Final Surge Podcast Episode 11: James McKirdy

In Episode 11 of the Final Surge Podcast, we talk to coach James McKirdy of McKirdy Trained. James has built an amazing coaching business in just a year starting from scratch and building up to over 100 clients and hiring other coaches to help him. McKirdy Trained coaches athletes who are brand new to the sport and have never run before, all the way up to Olympic Qualifiers.

How did you get your start in running?

How did you transition to coaching?

So was your current coaching business McKirdy Trained the business you started 14 years ago or is that a more recent startup?

I understand you coach everything from Olympic qualifiers to those who cannot run more than 5 minutes at a time. So what are you looking for in new clients?

What makes McKirdy trained special and different amongst the other programs out there?

With coaching large numbers and some internet clients, I'm guessing one of the hardest parts can be communications and feedback. How are you using Final Surge to help with that?

Let's take an average runner. What can an average runner who contacts you look to see within their own running after they have been working with you?

What does a day look like under your training such as warmup, core strength, cool downs, strides etc?

After someone has a good base and has been working with you for a while, what does a week look like as far as run structures?

What have been some of the biggest success stories you've seen recently as far as performance improvements?

James talks about the problems he feels that many running programs out there have, and combing these programs without a real structure. He discusses what benefits you can get while working with a coach.

With the client you mentioned before, those were huge improvements for a 52-year old. Did you focus on pacing and diet or what did you focus on to get those results?

On any given Saturday we can see thousands of runners at local 5k's. What can these every day recreational runners get from a running coach?

You have had huge growth in the last year. How did you grow your business so much in that time period to go from zero to over 100 clients in under a year?

Rapid Fire... 5 questions in under 1 minute
Favorite running book or blog? - Marathon Man Bill Rogers
Current trainers you are wearing? - Asics Kayano
Favorite race? - Philly Broadstreet 10 Miler
Favorite recovery meal or recovery drink? - First Endurance Ultragen Chocolate
Your favorite piece of running equipment that is not your shoes? - Cold Roller

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