Do you want to run faster, longer, and with fewer injuries? If so, our affordable coaching programs are designed with you in mind regardless of your age or experience level. In fact, we feel so strongly in our belief that every runner should have access to the best training available that we have two versions of our PaceBuilders™ coaching program depending on the level of support you desire and your budget.
Founder / Coach
In 2011, a few years after I started running, I came to realize that despite running more, racing more and following popular training plans, I wasn't getting better. In fact, I was getting injured often and I had hit a training plateau. Yet, I was doing all the things I was told to do.
So, in an effort to learn more about myself and running in general, I decided to become a running coach. I become certified through the RRCA (Road Runner's Club of America) and USA Track and Field. I dove right in and studied running as a student of the sport, as well as exercise science, nutrition, sports psychology and habit formation.
I formed a running club in Central Ohio, called Run Fit Running Club where I was the club director and head coach. I began coaching adult runners in distances from the 5k to ultra marathon distances. It was there that the early techniques that eventually became PaceBuilders started falling in place.
A year of so later, I added online coaching, mostly with marathoners. In 2014, I started the RunBuzz podcast and it was around this time, that I noticed that to become a better runner, other factors were just as important as the running itself. Factors, that transcend any training plan.
Below is just a partial list, but once these were added into my coaching clients toolset, amazing results began to appear. I truly believe that these other factors are singlehandedly responsible for why we achieve a 90 plus percent success rate for the last 3 years straight in our clients getting personal bests and achieving their primary goals.
PaceBuilders focuses on:
As you can see, these things transcend generic, calendar based training plans. Our programs are not just 'theory', they have been field tested by the hundreds of runners we have worked with over the years.
Becoming a better runner is more than just putting in the miles. Sure, the principle of specificity says to be a better runner, you must primarily run and we agree 100%. But it does not stop there. We believe in total fitness.
Since 2011, I have coached hundreds of local and online athletes from all over the world. We have helped tens of thousands more through our podcast and online resources.
Regardless of where you are at with your running, I encourage you to give us a shot. We would love to work with you to elevate and accelerate your running progress whatever your fitness goals may be.
We look forward to working with you!
Steve and Stephanie
You don't have to be an elite athlete to feel like one!
With our PaceBuilders™ Elite 1:1 coaching program we work directly with you on a highly personalized and 100% customized fitness program that will take your unique lifestyle and fitness goals and get you the results you have always wanted. We don't just help you with your running, we work on strength, flexibility, fueling and nutrition, injury prevention, race strategy and more!
Running & Strength Training
Nutrition & Fueling
Healthy Lifestyle Habits
We build our programs around you, so your plan will fit into your life and evolve as you do. We’ve learned from our members and our own personal experience that not only is this a more effective way to train, but it also makes healthy lifestyle changes and training sustainable–and also more enjoyable!
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With PaceBuilders™ All-Access coaching, we support you every step of the way. Have a question or need a training modification, we are here for you. We monitor your progress and help guide your training each week.
After filling out a detailed questionnaire, we work with you to create a training calendar that works around your schedule, your goals.
Your training calendar contains easy to follow, detailed workout instructions that are designed to accelerate your running goals. A built-in commenting system allows you to communicate back and forth with your coaches.
If you have a use the app or sync your GPS data from your watch to Garmin Connect or Strava, your data will be automatically synced to your workout. See and track your workout statistics
We include a complete video training library with topics like:
You can access your training plan and resources 24x7 through the web or via the mobile app.
Since 2016, 90% of our runners have achieved a personal best or personal record
85% of our members have been with us over a year!
I have been working with Steve and Stephanie for about 4 months 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 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.
I joined PaceBuilders™ a few months ago after struggling to find local coaches that actually run 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!
PaceBuilders™ member since April 2016
Steve, I just wanted to let you know that I did the 10k race today in Ireland and finished with a new PR by over 3 minutes. That makes PRs in the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon this year! Thanks so much for getting me here!
"The best thing about my 10k race is that I came out of it with no injuries and very little soreness. I am completely injury free right now. The strength training and flexibility exercises you set up in PaceBuilders™ is really helping! I could feel my hips and glutes getting so much stronger during the race. I am becoming a much stronger runner! As I said before there is no doubt in my mind that if I had not sought your coaching and stuck with what I was doing before I would be overtrained and injured right now. Thanks so much Steve!"
~ Greg Arakawa, PaceBuilders™ Elite Member since May 2016
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Our PaceBuilders™ VIP is our brand new, self-coached version of our PaceBuilder's™ ELITE program.
Need a training plan based on your experience level? How about your race distance? What about your availability to train? How about a plan with built-in strength training days? If so, we got you covered!
We have detailed training plans for 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon race distances.
Need help picking the right training plan for you? We have guidance to help you choose the right plan to get you to the finish line.
No longer wonder if you are doing your workouts properly. We help you train at the right intensity and pace using our guided checklists and instructional videos.
We picked the best strength training routines and exercises to help make you faster, reduce fatigue, reduce fat, and help reduce your chance of injury. All routines come with instructional videos to ensure you are doing each exercise properly.
Each month we hold live group video chat sessions where you can join us to get your questions answered or receive additional support. Can’t make it live? No worries, we have you covered. Just submit your questions in advance and we will answer them and make the reply available to view at your leisure.
You will get access to a special client-only Facebook community group. This is where you can seek additional support from your peers, hold yourself accountable as well as get additional support from our team.
We are opening up our entire library of pre-recorded training sessions. These 30-60 minute webinar-style videos go into detail in a variety of topics relevant to your training. They aren’t required to make you successful, but many runners like you have found them extremely helpful in providing additional guidance.
The PaceBuilder's VIP program will open on 12-1-2018 to a small, beta group of members. We are limiting the initial group to 20 members so that we can ensure we have everything in place to support this initial batch of new members and that everything is operating smoothly before opening the doors to the general public .
For those that join the beta group, you will be getting more access to us to ensure that you are getting everything out of the program you expects AND have the opportunity to provide feedback that will potentially help us shape the direction of future resources so this is the best program for you. The beta period could last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, before we open the doors for everyone.
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