About Ryan, your Online Running Coach

Hi, my name is Ryan and, if you wish, I will be your personal running coach. Before you decide whether or not you would like to hire me, I'd like to share some information about myself as a runner. Consider this my resume and job interview.

I began running in 1990 under the coaching of Indianhead Track Club Hall of Fame, Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame and USATF Masters Hall of Fame member Dan Conway. I progressed from finishing last in my first race, a 7th grade 800 meter run, to becoming a conference champion (3200 meter run, 1995) before graduating from Chetek High School in Chetek, Wisconsin.

I went on to run at NCAA Division III University of Wisconsin-Stout, where I was coached by current University of Chicago coach Chris Hall. I continued improving through college, graduating with personal bests of 15:43 in the 5K and 32:48 in the 10K on the track and 26:21 in the 8K in cross country.

Upon graduating, I changed my focus to the roads, where I ran personal bests of 1:13:43 in the half marathon and 2:40:05 in the marathon.

I have always been a student of the sport, reading everything I could get my hands on from and about coaches past and present, such as Arthur Lydiard, Jack Daniels, Gabriele Rosa, Mihaly Igloi, Peter Coe, Mark Wetmore and many others. I also am fascinated by the science behind the sport. I believe there has in the past been a lack of communication between running coaches and scientists and am looking for opportunities to bridge the gap.

I have worked with runners from locally elite competitive runners to beginners. Most of the runners I work with are those who are trying to achieve all they can while balancing work, family and many other responsibilities. I believe that, while other parts of your life are rightfully higher priorities, you can still achieve a lot in running while keeping a healthy balance between the running and non-running portions of your life.

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