CEO and Head Coach Amie Dworecki, B.S., M.A., MBA, has been a successful runner who has guided and motivated others to reach their goals for decades.
Her triumph 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.
She has run in and subsequently coached others for races worldwide, such as across Antarctica, Siberia, through the Andes Mountains in South America, and the Sahara Desert.
Coach Amie has qualified for the Western States 100-mile ultramarathon and all the World Marathon Majors, including Boston, multiple times.
She has placed in, won, and broken course records in countless road, trail, and mixed terrain races in distances from 5K to the ultramarathon, even though only 20% of all ultra-distance runners are women.
She’s also competed in extreme events such as Pike’s Peak Marathon in Colorado, which runs to 14,100 feet and back, and raced in Death Valley, California.
Enduring extreme conditions such as running through the night across snow, ice, and wind in temperatures as low as -25° F, or days with temps of 100°+ F with no shade have all been part of the game.
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, now helps others complete challenging races in extreme terrains.
In her off-season, Amie occasionally enjoys triathlons and other multi-sport events. She has 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 the most challenging ski marathon in North America, the Birkebeiner 54-KM Nordic ski race.
She coaches others to their top goals domestic and internationally, bringing decades of experience with endurance run training, countless distance race finishes, education, training, and research into transforming the everyday running enthusiast into the athlete they have inside.
She enjoys running with her marathon dog, Cody, organic gardening, healthful cooking, rock climbing, kayaking, international travel, and photography.
She writes as a health journalist and technologist, exploring the intersection of nutrition, positive psychology, and mind/body science on endurance and life performance.
She loves giving her clients the benefit of this depth of experience and knowledge through her coaching and encouraging others to succeed in running and life.
Certifications + Education + Training
She is a former course instructor for the Indiana University, Bloomington, School of Kinesiology/Exercise Science. In their graduate program, she taught courses covering running endurance, strength and conditioning, gaining cardiovascular fitness, and health planning.
She is one of the few in the country to have obtained both the RRCA’s Level I and highest Level II Certifications as a Certified Distance Running Coach. This 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.
She has also learned 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 Wellness 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 needs.
She is also a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach.
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.
For one, this is a specialized coaching company for distance running goals.
So sorry – no cyclists, triathletes, swimmers, kayakers, skiers… we just work with runners.
Second, in a nutshell, you get more: guidance that goes far beyond just running.
The Holistic Training System considers the whole YOU: it assesses your strengths and weaknesses, and then you get comprehensive coaching for precisely what you need.
It helps you reach top performance goals by avoiding injuries, incorrect training, and off-target results and enabling optimal training, physical and mental fitness, and lifestyle.
It helps you train with the scope of an elite athlete so you can bring back joy to your running and become the high-performing athlete you envision.
Beyond just a training plan, we’ll holistically and comprehensively transform your running through evaluating your training, physical fitness, mental strength, mind-body connection, and lifestyle.
These pillars form the foundation of superior running performance, making up The Holistic Training System. This system has a different focus than other coaches with a run-only background can provide. You get:
You get your best running, health, and life.
This is how I help you become a top performer in the same ways that elite runners do. The Holistic Training System embodies my company’s values.
And hence the company’s mission: To make you an exceptional athlete holistically.
I’ve always loved the marathon and ultra (yeah, some are on one “side” or the other, but I’ve always liked that they are both challenging in very different ways.) So that’s why I specialize in coaching these distances in my private online practice.
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 become the athlete you want to be and reach your goals. You can get all of your questions answered and check currently available spots on my coaching roster.
Distance runners who want to transform their performance holistically to reach goals they may never have thought realistically possible, such as:
If your goal isn’t listed here, but it 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. He stomped out a cigarette… and we took off.
Once, I picked up his used cigarette and tried to smoke it as he did. It put me off so much that it was one of the things that started me on a mission of holistic health and how to be well from an early age.
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 at 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 really could happen for you.
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 that is customized to your needs but also a focus on strengthening your body, mind, and spirit holistically, as well as an intentional way of living.
Let’s face it, big goals take the WHOLE YOU, but in reaching them, all of you is enhanced.
Yes, that means more than just checking off miles, living in an unbalanced way, and tuning out the days of your life. But do you want to live that way anyway?
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 becoming both a Pro Running Coach and Holistic Wellness Coach and then 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 to your life.
I’m researching Ph.D. programs in 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 I was 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 that has a license plate frame that says, “I’d rather be running.”
Working with my company might be your next grand adventure to your goal.
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