Be The Runner
Personalized coaching from someone just like you

Regular people should be
coached by other regular people
who know about how regular people run

That's where Be The Runner comes in.


I'm tossing around an idea of holding a "running retreat" early this summer, and I want to quiz you to gauge interest in this kind of thing. For now, I'm not really asking if you want to participate in a specific program, but just if you would be interested in this kind of program in general, and to get your thoughts about my concept.

My thought is to bring a group of runners to a location with access to great running trails, then have a weeklong experience involving running topics, strength training, healthy and delicious food, and - of course - quite a bit of actual running.

I'm hoping for some frank feedback, so I created a survey on SurveyMonkey that you can complete anonymously. Just click on the link below to answer the ten questions - it should only take you a few minutes. There is space with each question to add comments if you wish - those would be much appreciated! If you want to ask questions or give me direct feedback, please go ahead and just email me.

Here's the link to the survey: Running Retreat Survey

Be The Runner was created because I strongly believe that regular people should be coached by other regular people who know a lot about how regular people run. I have met many former Olympians and other great runners, and they are terrific people. These kinds of folks are very knowledgeable about how to train 'freaks of nature' like themselves.

But, for example, it doesn't make sense to me how someone who runs a 2:15 marathon can give comprehensive advice to someone who will be out on the road for five hours, or
even three or four.

This is where Be The Runner comes in. I am just like you. I've finished everywhere from DFL (Dead Flat Last) to first place, but there’s never been any danger that I would make it to the Olympics or set a world record. I have indeed learned bits and pieces of training techniques from some fantastic runners, but I know how to put it all into the right context for normal human beings. I also love being a nurturing, supportive person, listening and then responding to the needs and concerns that every unique person has about their running.

I tailor everyone's program specifically to them, and make adjustments on the fly to help everyone achieve their goals. I can do all this whether you live near me or not – yes, I can be a 'virtual' coach for you!

Be The Runner will help you celebrate your success by donating half of your start-up fee in your honor to a high school track and cross-country program of your choice!