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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Giff’s Results and Objectives

2019 (Tentative)

BANGS CANYON 30K – JANUARY

FOURMIDDABLE 50K (USATF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP) – FEBRUARY

SILVER RUSH 50M – JULY

RUN RABBIT RUN 100 – SEPTEMBER

2018

MOAB TRAIL MARATHON – 23rd OA, 17th USATF OPEN

KOKOPELLI CLASSIC 16 MILER – 1ST OA

GRAND MESA 30K – 4th OA

RIVER OF NO RETURN 50K – 1ST OA

THOMPSON PEAK FKT

PULSE ENDURANCE RUNS 6HR – 1ST OA AND COURSE RECORD

WILSON CREEK FROZEN 50K – 2ND OA

2017

THE BEAR 100 – 22:49 (12TH OA)

SAN DEIGO 100 – DNF DUE TO INJURY AT MILE 70

ZANE GREY 50 MILE – 10:29 (8TH OA)

ANTELOPE ISLAND BUFFALO RUN 50K – 4:08 (4TH OA)

MOAB RED HOT 55K – 4:22 (4TH OA)

BANGS CANYON 30K – 3:38 (1ST OA)

2016

JOSHUA TREE TRAVERSE FKT (5:08)

THE BEAR CHASE 50 MILE – 6:55 (1ST OA)

KOKOPELLI CLASSIC 8 MILE – 55:48 (1ST OA)

TUSHAR 93K – 13:23 (3RD OA, 2ND MALE)

CAPITOL REEF 1/2 MARATHON – 1:54:33 (3RD OA)

BRYCE 100 MILE – 23:54:54 (6TH OA)

GRAND CANYON 50K – 4:48 (3RD OA)

ZION 100K – 10:24 (3RD OA)

BUCKSKIN-PARIA FKT (3:51:27)

MONUMENT VALLEY HALF MARATHON – 1:46 (5TH OA, 1ST AGE)

ANTELOPE CANYON 50 MILE – 8:03 (6TH OA, 2ND AGE)

BANGS CANYON 60K FATASS – 7:31 (1ST OA)

2015

JAVELINA JUNDRED 100 MILE -22:27:34 (61ST OA, 13TH AGE)

RUN RABBIT RUN 100 MILE (HARE) – 27:00:00 (31ST OA, 16TH AGE)

KOKOPELLI CLASSIC 8 MILE – 1:00 (1ST OA)

SILVERTON ALPINE 50K – 5:11 (3RD OA, 2ND AGE)

SPEEDGOAT 50K – 8:05 (63RD OA, 20TH AGE)

MESA MONUMENT STRIDERS CRAG CREST 10.5 MILE – 1:39 (1ST OA)

GRAND CANYON ULTRA 50 MILE – 8:28 (2ND OA, 1ST AGE)

ANTELOPE CANYON 50 MILE – 8:20 (6TH OA, 1ST AGE)

BANGS CANYON 30K FATASS – 3:03 (2ND OA, 1ST AGE)

2014

KOKOPELLI CLASSIC 8 MILE – 1:03 (1ST OA)

GRAND MESA 100 MILE – 24:40 (3RD OA, 1ST AGE)

DESERT RATS TRAIL RUNNING FESTIVAL 52 MILE – 9:59 (10TH OA, 3RD AGE)

2013

LEADVILLE 100 PACER/CREW FOR ALAN MURPHY


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