had tons of questions, but Eric took the time to answer each one of my questions with the honestly and detail I needed to hear. He was patient with me and I truly value him and admire his dedication & passion for running.
Eric has helped me improve my 5k time by 40+ seconds. The workouts he has offered were specific and challenging for my ability. I had researched and experimented with training programs on my own, but the guidance he provided was much more effective. I would recommend to anyone who is interested in improving their running, Eric will help you go farther and faster than you could by yourself.