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Helping You Become an Exceptional Distance Runner

You're in the right place, because that's why I'm here...

Amie running in the Black Canyon 100K (~63 mile) Ultramarathon through the mountains of the Sonoran Desert.
The sunrise could be my enthusiasm lighting up the sky, running in the Black Canyon 100K (62 mile) Ultra, with about 16,000 feet (~2,800 m) of elevation change through the mountains of the Sonoran Desert. It was unusually hot, with temps soaring above 100F in the canyon with no shade, causing a lot of the field to DNF. Wasn't my greatest race, but efficient use of caffeine, high mileage weeks and heat training helped me reach the finish and qualify for Western States 100-miler with hours to spare.

CEO + Head Distance Running Coach Amie Dworecki

Amie Dworecki, B.S., M.A., MBA, has been a runner for over 43 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.

She has run in, and subsequently coached others for, marathons across Antarctica, Siberia, through the Andes Mountains in South America and the Sahara Desert via independent travel. She often jokes, “I did it before it was cool.”

Coach Amie has qualified for all of the World Marathon Majors including Boston multiple times, as well as the Western States 100-mile ultramarathon. She is able to coach others to their top goals domestic and abroad, bringing over thirty year’s experience with endurance running, finishing countless marathons and researching how to transform the everyday workout enthusiast into their ideal image.

She has placed in, won and broken course records in countless road, trail and mixed terrain races in distances from 5K to the ultramarathon, despite the fact that 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, as well as raced in locations such as 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 difficult races in extreme terrains. 

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 snowshoe-running to 11,400 feet and back.  As a Cross- and Backcountry Skier, she finished the most difficult ski marathon in North America, the Birkebeiner 54-KM Nordic ski race.

She also enjoys 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, as well encouraging others to succeed in running and life. NY

Amie Running Sunburst
Coach Amie running a marathon as a training run, coming in 6th. Another competitor finishing after said, "Amie ran by me like she was going for a stroll through the park." This is the power of the Integrated Training System. Oh and, check out my shoelaces. With temps in the 80s it was sort of the least of my concerns.

Certifications + Education + Training

Amie has 30+ years of professional experience in getting client’s results in endurance performance and health and fitness. Alongside professional run coaching, she’s also been a certified personal trainer, group fitness leader, hatha yoga instructor and swim coach.
 

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, health planning and fitness. 

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.

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!

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 performance from Olympic athletes trained by 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. This takes a positive, empathetic and motivational perspective of improving health holistically – in the context of your individual lifestyle, environment and needs. 

Soon, she will also be 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 sport community of emotional, physical and sexual abuse and misconduct. She takes a strong stance against domestic violence and stalking and supports empowering women, especially through running.

"Amie, 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

FAQ

Through the years, I have developed an Integrated Training System that helps driven distance runners who want to reach their top performance goals by avoiding injuries, incorrect training and off-target results, and enabling optimal training holistically, so they can bring back joy to their running and become the high performing athlete they envision.

Beyond just a training plan, I holistically and comprehensively transform your running through evaluating your training, physical fitness, mind-body connection and lifestyle. 

These four pillars of superior running performance make up The Integrated Training System. This system has a different focus than other coaches with a run-only background are able to provide. I help you get:

  • Training optimized for your best performance that prioritizes your overall health and wellbeing. I meet you where you are and use the right training principles to reach your goals so you are not over-trained, exhausted, feeling poorly or injured in the process. Instead, you and your running thrive. 
  • Improved physical fitness, which for you may mean strength work, flexibility/mobility, weight change, or returning from/avoidance of injury. 
  • Mind-body connection comprises improvements in metaphysical healing, mindset, self-confidence, managing performance anxiety, stress management, sleep and more. 
  • A balanced, natural, healthy lifestyle that enhances your innate ability to train and recover well through what you personally need through your evaluation, which could include sleep, whole food nutrition, herbs, and more. You get your best running, health and life.  

This is how I help you to become a top performer in the same ways that elite runners do.  The Integrated Training System embodies my company’s values. 

And hence company’s mission: To make you an exceptional athlete, holistically.

I’ve always loved the marathon and ultra (yeah I’m a weird duck but they are both challenging in very different ways) so that’s why I specialize in coaching these distances alone in my private online practice. I coach a limited number of clients so they can get this complete focus. 

Contact me today to become the athlete you want to be and start reaching your goals. Get your questions answered and find out currently available spots on my coaching roster and packages

I coach distance runners who want to transform their performance holistically to reach 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 (let’s hope this is me this year).
  • Ultrarunning
    • Finishing an ultramarathon on top with your best performance.
    • You tried an ultra but you want better results this time.
    • Want to run an ultra but do not know exactly how to train for it.
  • Special Distance Running Challenges
    • Run a vacation/challenge race in a different part of the country or world.
    • Trail races, such as when you aren’t familiar or can’t train on the exact terrain/elevation the race.
    • Coming back from/avoiding injury so you can safely restart/continue running and finally reach your goal.
  • 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 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.”

Since first “jogging” with my Dad when I was 5, I wanted to find out how to go from being the average runner to a top performer. 

So as I ran through the years I also worked in the field, studied training theories and the methods of top runners until I discovered how. 

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

It takes not only training that is customized to your needs,  but also a focus on strengthening your mind, body and spirit, 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 really want to live that way anyway? 

Choose the alternative, and you will love your run experience and gain success – freedom – and joy. 

My passion about 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 reach their top goals.

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

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

I’ll probably get a PhD, most likely in the effects of holistic health on endurance performance. 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 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 me might be your next grand adventure to your goal.

Amie Dworecki wearing one of the collection of funny T's I have, love them!
Coach Amie.... Let's just admit this is true 😉