About Coach Amie

Black Canyon 100K Ultramarathon
Coach Amie running in the early morning hours of the Black Canyon 100K (62 mile) Ultramarathon race, with about 16,000 feet (~2,800 m) of elevation change through the mountains of the Sonoran Desert.

About Coach Amie

Amie Dworecki

Amie Dworecki, B.S., M.A., is an RRCA-certified running coach, a Wellcoaches-certified Wellness Coach and an ACE-certified fitness instructor, as well as a former course instructor for the Indiana University School of Kinesiology/Exercise Science.

A runner for over 28 years, her success in breaking three world records for running a marathon on each continent led her to become the second woman listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for such a feat. This included marathons that traversed Antarctica, Siberia, through the Andes Mountains in South America and the Sahara Desert.

She has also competed in extreme events such as Pike's Peak Marathon in Colorado, which runs to 14,100 feet and back, as well as raced locations such as Death Valley, California.

She has completed and won ultra marathons from 50-100K and runs everywhere from the Great Wall of China to the Inca Trail in Peru to the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. More traditionally, she has qualified for the Boston Marathon multiple times, as well as the Western States 100-mile ultramarathon.

In her off-season, Amie occasionally enjoys triathlons and other multi-sport events. She has completed the Mt. Taylor Quadrathlon, which covers 43 miles of biking, running, backcountry skiing and snowshoeing to 11,400 feet and back.  An avid Nordic Skier, she finished the most difficult ski marathon in North America, the Birkebeiner 54-KM cross country ski race.

She has previously been a certified personal trainer, swim coach as well as a group exercise instructor for over 20 years.

She also enjoys organic gardening, healthful cooking, rock climbing, kayaking, international travel and photography. She writes as a health journalist and technologist, exploring nutrition, positive psychology and mind/body science. She loves giving her clients the benefit of this depth of experience and knowledge through her coaching, as well encouraging others to succeed in running and life.

My Coaching Philosophy

My coaching philosophy puts the whole athlete first. I believe in a strong mind body connection and a disruption such as stress, poor recovery practices, or nutrition inadequate for training, will show up in the athlete's life outside of running. Conversely, things disconnected to a running routine can also have a large influence on how well an athlete is able to train.

My background in Wellness Coaching leads me to seek the answers that you may already have. Rather than tell people what to do, I prefer to listen to them and work with them as a team to help them determine the route that is best for them. As a certified Fitness professional, I also believe that runners do best with taking care of the details outside of running such as strength work, drills and core. Olympic marathon runner Meb Keflezighi also shares this belief. 

My best buddy Cody, who has run marathons with me!

Strictly speaking of running, my training philosophies are based heavily on Lydiard Principles. Although I feel each athlete varies as to the method that is effective to them - if in real estate "cash in king," in running, "miles are king." I believe that a higher volume approach works well for distance runners, and that running must be looked at in a long-term, periodized approach. I look at speedwork like a spice. Too much and it can overpower and ruin the flavor of the product. Too little, and the end result is bland, without much "kick". The key is finding what amount works for each athlete to maximize their success.

Above all, I believe that everyone has a right to give themselves a healthy and fulfilling life. More than PR's or winning races, I believe training is best when it is challenging but fun. It is optimized when the runner truly LOVES what they are doing.  

I tend to be very inclusive in my thinking - how can we get more people of all levels involved and healthy into this beautiful sport of running? That is my true goal.

Run with Life... -Coach Amie

2 Responses to “About Coach Amie”

  1. Hi my name is Scott and I am an extremely beginning runner..(literally just bought my first pair of shoes today)..I am.49 years old and it seemed right to maybe join a group of other runners….thanks for any advice

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