Running It Softly LLC, Running Coach

Running Coach based in Highland Park NJ
Running It Softly... but killing it!

Runners are constantly looking to improve - to increase distance, to increase speed - but often don't look at how we run. Running softly can help with those goals while also potentially reducing the risk of injury. The focus of my training is to get you to your goal race or distance, all the while attempting to minimize the chance of getting injured. For beginner runners, this is a chance to try to get it right early in your running career (before you are habitually caught up in some bad habits). Before you know it you could be running it softly, but at the same time you could be killing it (softly) on the run.

  • Form is key. I have been a "barefoot" runner for 7 years but the principles apply for all runners.

  • I will assess your current level and goals to provide a realistic plan to get you to your goal distance and/or speed

  • To be successful you need to be happy - happy to be running, and happy with your progress. My aim is to make that happen.

About Coach Neil

Its never too late to start

I started running in 2010 at the age of 36, prompted by an increasing waist size and limited time to work out in my busy life. It turns out running is the best way to stay fit and healthy with relatively little time.

After a year and a half I was still running just a few miles at a time a few times a week, but made the decision to train for a half marathon. I joined a running club (RVRR), which definitely helped, and got me well and truly hooked on running. I have since become the club 40s men team captain and I am a member of the RVRR board. I am also now the race director for my local 5k - the Highland Park Run in the Park 5k held in May.

I became interested in coaching early on in my running career, with an interest in injury prevention (getting injured was one of my main concerns when I started), and it happened to be around the time when the book "Born to Run" was being talked about extensively. As I was still a new runner, I read about, and listened to advice about, transitioning to barefoot style running. Now, the shoe options to support this style of running are much more varied, and all my shoes (even my daily wear and work shoes) are zero drop. While I don't necessarily think this is the right thing for everyone, it has worked for me, as I have successfully remained injury free, and I believe there are many things I have learned that may help other runners achieve better running form.

I participate in approximately 15 to 20 races per year, in distances from 5k to Marathon (only one so far, but more to come).

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