Ryan's approach to coaching is rooted in his background as an educator. A teacher provides the resources and structure that form the trail to your goals and offers feedback and accountability to correct your course. But at the end of the day, a teacher cannot do the work for you. Ryan believes you are the engine of your success and his role is to give focus to your efforts.
Running should be something that expands you as a person and adds richness to your life. Endurance running is a journey into the unknown, and accomplishing your goals will require new skills, planning, encouragement, patience, someone to give you a slap on the back or a shoulder to cry on, and any number of other things that may crop up along the way. Ryan is a resource for you to draw on, and a catalyst for you to reach your potential.
Starting in 2013, Ryan trained for his first ultra-marathon, which he finished in the spring of 2014. Since that time, he has averaged an endurance race finish every two months. He has lived all sides of trail running, both sides of the aid station table, the recreational runner, and the driven competitor. That diversity of experience is a constant reminder of the varied reasons why people run and the goals they pursue. He understands your finish line is often not at the end of a race.
Ryan draws on a variety of experiences in and around trail running. He was introduced to trail running through his family’s race management business. He has decades of experience working aid stations, marking and clearing ultra trail courses, and setting up and striking gear on weekend nights and days, in the hot and cold, wet and parched. He's been trail running since 2000 when he started running for fitness. After running a half dozen races, he took an injury-induced hiatus from races, though running remained a regular part of his fitness regimen.