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Mark R., Humble, TX Running Coach

Mark R.

Middle & Long Distance Coach

Running

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IAAF Level 5, USATF Level 3 and USTFCCCA certified and experienced endurance coach that provides effective, efficient and customized coaching for 800-meter to marathon runners. View all coaching experience

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Training Locations
Training Locations
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  1. Schott Park, 8510 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble, TX
  2. Humble Middle School, 11207 Will Clayton Pkwy, Humble, TX
  3. Atascocita Middle School, 18810 West Lake Houston Parkway, Humble, TX

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  • Cornell University (NY)

  • 15 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Middle Distance, Marathon, Long Distance, Cross Country

  • Stride, Pacing, Gait, Form, Breathing

Credentials

  • Cornell University (NY)

  • 15 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

Services

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Middle Distance, Marathon, Long Distance, Cross Country

  • Stride, Pacing, Gait, Form, Breathing

More About Coach Mark

Coach Robinson is a passionate, experienced and extensively certified endurance running coach that works with athletes from the middle school to the Masters divisions competing in track and field, cross country and road racing. He coaches distances from the 800 meters to the marathon using current science-based event-specific training both locally and globally. He has earned elite coach status with the highest available International (IAAF Level 5) and United States (USATF Level 3) professional coaching certifications in endurance events. He also earned USTFCCCA - Endurance Event Specialist and USTFCCCA Track & Field Technical Coaching certifications.

He has been a private coach since 2012 and was the head endurance coach of the Central Florida Gliders Track & Field and Cross Country Club from 2007-2016 where he coached numerous USA Junior National, USATF and AAU Youth National, and middle and high school state championship medalists. One of his biggest accomplishments was helping an inexperienced but talented middle school girl go from being one of the top distance runners in her small district to one of the top runners for her age division in the USA in just 14 months (using an age-appropriate workload). Ashley Klingenberg went from running a 5:57 1600m and 2:43 800m in May 2014 at the end of her 6th grade school season, to running a 4:38 1500m (~4:58 1600m) and 2:14 800m in July 2015.

Coach Robinson is a current member of the USATF Coaches Registry having undergone appropriate background checks. Prior to coaching endurance running, Coach Robinson was a youth soccer coach for 5 years.

Coach Robinson was an all-around athlete that excelled in track and field, cross country, soccer and volleyball as a youth growing up in England and Jamaica. He was the captain of his high school track & field team and set the school record in the high jump. Robinson also competed at the collegiate level in track & field, volleyball and soccer at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica before succumbing to an ACL injury.

Whether local or in another state or country, clients can expect all sessions to be customized to meet their needs as effectively and efficiently as possible using a variety of tools, techniques, drills, workouts and training plans. Needs may range from an athlete's strengths and weaknesses assessment, breathing techniques, and running form, etc., to appropriate race strategy, workout types and sequencing and annual training plans, etc.

The initial session/consult whether in person, by phone or video conference may involve some or all of the following: discussion of needs, prior training and accomplishments; dynamic warm-up routine; drills and/or workouts to assess athlete's endurance, speed, strength, flexibility, agility, balance, coordination, cadence, aerobic capacity and/or running form; analysis of coach or self-captured running form videos; discussion of initial findings and recommendations. Basically, a great consult where you gain valuable information, tips and insights to help you be a better runner, get more out of your training and also assess if Coach Robinson is a good fit. To get the most out of the initial session, athletes should bring a print out of their performances and associated race splits (if available) from the past 12 months and complete a client intake form.

All clients, one-time or regular, can expect to take-away critical knowledge to help them get more out of their recreational, school, club or professional workouts and their relationship with their primary coach. Regular clients can expect to receive regularly updated detailed athlete profiles and/or training plans.

Even if you are lucky enough to have an excellent primary coach, it is usually not feasible for him/her to give each of their many athletes individualized attention. As a result, you are more likely to achieve your goals with some complimentary individualized attention from a knowledgeable and experienced CouchUp coach. Sometimes achieving your goal is as simple as changing your race strategy.

