Personal Run Coach and Freelance Writer in San Francisco Bay Area and Marin County
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Whether you’re training for your first trail ultra marathon, or a competitive runner wanting to PR, I offer individualized training programs and offer in-person sessions as a running coach in the San Francisco Bay Area. My clients range from youth runners and multi-sport athletes to adult. My expertise includes track events, road racing, marathon, trail running, and ultrarunning. You can check out purchasing services here and testimonials here.
In addition to the teams and organizations listed on this page, I offer group coaching. I’ve worked with youth soccer teams on speed and agility, adult and youth on learn to run clinics, and held sports nutrition and women’s specific running clinics. I’ve worked as a trainer for The North Face’s Mountain Athletics program, teach Kinesiology classes at the College of Marin, and worked with Girls Stepping Up For Change, a young women’s empowerment program through athletics. Please get in touch to learn more or ask about arranging a group session.
Running Retreats and Training Camps
I offer running retreats and high altitude training camps for runners in the Italian Dolomites and Chamonix Mont Blanc in the summer. Join us for a Runcation this summer and enjoy guided trail running of some of the best running trails of Europe, including hut to hut adventures in Italy or at our training camp for competitive runners crossing through Italy, Switzerland and France in the Alps. Check them out at Runcation Travel.
Running Retreats and Training Camps
In addition to private coaching and group coaching, I offer running clinics. These running clinics can cover the topic of learning to run, gait analysis, injury prevention, speed and agility, or building stamina and endurance. Some of my recent clinics include a women’s running clinic at Sports Basement San Francisco, a 3-week series with Girls Unite San Francisco, a Learn to Run program at Nueva School’s Intersession Program, and a Learn to Run clinic at College of Marin. Please get in touch to learn more.
College of Marin
I serve as the Head Track and Field Coach at College of Marin, a junior college serving the San Francisco Bay Area. If you’re interested in joining the team, please fill out a recruiting form questionnaire here.
College of Marin Track and Field
Branson High School
I spent the 2018 season as the head of the distance track program at Branson High School. I’ve worked on and off with Branson’s cross country and track programs since 2009.
Branson High School
Ran Marin Summer Training Program
If you're a high school or college athlete interested in building a summer aerobic base this summer through an individualized training schedule combined with supervised group training sessions, please check out Ran Marin Summer Training Program that I founded and direct on RanMarin.com. We are entering our 7th year!
Ran Marin Summer Training Program
"Liz coached me in the six months leading up to my first 50k. She started by reviewing my stride in person, gave me a set of warm-up exercises, and we got aligned on my goals/running history. Then she sent me a detailed spreadsheet of workouts each month, and we coordinated about details over email a few times a week. Her plans were super-detailed, evolved based on my own progress, and pushed the bar beyond any level of running I had ever done on my own. I had used Hal Higdon online training plans, which are kind of worthless compared to working with a coach like Liz. I did well in the 50k, had no injuries along the way, and had huge gains in speed and endurance. I was never bored with the training plans, and running became a lot more enjoyable and a more structured part of my life. As a point of reference, by the end of the routine I was able to run to the top of Mt. Tam and back on the weekends, and looked forward to it. I hugely recommend working with Liz if you want to improve as a runner." -Taylor H.
"Liz is wonderful. I started working with her to train for a marathon but decided to stop as my goals changed. She helped me by designing a program that would develop the strength necessary to meet my goals safely and worked with me to get my nutrition where it needed to be as well. She helped me all along the way through deciding to train for the marathon, and even through realizing that wasn't really what I wanted to be doing with my body. Working with Liz has overall changed my progress with my overall fitness but more importantly my life for the better. I cannot thank her enough for her knowledge, kindness, and patience. 100% recommended. Seriously contact me and I will tell you how great I think she is." -Kenna L.
"Liz worked with our daughter who was struggling to keep up on her soccer team. In just a few sessions we saw amazing improvement. After a few months, our daughter went from the slowest kid after the goalie to 2nd or 3rd fastest on the team. Liz made running fun for our daughter, and she's become amazingly fit because it's no longer work. Thanks Liz." -Derrick R.
