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Helping You Run Your Best Marathon or Ultra

Big Goals? Yes, I can help you!

CEO/Head Coach Amie Dworecki, B.S., M.A., MBA, is an accomplished marathon and ultrarunning coach who has guided and motivated men and women to overcome obstacles and reach performance goals for decades. 

Her experience helps you reach massive goals: breaking three world records for running a marathon on each continent made her the second woman in the Guinness Book of World Records for such a feat. 

She has run in and subsequently coached others for races around the globe, such as across Antarctica, Siberia, the Andes Mountains in South America, and the Sahara Desert.

Coach Amie also knows how to overhaul your running performance and fitness. Rebounding from a rare illness, she has had to completely recondition herself to return better than ever, repeatedly qualifying for the Boston Marathon, World Marathon Majors, and the Western States 100-mile ultramarathon

Hi, I'm Coach Amie, a pro distance running and weight loss coach dedicated to helping you run better and be healthier! This is on the rim of Palo Duro Canyon, headed to run the trails - a vacation you could be taking someday...
Coach Amie Dworecki, on the rim of Palo Duro Canyon, headed to the trails. Home of the Palo Duro Ultra Races, Go there Someday!

Satisfying your drive to be the best you can be, she gets what “giving it your all” means, placing in, winning, and breaking course records in countless road, trail, and mixed terrain races ranging from 5K to the ultramarathon, even though only 20% of trail and ultrarunners are women.

She’s also gained experience from competing in extreme events such as Pike’s Peak Marathon in Colorado, which runs to 14,100 feet and back, racing in Death Valley, California, and through the desert in temps of 100°+ F with no shade. She’s learned from enduring and helping others succeed running through the night across snow, ice, and wind in temperatures as low as -25° F.

A former triathlete, she has also completed the Mt. Taylor Quadrathlon, covering 43 miles of biking, running, backcountry skiing, and snowshoe-running to 11,400 feet and back. As a Cross- and Backcountry Skier, she finished North America’s most challenging ski marathon, the Birkebeiner 54-KM Nordic ski race.

Suppose a Destination/Vacation race is on your agenda: in that case, her knowledge of running everywhere, from the Great Wall of China to the Inca Trail in Peru to Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, can help you complete your challenge. 

Amie enjoys running with her dog Cody, organic gardening, and cooking. Also a caretaker for her elderly Mom, she contributes as a health journalist, exploring the intersection of nutrition, positive psychology, and mind/body science on health and life performance. 

Specializing in transforming everyday running enthusiasts into the top-performing athletes they have inside, she encourages success in running and life. 

Contact her today for a free consultation so you can get around your obstacles and see what you are truly capable of!

Certifications + Education + Training

Amie has 32 years of experience helping clients improve endurance performance, health, and fitness results and 43 years of running experience

  • Alongside professional run coaching, she’s also been a certified personal trainergroup fitness leader, hatha yoga instructor, and swim coach.

  • She is a former Adjunct Instructor at the Indiana University, Bloomington, School of Kinesiology/Exercise Science. In their graduate program, she taught courses covering run training and endurance, strength and conditioning, gaining cardiovascular fitness, fitness programming, and health planning. 
 
  • She is one of the few in the country to have obtained the RRCA’s Level I and highest Level II Certifications as a Certified Distance Running CoachThis provides advanced education in coaching performance marathon running for the sub-elite, technical training, and plan development for ultrarunners, optimal nutrition trends, injury prevention, and much more.
 
  • Additionally, she is certified as a distance running coach through USA Track & Field (USATF), the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running, and race walking in the United States. 
Amie And her dog, Cody
My dog Cody, an Aussie and full-sized poodle mix, has run marathons and possibly more miles than most humans!
  • She has also been certified to coach distance runners for foundational endurance performance from Olympic athletes trained by renowned distance running coach Arthur Lydiard (also known as “The Father of Modern Distance Running”) at the Lydiard Foundation. 
 
  • She is also an Accredited Coach on the premium TrainingPeaks endurance platform.
 
  • In addition, she spent the better part of a year training for her certification as a Wellcoaches Holistic Wellbeing Coach specializing in Holistic Health. This takes a positive, empathetic, and motivational perspective of improving health holistically – in the context of your lifestyle, environment, and personal needs. She went on to gain advanced training as a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach.
 
  • She is also a UESCA certified Ultrarunning Coach, the first nationwide training and certification program specifically for coaching ultramarathon runners. 
 
  • Amie is also certified through the U.S. Center for SafeSport to further a cause that is important to her – their nonprofit work helps free the sports community of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse and misconduct. 

As a survivor of interpersonal violence and stalking, Coach Amie takes a strong stance against all violence against women and marginalized groups and supports empowerment, improving mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through running.

Running
I must like hot races. Except I've run marathons in Antarctica and Siberia before, too...

About Running with Life

  • This is a specialized coaching company for Marathon and Ultra running goals so you avoid specific problems and get in-depth knowledge.

So sorry – no cyclists, triathletes, swimmers, kayakers, skiers… unless you want to work on your running.

Coaching is for runners who have decided that their goals are genuinely vital to them.

I’ve always loved the marathon and ultra mindset and the experience of running challenging races worldwide. 

So, that’s why I specialize in empowering others by coaching these specialties in my private online ultra and marathon coaching practice.

  • You get Holistic guidance beyond running so you can reach your full potential.

Holistic Ultra and Marathon Coaching considers the whole YOU. 

