The Run SMART Project, featuring Dr. Jack Daniels, is a group of professional coaches working together to help runners of all levels reach their running goals. Currently, Run SMART’s coaching staff is made up of 10 coaches operating across the country. All coaches are current or former distance running standouts with resumes that include Olympic Trials standards, national championships, sub-4 minute miles and Division I head coaching positions.
I started The Run SMART Project in the fall of 2005 in New York City (NYC). The concept came from two ideas: wanting to share my experience and knowledge from training as an elite athlete, combined with the idea of coaching others to help to support my own athletic endeavors. After competing for St. Joseph’s University I spent two years training at ZAP Fitness, a training center in the mountains of North Carolina for Olympic hopeful runners. At ZAP, I learned the value of applying individualized training programs from elite athlete coach Pete Rea. I was also exposed to many great athletes and coaches across the country who shared different training philosophies and experiences. From this experience and seeing a lack of individualized coaching options for everyday runners I created Run S.M.A.R.T. My goal is to provide safer, more effective training advice for beginners and help them reach their goals. And if I can provide coaching opportunities for elite athletes so they can afford to train like professionals after college and reach their athletic dreams as well, I will have completed my vision.
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I began coaching through a local running store in Charlotte, North Carolina shortly after finishing my college career. I was fascinated by the different circumstances that people had to deal with in their everyday lives and how those circumstances influenced their training. In time I realized that there are several factors that make an athlete/coach relationship successful. As with any relationship, there must be a mutual respect and understanding. I always start by getting to know a prospective athlete. I have found that knowing a person as an individual plays as significant a role in his running success as knowing him as an athlete. Family, school, work and the general details of life all factor into our running, so ignoring those aspects when considering training time and intensity can lead to a sub par performance on race day. I have found that being flexible as a coach plays a primary role in the success of my athletes.
As a runner, I continue to strive to get the most out of my ability. Though my running career has had its highs and lows, I believe that the obstacles I’ve faced along the way allow me to better understand what my athletes go through, and ultimately make me a better coach. I am currently living in Flagstaff and have had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Jack Daniels and renowned therapist Phil Wharton, of Wharton Performance.
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I became involved with The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project out of the desire provide a successful experience to those who wanted to make running a part of their life. I did not start my relationship with running as a coach, but first as an athlete. I was an All-American at a top Division I university, and ran professionally post collegiately, competing at last year’s Olympic Team Trials in the Men’s Marathon. In my quest to become the best runner I could be, I naturally became a student of the sport, studying, reading, inquiring, and experimenting. As I gained knowledge, I became humbled in realizing how lucky I had been to land in the hands of such wise, patient coaches who guided my running career, from a high school runner to a professional athlete. As I looked around, I began to recognize how many runners had frustrating and negative experiences because of bad information, generic training plans, or poor guidance with incomplete understanding of this complex activity. One day it hit me: I had hit the jackpot, yes. But now I had a responsibility to the sport I have enjoyed so much.
And so I joined the team at The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project with my mission of showing people just what they’re capable of when their hard work is applied intelligently. My approach is completely individualized to each runner; I work with a limited number of clients to maximize attention.
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It is my desire to combine my experience as an elite runner, my educational background in Human Biology and Nutrition, and my passion for coaching in a meaningful way to help others achieve their goals. Currently I train in the beautiful mountain town of Flagstaff, Arizona. I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by an incredible running community that includes the world-renowned physiologist and coach, Jack Daniels, many Olympic level runners, emerging elite runners, and arguably the nations strongest contingent of “weekend warriors”!
I am excited to continue and expand my relationship with the sport of running through the Run S.M.A.R.T. Project. Regardless if your interest in running is for the purpose of getting in shape, weight loss, training for an upcoming race or seeking to exceed your personal records I am confident that we can work together to accomplish your goals. Whether you are a novice or an expert I believe that I have the tools to help you successfully combine a training or nutritional plan within your current lifestyle and schedule. Please let me know how I can help you begin to accomplish your goals!
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I am thrilled to be part of the Run SMART project and to have the opportunity to help athletes of all abilities to achieve their athletic goals. As a long time high performance athlete, I have been fortunate to have been exposed to many of North America’s top coaches and sports professionals – physiotherapists, strength and conditioning coaches, physiologists, nutritionists, sport psychologists; one of my greatest desires is to share my knowledge, ideas and resources with fellow runners. I believe that with a purposeful and individualized plan, athletes can achieve personal performances that exceed their expectations. However, it often takes a coach to detect the large and/or small changes necessary to make the difference between euphoria and disappointment following a race. I love running and am delighted to help other runners achieve their goals!
