So you want to improve your running by increasing motivation, getting some accountability, or reducing your injury risk?
If you’ve ever thought…
“what am I doing wrong?”
that you can’t improve your running…
⏰ If you’ve been planning for a morning run but kept snoozing the alarm…
😬 If you’ve felt frustrated because you kept getting the same old injuries…
🤷♂️ If you’re just not sure what to do with your run training anymore…
Everyone has these struggles because running can be hard!
No matter how much you love something or how great it makes you feel, it’s still difficult to go from stationary to movement. Activation energy is a tough cookie to crack. Sitting on the couch feels nice. No matter the hobby or endeavor. How badly you want to do it or how badly you need to make a change in your life.
But running also makes you feel good🎉
And I’m willing to bet right now that you’re not feeling 100%, otherwise you’d probably not be here!
According to RunningStats.com, 65% of all runners within a given year are injured. They also suggest, and I think is is a sadder stat yet, that 50% of these injuries are recurring ones. That means these individuals are suffering again from the injury.
Frack that 👎
At the 2017 Chicago Marathon, over 25% of men who finished in the 5:xx range hit the wall with a slowdown of at least 33% in the second half.
That’s painful to even read, let alone experience.
If you’ve ever felt like there is too much running information out there and you’re not sure what options to go with, that’s normal.
If you’ve ever felt down on yourself for getting hurt or skipping too many runs, that’s normal.
If you’ve ever felt that no matter what you do, you’re still worried about hitting the wall during your marathon, that’s normal.
But just because it’s normal does not mean it’s ok.
- Something is off in your run training, and you don’t feel quite right.
- Maybe you’re frustrated with a lack of new personal records.
- Did you feel like you let your family down because of the sacrifices they made so you could dedicated time to training for a race, and you got injured before the event?
- For whatever reason, have you gotten out of the habit of running and you just don’t feel like yourself?
- For whatever reason, you’re letting yourself down.
Running well, no matter your goals, makes you feel good! This makes your work better, your family life better, YOU BETTER.
Every day I work with or talk to runners who at some point have been struggling. You and they know how not being in a good state of run training influences everything from sleep to mood to being able to keep up with your kid’s soccer practice.
👍But I’m here to help!👍
What will work for your Goals?
- A running campaign that is designed based on your abilities, goals, schedule so there is no guessing on the training you should do.
- A strength & mobility plan that fits into the equipment and time that you have so you become stronger.
- Accountability & motivation from someone keeping you on track so you train consistently towards improvement.
- Kinship with someone who has eaten a vegetarian diet since 2006 so I can connect with you in other ways than just enjoying running.
- The expertise of working with a coach who has earned a degree in nutrition as well as taken exercise physiology courses.
👇What we work towards👇
- Would you benefit from more consistent running? For many runners, my main goal with them as we start working together is to increase their consistency. The monetary investment in a coach + me expecting you to run is a big motivation to get back to doing what you love and what makes you feel good, running.
- Would you benefit from being stronger? Strength training is like a public restroom without toilet paper. You don’t realize you need it until it’s too late. All of my running clients benefit from accountability and doing 3-5 strength routines throughout the week.
- Would you benefit from a better race strategy? You spent real money on the race entry fee, your spouse took care of the kids every Sunday morning so you could get those long runs in, and you spent months of focused training towards the event. Don’t mess all that up by not having an optimal plan of action for the race!
What we work towards
- Would you benefit from more consistent running?For many runners, my main goal with them as we start working together is to increase their consistency. The monetary investment in a coach + me expecting you to run is a big motivation to get back to doing what you love and what makes you feel good, running.
- Would you benefit from being stronger?Strength training is like a public restroom without toilet paper. You don’t realize you need it until it’s too late. All of my running clients benefit from accountability and doing 3-5 strength routines throughout the week.
- Would you benefit from a better race strategy?You spent real money on the race entry fee, your spouse took care of the kids every Sunday morning so you could get those long runs in, and you spent months of focused training towards the event. Don’t mess all that up by not having an optimal plan of action for the race!
Instead of hitting that snooze button, skipping your strength work, or changing from one cookie cutter plan to another, let’s work together in a smart way.
There is a better way…
THAN PRINTING OFF A PREWRITTEN PLAN | No matter if an elite coach wrote the plan and you paid money for it or you got it for free from a website, the plan doesn’t give a crap on anything. It does not care if your kid has a soccer tourney out of town, you are ill for a week, or you have a funky work schedule. It doesn’t care if it’s raining and you don’t really feel like going out.