You’ll get the sum of your strengths and weaknesses assessed and comprehensive coaching for precisely what you need. 

This program takes more time and attention to detail, so I coach a limited number of clients so you can get this complete focus. 

Contact me today to prevent injuries and struggles and become the athlete you want to be.

You’ll be able to get your questions answered and check currently available spots on my coaching roster. 

Holistic Ultra or Marathon Coaching helps you reach challenging goals by preventing injuries, incorrect training, and off-target results and enabling complete preparation. Hence, you feel great in running and life.

It helps you train with the scope of an elite athlete so you can bring joy to your running and become the runner you envision.

Beyond just a training plan, we’ll holistically and comprehensively transform your performance by evaluating the Five Elements of Holistic Training that form the foundation of superior running performance. 

These elements provide a different, multi-dimensional focus than other coaches with a run-only background can provide. 

You get optimal:

  • Training optimized for your best performance AND prioritizes your overall health and well-being.

    With a core value of health, you’ll be met where you are and utilize the correct training principles to reach your goals so you prevent overtraining, exhaustion, feeling poorly, or injuries in the process. Instead, you and your running thrive. 

  • Fueling, which may mean during or around running, or even your whole nutrition strategy, Sports Dietitian consultations are also available.
 
  • Mindset, so you have the mental fortitude to reach your goals in running and life, improve self-confidence, manage performance anxiety, and optimize your mind-body connection.
 
  • Recovery combines the right workouts, stress management, sleep, and more.
 
  • Essentials that enhance your innate ability to train and recover could include planning around your travel schedule, more life balance, strength work, flexibility/mobility, weight change, or returning from/avoidance of injury.

This helps you get your best running, health, and life – Holistic Training embodies my company’s values. 

Hence, the company’s mission: to help you reach epic running goals holistically so you can thrive in your running and life. 

I work with runners who want to improve their marathon or ultrarunning performance but specialize in women and master’s runners who wish to transform their performance holistically to reach Epic Running Goals they may never have thought realistically possible, such as:

  • Marathon Running
    • Qualifying for Boston or another World Marathon Major (or all of them).
    • Experience running a marathon feeling strong.
    • Breaking a longstanding PR.
    • Run an OTQ.
  • Ultrarunning
    • Finishing an ultramarathon on top with your best performance.
    • You tried an ultra, but you want better results this time.
    • You want to run an ultra but do not know precisely how to train.
  • Special Vacation/Destination Races
    • Run a vacation/challenge race in a different part of the country or world.
    • Trail races, such as when you aren’t familiar with or can’t train on the exact terrain/elevation of the race.
  • Weight Loss + Running Transformation
    • You want to transform yourself with weight loss and health in a significant way that lasts and accomplishes your running goal.
    • You’ve got solid objectives for yourself and your running.
    • Instead of quick-fix, trendy diets, you’re interested in weight-loss methods that work for your running and life.
    • Coming back from/avoiding injury so you can safely restart/continue running and finally reach your goal.
    • You’re ready to commit to reaching life-changing weight-loss and running goals.  
  • Limited Edition Run Training Programs
    • Coached Running Groups to help runners reach training and health goals with fun and social support.

If your goal isn’t listed here but has to do with challenging yourself with distance running, try me… I might be game. 

These things don’t happen overnight… but helping you reach your goals is also “kind of what I do.”

I first went “jogging” with my Dad when I was 5.

The more I ran, the more I wanted to learn how to go from being the average runner to a top performer. 

I joined a gym at 13, ran track in high school, and became a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at 18 to help others be their best. 

As I continued to run farther over the years and worked in the field, I studied training theories and the methods of top runners until I discovered how improvement could also be applied to runners who may not have been born with the genes of an elite athlete.

And I learned that running at your best takes more than just running or mindlessly following a coach’s running plan. 

It took a blend of what I knew to be true – the proper training customized to your needs AND a focus on holistically strengthening all the aspects of top performance.

In my 40s, I became a Certified Holistic Coach because, let’s face it, big goals take the WHOLE YOU.

That means more than checking off miles, living unbalanced, or tuning out.

Choose the alternative and you will love your run experience and gain success, freedom, and joy, which then tends to spill over into your LIFE. 

My passion for this method led to my creating a company that I’m proud to say has helped many runners feel great reaching their goals.

When you put life into your running, your performance soars. Hence my company’s name – Running with Life. 

I specialize in coaching distance runners because of the challenge and joy it can bring your life.

Although I credit my father with starting my running, he ran with me after stomping out his cigarette. His smoking habit put me off so much that it started me on a mission of holistic health and how to be well from an early age. 

I’m researching Ph.D. programs on the effects of a holistic philosophy on endurance performance and health. My love of nature may lead to becoming a certified herbalist.

I didn’t start running 100+ miles per week after being a Master’s runner… I’ve averaged running up to 128 miles per week without injury. 

I like funny T-shirts… and you may see me out running with my dog Cody.  

And I’m one of those people with a license plate frame that says, “I’d rather be running.”

Working with my company might be your next grand adventure to your goal.

"I’ve grown leaps and bounds thanks to your coaching."
Marathon Runner Angela J.
Angela J.
After years of injuries, now running Boston Qualifying times

Want to get started? 

Find out more information on these coaching services you can get:

Private online coaching using Holistic Ultra or Marathon Coaching to reach your Marathon or Ultrarunning goal.

Get running, lose weight and run a goal half-, full-, or ultra-marathon within one year with a Running and Private Weight Loss Coach.