Online Run Coaching | RunBuzz Running | Run Coaching & Strength Training For Runners

Train Smart And Crush Your Running Goals

Run Faster.  Run Farther.  Run Injury Free.  Be Ready On Race Day!

Hi, My name is Steve Carmichael and I am a RRCA/USATF certified running and fitness coach, founder of PaceBuilders™ and host of the RunBuzz podcast.

I get it, you're busy. You just want to enjoy running, train for that next race, work off a little stress and avoid running injuries along the way. You don't want complicated, time consuming fitness routines. But I bet you DO want results. Who doesn't, right?

But with an estimated 70% of runners getting injured every year and even more failing to consistently meet their running goals, running can alternate back and forth between being fun and being a frustrating hot mess. 

But it doesn't have to be.  You can be the runner you have always wanted to be.

Online Run Coaching

Coached athletes, Emily, Erin, Kelly and Nikki take on the Cap City Half Marathon in Columbus, Ohio - 2015  

Introducing PaceBuilders™

PaceBuilders™ is a comprehensive training system
designed to help runners like you. 

Simply put, it is a field tested, proven blueprint for running success.

As runners, we all come in various sizes, shapes, ages, and experience levels. Inside PaceBuilders™, we help every runner, regardless of ability, become the runner that they dream of becoming. 

It is the mission of our entire team, to surround you with an effective training blueprint with all the tools and support you need to meet your personal fitness goals. 

And at price points that makes coaching affordable to all.  

We have helped runners: 

  • Run their first mile, km, 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon or 50k
  • Break through running plateaus and achieve new PR's
  • Prevent or rehab injuries
  • Achieve their dream goal such as qualifying for the Boston marathon, lose weight, or just live healthier by incorporating healthier habits or removing bad ones.
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PaceBuilders™  Athlete
Rob Lempke
Half Marathon PR in just a few months

I joined PaceBuilders ELITE in the Summer of 2018 after struggling to find local coaches and from years of trying to coach myself. 

I recently ran my 18th 1/2 marathon and got a new personal best with a time of 1 hour, 50 minutes. I’m 57 years old and I am still working. Steve and Stephanie built me a customized program that works for me and my busy schedule. 

PaceBuilders has exceeded my expectations and I’m very impressed with the level of professional coaching and level of engagement I receive. Both Steve and Stephanie communicate with me on a weekly basis and answer any questions I have almost immediately.

I’ve had local coach’s that haven’t been as supportive as Steve and Stephanie. Thanks for everything Steve and Stephanie! 

Rob Lempke

PaceBuilders ELITE 1:1 member

If you want to get faster, we will help you run faster 

You may not care about speed, but if you do, our training program is perfect for you. We use proven training techniques and drills that have worked for hundreds of runners locally and online.

To get faster, you have to train smart. A mileage or km-based training plan is not enough.

Reaching your potential  requires a MIX of specific training such as drills, workouts, and runner-specific strength training.  

Running success doesn't require hours of complicated, time consuming training, but it does require that you train smart and have a system in place.  

Inside PaceBuilders™, we don't just tell you to run hard and run fast in order to become faster. That can leave you injured or tired.

Instead, we mix endurance, speed, and strength so that you get actual results.

To get faster, we first focus on building your body into it's own robust platform. Then we apply proven speed and stamina training principles so that you develop speed and stamina so you sustain your new and improved speed over any distance.

Even if you think you are SLOW, we can help speed you up.

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PaceBuilders Athlete
Tara Y.
Multiple PRs since starting

PaceBuilders in 2018

I have been working with Steve and Stephanie for since late Spring of 2018 and only have good things to say about the PaceBuilders Coaching Program. I was sick of the cookie-cutter template training plans and didn't feel like I was progressing much as a runner. With 2 half marathons completed (both with almost identical times) I wanted extra support and guidance.

From the beginning I was impressed with the one-on-one attention I received and felt like they were really creating a plan that was specific to ME. The accountability of knowing someone is checking on my workouts also gave me incentive to get the work done and complete my training logs (so they and I could track my progress effectively). 

I am really proud to say that in less that 4 months after my last half marathon, I just ran a 23 minute PR, going from a 2:35 time to 2:12!!! I never could have done it alone and their encouragement and guidance really did make an enormous difference! I have gone on to run several other PR's. I continue to improve.

