Rachel Clinton

Pinnacle Endurance Coaching

Lancaster, 
Pennsylvania

About Me

I’m competitive ultra trail runner and a life-long athlete that enjoys helping runners reach their goals and achieve their dreams. I transitioned from a soccer player to a runner in 2010 and I’ve raced distances on road and trail up to 85 miles. My specialty is ultrarunning and my favorite distance to race is 50 miles. I’m a certified Ultrarunning Coach with United Endurance Sports Coaching Academy (UESCA). Possessing an ultrarunning specific certification is extremely important because the training and racing demands for an ultramarathon are very different from that of shorter, more common road running events. Before I started my coaching career I was a teacher. My teaching background has prepared me well for coaching. I understand the importance of individualization, flexibility, motivation, responding to data, organization, communication and professionalism when working with an athlete. I’m a life-long learner and enjoy staying up-to-date on training and coaching methodologies.

If you don't get in over your head, you'll never know how tall you are.

~ Me

My Coaching Style / Methodology

My coaching methodology consists of 4 main areas –

1. Consistency is King – Easy paced running volume, compounded over time, creates the aerobic and musculoskeletal strength needed to conquer any running distance. In addition to volume, running economy plays an important role in being a more efficient runner.

​2. Be Gritty – High levels of mental toughness, technical running skills and adaptability are the biggest influences of race day performance in trail-based ultrarunning events. All of these aspects can be learned over time.

​3. Prevent Injuries – Runners can’t log consistent miles when injured. Resting, repairing and refueling your mind and body is just as important as the physical stimulus of running. Strength and mobility work are additional components that will be incorporated into training. Together, through open and honest communication, small niggles can be addressed before they turn into a serious setback.

​4. Know Your Why – Finding motivation for training and racing must come from a deeper place than just training for ‘a race.’ When times get tough, you’ll find motivation in your why.

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