THAN WATCHING RANDOM WORKOUT VIDEOS | It’s extremely rare for a person to come to me and say they do adequate and appropriate running strength and mobility work. And even if they are hitting the gym, what they’re doing is probably not appropriate for their needs and desires. Maybe they were shown an ad on Youtube or clicked through a recommended video – but just because Youtube recommended it does not mean it’s appropriate!
THAN DOING ONE-OFF WORKOUTS | The videos and fancy running workouts you see in the magazine or on line are great, but there’s no progress towards or after the workout, it’s one and done. Smart and healthy training incorporates a dedicated progression of the training load but also periods of rest.
What if you had…
A TUTOR IN YOUR POCKET | Whether you use the app and / or the website, you have access to me any time you wish to help design your program, check in on you, ask questions, and make sure everything fits what you need.
NO NEED TO CROSS YOUR FINGERS | When we start working together, I interview you to determine your needs, schedule, what you’re doing well, what you’re doing poorly. No more Runner’s World Syndrome of changing your plan every month because there’s another shiny object. Simply check your email or Final Surge app and do what is prescribed!
A PLAN FOR WHATEVER HAPPENS | I send out monthly checkins and always ask if there’s anything in the next 1 to 3 months that will require reduced training load, such as tax season for accountants or finals week for teachers. No more guessing what to do while traveling or during a busy season – let me modulate the training load to an appropriate level.
SOME BOSS ASS ACCOUNTABILITY | People tell me all the time they just feel better when they’re running and feel off when they’re not, but just because it makes you feel good does not mean it’s easy to do! What is easy? Snoozing the alarm. But with your investment in coaching and me putting energy + time into prescribing workouts, expecting you to do them, and checking on you if you don’t log something, I promise you’ll get back into the habit of training if you’re not currently in it!
REAL FEEDBACK | Instead of doing some cookie cutter plan on a piece of paper or out of a book that doesn’t give you anything back, I’m watching your training as you log it! I’ll let you know if your pacing was off a bit, or if your perceived exertion was too high, or if your HR was super low and you maybe could have pushed it harder.
A JUDGEMENT FREE ZONE | No, this isn’t Planet Fitness, but I get that shit happens. Sometimes your kid was up all night throwing up or there was a thunder storm after work and you (wisely) didn’t run in the lightning. Instead of shudda wudda cudda I understand and when appropriate I give you the OK that it was fine to miss a few miles.
It’s online coaching
But I’m always with you
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Easily See Your Schedule | The Final Surge App easily navigates through a broad range of dates like the world-class app it is, quickly bringing you to the Daily View which shows all your workouts for the selected day. The Daily View shows basic workout data, plus whether the workout status is planned or completed.
Easily Log Your Training | Manual entry is a snap. Just tap on the Complete As Planned button, enter Distance, Duration, and Pace for the workout, plus you can easily add How You Felt, your Perceived Effort, and Workout Notes. Of course the App automatically syncs workout data from your sports watch, bike computer or similar tracking devices through platforms like Garmin Connect®, Strava®, and others.
So what is the answer to your problems?
- Imagine a world…. Where instead of constantly hitting the snooze button, missing your morning running opportunity, and lamenting about it all day…you were motivated and got it done.
- Imagine a world…. Where you didn’t miss your race due to injury.
- Imagine a world…. Where you don’t guess at your training but instead had a progressive plan laid out for you to follow.
What others are saying about Coach Kyle
I’ve always been a self-taught, self-coached athlete. Lately my work-life balance has been off, which is why I looked at hiring a coach. Coaching has been tremendously helpful in getting me back on track in my training. I’ve been given the structure to reach my goals and all I have to do is stick to the plan. Everything from tempo runs, to strength and mobility workouts, to rest weeks are all included in the plan.
It’s been a big time-saver (and relief) to not have to overthink my training week over week. With the strategy and planning all ready done, all I have to do is run!
Coach Kyle did a great job of taking into account my goals alongside my current abilities and built a plan to meet me where I’m at.
Thanks again, Coach Kyle!
Ben M – Ultra-Marathoner,California, USA
The RUNDOWN has been amazing so far!
Even though i have almost a two and a half year run streak, this RUNDOWN has really gotten me excited about running again!
The workouts are great, and Coach Kyle knows what he is talking about!
