Athlete Consulting: Running Coach Services

Are you seeking athlete consulting in the sport of distance running? Is there a major issue that is keeping you from creating peak performance?

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First, a professional consultant can review what you are doing in training, make the necessary changes and help you create optimal performance. Athlete consulting is something I have done for over two decades.

Secondly, hiring a professional athlete consultant to mentor you does take an investment on your part. I was trained by a Boston Marathon champion for three years who taught me everything there was to know about how to run the marathon and run it fast. I know the enormous time constraints many athletes face. Full-time jobs, family and school responsibilities as well as fitting in the time to train takes a lot.

Hiring a professional sport consultant can help you focus in on your fitness goals.

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Nathan Pennington, founder of RunDreamAchieve and athletic consultant, finishing as the top American in 4th place overall at the 2007 California International Marathon and breaking the sub-2:20 marathon barrier.

Why Hire An Athletic Consultant?

Third, elite sports advising can help you break through barriers many times of which are psychological. Sometimes it just takes a few minute changes in the way you are training to make extraordinary changes in your athletic performance.

I have provided athlete consulting services to elite 5K to marathon specialists the past 28+ years. I also provide elite athlete training advice to beginner to elite level 5K to marathon specialists.

In addition to that, sportconsulting is a way for ordinary athletes to work with a professional athlete to create extraordinary results. Here are a few of my qualifications and background to assist you in your decision to hire me as your athletic consultant.

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Nate Pennington (second from left) on stage at the 2010 Army Ten Miler with members of the International Championship Team

Athletic Background & History

**earned 2008 Marathon USA Track and Field Olympic Trials “A” standard time (sub-2:20:00)

Two-time World Armed Forces Cross-Country Championship Qualifier

**2005 – Tunis, Tunisia

**2006 – Thun, Switzerland

Member of 2010 International Army Ten Miler Championship Team

High School Junior Olympic Bronze Medalist -Cross-Country National Championships (Reno, Nevada)

Former Member of The United States Army World-Class Athlete Program (2007-2010)- Sport: Marathon

Marathon Personal Best: 2:19:35

Half-Marathon Best: 1:07:06


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)- Physical Education – Malone University

Master of Science (M.S.) – Sport Administration – University of Northern Colorado

Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Purdue University

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) – University of Missouri – St. LouisClass of 2023

Nathan (center) with members of the elite US Army World-Class Program (WCAP)

Why RunDreamAchieve Elite Sports Advising?

It is a duty and obligation to help runners of all abilities to get to their potential. A sports performance consultant can give you personal one-on-one mentorship. I have been to the very top of the athletic industry and continue to train to this day.

Furthermore, there are bottlenecks in sports performance that numerous athletes face. A professional athlete and consultant can help you overcome these.

In order to get to the top of your capability a valued asset is hiring a sport consulrant. First, knowing someone else who knows what it takes to get to the top levels in sport is reassuring. In addition to that you wouldn’t want to hire someone who has not run a time or achieved a result that doesn’t at least match yours.

Furthermore, I have worked with and been mentored by some of the world’s top distance running coaches and trained with some of the top endurance athletes.

World-Class Mentors Make You Better

Athlete consultants I have been trained by and worked closely with

Jack Hazen (2012 USA Olympic Track and Field Team Assistant Coach)

Lisa Rainsberger (1985 Boston Marathon Champion)

Dr. Joe Vigil (world-renowned exercise physiologist )

These professionals have taught me how to create elite-level performances in myself and others.

There are important fundamentals needed to reach peak performance in the 5K to marathon distances. In addition to that, it also takes a strong mindset. You have to see your goal achieved in your mind first before it ever becomes reality.

Nate finishing in 5th place at the 2011 Monumental Indianapolis Marathon

For example, while I was still a 2:43:36 marathoner I visualized daily that I was a sub-2:22:00 marathoner. I would practice mentally every day seeing myself crossing the finish line in 2:21:59 or faster.

It became a reality on 3 December 2007 at the 2007 California International Marathon. I finished as the top American, in 4th place and with a finish time of 2:19:35.

The subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between reality or imagination – Billy Mills, Olympic Gold Medalist, 10,000m

This result was due to sport consultants that I worked with that saw more in me than I saw in myself. In addition to that, they guided me into areas of my training that needed improvement. It was money well-invested and it created the result I was seeking.

So, are you ready to take your training and racing to the next level? Make a choice below, schedule a Zoom call with me and let’s cover your training and race plans.

Personal Development

Lastly, professional athlete consulting is an investment in your personal development.

The most committed fitness-minded professionals seek out elite athlete consultants to help them meet their fitness goals. My services are to find out what is your pain point and work with you to create the solution.

It could be getting to mile 20 in the marathon and not being able to sustain pace.

Perhaps it is an issue with nerves? There are many problems and a solution for all. It also pays to work with someone who has dealt with similar issues and has found ways to dominate and overcome them.

The finish line of the Philadelphia Half-Marathon with a new half-marathon PR (1:07:06)

Why Are RDA Consulting Services Pricey?

Experience and the level of expertise often times is a big reason in consulting. You don’t go to a Physician to operate on you who has not gone through the rigor of surgical procedures. The price of the service correlates with the level of background, sport experience and education.

So, you are paying for the experience and expertise. Parts for a vehicle are often times not as pricey as the labor to place the parts onto the vehicle itself.

It is the level of skill of the mechanic which is where the majority of the cost is at. So, RunDreamAchieve Consulting is not for everyone. Perhaps, our monthly, private coaching is a better option for you. Athletes that are 100 percent committed with a due whatever it takes attitude work closely with me regularly. It is a much more, in-depth, personal approach to working with the athlete virtually.

The end goal is to get massive results and a total change in mindset to the athlete. Lastly, the athlete moves away from the idea of “working hard” to using leverage and working smart. Result? Better performance and new personal bests.

Interest or Commitment

There is a massive difference between interest versus commitment. Is a segment of your training routinely causing you problems? Do you have a mental block in your races causing you issues?

Are you missing a component of your training you want to discuss in detail? This is where hiring an elite athlete consultant can help you get a return on your investment. In addition to that, hiring an athlete consultant can help you bypass mistakes other athletes make. How? A professional sport consultant knows what does and does not get results. They have done what you desire to do and know how to get you there.

So, if you are ready to take your fitness, running and confidence to a new level schedule a call today.


Pro Consulting – Beginner to advanced level 5K to marathon athletes who desire world-class sports consulting services – $150/hr

Finally, professional sports consulting can help you discuss personally with an elite athlete what and where your issues are arising in training and competition. One of the best things you can do is invest in a professional coach. In addition to that, it is an investment and provides insights from an elite athlete




Consultation calls will be done via ZOOM or FaceTime. If you have a personal preference in which you would like to discuss your personal fitness goals e-mail me at nathanpennington at protonmail dot com or contact me.

If you are not quite ready for a consultation call perhaps taking one of our runner courses within the RunDreamAchieve Academy would be of interest to you. Ensure to check back regularly as we  add more courses. Feel free to leave a comment below or contact me if you want a specific course created.


Elite athlete consulting is an investment in yourself. That being said, we do have other options here at RDA as well to choose from. Perhaps you just need a new training schedule? Check out our training shop filled with training plans from the 5K to marathon distances.


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