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Take your running to the next level with the RunSedona Superior Training Program FREE to all registered RunSedona participants. You can download the app today and prepare to kick off your Half Marathon training starting October 16, 2023 and 5k/10k training November 13, 2023 and 5-Week Crunch Training starting January 1, 2024.
Our free training program is designed to help you become a stronger and faster runner. Use the VDOT 02 app to receive training from Leah or log your own workouts so you're always training at the proper paces. Learn more about V.O2 and download the app here.
*Please note that the RunSedona Superior Training is only available to runners who have registered for the February 3rd, 2024 RunSedona 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon races. Register and train today!
The 5k/10k and Half Marathon training plans are aimed at runners who have general running experience and are able to run, walk, or a mix of both for 3-4 days per week. Both plans have the option to subtract or add training days to meet each runner's needs along the way. Whether or not you have raced before, you are welcome to join and are encouraged to run with Coach Leah as you prepare for race day!
The RunSedona Superior Training 5-Week Boost will provide you with fundamental training, tips, and resources to kick start your New Years goals and enhance your race day experience. Workouts have built-in flexibility to meet you where you are at and allow you to increase or decrease as needed.
All training plans include:
Register for the race of your choice
Click on the appropriate training plan link (5K/10K or Half Marathon) in your confirmation email.
Click ‘Approve’ for Leah to be your coach
You will be directed to your RunSedona training calendar
Leah will be adding training to your calendar so you may not see it immediately. *Please note this can take 24-48 hours, or longer if you sign up over the weekend. Once you’ve accepted the request, you may need to wait for your plan will be delivered to you. You will have different activities (and off days) to get you prepared for RunSedona race day. Click on the training each day to see a more in-depth description under the section ‘Workout Notes.’ *Leah will also include videos of training descriptions and supplementary exercises on some of the activities, so be sure to look for video links attached to the training.
You can update how your workout went (and paces if you keep track) on the same training page beneath Leah’s ‘Workout Notes,’ in the section/box titled with your name. This will allow you to keep track of your progress and reference prior training days.
Optional: on the same workout description, at the top it says ‘Complete Quality Session?’ Feel free to answer the ‘Yes,’ ‘Modified,’ or ‘No’ feedback. Based on your responses, you’ll see your mileage total up. This is especially great if you plan to continue running in the future and would like to look back to see how you prepared for this race.
If you have notifications selected, you will receive an email notification anytime Coach Leah adjusts training or adds notes and advice along the way. To learn more about how to manage this, click here.
Born in Ridgefield, CT and raised in Flagstaff, AZ, Leah comes to us with a wealth of knowledge as a coach of many forms and a professional athlete having competed in the 800m to 50km on the track, road, and trails.
Upon graduating Penn State University with a degree in journalism and kinesiology, Leah began coaching Cross Country and Track and Field at Lodi High School in California and transitioned to coaching collegiately at Syracuse University and later Northern Arizona University, where she got her masters in Educational Leadership.
Leah is now a personal running coach for VDOT 02, community group Team Run Flagstaff, and worldwide as an iFIT Trainer for NordicTrack, ProForm and Free Motion machines.
As a professional runner, Leah has competed in the USATF Toyota Indoor National Championships in the 3,000m and more recently won the 2021 Imogene Pass Mountain Run and the 2022 World Maccabiah Games half marathon in Israel. She also transitioned from racing a track 5k to a mountain 50k at the Crown King Scramble mountain race in one calendar year. However, her running career emerged from humble beginnings, starting with chasing red wagons filled with toys for 1km at road races in the early 90s and evolved to finishing first female in the elementary school gym mile.
Much of her love of running has been shaped by her parents and community, “I grew up with parents who owned athletic footwear stores and founded philanthropic races to raise money for children with Autism, pediatric cancer, and those in need of wheelchairs. Thankfully, my parents understood how running can positively impact people's lives and create deep connections amongst communities. There is beauty in this sport, the lifestyle it promotes, and I hope to share it with you.”
If you want to know what to expect from her training, Leah often says that many intentional days lead to great ones, and the first way to get faster is to be consistent. But no matter her stage of life or training, Leah matches her experience with levity, humor, and a playful spirit. So the key is to show up and if you do, you may just catch yourself having fun.
To everyone committing to the Sedona start line, welcome aboard!