Kyle P – Run Streaker & Athletic Trainer.in Indiana, USA
I had almost given up on running and working with you helped me really love it again. I appreciate that so much.
That half was the most enjoyable run of my life. I just felt really good. Having you coach me put all the joy back in running for me.
I’m so grateful.
Jenn A – Half Marathoner,Public Defender,in South Dakota, USA
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Thanks so much for all you do!
You make it easy for me to keep at it, even when it’s mentally and emotionally challenging to keep moving forward.
Running is such an important part of my life, even when it is not the top priority at the momen
Erika W – 5k & 10ks,Wyoming, USA
“”Every morning the alarm goes off and for whatever reason the feet don’t hit the floor and then the running doesn’t happen in spite of the desire to get back out there again.”
“I can’t tell you how good it feels to be back on the road!
Robert L – MarathonerFlorida, USA
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What’s up? My name is Kyle
I work with runners all over the world to help them keep motivated, run consistently, and avoid injury as they train towards their goals.
During my youth I grew up on a small family farm in South Dakota. I would help out with milking and feeding the calves. For most of this time it never occurred to me the dairy farm wasn’t normal and ok.
But then in high school, a vegetarian boss of mine shared with me information about eating a plant-based diet. I feel like my eyes were opened to how animals should be treated and my views changed forever. I believe it was sometime around here that I switched to a vegetarian diet cold turkey, and I’ve not looked back since!
While I did change my diet for ethical reasons, I of course believe there are health benefit as well. Eating more fruits and vegetables, higher quality food, and being more conscious of our diets in general all lead to improved quality of life for all creatures on this planet.
Comments & Concerns
I’ve worked with and talked to so many runners over the years and I’ve heard it all, that also means I’ve tackled it all.
Sometimes I’ll even send out an email to or tweet to my followers and simply ask “hey, what are you struggling with?” and I always ask my new coaching clients what their main objections or hesitations are/where.
So below are some of the most common ones, and if I left out YOUR concern, use that contact button to let me know what it is and I’ll do my best to make you feel more comfortable with moving forward towards coaching.
“It’s too expensive”
I have pricing options ranging from single payments of $100 to biweekly payments of $100 with a bit in between as well.
If you want to modify how payments are made from spreading them out weekly to paying all at once for a discount, I’m willing to work with you to work with you!
Look at the investment in a running coach as insurance. Brad says, “I wish I had met you before I met my physical therapist, I could have saved a lot of money!“
How much are you willing to spend to increase your chances of having a successful goal race?
“I don’t need motivation”
“The RUNDOWN has been amazing so far! Even though i have almost a two and a half year run streak, this RUNDOWN has really gotten me excited about running again! The workouts are great, and Coach Kyle knows what he is talking about!”
-Kyle P, High School Athletic Trainer
“I’m not very motivated”
Also, we can work with this!
Recently I began working with a runner in Florida who said “Every morning the alarm goes off and for whatever reason the feet don’t hit the floor and then the running doesn’t happen in spite of the desire to get back out there again.“
We chatted and I suggested that having the investment in a coach, having me put time into prescribing is runs, me expecting him to do, and me checking in on him would help get him running.
And you know, it worked!
“I don’t have an upcoming race”
I currently work with two runners who have no goal race on the horizon.
The runner in Wyoming says, “I was also thinking that I’d like to stay at 10K race ready, just for being at a certain level to maintain until I get back to racing?” and that’s how I’m working with her right now.
On the flip side, the runner in London would like to potentially do a marathon if we can get him into sub3 hour shape, but in the mean time he just enjoys training really well.
“I don’t have time to train”
I specialize in working with busy adults who are business owners, teachers, stay at home parents who need to train around their children’s schedules, etc. During the initial coaching consultation with a runner I’m working with as I write this, he literally said he wants his training to interfere as little as possible with his family time.
Another runner who is an entrepreneur said that he looks at having a running coach as investing in his time. Having a coach do the research behind nutrition, training, gear, etc saves him time and is motivation to help him get out there when he needs to. I stress to those busy runners that even 2-4 mile short jogs are impactful when done consistently and frequently over time.
“I’m currently or recently injured”
To be honest, I don’t work with people who are currently unable to run due to injury – in such cases as this you are likely better off working with some sort of physical therapist or athletic training towards recovery.
But when it comes to returning to running, I very much enjoy helping safely guide people back into good training habits. During this time when running volume is low can be a great opportunity to relearn or start excellent training habits.