My goal in coaching is to build a strong foundation of trust and communication, while also establishing a firm understanding of the athlete’s strengths and weaknesses. In many cases my role is to challenge the athlete to take on new training stimuli while still adhering to the overall principles of periodization and peak training. I am very keen on balancing hard work with appropriate recovery and regeneration, in addition to advising on the many technical details that are often overlooked but are key to optimal performance, such as strength, core, technique, nutrition, stretching, race strategy, visualization, cross training, etc.
My running career has blessed me with wonderful experiences like working with some of the best psychologists, physical therapists, dietitians, doctors and coaches (including legendary coach Alberto Salazar) in the sport.
Running has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. I watched my father compete when I was a little girl and carried on the family tradition of running and competing at a high level. I ran at Adams State College for one year before transferring to Arizona State University. I graduated from ASU with a degree in nutrition and later became a Registered Dietitian. My goal is to help runners achieve their goals by means of consistent communication and creating customized training plans that best suits an individual’s schedule and lifestyle.
My experience as both an athlete and coach have taught me that the key to success is individualization. Anyone can write training plans out of a book, but it takes a coach who makes the commitment to understanding each of his athletes to get them to hit their best performance at the right time. I credit my accomplishments as an athlete to having a coach that was never dogmatic in his approach but adjusted each day to the feedback of his runners.
As the head women’s cross country and distance coach at Georgetown University, individualization is the cornerstone of my philosophy. This past fall, I led Georgetown University to their first NCAA Cross Country Championship and was named National Coach of the Year. All seven of my athletes who lined up that day had their best race of the year, but each took distinctly different training paths to get there. By really listening to each of my runners and constantly fine-tuning their training, we were able to hit their peak performance on the goal day. Helping my athletes reach their goal is more rewarding to me than any accomplishment I ever had as a runner and that is what brought me to The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project.
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The experiences I have had running are one that I hope everyone has at some point in their life. The beauty of running is that it can both calm us but also challenge us to reach new limits. Running helps us think more clearly but can also separate us from reality.
I ran at Georgetown University where I was an 8-time All-American. Post-collegiately, I was fortunate enough to run professionally with Reebok and competed at the 2008 Olympic Trials in the 5,000m. Since 2007, I have worked as an Assistant Coach at my alma mater, Georgetown University, where I typically worked with the distance team.
My goal is to help everyone get the most out of running through an individualized training program that takes into account your goals, previous running experience, and work schedule.
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The majority of my lifetime has involved some aspect of running whether it’s spectating, training, researching or coaching. Every day I look forward to lacing up my sneakers. My greatest joy of the sport is exceeding expectations. As a high school senior, I ran a 27-second PR in the 3200 meters to become a PIAA state champion. During my senior year in college I was on crutches in mid-March due to acute tendinitis but ended up a national runner-up two months later. I was told I did not have the stride of a marathon runner but qualified for the Olympic Trials in my marathon debut. Most recently, I broke a 25-year-old record in a 9-mile race just 3 1/2 months after giving birth.
Successful runners and coaches understand both the mental and physical aspects of the sport. As a wife, mother, high school teacher, runner, and coach, I understand the pressures of everyday life and the challenge of committing oneself to a healthy lifestyle. I truly enjoy seeing those around me believe in themselves and succeed, and I look forward to coaching those who are dedicated to reaching their goals. Through The Run SMART Project, I will develop a personalized plan for you that accommodates your schedule and brings out your very best.
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I became involved with Run SMART out of a desire to return to coaching and use my experiences to help other runners achieve their goals. As coach of the women’s cross-country team at the University of Dayton from 2004 to 2010 my favorite part was seeing the athletes improve and develop a passion for running. After stepping away from collegiate coaching to spend more time with my 2-year-old son I am excited to work with runners again and develop individualized training plans that will fit their lifestyle and goals. I also enjoy using my educational background in exercise science to apply training principles.
I have raced professionally since 2002 running races all across the nation. My experiences racing and training help me relate to other runners and be a better coach. I have been exposed to many different training theories and plans and know that there is no one size fits all plan. I am eager to work with runners to find the right plan and help them run personal bests.
After 5 years of collegiate running success at the University of Connecticut, Dan signed a contract with Asics and went on to train at ZAP Fitness, an Olympic Development center for distance athletes. He spent three years at ZAP lowering his PR’s for 1500, mile, 3000 and 5000 meters. His coaching experience comes from 6 years of private coaching and one year as Assistant Cross Country and Track coach for Appalachian State University. He uses his personal experiences as a professional athlete and coach to instill the proper training methodologies his clients need to achieve their goals. Dan believes in an individualized framework approach for each athlete. He has also contributed to the Running Times magazine and many other running publications across the country. Through Dan our clients have a unique opportunity to gain access to a broad range of running experience and sport specific knowledge. His goal is to provide each athlete with a greater appreciation of the sport and measurable growth as a runner.
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