Ryan’s love for running ultra distances and exploring the mountains ignites his passion for showing people how to enjoy a lifestyle centered on fitness and health. To continue that passion, Ryan has joined us at Life Time Run as the official coach of the Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by New Balance. Ryan has coached numerous clients to successfully complete the Leadville Trail 100. He is a versatile coach who helps clients ranging from professional athletes to the beginner runner achieve a wide range of individual goals. For example, several clients have lost over 100 pounds, two have achieved a Boston Marathon qualifying time and many have completed other grueling ultra marathons.
In addition to his ultra-marathon coaching, Ryan is a NASM-certified personal trainer for Life Time Fitness. With six years of experience, Ryan helps clients stay injury-free through functional training. He has completed over 30 ultra marathons, two Leadville finishes including a sub 25-hour Belt Buckle and additional victories and podium finishes at other distances. Ryan is an avid outdoorsman and when he’s not running he enjoys skiing, rock climbing, fly fishing and backpacking.
To learn more about Ryan’s coaching and our exclusive Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by New Balance package, please visit www.lifetimerun.com/ultra or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I am an experienced, but average runner. Importantly, I am also a flatlander. I live in Brisbane, Australia, which is at sea level and the highest hill is about 1,000 ft. So what is the best way to tackle the Leadville Trail 100 under these conditions? That’s easy. Get in touch with Ryan, tell him your situation, and he will tailor a training program that not only builds running capability at altitude, but also builds confidence in your ability to (relatively) comfortably survive the distance in a decent time. We did everything over the phone and by email, so the consultation was not onerous. And while I have run 100-milers before, none were at altitude.
I arrived in Leadville from Australia the day before the race. After 24 hours of hectic travel, race packet pickup, a few beers, almost no sleep and toeing the line at 4 a.m., it was not the best preparation you might think, but you would be wrong. Because Ryan had me prepared long before this hectic period just prior to the race. The months of steady progress, conditioning and resilience that Ryan built into my training program overcame the usual race-day issues. The race went well, turned at the halfway point a bit longer than I hoped (10.45 hrs or so) and then made for home. If I hadn’t had my wife crewing for me, I certainly would not have done as well. She kicked my butt at the last aid station and got me moving. I had 2.50 hrs to cover the final 13 miles to finish under 25 hours. Sounds easy, but at that time of the night it’s not. I finished with 3 minutes to spare and Ken yelling at me to ‘dig deep’ up the final stretch. Without Ryan (and I must admit a good crew…thanks wifey) I would not have finished with the big belt buckle. And now I am hooked. I would recommend Ryan for anyone attempting not only Leadville, but all ultras. His knowledge and understanding of long distance running is quite outstanding and worthwhile on so many levels.
See you at Leadville next year, Ryan. I might even give you a run for your money next time now that I know all of your secrets!” – Jason West
“The Leadville 100 was my first 100 mile trail race. I hired Ryan Krol to ensure I had a sufficient and successful training plan. I learned so much during my 8 months of coaching through him. I met my (lofty) goal of under 28 hours and even placed in the top 23% of the starting field! I owe it all to Ryan. He is a phenomenal coach. Not only would I recommend him for ANY running goal you have, I will even hire him again next year if I decide to go for a sub-25 hour LT100 MTB in 2016! AND, he is the cheapest coach too. Trust me, I did my research before I hired him :)” – Joshua Brown
“Before I started working with Ryan Krol, I was running long un-inspired miles every week without much purpose and hoping for the best on race day. Now that we’ve been working together I have better, more quality workouts and my race finish times have decreased significantly. In 2014, I ran the Leadville Silver Rush 50 in 9:52. With Ryan’s coaching and advice my finish time in 2015 dropped to 8:23. Couldn’t have done it without him!” – Jeff Marshall