Coach Claire is the perfect mix of running knowledge and relatability! She has a knack for distilling the science down into easy-to-understand principles so that every workout and its placement in a training cycle makes sense. She seems to know when to push me outside of my comfort zone, when to hold me back, when I need encouragement, and when I need someone to believe in me.
I have been working with Claire for over 2 years now. I was looking for someone to help me integrate running, stretching, cross-training, etc. into a coherent marathon training plan. Claire is the perfect coach for me because she gives me very challenging workouts while reminding me to celebrate successes along the way. I also appreciate the way she understands and applies the relevant science to my program without getting bogged down in it. I am not a fast runner by any stretch of the imagination, but I never feel like she treats me any differently than anyone else. With Claire’s coaching and a lot of hard work, I have made a great deal of steady progress over the past two years. Not only have I established a new marathon PR, but I have also become a much stronger and more consistent runner across all distances from 5k to 50k!
With all of that said, what I like best about Claire is that she is a good person with a kind heart. At this point, I think of her not only as my coach but also my friend and ally.
I began working with Coach Claire in preparation for my first marathon. She was encouraging when the workouts were tough, and taught me to trust the process. It was Coach Claire’s belief in me, and her positive and realistic feedback through the process, that helped me hit my goals, and the result was a BQ in my first marathon! Coach Claire clearly loves running and coaching runners of all ages and abilities. I’m eager to see where her coaching will take my running next!
“Running under 1:27 [for the half marathon] was absolutely awesome. Coach Claire and I weren’t sure if I could run 6:30 pace when I was tired. Turns out I can’t. I can run 6:20’s! I ran a conservative first half (thanks to good insight from Coach Claire) and had a strong finish. Instead of getting caught up trying to run with the lead pack I let them go early and just ran my own race. I’m ecstatic!”
“Claire is a gift. I’ve been fussing and fretting about my training for weeks now. This feels so much better and right for where I am right now!”
I had Coach Claire in mind for months! Mostly due to her amazing podcast. Her blogs and recipes are a must too! Once I started working with her, running felt super enjoyable. As the training went on, I noticed the increase in speed and strength gains, as well as feeling great! No workout burnouts or overtraining. The speeds I’m at now are speeds I only dreamed of before working with her. Coach Claire cares how you feel, how your run was, what your goals are, and understands how life can get into your training schedule. She motivates me to be my best and gives exceptional feedback. Coach Claire knows the research behind the why’s us runners ask. I’m a big fan of how she brings science into the equation of running. Working with her has made me a smarter, healthier, stronger, and faster runner.
I have been working 2 years now with Coach Claire and I am so happy to have her joining me in my running journey. She is extremely knowledgeable about any aspect in running and always has a directly actionable and scientifically sound advice. Due to her empathy you feel she is your fellow in all your running endeavors. As a runner herself, she understands your running pain and disappointment, but will be your biggest supporter and be more than happy for you when you achieve your running goals. Her enthusiasm and variation in training plans will keep you motivated. But what I probably like most is that she dares to speak up and keep me away from stupidities when I want too much in training and racing. You have to listen when she convinces you with simple common sense arguments.
Belgium National Masters Champion