coaching services

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Helping others achieve their race and running goals is something I’m passionate about, and enjoy. In March 2016, I earned my Level 1 coaching certification from the Road Runners Club of America. Since then, I’ve helped dozens of runners of various levels and abilities prepare for races from the marathon, to the 5k. I also help athletes with non-race goals — like pursuing a more general approach to fitness, or building a running base through a comprehensive training plan.

I’m happy to work with you to determine your goals, a race that fits with your schedule, and a training plan that works with your individual needs.

For coaching questions, inquiries, and rates, please email


Victor Tello, Half and Full Marathon Finisher; Triathlete

IMG_4218“Erin Kelly is an excellent coach, an inspiring motivator and a great friend. After hitting a wall with my race times while using online training plans, I approached Erin with a very ambitious goal time to see what she thought. To my surprise, Coach EK (as we all call her) was supportive of my lofty goal but also realistic enough to explain how much work and dedication it would take to get there. She prepared a plan and helped me make adjustments when issues came up, provided assistance with small injuries, and was a constant source of moral support and a great confidence boost. She was even there to cheer for me when I ran my race, where I beat my old PR by a solid 5 minutes!

I can confidently say that I would not have achieved this time without her coaching. I also can’t imagine a coach who would make the training as fun as she did. I would gladly train with her again and in fact, I am as she is currently coaching me for my first NYC marathon.”

Laura Baldwin, Half and Full Marathon Finisher


“Erin is a fantastic coach! She customizes your training plan to fit your needs and makes herself available for any questions you may have. She always makes sure to check in with you to make sure you’re on the right track.

Erin brings her personal running experience into her coaching, but she also understands your individual needs. Whether you’re training for your first race or your twentieth marathon, I would highly recommend Erin as a coach!”

Jasmin Roman, 2017 Philly Love Run Finisher


I found out about Erin’s coaching around the time I signed up for an early spring half-marathon. I had a few goals, the most important of which were trying to stay injury free, beating a time from a past half-marathon, and staying active through the winter. After being plagued with intermittent injuries, and having a less than ideal coaching experience for my second marathon, I was excited to work with Erin.

Being coached by Erin was even better than I could have hoped or imagined. She provided the perfect mix of accountability and cheerleading, while planning challenging and effective workouts. The workout plans themselves were dynamic – always taking into account real life, weather, and other unanticipated variables.

Thanks to all of this, I met my goals, and more. A week after my goal half-marathon, I ran a 10 mile PR, followed by my second best lifetime 5k. I can’t wait to work with Erin again for another race!

Kate Ward, 2016 NYC Marathon Finisher


“Prior to working with Erin, I had trained for two marathons using Hal Higdon’s program. The result was always the same — the first half of training felt like a breeze, and the last half of training basically ruined every summer weekend I had. Erin’s program, however, actually made the process fun. Not only were boring 5-mile to 10-mile weekday runs replaced with enjoyable Yasso and hill challenges, but those fun runs actually made the dreaded long weekend runs achievable. What’s more, Erin was always available if you had a question about workout prioritization and scheduling if you had to change things up. And, as for the results? Well, they proved Erin’s program works. Though I had to tweak my goal time thanks to three simultaneous injuries (which took me out of commission for 3-4 weeks two months before the marathon), I beat my reset goal time by 11 minutes for a PR. The most important thing, though, is that Erin’s program prepared me enough to be able to enjoy the marathon — I knew when to push, and when to pull back, and smiled my way past the finish line. I always said the 2016 New York Marathon would be my last — but Erin’s coaching made it all too easy to yearn for another. But I won’t. Maybe. We’ll see.”

Alexa Sachs, 2016 NYC Marathon Finisher


“What I liked was the fact that I had a personalized plan delivered to my inbox every week. Erin was able to articulate why each part of the process was important. She also checked in on me after every long run to see how I felt, and how I could feel better the next week (which was really helpful!).”

Alyssa Arnold, 2016 NYC Marathon Finisher


“Erin coached me through my second marathon; her workouts and schedule made the training process simple, and for someone who travels for work it was amazing to set my alarm and go without having to think or plan. Having an encouraging coach like Erin made a huge difference for me, plus she is a pretty kick ass runner herself and can relate to all the good and bad days. Erin’s track and distance workouts were tough but sooo worth it; I ran my second marathon in 3:39, shaving 15 minutes off my first marathon time. I will be using Erin for every marathon from now on!”

Patrick Skelley, 2016 NYC Marathon Finisher


“Erin trained me personally for the 2016 New York City Marathon. She did an outstanding job, and really has a feel for coaching, she bases her advice on how your runs feel and tailors workouts and suggestions while keeping in mind that we all have busy lives that conflict with long distance training. She struck the perfect balance of encouraging to push harder and supporting of accomplishments. She draws from vast personal experience as an athlete and distance runner which is very reassuring to know that no matter what you’re going through in your training/races, she’s been there.”

John Beck, 2016 NYC Marathon Finisher


“Erin is the most supportive coach around.  I ran two marathons before I started working with Erin. Erin sent weekly training plans along with inspirational articles and tips.  On marathon morning Erin sent an inspirational email with great tips and supportive words. After a few months of training with Erin I improved my NYC Marathon time by 33 minutes, I can’t wait to work with her for future races and I can not recommend her enough.”

Laura VanLenten, 2016 NYC Marathon Finisher


“Erin coached me through my first marathon and I can’t wait to use her expertise in future races. I had a bit of a rough summer bouncing between injuries while also training for triathlons AND my first marathon. Erin gave me a weekly email of what I needed to do for to prep for the marathon, and given her experience doing triathlons as well, she was able to provide constant input as to how I can focus on both races and still rock the marathon. Erin’s coaching was so helpful in that she didn’t simply provide a strict regiment of workouts I needed to achieve for the week and then let me fend for myself during any hiccups, but given her background of endurance sports she encouraged me through injuries or just busy weeks to train smart and listen to my body. Overall, phenomenal experience working with Erin and I can’t wait have her help me next year!”