Stay In Your Lane

There are many aspects to being a great coach… Reliable. Professional. Knowledgable. Adaptable. The list goes on. However, one aspect of being a great coach that is often left off the list is that of staying in your lane. While this falls under the ‘professional’ category listed above, unfortunately, it is all too often ignored […]

Should I Start A Coaching Business During The Pandemic?

This is a question that both myself and Faith, our coach development director have been getting asked a lot recently. And for good reason. Hardly a day passes without the announcement of another race being cancelled or postponed. There exists an uncertainty about almost everything right now that makes committing to anything seem like a […]

Want To Be A Great Coach? 6 Things To Consider

Running Coach Certification

There are a lot of great coaches out there. There are also a lot of, well… not so great coaches. One question that I get asked with some frequency is, “What do I need to do to be a successful coach?” This is a hard question to answer, as I certainly cannot guarantee that any […]

Does Your Race Have Meaning?

Most races that weren’t cancelled this year are being held and condensed into the late summer/fall. This means that there are a plethora of races coming up to select from. So how do you choose? If you’ve already registered for an event that got postponed to this fall, that likely is at the top of […]

Your Coaching Business – Where To Go From Here

Things are starting to open up in many areas across the US/internationally, and many races are finding dates to reschedule their events to this fall. So the million dollar question is – what does this mean for you as a coach? Start at the End When planning out a competition season, it is commonplace (and […]

Listening and Learning

I am heartbroken over the deaths of George Floyd, Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others whose tragic deaths are a sad reminder that racism is still very much a reality. Despite hearing and reading countless stories about how the experiences of Black Americans are different from mine, I never really ‘got it’ and while […]

UESCA Coach Profile: Andy Morgan – Mile in My Shoes

Tell us more about Mile in My Shoes (MiMS)? Mile in My Shoes (MiMS) is a Twin Cities based organization that builds running teams at homeless shelters and re-entry programs for people leaving incarceration. Founded in 2014, we have run with and trained hundreds of homeless and previously incarcerated individual for distances from 5K to […]

Be Wary Of Research-Based Running Advice

What?! But I thought your running coach and triathlon coach certifications are based in science due to evidence-based study information? Before you pass this article off as click-bait and hit the delete button, please allow myself to explain myself. Game of Telephone While actual running studies no doubt have quite a bit of detail in […]

Athlete First, Stats Second

The Year: 1997The Place: Cooley Dickinson HospitalThe Subject: Yours trulyThe Setting: Cardiac Rehabilitation Center I was about to graduate with a degree in Kinesiology from Springfield College (go Pride!) but first, I had to fulfill my internship hours. As a young student armed with a lot of theoretical knowledge but not much else, I was […]

Q & A with UESCA Running Coach – Mandy Mullen

Fusion FIT

I had the pleasure of getting to know Mandy when she so graciously agreed to be in UESCA’s introduction and strength training videos. While you likely won’t find someone with more things on their plate, as you’ll read below, Mandy still manages to thrive in all aspects of her life. Like me, I hope that […]