I had always been dedicated to my training but having someone who REALLY knows running made a world of difference. I loved that they helped me with pacing during my training runs and explained what I should be aiming for and how to make the most of my miles. I felt like they really wanted me to do well and worked hard to create a great plan and answer any questions I had along the way.

Tara Y.

PaceBuilders ELITE 1:1 member

If you want to run farther, we will help build your endurance

Our training program will help you build endurance so you can run stronger, longer, and with less fatigue.

If you train and fuel properly, there is rarely a reason you should fizzle out during a race, or run.  When you train and race  at the appropriate pace and intensity, your body will be functioning optimally and will perform it's best.

This is especially critical during your training season so that you train the right energy systems and teach your body to use the energy it has available to it so you feel strong throughout your run.   

We can help you finish strong regardless of distance.

PaceBuilders Athlete
Andrea O.
37 Minute Marathon PR
Marine Corps Marathon

Do you want to run injury free?

Of course you do. But the sad fact is that upwards of 70% of all runners experience some form of running injury each year. Maybe that is you now. In most cases, you don't have to stop running. In many cases, stopping is the worst thing you can to.

So while no training program can guarantee you won't get injured, our training program will significantly reduce your chance of injury by helping you balance the right level of training with recovery. 

And, if you struggle with running injuries today, we can help rebalance your training so you can get past your injury and reduce the likelihood of it returning.

For example, we have helped runners get rid of Achilles Pain, Plantar Fasciitis, IT Band (ITBS Syndrome), and more.  So while prevention is best, runners may from time to time still get injured.

Therefore, we help runners address their running injury with early intervention techniques such as temporarily altering training, improved recovery protocols,  targeted flexibility and strength exercises and more.

This isn't a substitute for medical care when you need it. We just help you in those cases where you don't feel you need medical care or you are already working with a sports doctor and/or physical therapist. Many early-onset injuries can be addressed early on before they need medical care.

With PaceBuilders™, You don't have to stay stuck, here's why:

PaceBuilders™ was created from the ground up to help you run faster, farther and injury free.  To do this, we take proven training principles and build a complete program around running and then add running-specific strength training to it. And it works. 

With PaceBuilders™, you don't have to guess which workouts and exercises will give you the most bang for your buck. We give them to you. One of the biggest mistakes runners make is they don't run at the right level of intensity, or do the right types of strength training. Our RRCA/USA Track and Field certified running and NASM certified strength coaches ensure that what you do, will give you the best results possible.

But we don't stop there.  The training plan is just part of the equation...

Next, we layer in easy to follow guidance in areas such as nutrition, injury prevention, pace strategy, healthy habits and mindset. The goal is to surround you with all the positive success factors  and tools you need to succeed.  We want you to feel confident and excited about crushing your running goals. You still have to do the work, but we make it easy by giving you all the tools and guidance you need to crush your running goals.

How is this different from purchasing or downloading a training plan, or using an app?

Our plans are interactive. We deliver our program using industry leading online/mobile training software, video guidance, live group video, and through our private community where you can interact with our other members. Plus you have access to all the tools you will need to train for any race or distance. While training plans and apps are nice, they are just part of the equation when it comes to running success.

With PaceBuilders VIP, you get access to ALL our training plans (all experience levels and distances) PLUS support! If you upgrade to our 1:1 ELITE plan, your plan will be hand built  and modified as needed each week by our certified running coaches so your plan can adjust as your life does.

I'm a beginner. Can I benefit from PaceBuilders?

Absolutely! PaceBuilders™ is ideal for any runner or walker who is starting out as well as experienced runners who have been running for years.

We have created skill appropriate plans (and guidance) for beginner run/walk all the way up to advanced plans.

We even have our GetFitFor5k™ level up plan for people who struggle with running, or who are returning to running after years of inactivity. The GetFitFor5k™ plan was designed by me after training hundreds of local runners for their first 5k and realizing that many runners gave up running too soon because the first few months can suck. With our GetFitFor5k™ plan, running does not have to suck while you get back into shape.

The more you have to learn about running, the more benefit you will receive from coaching.

