About

Coach Giff 

I am a competitive runner, educator and life-long learner.  I have spent most of my career making complex scientific concepts understandable and accessible to people of all ages.  I have a Master’s degree in secondary science education and have worked as an interpretive ranger, science/math/physical education teacher and as a high school cross country coach.

My own running has focused on mountain, trail and ultra (MUT) events more recently but I train and race on the track and roads as well as the trail.  In the off-season and for cross-training I ski, mountain bike and practice yoga.

My first race was in 2014 and since then I have set four fastest known times (FKTs), won numerous races, cut over one minute off my high school 5k personal record, completed five 100 mile races and was ranked as one of the top 100 ultrarunners by Ultrarunning Magazine in 2016 and 2017.  I myself work with a coach and find it to be incredibly valuable to have an outside, objective influencer to push me when the stoke is low and to hold me back when I need to take it easy.

My coaching philosophy:

Being a successful runner means being a consistent runner and this applies to new runners and elites alike.

It sounds simple, but there is a lot that goes into establishing and maintaining that consistency.  Running is just one part of the picture and in order to be consistent a coach must help an athlete with stress management, sleep, nutrition, strength and mobility work, running form and biomechanics, mental training etc.

Coaching, like teaching is both a science and an art.  Having a rigorous understanding of the scientific principles and methodologies of endurance training is vital, but so is making sure that each athlete’s training is personally relevant to their goals and ambitions.  By taking the time to build a relationship with each athlete and by joining them in celebrating their successes and learning from their failures, a great coach can take all of their training knowledge and turn it into a transformational experience.


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