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/social studies/math/physical education teacher and as a high school cross-country/track 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 several 100 mile races and was ranked as one of the top 100 ultrarunners by Ultrarunning Magazine in 2016 and 2017.

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.


Giff’s Achievements:

2019
SPARTAN TRAIL 10K – 2nd Place Elite
LEADVILLE SILVER KING 50M RUN + 50M BIKE – 6th Overall
2018
RIVER OF NO RETURN 50K – 1ST OA
PULSE ENDURANCE RUNS 6HR – 1ST OA AND CR
2017
THE BEAR 100 – 22:49 (12TH OA)
MOAB RED HOT 55K – 4:22 (4TH OA)
2016
THE BEAR CHASE 50 MILE – 6:55 (1ST OA)
TUSHAR 93K – 13:23 (3RD OA, 2ND MALE)
ZION 100K – 10:24 (3RD OA)
BUCKSKIN-PARIA FKT (3:51:27)