Here Is What Is Included:

Top Training Plans For Runners

Access Our Comprehensive
Training Plan Library

For our VIP members, we have a comprehensive training plan library where we help you select the right plan for your skill level and race distance. Our current plans include distances from the 5k to the marathon, however we are adding additional race distances soon or based on request.

Our ELITE 1:1 coaching members work directly with our coaching team and get a highly personalized program that can be completely customized to your unique, personal situation including unlimited changes and modifications. We constantly evaluate your progress and make modifications so you always know your plan is where it should be.  Our ELITE 1:1 clients also interact with a primary running coach for instant accountability, yet gets unlimited assistance from our entire team.

Final Surge App

Track Your Workouts Using Industry Leading Training Software Final Surge

One you find your perfect plan, simply download a printable copy or have your plan loaded into Final Surge so you can view your training calendar, view detailed workout instructions and have it available 24x7 online or via the Final Surge mobile app. All your training information will be at the tip of your fingers anytime you need it.

You can also track your workout data directly using the Final Surge mobile app, or sync your GPS-enabled running or fitness watch data to your account using Garmin Connect, Strava or other future partners.

You even have the ability to log your workout, make comments and analyze your data to see your splits, pace, and other data.

Strength Training for runners

Use Our Tools To Help You Run Better

Inside our newly designed members area, you can get immediate access to instructional videos, strength routines and our growing video exercise library.  All content has been vetted by certified running coaches and our NASM certified fitness trainer / strength specialist who helps us design our strength programs to be geared specifically towards runners.

No more random exercises. Our exercises have purpose. By  following our suggested strength routines, you are more likely to prevent injury, run faster and reduce fatigue. PLUS, our training plans are designed to work well with our strength routines. 

We also have a growing library of how-to videos include guidance on nutrition, fueling, hydration, cross training, mindset, race strategy, pacing, rest and recovery, tapering, improving flexibility, mobility and more!

Live Video Run Chat Coaching

Get The Support You Need

  Get enhanced support from our private client-only Facebook group as well as get your questions directly answered by our coached in our monthly LIVE video Q&A calls.  During these calls, you can ask your questions LIVE, or you can submit your questions in advance. All LIVE Q&A calls are recorded just in case you can't attend due to time zones or other time conflicts so you can go back and revisit past Q&A sessions later.

If you sign up for our PaceBuilders™ELITE program, you will also have direct email access with our coaches so you can get fast answers to your training questions and as often as you need.

With our PaceBuilders™ ELITE option, your coaches become your accountability partner regardless of where you live in the world. We have even been known to jump on a call occasionally. 


Get immediate Access Today!

  • Our PaceBuilders VIP Program is perfect for you if you want a more affordable training option, but you still want access to all the tools and resources we have including quality training plans, strength routines, instructional videos, exercise library, checklists, etc. Training support comes through our monthly live member group video calls and through access to our client-only Facebook group. 
  • Our PaceBuilders Elite 1:1 coaching program is perfect for you if you want everything we mentioned above PLUS the highest level of support possible including direct access to our entire team of experienced, certified running and strength coaches. This gets you the highest level of training customization and support possible. 

Not sure if PaceBuilders VIP is right for you?
Click here to get a 7 day trial for $4.99

(After 7 days, you will be charged $24.95/month. Cancel anytime within the 7 days, and you won't be charged again.  

Note: If you sign up for the trial offer, you will have access to everything inside PaceBuilders except Final Surge software plan uploads. After 7 days, we can invite you to Final Surge and load your plan. You will still get access to the PDF plans in the meantime, and you can get a taste for what Final Surge is by visiting  If you purchase without the trial, you can request your plan immediately.)

We do not offer a trial option on the ELITE program due to the amount of 1:1 time with our coaches and customization required to get you onboarded and set up with your customized program.

In this option you work directly with our running coaches and get unlimited plan modifications, unlimited support and the highest level of customization with your training.  

Our programs use a subscription-based model to make it easy to collect payments each month. The longer you stay the more beneft you receive because we are always adding new things like new strength routines, exercises, guidance videos, new LIVE Q&A sessions, Facebook Live's etc.  However, if you want to pay a one-time fee (annual or semi-annual), we can accommodate. Just send us an email.