Sarah is the real deal. She brings a wealth of knowledge, backed up by a master’s degree and loads of certifications, an instant comfort in a sea of “coaches” who have no idea what they’re talking about.
I was coached by Sarah for Boston 2018. I had a high-stress training cycle and was plagued by many niggles, including hamstring issues and a back injury that made my peak week 0 miles. I could barely walk that week. Through it all, Sarah was the voice of reason and reassured me I was on track to hit my goal.
Her workouts were fun and pushed me to new speeds, especially during long runs. I felt as if I was pushed just the right amount with ample time to recover. She also gave great strength and mobility work. If I ever had questions, she told me the why behind it. She was available when I needed her, including responding to me during a run because of my hamstrings.
Miraculously, I managed a small PR at this race, which I credit to Sarah keeping me healthy. Her runs took me to a whole new level.
Sarah is encouraging and realistic. I’d highly recommend to her anyone, both beginner and advanced. She will help you reach your goal while having fun along the way!
Sarah’s coaching was transformative for me in many ways. I approached her with a big idea and a long list of challenges to establish a remote coaching set-up for my lifestyle as a full-time field based ranger in the mountains of New Zealand. She wasn’t daunted in the least by the unusual and complicated training circumstances and instead shared my enthusiasm for getting started. Sarah created a daily workout training plan that I could follow remotely and helped me stay flexible when unforeseen difficulties arose. She was encouraging and motivating while also stepping back enough to allow me to figure out how to adapt the schedule to my life. From the very beginning Sarah made it clear that this could only work if I wanted it to. As a result, I never felt any pressure from her to keep the coaching partnership going, I just stuck with it because I found it truly valuable. Thanks to Sarah’s training plan and readily available assistance to my numerous questions, I was able to stick with a regular habit of running even when working in difficult terrain. As a result, I improved my fitness measurably for the first time since high school and shaved off 16 minutes in a 25 km race from the previous year. I started my journey of becoming the mountain runner I always longed to be, thanks to Sarah’s help. I cannot recommend her coaching highly enough.
Jeffery Johnston – Ultra Pool Guy
Sarah is a very dedicated and committed coach/trainer. She cares about her client’s goals and results. Sarah goes above and beyond in providing a very specific training program to fit your individual needs. She is extremely well-educated regarding the human body, it’s systems, and the process of gaining the functionality and strength I desired.
I suffered an injury that resulted in two major surgeries in the last two years – labrum hip tear and sports hernia. After working with Sarah since my injuries/surgeries, I am running stronger, more efficiently, and more confidently than I ever have before. And I continue to improve!
It’s obvious that this is not just a job for her, but a life mission to help people recover/reach their highest potential.
I look forward to continuing to work with Sarah on my overall physical development.
I have followed Sarah for sometime and seen a strong woman who walks the talk every single day. Her posts are authentic, transparent and demonstrate her knowledge, dedication to her training as well as educating her followers! This immediately drew me to her when I was thinking I needed someone who knew what they were doing to help me train for the 6 day stage race I recently completed in Costa Rica. Sarah helped me to train conservatively, smart, and confidently to avoid injury and conquer this big goal! Her humour and genuine care about me not only as a client but a genuine friend made me feel so cared for and loved. Things that I think are important when you hire a coach. She effortlessly fills these big boots!
I had followed her on Instagram for awhile prior to reaching out to her— during that time I was able to learn about her messaging, training , and experience.
I was looking for a coach that had experience in road racing, trail racing, and ultras. Sarah delivers in all of these areas!
I was looking for a coach that could help me train smarter and more effectively, that understood my running goals and would support me throughout the process. Sarah has laid out a training program that is easy to follow and very doable. As a full time working mom- time is precious. Sarah has offered a wonderful amount of support throughout the months we have worked together through phone calls, emails, and sharing her experience and knowledge.
I also wanted a coach that was familiar with the challenges that a Saskatchewan climate can offer for a runner- as Sarah has lived in North Dakota she is all to familiar with winter running.
I would highly recommend Sarah as a running coach to assist you in reaching your goals!
