Art has either coached or competed at every running distance from 100 meters to 100 miles. His love of running is matched only by his love of helping other runners surpass their personal goals. His holistic, comprehensive approach to running creates positive, lasting changes in his clients’ biomechanics, physical capabilities, and mental attitudes. His step-by-step approach looks at everything involved with successful distance running through a wide-angle lens. This perspective, combined with his love for undertaking great physical challenges, helps people take giant steps toward achieving the results they really want — and connecting them with other people who share a love for both nature and sport.
What is the mysterious “X-factor” that elevates an athlete’s performance above and beyond all expectation?
The Way of Running delves into a world unknown to most runners: the ways we unconsciously limit ourselves through chronic tension, anxious thoughts, and unskilled movement. It focuses on the positive, lasting changes every runner can make in their daily training habits to move past those imaginary limits. Those changes include refinements in running form, improvements in mind-body interaction, and enhancing one’s personal connection with other people and the planet.
As a coach, I guide the runner every step of the way — a way that leads in the direction of peak-performance, those unforgettable runs when, through tremendous effort, the runner’s true nature shines forth! My hope is that those touched by The Way of Running will not only perform better, they’ll act more generously and ethically in the world, and feel a deeper connection to other people and the planet.
I guess you could say, this is how a person ultimately finds their zone — their own personal “X-factor.”
There was a time when I was rigid and exacting with my training, much more narrowly focused and future-oriented. I took pride in mapping out my whole running year like an Olympic athlete. Adhering to a strict schedule and holding myself to such meticulous standards eventually presented problems for me. I became overly focused on outcomes and ego-driven goals. I compared my performance with the other 100K and 100 milers in my peer group. Final results were all that mattered to me. I measured my success entirely by my finishing time and how high I placed among my fellow competitors. Sometimes I would get so tight because of long-term planning and expectations that I would feel completely pressurized.
I’m much looser now, and much happier because of it. I put greater emphasis on life skills and qualities that complement good running in everyone, like diet, meditation, rest and kindness. I totally enjoy living on a day-by-day basis. When I inevitably experience lapses in motivation, I make an extra effort to change my routine, try a new workout, seek out the company of other people or venture into the unexplored countryside. I have a goal, but I’m calm and casual about the process of achieving it. I’m still diligent and systematic but my running is much more than planning or splits. It’s a basic way to express my individual freedom.
Art’s Competitive Fitness Extends From 5K – 100 miles
- NEW! 1st Place 60-69 age group, Oscar Blues Old Man Winter Combined Bike Rally (50K) & Run (5.8mi), Lyons, Colorado 2017
- 2nd Place 60-69 age group, Steamboat Stinger Trail 1/2 Marathon 2016
- 1st Place 60-69 age group, Boulder Mountain 10 Mile Ascent 2016
- 1st Place 55-59 age group, Mount Taylor 50K, Grant’s NM 2013
- 1st Place, 55-59 age group, Santa Barbara International Marathon 2011
- 3 Leadville 100 Mile Silver Buckles (sub-25 hour), Leadville, Colorado 1999-2000-2001
- Masters Champion (5th Place overall), Leadville Trail 100 2001
- Top 50 finisher, Western States 100 Mile, Squaw Valley to Auburn, California 2001
- 5th Place Elk Horn Mountain 100K, Helena, Montana 1998
- Texas Trail 50K, Huntsville, Texas 1996
- Mountain Mist 50K, Huntsville, Alabama 1997
- 1st Place 50-59 age group, Dick’s Flat-Out 5K, 2008
- 3rd Place 50-59 age group, Bolder Boulder, 2008