Coach Mark

I started running in the early ’80s after reading books like Positive Addiction by William Glasser and The Complete Book of Running by Jim Fixx. Over time, I fell in love with the sport, and except for the occasional injury, I never stopped running.

I fell in love with running because when I’m out there setting a pace that is efficient and relatively easy, my mind quiets down and all the stress seems to dissipate. I know some of you may be thinking that you’ll never feel this way–running is something you endure until you’re done–but I believe it can be this way for you as well.

IMG_2348I am a Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) certified coach. I’ve trained and run countless 5Ks, 10Ks, 1/2 and full marathons. I qualified and ran Boston in 1996. I am familiar with all types of training programs and can teach proper running form and control.

The reasons people run vary, but I believe the nature of this sport and the reason runners can consistently run for many decades is that it becomes a way of life. Running builds up the body, nourishes the mind, and when you share your running with others, it makes you feel good. It makes you feel that you belong to something and can share that good with others.

Having goals for your running is good.  It may be to lose weight, finish your first 5K or 10K or to set some new personal record (PR). Whatever it is, it is only attainable through consistency and practice.  We will occasionally fail in life. But having the motivation to get back up and try again only comes from seeing that running is more than just a medal or PR.  That is why I want to motivate runners to run to feel strong–to train smarter. Feeling good about what you’re doing is what’s important. Races, medals and PRs are icing on the cake.

For more information about my running program, follow the link below

New or Returning Running Program