Online Coaching Services
Our online coaching services are designed specifically for the runner who may be too intimidated by the prospect of hiring an “elite” athlete as their coach. We coach all of our athletes with the mid to back of the pack runner in mind.
“Sherpa” John Lacroix takes his near-decade of Ultra Running Experience to craft a training program that works for you. He truly understands the day-to-day challenges of the average ultra runner. Sherpa’s training plans are designed for the ultra runner with a life outside of running. His experience will help you with quality low mileage training experiences while avoiding injury. Sherpa has completed nearly 50 official ultra marathons with a 90% success rate. (100% for 50k, 95% for 50 Miles, 100% for 100k, 78% for 100 Miles)
Rebecca Downey ran for fun when she was a Division I rower. After completing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy, she took up long distance running. After running her first road marathon her running endeavors spiraled “out-of-control.” Rebecca loves to use her knowledge of the body, love of the sport, and desire to see people succeed in running as she creates personalized training plans.
Mark Lofquist started running later in life. He never ran because it hurt and felt unnatural. He was even told by a sports orthopedic surgeon that he should have his tibias broken and straightened if he ever wanted to run injury-free. Thankfully, Mark didn’t take this doctor’s advice, left his tibias intact and applied his research skills to identifying how to run the way the body was designed to run. Today he lives in Boulder, Colorado and enjoys all the perqs and peaks the mountain life has to offer runners.
Why Hire a Coach?
- Hiring someone with over a decade of ultra experience can help you sift through the incredible wealth of knowledge available to you. Hiring a coach can help you focus on what’s important to help you achieve your ultra goals.
- Accountability is key when your training increases week after week. Having someone monitoring your progress, helping you set up quality work outs, ‘keeping it real’, and holding you accountable to your goals is priceless.
- There are tens of thousands of ultra runners in the United States and each and every one of them follows a different plan and path. Having someone help guide you down your own path is an essential key to your personal success story.
Plans & Pricing
4 Weeks $125
8 Weeks $175
12 Weeks $250
16 Weeks $300
20 Weeks $350
24 Weeks $400 with email support, monthly phone check-ins
12 Months $600 with email support and monthly phone check-ins
All include a 30-60 minute intake consult
1-2 Hour Video-Chat/Phone Consultation $50
What You Get
- A Custom Training Plan designed specifically for the distance you intend to run anywhere from 50K to 100 Miles and based on your individual running goals.
- Bi-Weekly or Monthly Check-Ins via Phone or Skype
- Personal attention to your burning questions with ‘real’ answers.
- Colorado Residents will benefit from frequent one-on-one run sessions.
- Special Discounts to Human Potential Races
Why Sherpa John?
Sherpa holds a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of New Hampshire, and has a decade of experience dedicated specifically to ultra running. He started running in 2004 with the primary focus of running ultra distances. Since then, he has gained a wealth of knowledge in regards to what to do and what not to do. His successes and failures have proved to be the perfect experiences to share as teachable moments to his students. Sherpa is a no BS ultra coach who doesn’t do well with excuses. He believes that each and every person has the ability to achieve whatever it is they put their mind to. Much of his training plans focus on as much of the mental aspects of ultra running as the physical.
Sherpa’s Ultra Resume includes finishes at the Western States 100, Leadville Trail 100, Bighorn 100, Grand Teton 100, Cascade Crest Classic 100, Miwok 100K, Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 (2x), Vermont 100 Mile (5x – four of which are under 24-hours), San Juan Solstice, Trans Zion, Trans Bryce, Grand Canyon R2R2R, and One completed loop at the Barkley Marathons. He is also the first and only person to have run non-stop across the widest part of New Hampshire. 125-Miles from end to end in under 32 hours.
While others advertise the front runners as “successful ultra runners,” I believe anyone who finishes an ultra is a successful ultra runner. I want to help as many people as I can to become successful ultra runners by not only daring to toe the starting line but having the guts to find the finish.
Why Rebecca Downey?
Rebecca has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Gonzaga University and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Regis University. She was a Division I rower, which really impacted her determined mind set. She loves to see people try and succeed at pushing their bodies and minds to new limits.
Rebecca has a desire to create personalized training plans for beginner and experienced runners based on personal goals and preferences. She uses her knowledge of the human body and the current literature, along with the knowledge she has gained from personal experience.
She has been trail and ultra running for about six years, completing a variety of stage races and ultra distance runs. Rebecca has run the Trans-Rockies 6 day staged event (2x) and has completed a series of road marathons. She has also run various ultra distance trail runs, including several 50ks, 50 milers, and the Tommy Knocker 100k. She has done a number of 100 milers, with her first being Bighorn, followed by Zion and then Silverheels. She was the first female to finish the Transcendence Series put on by HPRS.
Why Mark Lofquist?
Mark uses his CrossFit, and Crossfit Endurance, coaching and his long distance running experience to help make you a better
runner. His specialties are nutrition, strength conditioning, foot strengthening (through minimal footwear), and creating effective training plans tailored to your needs and goals. He emphasizes what to do when you’re not running, encouraging natural movement, mobility, strength, and ‘unsitting.’ Mark will also help you be aware of markers of overtraining. As an engineer, he takes a systems approach to running and increasing fitness, always looking to science and evolution as indicators of what a healthy body needs to function and perform at its best. Welcome to the animal kingdom. Train minimally and get in touch with your primal side