Running coaches aren’t just for experienced runners. A skilled coach will challenge you and guide you to achieve your goals. A coach will design a training plan for your specific fitness level, work with you to optimize your performance and make sure your injury risk is minimized. Just like there are many different running styles, there are many different coaching styles, so it may take you a few tries to find your best coach. Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) certifies coaches who work with runners of all ages and abilities.

Here are some tips when looking for a coach and a list of CT based coaches:

  • Ask potential coaches for their qualifications and references
  • Look for a coach that has certification and training. For example, Road Runners’ Club of America (RRCA) certifies coaches through programs that emphasize the use of personalized training plans, designed to help a runner achieve their goals, while minimizing the risks of injuries.
  • Decide if you want a coach that will work with you one-on-one, in a group or online.
  • Know Your Goals.
  • Know Yourself – what motivates you and gets you out the door to run?
  • Know Your Limits
    • How much money can you spend a month?
    • How much time can you spend on training?
  • Ask fellow runners for references.
  • Interview potential coaches before making a final decision.


Jeanne Marchand

RRCA Certified Running Coach, CPR/AED certified, and Fitness Instructor. Experience with “couch to 5K”, 10K, half-marathon and marathon training.

Jeanne’s coaching philosophy:
I stress the importance of setting goals and making the personal commitment to sticking to them. I believe training shouldn’t be stressful – it should a positive experience. You should embrace this life changing experience, and I believe that if you put your mind to it that you can do anything.

Training options: one on one, in person, group, online

Margaret Alexson

RRCA Certified Running Coach

Margaret’s coaching philosophy:
I feel it’s important to enjoy running. I can help you learn techniques to run faster, I can teach you to learn to run and I can help you enjoy running. To me, my passion is running. I love to get people up and moving and enjoying the run. It’s free therapy.

Training options: one on one, in person, group

Mary Reeve

RRCA Certified Running Coach

Mary’s coaching philosophy:
My philosophy is to train to your body type and you will then achieve your goal.

Training options: one on one, in person, group

Susan Rubenstein, Yoga Be Fit

RCAA Certified Running Coach for 4 years, Personal Training, Group Fitness of all Modalities and extensive Yoga training, running, cycling, general fitness, nutrition

Susan’s coaching philosophy:
Helping each individual reach their personal goals in a safe and effective way. As a full time fitness professional, I am honored to see the incredible transformation of so many wonderful students and clients. I am grateful to love what I do.

Training options: one on one, in person, group, online

Kim Marchand

RRCA Certified Running Coach, CPR/AED certified

Kim’s coaching philosophy:
My coaching philosophy stresses the importance of accountability, responsibility, discipline, mental toughness, self-confidence, sportsmanship, and a desire to succeed and meet goals.

Training options: one on one, in person, group, online


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