I believe in my dream to be a full time running coach
What started this dream?
I always knew I wanted to be a coach, whether it was high school basketball or cross country - I was always fascinated by the analytical side of the sport. I used to find so much excitement in going over training plans with my high school running coach. I was able to put those lessons into practice as a senior coaching my 800-1600 group in track. It was fun! I've always enjoyed putting just as much effort into analyzing the sport as I have actually running. It's a life long sport and every runner has the opportunity to set records and that is what makes it so exciting.
What motivates you to follow this dream?
I love the pursuit! Whether that's convincing runners to train with me or teaching runners how to run their best - all great coaches are teachers. I love that every runner is their own science experiment and every runner will respond differently to certain types of training - it fascinates me!
Seeing success always motivates me to keep moving forward, when an athlete of mine runs a pr (personal record) that is all of the motivation I need to keep going.
What are your goals?
I want to do this for a living, that's step 1. I'm pretty open about my journey, I coached at the college level but that doesn't pay and coaching for passion doesn't seem to pay the bills. Right now I work full time at a running store here in St. Louis but I am getting closer and closer to making coaching my full time job. I have other projects that will help me get there but ultimately when someone asks me what I do for a living, I want to be able to confidently say - "I'm a running coach".
The ultimate goal is to sponsor/coach a post collegiate distance running project, there is a surprising lack of support for competitive runners after competing in the college ranks and I hope I can help in changing that trend. Track programs across the country are losing funding - if we can find a way to better support our runners at the top then Track & Field can be seen as an essential sport again.
What would you like people to know and where can we find you?
You can find my Anthrophysique bio here - http://anthrophysique.com/our-team/justin-horneker-online-running-coach/
Follow my journey on Twitter and Instagram @hornekerjustin and follow me on Snapchat - justinhorneker
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