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Client Reviews

Great coach! Gave my daughter a lot of information to work on and to process. I will definitely book again.

I just recently meet with Mark for my daughter's first session and found it most informative. His knowledge and understanding of distance running from physical to mental to the actual science behind it was most intriguing. My daughter loved the way he broke stuff down and made it understandable, from graph charts to recommendations on further activities and that was only 1 session. Looking forward to meeting again.

Coach Mark is thorough and explains the science behind the techniques distance runners implement. He is flexible on practice times and makes himself available for any after session questions. He also follows up after races with his clients which is awesome! We have already seen improvement in our short time together and would definitely recommend him to others looking for that one on one personal training to boost performance.

Mark is thorough and really focuses on the little things that can make a big difference.

My daughter had her 1st coaching session with Coach Robinson last weekend. He was very thorough in his evaluation and took the time to really talk and listen to my daughter about her short term and long term goals. Coach Robinson is extremely knowledgable and we left feeling like the session had been time well spent. We look forward to working with Coach Robinson and benefiting from all his knowledge and experience.

Having my child work with Coach Robinson has been very good experience. He is extremely professional, dependable and always on time. He is a strong track Coach and has really helped my daughter improve her running form. She really appreciates working with him and she is already improving a lot. He's very personable, knowledgeable and communicates well with her.

Coach Mark was ready when I showed up! We did a short warm up and discussed goals and current training progress. After that, we did some quick strides and short runs while he took video. After that, I did a 2 mile run for a baseline. Afterwards, we discussed path forward and some tips to work on until we meet again. Definitely recommend.

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Coach Mark did a good job.

Coach Mark was an excellent Coach. We had eight sessions with him and he created personalized workouts to help my boyfriend reach his goals. My boyfriend has a smart watch and he was able to integrate the watch data into his workout plans. I would highly recommend Coach Mark. In fact, we will be working with him again for our next event. Thank you for your dedication to your clients!

Our first meeting with Coach Robinson was great. He gave my son some great tips to implement immediately and he is looking forward to his upcoming sessions.

Coach Robinson is what the dictionary would define as an amazing coach. He always has the answer to any question and is very knowledgeable on various topics related to running. He promotes hard work and tries to focus athletes on giving 110% during practice so that a race is the fun, easy part of the training. Coach Robinson takes into account the abilities of each athlete and helps to determine the best route for enjoyment and success with the sport. Coach Robinson provides you with an honest account of positive feedback on what you did well on and how you can improve. Coach Robinson is the greatest coach there is and if you get the chance to learn from him, you wouldn't want to miss that opportunity!
I met Mark in 2010 or 2011 when our teenage boys were competing as youth runners but it wasn’t until the spring of 2015 that my daughter joined his track team. My daughter was new to running and from day 1 Mark made her feel comfortable. Coaching a team of boys and girls ranging from ages 8-18 can be challenging but Mark always had a plan for each individual runner. Mark’s carefully thought out practices helped maximize each runner’s ability. Mark was constantly preaching proper running technique and habits to his runners. Practices always had a purpose and rarely was a minute wasted. When it came time for our meets, Mark was always available to recommend which events each runner should run in. During the meets, Mark was there to offer encouragement and positive coaching. It was clear to me why so many runners have flourished under Mark’s tutelage.
I have known Coach Robinson for the last four years as he coached my children from Elementary school through to High School. I myself am a qualified coach and Sport Scientist and I have worked with many coaches in the UK and here in the US. I can confidently say that Coach Robinson is one of the best coaches that I have come across and have always been impressed with his professionalism, planning, organisational and coaching skills. I have seen him develop athletes to State and National levels including my own children.
Coach Robinson coached me during my 10th grade track season and he is without doubt the most knowledgeable coach I have ever run under. He was always able to answer my questions and keep me confident. He would always stay in touch with me to see how I was feeling and how I felt I was doing. His training schedule is easy to understand and helps you peak at the perfect time! He also taught me the importance of easy/recovery runs, because even the slow and easy days are just as essential as the other days.
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