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Big River Personal Coaching

Big River Personal Coaching

Big River Personal Coaching is grounded in communication, honesty, patience, trust and commitment…between the coach AND runner!   An experienced coach can help you to avoid injury, set appropriate goals, prepare for race day, set PR’s, and develop a lifelong love for the sport of running. Training programs and support designed for YOUR personal fitness level, goals and life circumstances can optimize your performance and simultaneously minimize injury risk.  This can greatly influence your success, and help you reach your potential!  

Big River Personal Coaching Services

  • One-On-One Personal Coaching
  • Individualized Training Plans
  • Strength Training

Meet the Coaches

To register, read more about our coaching services and pricing click HERE.

Big River Personal Coaching might be right for you if …

  • You are interested in getting active and starting to run, but don’t know how to begin.
  • You are considering running a 5k for the first time.
  • You want to an individualized training plan for a specific race (1mi, 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon or even an ultra marathon).
  • You are considering increasing your race distance from a 5k to 10k, half to full marathon and would like guidance on how to do so successfully.
  • You want to improve your race performances, perhaps with the goal of a personal record in mind or even qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
  • You love Big River’s Summer Speedwork and want guidance on how to incorporate speedwork into your training routine year round.
  • You enjoyed participating in Big River’s START or START 6.2 programs or with Training Team and want to continue running with that type of support and motivation.
  • You are training to pass a fitness test for work or your job.
  • You are looking for motivation to keep you on a steady exercise and running regimen.


“Training with Big River Personal Coaching is a lot of fun and makes the most of your time. Whether I’m doing speedwork on the track or strength training, I feel like I always have a great workout! I think the biggest misconception about working out and seeing results is thinking you have to spend hours everyday in the gym. I brought specific physical training goals with me to my first workout, and after a month and a half, I could already see major improvements in my strength, stride, and overall energy level.  Great to work with someone who clearly understands exercise science and knows just how to get the desired results!” – AC

“I just ran the 2016 GO! St. Louis Marathon with a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon. In 2015, I prepared the GO! marathon by using an internet training program. I followed it to the T. I missed my goal by 22 seconds and was sore for a week after the race. To prepare for the 2016 race, I reached out to Big River Personal Coaching. I told Coach Jim I would like to set a goal of 4 hours and 15 minutes. Jim said the qualifying time for 2017 Boston Marathon for my age bracket was 4:10. My wife said, “Let’s go for it.”  Jim and I met to talk about hydration, nutrition, running shoes, etc. and he observed my running form. I was having problems with my breathing; this is where he really helped me. Because of Jim’s suggestions, I was able to control my breathing. Another thing that helped was having a heart rate monitor. Jim explained where my heartbeat should be for someone my age and he showed me the techniques for keeping my heartbeat at a “safe” level. Jim wrote out a special training program, which included cross training, speed work, easy runs, and long runs. Even though some of these were difficult, they prepared me well. The day prior to the marathon, Jim suggested a benchmark plan as to where I should be on the course at times that would assist me in accomplishing my goal. IT WORKED!! Jim visited with me on a weekly basis to see how my training was going and tweaked my program a few times to suit my needs. I improved my marathon time from 2015 by almost 29 minutes. I commend the staff of Big River Running and their personal coaches for their professionalism and expertise. I recommend them for anyone who wants to improve their running abilities. Thank you, Jim! I wasn’t too sore after the race and I was able to play golf the day after the race!” – TJM

“Personal coaching at Big River Running provided me with pointers to help improve my running technique and increase my speed.  Even after I reached my initial goals, I continued to meet with my coach because of the motivation and accountability my trainer provides. On my own, I can easily talk myself out of running that extra lap or exerting myself to push my limits, but my coach motivates me to exceed the limits of my comfort zone.” – NB

Questions? Email info@bigriverrunning.com.