About Coach Dean

Coach Dean JohnsonI am a Certified Running Coach and Functional Movement System Expert.  I love running and have a passion for coaching individuals by identifying and developing personal strengths.  I have coached running for 9 years, developmental football for 25 years, and disabled skiing for 26 years.

Back in 2005, I decided to leave behind my couch potato lifestyle to start running.  I learned as much as I could about running by reading every running magazine and book I could find, and then experimented with those running techniques and strategies on myself.  I strive for the optimal balance between running effort, performance, and running injury-free.

I’ve completed 14 Marathons (including my first Boston Marathon in 2012) and numerous Half Marathons and 10Ks.  I also enjoy ultra running and have completed the 50 Mile Fat Dog Ultra, 50K Lost Soul Ultra, 50K Mesquite Canyon Ultra, and a variety of trail runs in the Arizona XTerra Trail Run Series and Aravaipa Desert Runner Trail Series.  I learned a lot of valuable running tips and strategies from Expert Running Coach Greg McMillan (McMillan Running and author of “You, only faster“), Andrew Lemoncello (Olympian), and Ian Torrence (Ultra Running guru) when I participated in the McMillan Running Camp.

I am currently one of the Race Directors for the Lost Soul Ultra and enjoy volunteering at races and ultras in Alberta and Arizona.

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