We’re super excited to announce Leah Rosenfeld (pictured with Run SMART Head Coach Dr. Jack Daniels) as our latest private coach to join the staff. Leah will focus her attention on athletes looking to improve their track, cross country and road PRs from 5k up to the half marathon.
“I am so grateful to have the opportunity to join The Run SMART Project’s all-star coaching staff. As a current athlete working with Run SMART, I have seen significant improvements in my own performances through this training system and as a coach, I am excited to be able to share my knowledge of running, strength training and nutrition with runners as they pursue their goals.” – Leah
Athletic/Educational and Coaching Experience:
Leah competed in college at Penn State University, where some of her career highlights included: winning the Iona Meet of Champions Cross Country 6k, setting the 4x1500m relay school record and finishing in the Top-10 All-Time list for the 1500m. She graduated with a degree in Communications with an emphasis on Media Studies/Journalism and Kinesiology.
Her coaching career began in 2010 at Lodi High School in California, before moving on to Syracuse University, and more recently to Northern Arizona University (NAU), where she coached for over 4 years. At NAU she worked with the Big Sky Conference Cross Country team champs and several individual conference champions and NCAA Regional qualifiers.
- 1500 4:22
- 3000 9:30
- 5000 16:36
- 6k XC 20:39
- Half Marathon 1:20:43
Getting To Know Leah
RS: Favorite athletic moment?
LR: Winning a gold medal in the 3000m at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel is one of my favorite athletic moments because I had achieved a goal that I had established eight years prior after my first Maccabiah Games competition in 2005.
RS: Favorite coaching moment?
LR: When I was coaching at a high school in California, I helped one of the senior athletes get accepted into her first choice college (UCSB) and compete for their team, which was something this athlete never thought would be possible one year earlier.
RS: When did you decide coaching was something you wanted to pursue?
LR: Sophomore year of college I remember having a meeting with my coach at Penn State about coaching careers. I told her I love creating workouts so I want to coach as a career. She said theres a lot more that goes into it, but I was already sold!
RS: Who are some of your big running influences?
LR: Before the 2008 Olympic Trials my dad told me to watch out for his friend Steve’s daughter, Shalane Flanagan. Ever since then she has been my idol and now dear friend. She epitomizes what it means to have a strong mind, body and spirit and is an incredibly positive influence on the sport of distance running.
RS: What’s one thing that represents your philosophy when coaching different types of athletes?
LR: As a coach I am committed to developing the individual strengths and weaknesses of my athletes with a long-term approach. I believe in creating strong, athletes, and thus, durable runners.
RS: Favorite place to run?
LR: Hart Prairie Road in Flagstaff
RS: Favorite workout?
LR: Mile reps at Buffalo Park and 400 reps on the track, I like feeling strong and fast – I’m not sure which one I like better!
RS: Favorite race?
LR: My favorite race would have to be any Mile on an indoor track. There is something special about racing such a historic distance in a small (albeit loud) venue with spectators cheering only feet away.
RS: What are you currently training for?
LR: I am currently training for the Mile and 3000m to try and qualify for the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, NM.
RS: Favorite Olympic moment from this summer?
LR: Centro winning gold!