Tony Tomsich

Tony grew up in small-town Alaska with a love for sport and the outdoors. Moving to Vancouver in 2016, he joined M2M and furthered his passion for coaching. Over the four years in this community, he shared his love for the running lifestyle. Now in Tübingen, Germany, Tony continues to coach with M2M as he explores new running routes, takes part in regional events, and connects with local runners.

Career Highlights

  • 2nd - 2019 Eugene Marathon with a US Olympic Trials Qualifying Mark
  • 102 ND – 2020 USA OLYMPIC MARATHON TRIALS
  • 3rd – 2018 BMO Half Marathon
  • 7th – 2017 Chuckanut 50 km
  • 4th – 2007 NCAA DII 1500m and All-American Performance

Lifetime PBs

  • Marathon - 2:18:49Eugene, 2019
  • Half Marathon - 1:05:59Edmonton, 2018
  • 10,000m - 30:15Vancouver, 2019
  • 5,000m - 14:31Eugene, 2007

Coaching Philosophy?

The joy of the sport and consistency of training. Nothing leads to more success in this sport than being excited to live the running lifestyle and get out there day in and day out. Crushing a singular workout, running a 100-mile week, or eating a healthy meal, are all great individual events, but doing it once will not make you a great athlete. My role as a coach is to help you develop your excitement and love for the sport, while providing structured training that allows you to consistently train over the months and years it requires to reach your ultimate goals and dreams.

 

Favourite race distance and why?

My favorite race distance has shifted over the years. While I was in school, I loved the shorter intense track races. For me the 1500m was just a burst of speed, adrenaline, and pure competition. Nothing could match that. However, with waning speed and an eagerness towards adventure, my favorite race distances have now become half marathons and “shorter” trail runs. The energy and excitement around these events always makes the experience more memorable.

Most memorable coaching moment?

I first got into coaching at the collegiate level. My favorite moments were seeing the young men and women come together as teammates and battle through brutal training, tough competitions, and the challenges of being a college athlete. Helping guide student athletes through this time was something I will always remember.

Favourite post-workout treat or go-to place?

I have a massive sweet tooth so my post-race/post workout treats are always a sugary baked good, donuts, cinnamon rolls, muffins, etc. I have had my fair share of upset stomachs thanks to this vice.

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

Podcasts are my go-to for running content. It is too easy to just throw one on and head out the door for a run. Some of my favorite include: The Morning Shakeout, Citius Mag, The Science of Sport, On Coaching

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