How on earth I am now of fan of hills I will never know…
The dictionary defines “Coach” as “a person who teaches and trains an athlete or performer.” This definition doesn’t nearly do “Coach drtyrunner” justice. As a life-long novice athlete, I have participated in my share of teams, sports, and of course dealt with all sorts of coaches. Running was something I took on as my own, managed myself, and after some initial introductory training ten years ago I figured self- coaching was ‘good enough.’ Sarah changed all that.
Trapped between wanting to run forever and having the strength to lift a semi truck, Sarah knew exactly how to help, lead, and coach me back to my happy running days, this time faster and stronger than I ever thought.
Sarah is incredible; I have never had a coach that is so in tune with my goals and progress. Honestly, she helped me realize what my goals even were. Sarah’s coaching and training plans helped me to enjoy running and training again. More importantly, she helped me to appreciate and respect my capabilities and body image. Sarah was the motivator I needed right when I needed it. I’m stronger, happier, healthier, and faster than I thought I ever could be. I even look forward to my hill training days!! This from the girl whose motto is “I don’t do hills.”
Whether your goal is to dominate a 100 miler or complete your first 5K, she is your answer… coach, mentor, motivator, accountability partner, and friend.
“I was in a definite downswing on my running. After several years of running multiple ultras a year and feeling good, I had come into a slump which was lasting more than a year. I was still running but not as well as I felt I could and I had spent more than a year running fatigued and in pain. I asked Sarah to develop a training plan for me to run the JFK 50 miler. I had run several 50 milers before but I was unsure I could complete this one within the 12-hour cutoff; my running wasn’t going well.
She kept me on a plan that developed my running skills while at the same time not wearing me out. She also worked on my confidence and the power of positivity. I trained hard and was fatigued and sore for most of it. I went into JFK just hoping to make the cut-offs and finish. Unbelievably I finished an hour and thirteen minutes ahead of the 12-hour cut-of. I finished somewhat sore but only because I had just run 50 miles! Somehow she had developed a plan that worked. I couldn’t believe it. I just couldn’t fathom going into it that the plan was working, but it did work!! I was less sore afterward than before I started and I felt good the whole way. I’m so very grateful to Sarah for her great plan, but also for her unwavering confidence in me. This race has changed my outlook and renewed my love of running.”
“I began my training for my most recent half marathon back in August of this year. I was going through a very difficult time in my personal life and felt that I needed a goal and a realistic way to achieve such. In short, I needed coaching and accountability.
To say that Sarah has been anything but amazing is an understatement. When we began this journey together, she asked all the right questions about my running history, my physical health, nutritional habits and not just about the goals that I wanted to accomplish but gave me so much inspiration through her own stories of running. Sarah is such a positive and empowering coach, always mixing up our workouts and making me look forward to “what’s in store for today?” She was very flexible in working with me based on my timeframe and the number of times per week I wanted to train. In one of my first speed sessions (where I thought I was going to die — not really, but you know what I mean), I literally did not think this was something I could do. In fact, I didn’t complete that training run as prescribed, but it was without judgment on her part; just lots of encouragement and an assurance that it DOES get easier and that I WOULD be able to accomplish this task soon, and you know what? She was right!
I went on to complete all of our scheduled training runs as instructed and am so very thrilled to say that I reached not just my one goal of a sub 24:00 PR on a 5K, but also PR’d a 10K by 11 minutes (48:12); and this last half marathon with a sub 2:00 (1:57:20, to be exact), finishing 20 minutes faster than my last best time! The interesting thing is that the only race out of those three that I really wanted to PR was the 5K. Sarah’s constant encouragement and implementation of awesome speed work mixed in with the long runs, did wonders for my running efficiency and I could not be more thrilled! She’s made me a stronger, better runner and I am so motivated to keep competing, if only with myself!
For what it’s worth, I’ve been a runner for about four and a half years, taking up this crazy journey at 48 years old. I ran a marathon on my 50th birthday and have been passionate about running since my first race, which was a 5K. I like to run and I like to win, even if it’s just to beat my last best time. Sarah is always so encouraging and positive and I would highly recommend her to anyone who’s ready to up their game.
And last but not least, even in this virtual world we’re all a part of, I feel like Sarah is not only an awesome coach, but has become a great friend as well. We may live thousands of miles apart but I feel a kinship with her and am so glad to have her as my coach!