“I know enough about running”
Even me, as a running coach, has hired coached before in the past. I’ve also coached other coaches.
Runners who are very knowledgable about the sport still may require extra accountability, motivation, being told when to rest, being checked on for strength work, etc.
For me and the most recent coach I hired, I really just wanted to be told what to do. I have found that having more knowhow in the sport can often lead to a bit of analysis paralysis when it comes to training. I want to try / do more than I can so it’s nice to again, just be told what to do 🙂
“I’ve successfully used prewritten plans”
Even for people who are currently running and training well on their own, working with a coach can be a breathe of fresh air. Sometimes simply changing your training can be enough to stimulate some fitness gains.
An athletic trainer who I designed training for said, “Even though I have almost a two and a half year run streak, this training has really gotten me excited about running again! The workouts are great, and Coach Kyle knows what he is talking about!“
“I’m not running a lot right now”
I work with people who run 20-30 miles per week and with people running twice that.
You can only train as much as your body and schedule allow, and the benefit of a coach is being able to work with what you got.
The training follows YOU and YOUR unique situation.
“I’m slow or a new runner”
Sometimes people tell me that they’re slow and don’t think they deserve or should have a coach.
Or for whatever reason they’re a new runner and feel a coach is only for really great runners.
But consider that if you want to learn to swim or play an instrument, would you wait until you’re great at it? I think anyone looking to improve at anything can benefit from a tutor or coach!
Why Online Coaching?
→ You do the running & complementary work on your own time & schedule
→ $200-$250 monthly depending on a few factors.
→ You can message me at any time & I’ll almost always reply back in 1-24 hours.
On Location Coaching
→ You must meet your trainer at a predetermined location & work around their schedule
→ $50-$100 per hour
→ You may only have access to the trainer during training hours.
Didn’t feel like going out today. I definitely wouldn’t have made it if I didn’t have the motivation that comes with having a coach.
But I felt so great afterward! I really feel I’m becoming a stronger athlete, mentally.
Thank you for giving me a need to be accountable!
Cathy T – MarathonerCambridgeshire, UK
I am really enjoying having my workouts scheduled on a calendar. It is getting me out the door! I have not been this consistent in a long time.
Glenda W – Half MarathonerSouth Dakota, USA
Is run coaching worth the price?
First off, I hate hate hate when I go to look at something and there’s no price listed, that’s almost an instant turn off. When we were searching for our last car and I’d see a nice looking vehicle with a FOR SALE sign in the window but no price, guess how many of those phone numbers I called?
So here with my coaching, prices can range from $200-$250 monthly depending on the payment structure you decide on.
I often look at coaching as an investment and a form of insurance.
Let me explain.
Run coaching is an investment.
Often runners who are out of the habit of running come to me and say they just don’t feel right when they’re not lacing up and hitting the trails 3-4 times weekly. They don’t perform as well at work, they may not sleep as well, they may have gained some weight.
For cases like this you can look at coaching as an investment into yourself – it simply makes everything better.
Sometimes all these people need to get back into it is the investment into their fitness and it pays itself back in how well you feel, how good you look, and how great you act.
When you pay for a coach, you are putting money into something and I promise that’s going to increase the chances of you doing what you’re intending on doing.
Stop wishing you would and stop feeling bad when you don’t!
Run coaching is insurance.
Another way to look at coaching is insurance again injury, hitting the wall, or losing the habit.
Of course nothing is certain, but I’m obviously a big believer that having a tutor will increase your chances of success when it comes to your training.
The most common thing an injured runners says to me (I talk to many on social media) is that they should have rested or shouldn’t have overdone it.
I’ve no problem telling someone to rest for a couple days if their knee felt a bit off. The ego may want you to keep training and hope it doesn’t turn into an injury, but I’m always wanting to be safe and have no problem telling you to do some elliptical time!
Think of how much goes into a training for an important event.
The energy and time you put into waking up early for weekday runs, the cost you’ve paid for the gear and special nutrition, the thigh chafing.
Consider all of the sacrifices people around you have made. Maybe you’ve had to skip out on some late night friend hangouts, maybe your spouse watches the kids while you go out on that weekend long run.
How horrible would it be if you did all that and ended up getting hurt and skipping the event or performing poorly during it? Like I said above, nothing is certain but I’m confident a coach increases your chances of success!
Do you have a race coming up?!?The longer we have to prepare together, the better.
