Through my years as a high school, college, and post-collegiate runner, working with outstanding coaches has been a constant. Additionally, I've had the privilege of training with athletes who possess a deep and varied knowledge of athletic performance.

In my coaching career, I've been fortunate to work alongside and learn from talented coaches and train successful, highly motivated athletes.

By pairing my personal experience with what I've learned, both from those I've worked with and through research, I have created a set of tenets that guide my decisions in coaching. 

Consistency is Key

The number one determinant of success in distance running is consistency in training over weeks, months, and years.

I structure every training plan to accommodate the athlete’s schedule and to keep the athlete injury-free. Accomplishing these improves day-to-day consistency and allows for long-term consistency, respectively.

Plan to Athlete

Every athlete has a unique training history, set of goals, and schedule. These must all be considered when creating a training plan.

Working with a new athlete always begins with the runner filling out a questionnaire to help me learn about the training they have done, what they hope to accomplish, and the intricacies of their life that impact training. I then craft a plan geared toward their goals and their situation.

Big Goals, Small Steps

In training, it is important to identify measurable behaviors that, when completed on a daily or weekly basis, can propel athletes towards accomplishing their goals.

I encourage runners with ambitious goals to determine immediate behaviors that, when completed on a regular basis, will place them in a better position to achieve their goals. These “process goals” can be running related, recovery related, or strength/mobility related.

Logical Progression

Within a training block it is important to progress through workouts appropriately. Between training blocks, it is essential to evaluate results and identify what to incorporate or stress at elevated levels.

I encourage athletes to have a purpose for every aspect of their training. Part of my job as a coach is helping athletes identify the next logical step for progressing in their training.

All Paces Always

Regardless of goal race distance, athletes should be touching on all paces from easy, aerobic running to high intensity sprinting. The level at which each pace is stressed is determined by the goal race distance.

Runners training from a mile benefit immensely from aerobic training. Marathoners can benefit significantly from doing work at maximum velocity. I consider the goals and training history of each athlete when determining how much work at each pace goes into a training schedule.