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I’m J. Geoffrey Badner, a RRCA certified coach. I live and work in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY and I love running.
Hi, I’m J. Geoffrey Badner. I’m a Road Runners Club of America certified coach, I live and work in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY and I love running.
I fell into running practically by accident when I was 12. At the urge of no one, I randomly entered a 4th of July 5k fun run and won my age group (I still have the trophy). From there, I went on to run junior and high school cross country and track. I wasn’t a stellar — I raced the mile, but never broke 5:00 — but neither were the school programs in which I trained. At the time I didn’t realize it, but it was during those back-of-the-pack days in high school where I learned the value of a good coach.
Over the years, with great attention to my body and help from those who know more than me, I’ve been able to transform my running. I’m still not in front of the pack, but I’m no longer hanging off the back. And, when conditions and training plans all come together, I sometimes get a foot on the podium or bring home some age group hardware.
I race 5k, 10k and half marathons. I also try to fit in a multisport event every year. I use to do several a year, but with arrival of my daughter, time for training has been reduced. Marathons are, personally speaking, a newer distance for me that I’m working on enjoying. I think my go fast ADD/HD brain prefers the shorter events, but with age I’m mellowing and settling into the longer races.
I started coaching in 2006 as an assistant coach to my coach Jonthan Cane of CityCoach. For years I helped him run a variety of group programs that he organizes for JackRabbit Sports in Brooklyn. Later, after the urging of many of the runners I worked with, I decided to go and get my RRCA certification and start JGB Coaching. However, I still work with Jon and JackRabbit from time to time, mostly coaching the half marathon and marathon groups.
Through JGB Coaching, I work with runners of all levels and abilities. It doesn’t matter if you’re a couch-to-5ker looking to get fit or a seasoned marathoner looking push that PR. I can help you with your goals.
In my training plans I employ a strategy of multiphase running (a.k.a. periodization). This approach allows for building of the proper fundamental skills before moving ahead into preparation for harder running and/or racing. Getting the basics right up front can ward off injuries and make you a happier, healthier runner.
Beyond the basics, your training will be tailored to get you fit in the ways you’ll need to achieve your goals. Speed work, hills, tempo, endurance running, etc. It’s in this area that most self-coached runners struggle; fitting all of the pieces of effective training together. I’ll worry about it, you just run.
Wait, isn’t being running fit and physically fit the same thing? Not exactly.
Natural gifts and the right genes from your parents can make you a pretty good runner with a moderate amount of effort. However, even a pretty good runner can be deficient in certain areas of overall physical fitness. A weak core or muscle imbalances in the legs can limit ability by either not permitting the runner to sustain hard efforts for every long or by letting an injury come to the surface. I make it a point with all athletes to get them on a regular routine of strength training from day one.
I’m no shrink, but this is where I believe that I am most effective as a coach. Applying the training principles needed to physically improve as a runner is something that any coach should be able to do for you. What I do that’s different is apply them to a well thought out series of goals that will serve to motivate and propel you through the day, weeks, months and years of training.
All of my athletes fill out a goals worksheet when we start working together and then again at the first of the year. These worksheets detail race, personal and pie-in-the sky goals along with the challenges in meeting them and strategies for overcoming those challenges.