Coaching Older Runners: From Beginner To Experienced Marathoner
Running Workx provides personalized coaching services for all levels of runners from the first-time novice middle-aged runner to the experienced older runner or aging masters runner; providing training and preparation for a wide range of event distances from 5K to the marathon.
And if an ultra happens to be on your bucket list as well, there’s experienced help for that too!
Even if you just want to start running to improve your fitness, tone up, and lose a little weight, Running Workx can help you get started on the right path, stay on track, and avoid the usual pitfalls encountered by most beginners and even many experienced runners.
With beginners and especially with older novices, these early missteps often force budding runners to lose enthusiasm, become injured, and eventually quit before they have had a chance to enjoy the long-term benefits and joys of running.
Serving The Unique Needs Of The Aging Runner In Their 40’s, 50’s, And 60’s
Although I coach runners of all ages, Running Workx was conceived to serve the unique needs of the aging runner. These are the older adult runners entering their 40’s, 50s, and even 60’s.
I myself am turning 60 this year, so I can really relate to what it feels like to be a senior runner and what it takes to stay fit and active. Who better to understand the needs of the older runner than a fellow aging runner & experienced coach who trains regularly and is still able to run the trails.
I am also a recent cancer survivor (2-years NED). Consequently, I can relate to what’s entailed to come back from a life altering illness with multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and learning to make adjustments to my training and gait to compensate for the side effects that have become permanent.
I can relate first-hand to the physical and emotional challenges entailed during and after a major illness and can attest to the power of running and staying fit, and most importantly, how staying active and retaining a positive attitude helped me to endure and overcome my illness in spite of my age.
Personalized Coaching, Custom Tailored Training, Integrated With Technology
As the owner/coach of Running Workx, I personally tend to every aspect of your training, providing you with extremely personalized workouts, custom tailored training plans and professional on-line coaching services using an integrated web-based training platform that conveniently connects me to you via your desktop or synching with a companion smart phone app (iOS or android).
My clients also have unlimited access to me, so questions are addressed promptly and regular communication and feedback is encouraged.
Passion, Experience, Longevity
I have a longtime passion for running and coaching, having successfully run my first marathon in 1979…I was 19 years old at the time, self-trained and didn’t have a clue as to what I was doing. Fast-forward to 2015; I ran my first ultra, a 50-mile trail race …so nearly forty years later the passion still burns with more events and distances to be conquered!
I relate best to the everyday recreational runner who wants to be consistent, improve, stay uninjured, and has some unmet goals. Coaching and educating regular runners to pursue and achieve their goals is what I enjoy and do best regardless of age or experience level.
Figuring Out What Works Best For You
With beginners and especially with aging runners, it’s about applying appropriate levels of training stress balanced with carefully metered progression and most importantly, providing for adequate and proper recovery.
It’s actually more about figuring out what works for you and what doesn’t. Embracing a holistic approach to training and lifestyle and by doing the right things now in the present, enhances your health, general fitness and well-being. But we also want to avoid the common tendency to overreach and overtrain which inevitably leads to overuse injuries and burnout.
My main objective is to provide a dynamic long-term training program specifically crafted and tailored for you. It’s a program that adjusts to you as you progress from day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month, and year-to-year.
By establishing consistency in your running, keeping you fit and adopting a more health conscious lifestyle, over the long haul, you are more likely to enhance your quality of life well into your 50’s and 60’s and maybe even beyond.
Coaching is as much an art as it is science, so I like to try new things and experiment with different workouts as opportunities arise and not be constrained to a single way of training. The human body is a dynamic organism, and each person is a unique individual, constantly changing and adapting in different ways, so shouldn’t your training recognize and reflect that?
An Experienced and Relatable Coach
As a coach, I hold multiple certifications with a number of organizations including: USA Track & Field Level 2 Certified Endurance Running Coach and National Registry Coach, RRCA Certified Distance Running Coach, VDOT 02 Certified Distance Running Coach, and NFHS Accredited Interscholastic Coach (Place link here – about Coach Mike).
I also have many years of experience as a runner, starting in my teens, and running on and off through my 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and now my 60’s; so I can relate to runners of all age and gender groups from youth track and cross country, to instructing adult beginners and training experienced marathoners and masters runners.
I also stay connected to younger runners as the Head Coach for Boys and Girls Cross Country at a small rural public High School located in North Los Angeles County.
It’s Not Just About The Miles
If you are an older runner looking for a running coach and you like what you hear, I invite you to read on and explore more of my website
Feel free to contact me, “Coach Mike”.
And Remember, with Running Workx….
“It’s Not Just About The Miles”