"Liz is not only super knowledgeable and professional, she's also a delight to work with and it makes a world of a difference that she's a competitive female runner - she knows exactly how workouts feel, how they affect your body and how to piece together a cohesive training plan to make you improve. Liz has personally helped me to get over a pesky knee and hip injury, and she's been amazing all the way. If you're looking for a kind and smart coach to help you set goals and attain them, Liz is your person." -Gabriela A.
"I have only great things to say about Liz; I have been training with her for about 6 months and she is one of the best coaches I have ever worked with. I am returning to sprinting after many years of distance running; she quickly and accurately assessed my starting point and I was surprised how much I progressed in a relatively short period of time. She is extremely knowledgeable about all areas of track & field including organizations, gear and meets. I'm about to compete in a master's meet next months and though I'm nervous about racing again I am confident that I'll be prepared because I'm training with Liz." -Wendy C.
Liz is one of the most knowledgeable and supportive trainers I've ever had the pleasure of being trained under. As one of her athletes at College of Marin Track and Field, Liz combines professional training with unique team dynamics that really let athletes achieve the best of their abilities. Liz creates personalized training schedules and tailors them to the goals the athletes have and the ability that she sees in every individual. Liz will help you reach the goals that you have yet to set for yourself. As long as you are as dedicated as her, you will do great." -Emile A.
"I highly recommend training with Liz Gill. She is motivating and pushes her clients past what they thought were their physical and mental limits, while making the workouts fun and rewarding. One thing I really appreciate and that sets Liz apart is her ability to make the most out of beautiful and scenic locations throughout the SF bay area. One example is her MoveWith classes at Baker Beach and Tennessee Valley. The awe-inspiring settings make even the most difficult workouts feel just a little easier." -Shelby L.
"Liz is inspiring, motivating and pushes you just enough that you grow and feel proud after your workouts with her. I'm grateful for the mental and physical fitness I've gained via attending her workouts!" -M.C.
"Liz Gill was my high school cross-country coach, and with her I've done summer and winter RanMarin as well as a few MoveWith classes at Baker Beach. Liz is a wonderful coach. In terms of making training schedules she is experienced, realistic, and creative. Liz is motivating in a kind and inspiring way. She is knowledgeable and resourceful when it comes to injuries, nutrition, and cross-training. She knows every trail in Marin and appreciates the beautiful paths and vistas as much the intensity of training and racing. In addition to being an incredibly accomplished athlete, she is a serious adventure-seeker and world traveler with many stories to share!" -K.S.
"I've been training with Liz Gill for over a year and she is an amazing trainer. I've enjoyed her Move With classes at Baker Beach and Tennessee Valley. She mixes running with core workouts and it really makes you a stronger runner. I feel I have more speed and am a stronger athlete. If you are interested in getting stronger I strongly encourage you to try her classes." -Michele B.
“Participating in the Ranmarin training program last summer and this winter has been one of the key secrets to achieving a peak level of fitness during the season. Ranmarin helps build a solid base of fitness for all high school runners; no matter their fitness level at the beginning of the program, runners will see rapid improvement in their fitness and will gain the ability to complete longer and faster runs throughout the solid weeks of training that Ranmarin provides. Gaining that kind of background fitness sets runners up perfectly for a successful and fun cross country or track season in which they will likely see their PR’s drop.” –Julia Maxwell, Stanford University XC/Track (formerly at Branson High School)
“Ranmarin gives you such an edge in the season that most of the girls won’t have. It helps you with race strategies, workouts, and injury prevention. It has also helped me make crazy improvements!” -Sophia Noto, University of Portland XC/Track (formerly at Drake High School)
“Ranmarin Winter Training helped me not only build a solid foundation of fitness but also a confidence that I trained as effectively and intelligently as possible for my first-ever track season.” –Anna Harleen, Williams College XC/Track (formerly at Branson High School)
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