Kevin Beck, like Pete a senior writer for Running Times Magazine for many years, competed sparingly in college, recording bests of 15:51 for 5K and 32:56 for 10K. A few years after graduating he made the marathon his event of long-term focus, running 2:39:37 in his initial attempt at the distance in 1994. Since then, the New Hampshire native has steadily carved his personal best down to 2:24:17 - good for seventh among Americans and 28th overall at the 2001 Boston Marathon. That his development as a runner occurred almost entirely on the roads as a post-collegiate athlete gives him a world of insight when it comes to advising motivated marathoners with relatively limited or non-existent high-school or NCAA running backgrounds.

Kevin's earliest experience with coaching young runners was at Bishop Brady High School in New Hampshire. In 1998, the year before Kevin arrived, the boys' team finished 18th in the State Meet, only a few slots out of the cellar. Kevin's knowledge and enthusiasm breathed life into a moribund program, and in 2000, the team took 4th, qualifying them for the NH Meet of Champions for the first time in anyone's memory. Kevin also coached the girls' team, which also enjoyed significant improvement.

Nearly coincident with Kevin's taking the reins at Bishop Brady was his Running Times article, "How To Run Your Best Marathon -- Really." This thorough treatment of contemporary marathon training -- which invoked not only his own experience but that of world-class, regional-class and recreational marathoners from around the globe -- demonstrated the value of alloting ample training energy to running at marathon pace; since the article's appearance, Kevin has guided numerous marathoners to personal bests using the principles underscored in this still-popular piece. Since then, Kevin has produced numerous training-related articles for Running Times on a variety of subjects, including hill training, tempo runs, progression runs, multi-pace training, and preparing for a range of road distances simultaneously. All throughout, he has had the good fortune to meet and speak with renowned athletes and coaches such as Bob Hodge, Bill Squires, and others, opportunities he naturally has used to further his own knowledge of the sport.

Kevin has coached athletes of various ages and abilities, ranging from runners seeking to qualify for Boston for the first time to age-group world record holders. His chief focus has become career- and family-oriented marathoners for whom running -- while a driving passion -- is only one of several meaningful, time- and energy-consuming life facets.

In 2003, Kevin was seventh at the USATF-New England 13.1M Championships and ran 1:49 to win the Eastern States 20M, but was hampered by adverse weather and injuries in his efforts to qualify for Olympic Marathon Trials. But he began 2004 with a series of personal bests: 13.1M (1:08:22), 10M (51:33), and 5,000 meters both on the track (14:58.2) and on the road (15:16). In November, he placed 2nd at the USATF National 50K Championship, averaging a shade under 6:00 pace on a gently rolling course. He began 2005 by placing second in the Disney World Marathon, fighting off 97% humidity to run 2:28:31.

Kevin, who is the editor of Run Strong, a training book published in April 2005, is also the webmaster and the site's creator.

In the 80ís, Lize Brittin was one of the best young distance runners in the state of Colorado. Her career took off when she was 14 years old, when I got fourth place in her first-ever road race. It was a two-mile event with the first mile a steep and steady uphill grind. There, she learned that she loved racing, especially on the hills. Two years later she set the record at the Pikes Peak Ascent, one of the toughest and most prestigious mountain races in the world. During high school, Lize was a four-time state cross country and track champion and twice qualified for the Kinney (now Foot Locker) National Championships, placing seventh as a senior after winning the regional meet in Wisconsin. As a freshman in college, she placed second at The Athletics Congress Junior Cross-Country Championships and continued to set records in mountain races around Colorado.

Lize is the author of Training on Empty, which details her years of struggling with a life-threatening case of anorexia and her ultimately overcoming the disease. She is available for consultations, with a special focus on women's issues and off-road events.

Services for Distance Runners currently offers three services for distance runners: personalized coaching on an ongoing basis, training consultations for runners seeking input to improve their existing training programs and personalized training schedules for runners not in need of ongoing support. These services, offered by Kevin, are described in detail below.

Personalized Coaching

This is a complete support service to help guide you to your running goals.

This service includes:

Cost: $99 per month with a three-month minimum, $499 for six months, or $899 for one year. Reduced student and senior rates are available. Payment is made through PayPal.

Training Consultations

This is consulting by e-mail or telephone if you have developed your own training program and would like input on how to improve it, or would like advice on how to improve any aspect of your running. This service is particularly useful if you are confident in your own general training schedule, but would like suggestions on how to make your training maximally effective. Additional running-related topics include setting challenging yet realistic goals, advice for returning to training after an injury, tapering for major races, improving diet for training or competition, cross-training during an injury, and more.

Reviewing and providing recommendations to improve a three- to four-month training program generally requires one hour.

Cost: $90 for the first hour and $60 for each additional hour (you can set the time limit in advance).

Personalized Training Schedules also offers customized training plans geared toward helping you peak for a race within the coming year. This service includes a phone consultation plus a three- to four-month training schedule created using the information you provide by e-mail and telephone.

Cost: $199 for the consult and training schedule, plus e-mail feedback during the initial week of your build-up in order to ensure the assignment of proper target paces.

If you are interested in personalized coaching, a training consultation, or a personalized training schedule, please send an e-mail to, with these considerations in mind: Your racing goals, training history, training preferences, injury history, and various lifestyle constraints.

Payment for these services may be made through PayPal.

Methods and Expectations

In order to design optimal training programs and facilitate the relationships with the athletes we coach, we ask runners to do the following:


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