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HillRunner.com Online Running Coach

In Partnership with the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon

You've signed up for the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon! Congratulations! Now, you need to make sure you're ready for the big day. What are you going to do to make sure you're ready to meet your goals on November 30th? You could place your chances on a free "cookie cutter" training plan found online but you've just made a big investment. Would you like to have more personalized guidance? If so, you've come to the right place!

My name is Ryan and I'm partnering with the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon to offer you personalized assistance in your training and planning for race day. You can choose from getting a custom training plan built for you or getting full service coaching. The full service includes weekly check-ins and having me available to answer your questions through email or your preferred method of communication.

I've been running and helping runners for over 20 years. I look forward to helping you reach your goals at the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon! For more about me and the services offered, please review the links below.

About Ryan

I began running in 1990 under the coaching of Indianhead Track Club Hall of Fame and Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame member Dan Conway. I progressed from finishing last in my first race, a 7th grade 800 meter run, to becoming a conference champion (3200 meter run, 1995) before graduating from Chetek High School in Chetek, Wisconsin.

I went on to run at NCAA Division III University of Wisconsin-Stout, where I was coached by current University of Chicago coach Chris Hall. I continued improving through college, graduating with personal bests of 15:43 in the 5K and 32:48 in the 10K on the track and 26:21 in the 8K in cross country.

Upon graduating, I changed my focus to the roads, where I ran personal bests of 1:13:43 in the half marathon and 2:40:05 in the marathon.

I have always been a student of the sport, reading everything I could get my hands on from and about coaches past and present, such as Arthur Lydiard, Jack Daniels, Gabriele Rosa, Mihaly Igloi, Peter Coe, Mark Wetmore and many others. I also am fascinated by the science behind the sport. I believe there has in the past been a lack of communication between running coaches and scientists and am looking for opportunities to bridge the gap.

I have worked with runners from locally elite competitive runners to beginners. Most of the runners I work with are those who are trying to achieve all they can while balancing work, family and many other responsibilities. I believe that, while other parts of your life are rightfully higher priorities, you can still achieve a lot in running while keeping a healthy balance between the running and non-running portions of your life.

Services

Online Running Coach

The full package. Get a customized plan based on your personal strengths and weaknesses and your goals. Then, follow through with constant communication with me as you execute the plan.

Plan Builder

Get a customized plan based on your personal strengths and weaknesses as a runner and your goals. Philosophy

Communication

Open and honest communication will be critical to your success with me as your Online Running Coach. I will make myself as available as possible through several channels of communication (telephone, email, personal messaging, instant messaging, and social networking). In order to best tailor your training to your needs, I need you to be completely open with me on how you are responding to your training and how your training plan is fitting into the rest of your life. Don't hold back, don't keep secrets, let me know everything that is going on so we can work together to best modify your plan to work with your unique strengths and weaknesses, as well as your unique life priorities.

Training

There are certain unchanging training principles that apply to everyone. The details, however, can be very unique to every individual. My philosophy is to apply these unchanging training principles in a way that will best work for you.

What are these unchanging principles? There are several but consistency and specificity of training top the list.

Consistency means just what it sounds like it means. To be your best requires that you train consistently day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. This of course doesn't mean you do the same thing every day for years on end. It means you don't train hard for 6 months of the year and then do nothing for the other 6 months. It means you don't do 3 hard workouts a week and take 3-4 days off. Not if you want to be the best you can be.

Specifity of training can mean a lot of things. First and foremost, if you're training to run a race, your primary training focus needs to be on running. Cross training can be of benefit in certain circumstances but should not take away from your running. Second, all distance races are endurance events. You need to train your endurance, which is something a lot of popular training plans you can find online overlook. Third, the old saying "you have to train fast to race fast" still applies. There are many more aspects to specificity of training but these are the cornerstone components of any effective training philosophy for performance-minded distance runners.

Still have questions?

Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions.