Hi there, I’m Chad Austin

I’m a Lydiard and RRCA certified running coach, as well as a health coach, based in Minneapolis! When it comes to running - and your health - I believe you are capable of more than you ever imagined. As a runner with nearly 40 years of experience and a wellness advocate, I’m here to help you find your missing link and run faster and get healthier than you ever thought possible.


I believe

My Philosophy

When it comes to coaching, my beliefs are founded on the principles developed by Arthur Lydiard, Jack Daniels, and Pete Pfitzinger. I believe consistency is king. I believe in doing the least amount of work for the greatest amount of gains. I believe in making progress over following the “perfect” plan. Finally, I believe in building a strong base before making smooth transitions to strength and speed phases – and eventually racing!

For me, the real coaching takes place when life gets in the way and suddenly you need to make adjustments to your training. As a coach, I will provide you with an initial training plan, but I will also provide the flexibility to make adjustments when life happens. In the end, you receive a customized plan for each training cycle.

If you really want to take your running to the next level, be sure to ask about my mental skills training program.


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About Me

I’m certified by the Lydiard Foundation, as well as the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). I’m also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I’ve done group marathon and half marathon training for the Minnesota Distance Running Association (MDRA) and I’ve coach youth cross country for the Eastview Athletic Association since 2010. Personally, I ran cross country and track for UW-Eau Claire (1992-96).

Since college, I’ve run 20 marathons, 14 of those races qualified me for the Boston Marathon, which I’ve run 3 times. I’ve run sub-3 hour marathons 3 times and have completed 4 ultramarathons, including one 50-miler. If you’re curious how it all started, you have to go back nearly 40 years to learn more about me.

contact me

Want to start working together now, or learn more? Don’t hesitate to contact me.


High-fiving at mile 24

Twin Cities Marathon, 2013


Squamish 50 miler

Squamish, B.C. 2015


Peak fitness in college

UW-Eau Claire 1992-1996

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In the beginning

12 years old at the Oktoberfest Half Marathon, LaCrosse, Wisconsin 1981



Huge thanks for coaching me this year. My confidence was only high due to your specific training plan for me.
— Nikhil G.
My son really enjoyed his experience. Thank you for making it fun! I think he is hooked. This is the first time that I really noticed him pushing himself to do the best he can do. You made the experience one where he could grow.
— Gerrit L.'s dad
Thanks for talking with my son about his running today. He takes your insight seriously. You’re a great coach!
— Sam S.'s mom
We really appreciate coach Chad and the fantastic lessons he teaches with this program. He puts together an A+ program for youth. Thanks for all you do!
— Cross country parent