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Art's Coaching Qualifications

What are Art's coaching experiences and qualifications?

Some people may be surprised to know that I didn't begin running until I was nearly 30 years old. If someone told me when I was a teenager that I would be a marathoner, much less one who had run 20 marathons (in 19 different states), I would have told them that they were insane! In high school, I couldn't even make it around a quarter mile track without becoming short of breath and gasping for air. I started running as part of a lifestyle change and soon after, realized how much I enjoyed my new found sport. On February 12, 1983 after a year of running, I completed my first 26.2-mile race, The Carolina Marathon in Columbia, SC, finishing in 3:24. My personal best was at the 1984 New Orleans Marathon, completing the event in 3:11. Competing in the masters division, my fastest performance was in 1995 at the Houston Marathon, crossing the finish line in 3:22. The bottom line is that if I can train for and run a marathon, you can too!

In the early 1990s, I served as assistant cross country coach at The College of Charleston (S.C.), and also served as head coach of North Charleston High School's cross country team. I am proud of my affiliation with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's "Team in Training" Program where I coached the Charleston, S.C. team from 1993 through 1998. Through my work with the "Team in Training" program, hundreds of runners I've coached have successfully completed their marathons while at the same time, raised thousands of dollars in a gallant combined effort to help find a cure for Leukemia.

Over the past 12 years, I’ve answered reader’s questions appearing in Runner’s World Magazine’s (RW) Advice Column and have been interviewed for a number of feature articles. My coaching tips have also appeared within RW’s on-line newsletter. I've also been interviewed by numerous daily newspapers including the Los Angeles Times. I presently consult on a weekly basis with runners from around the country (and world), most learning about my coaching services as a result of reading the information contained on this web site.

I invite you to read my book, The Everything Running Book, 3rd edition, published in 2012 by Adams Media and is widely available at all major book stores nationwide and on the web. Whether you're a beginner training for your first 5K or an experienced runner trying to improve upon your previous marathon time, The Everything Running Book provides comprehensive training information on a wide range of running-related topics.

For more information, see About the Author/Coach Art Liberman.

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The majority of marathon training programs found in books, magazine articles, and even "State of the Art Marathon Training" are to some extent, designed to provide general information for the masses. In order for a training program to be the most effective, it must be individually designed to meet a single runner's goals and needs. For further information, please see Personal Training.

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