Kate Gustafson

  • Coach
  • Not Accepting Athletes
  • New York City, US

A former women’s NCAA DI ice hockey player (named captain in her senior season), Kate has completed the Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal, spent six weeks training at high altitude in Kenya, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, completed 90+ races, and raced fifteen marathons.

Career Highlights

  • Top Canadian/Elite Women’s Start - Boston Marathon 2019 (2:42:34)
  • 19th - Chicago Marathon 2018 (2:40:06)
  • 26th - Berlin Marathon 2017 (2:46:40)
  • 25th - Boston Marathon 2016 (2:51:13)
  • 1st - SeaWheeze Half Marathon 2016

Lifetime PBs

  • Marathon - 2:40:06 Chicago, IL, 2018
  • Half-Marathon - 1:17:09NYC, NY, 2019

Coaching Philosophy?

Running should always add to your life. Be a student of the sport. Sleep is just as important as strength training, high mileage, and hard workouts. There is no such thing as a runner’s body. Enjoy the process. 

Pro Tip: Belief is the greatest thing a coach can give an athlete.

Favourite race distance and why?

Anything that features my running friends zipping around a track or Central Park on a warm sunny morning; the details of the workout are of no concern on a day like that.

Favourite running podcast, website, books, videos, or blog?

Books: Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance by Alex Hutchinson and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir by Haruki Murakami.

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Kate's Articles:

Photos from a fun evening of laying it all on the track at UBC with Mile2Marathon and Lululemon in Vancouver, BC on August 17, 2017.

Training

Know When to Turn Off. Know When To Ramp Up.

“What’s the most difficult part of coaching?” This question from my massage therapist (that interrupted my daydreaming) is still lingering as I stare at the shifty ceiling fan above…