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Looking for a gift idea for a running friend? We have gift certificates for a form analysis and all lengths of training programs. Email Joe for more information.


Form Analysis

This includes two sessions. The first session is to video you running from multiple angles to get a complete picture of your form and gait. The second session is for discussion of the analysis and viewing the videos in slow-motion. You will be provided with a complete write-up of the analysis, which includes suggestions to correct any issues. The analysis focuses on the following 9 areas: posture, forward lean, head, shoulders, arms, hands, back/hips, legs and foot strike. Cost is $80

Face-to-Face Coaching:

If you live in the Champaign County, Illinois area and you would like to have a personal coach to help you through your runs, this is for you. These plans include a face-to-face consultation and running questionnaire to determine your current fitness level, health/injury history, and running goals. This is ideal for anyone from the beginning runner that needs extra attention, through the more experienced runner looking for a more specific, personal experience.  Whatever your ability level, this type of coaching will provide you with the opportunity to work with a coach and have your specific needs and goals addressed. Longer commitments receive discounted services.


Each of the following plans come with a small group workout. Coach Joe meets his clients typically around 6:00 a.m. or after 6:00 pm on Wednesdays in the summer and fall. In the winter, Coach Joe has met his clients at the University of Illinois Armory, however that option is not currently available. It is unclear if this will be possible in the winter of 2022-23. Check back later in the fall.


Length of training plan Training goal distance Cost per 4-week plan
8 week 5K to 10K $85
12 week 5K, 10K, or half-marathon $80
16-20 week 10K, half-marathon, or marathon $75
24 week Half-marathon or marathon $70
Long-term training (9 month minimum commitment) Any distance $65


Coaching by the hour:

If you desire to work one-on-one with Coach Joe during workout sessions (track work, tempo runs, hill sessions, long runs, etc.), this is an additional option to supplement your training plan.

Cost is $40 per hour.


Guidelines for helping you determine the length of your training program.

  • If you are a non-runner and want to run a 5K, you'll need 8-12 weeks to prepare. If you want to improve on your 5K time, an 8-week training program is sufficient.

  • If you want to run a 10K, you should have completed at least one 5K, can comfortably run 3 miles, and have been running 10 mi/week for 2 months. If this is you, an 8-12 week training program will work for you. If you are not at this level of fitness, you'll need a longer training plan.

  • If you want to run a half-marathon, you should have completed a few races 5K to 10K in length, can comfortably run 6 miles, and have been running 15-20 mi/week for 2-3 months. If this is you, sign-up for a minimum of 12 weeks. If this is not you, then you'll need to sign-up for 16 weeks or longer. The coaches can help you decide the appropriate length of training.

  • If you want to run a marathon, you should have been running for at least one year, have completed a couple of half-marathons, and have a base of 30 mi/week for 2-3 months. If this is you, you'll need the 16 week training program. If you're not at that level of training, you'll need to discuss the appropriate length of training with one of the coaches.

  • The above examples are only guidelines. If you have a goal race in mind and don't meet the above recommendations, please contact one of the coaches to help you determine the reasonableness of your goal and to determine the length of your training plan.

Online training plan:

You can still receive personalized training, even if you are busy with work, school and/or kids. This type of coaching will involve communicating primarily by email. The first month of coaching includes an initial phone, or email consultation, or face-to-face meeting (if you live near Mahomet, IL), or virtual/video meeting and 4-week training segments. Unlimited email support included.

Cost is $65 per 4-week segments


Group training:

If you and some friends live in the Champaign County, IL area (surrounding counties may be considered) and are looking for a running coach and have the same goal distance or race, I can set up a group training program. The type of program can be done in-person or online. Prices vary depending on the type of coaching needed and number of members in the group. There is a 2 person minimum and an 8 person maximum for all groups.


Training Plans only:

If you just want a training plan for a specific race distance, we can develop a training plan geared towards your specific goals and needs. The price for a training plan includes a phone or virtual/video consultation (approximately 30-60 minutes) and running questionnaire to determine your current fitness level, health/injury history, and running goals.                    

6 weeks (5K or less) 


8 weeks (5K to 10K)


12 weeks (10K to 15K)


16 weeks (1/2 Marathon)


20-24 weeks (Marathon)


24+ weeks (Ultra-marathon) $220