- Custom training plan so your workouts are based on what is best for you.
- Pre-race planning so you don’t go into the event with any questions.
- Strength routines based on your time availability and equipment you have access to.
- Event calendar planning to make sure your tune-up races are appropriate for your goals.
- Post-race review to see what worked & what didn’t work.
- Open communication so your training can be updated on the fly or any question you need answers can be.
- Regular check ins to keep you accountable.
- Running and racing nutritional guidance and planning.
It’s nowor neverI’m worried you’re still unsure.
Are you still not ready?
Not ready to get over the activation energy required to contact me about to jumpstart your training.
But what do you have to lose? You would not be here on this page if you were completely happy with your running.
Something is amiss, am I right?
If you pass on this opportunity, nothing is going to change. You’re going to continue on the cycle of run – injury – rest until you come back to this page in three months, wishing you would have done so sooner.
You’re not going to wake up tomorrow and magically wake up on the first alarm.
You’re not going to have a plan that fits your crazy work schedule.
You’re going to sit inside while it rains, missing your run.
And of course, satisfaction guaranteed. Not only YOUR satisfaction, but also mine. I’ll work with you to make sure you’re happy with the end product, and I won’t be satisfied until you are.
Seriously, if you truly think I did a horrible job and are not happy with our 1st 30-days together & do not wish to continue, I’ll refund you x2.
What is your biggest running related struggle?
I don’t want a cookie-cutter prewritten program.
“Coach Kyle takes that time to find about you as a runner and individual and then caters the training to you and your schedule. Having a schedule that wasn’t a cookie cutter put the fun back in training.”
I want a training change.
“The RUNDOWN has been amazing so far! Even though i have almost a two and a half year run streak, this RUNDOWN has really gotten me excited about running again! The workouts are great, and Coach Kyle knows what he is talking about!”
-Kyle P, High School Athletic Trainer
I want a PR!
“Thank you so much for being my coach! You helped me stay healthy, and get stronger and faster. Thanks for coaching me to a 13-minute PR!!” -Dawn M
I need some guidance!
“lately my work-life balance has been “off”, which is why I looked at hiring a coach. I’ve been given the structure to reach my goals and all I have to do is stick to the plan. Everything from tempo runs, to strength and mobility workouts, to rest weeks are all included and it’s been a big timesaver (and relief) to not have to overthink my training week over week. With the strategy and planning already done, all I have to do is run. Coach Kyle did a great job of taking into account my goals alongside my current abilities and building a plan to meet me where I’m at.” -Ben, ultra marathoner in California
I want help returning to training.
“I am grateful for Kyle to help me get back on track. I don’t like thinking about what workouts I could or should be doing. I just like to do them and know that someone else is keeping me on schedule towards my goals. (Thanks, Kyle!)”
– Ann F, coming back to running after having her second child.
I need some motivation & accountability
“I had almost given up running and working with you helped me really love it again. I appreciate that so much.” Jenn A
I tend to overtrain myself with recurring injuries.
“All your help with cross-training, what an EZ run actually means, and active recovery days has really added to my functional knowledge. I don’t think I could have completed Ragnar so successfully without you.”
I have a crazy work / life schedule!
“I need help workout out a routine that incorporates strength and core AND accounts for my other training / life factors. I want some regular check-ins, but not everyday.”
This is going to go one of two ways…
Either you contact me to get started or you don’t.
I hope you do.
I think in 1 month, in 3 months, you’ll be glad you contacted me.
Yes, it takes a lot of energy to start something new. But it also takes a lot of energy to keep doing what’s not working or being frustrated with what’s going on.
So get ahold of me and let’s chat. That’s all you have to do and I’m confident that once we get started, you’ll be glad you did!
But! Before contacting me…make sure you know:
- Real improvements take time, so even though you can cancel whenever you like, you are willing to commit to at least 3-months of coaching.
- Your time is valuable, and investing in a coach to help guide your training will help you save time, energy, and money.
- Your questions are important, and know that you can contact me at any time for thoughts or comments about your training.
- To do you what you’ve never done, you have to do what you’ve never done, and that means that the training will not always be easy but in the long run it will be worth it.
- Your money is valuable, but look at coaching as an investment to lower your risk of hitting the wall, getting injured, or having to skip events.
- The more time to prepare, the more likely you are to have a successful event.
- It takes some effort from you as well, the more timely you log your training and the more you include, the more information I have to design your training campaign.