“Everyone is a runner. Some just chose not to run or don’t know how to start.” - Coach John
Welcome to Episode 11 of the Eat for Endurance Podcast, featuring running coach, consultant, and unofficial celebrity marathon pacer, John Honerkamp.
We’re in the thick of Fall race season, so I thought it would be the perfect time to interview Coach John. If you’re a runner in NYC, you’ve most likely heard his name somewhere, as he has coached runners of all ages and abilities in the area for more than 20 years. John worked for the New York Road Runners (NYRR) for six years, and created a number of programs including the NYRR virtual trainer, NYRR group training, NYRR pace team and NYRR race predictor. He co-founded the November Project in NYC, and also is known for training and pacing celebrities in the NYC marathon, including Karlie Kloss, Caroline Wozniaki, Apolo Ohno, and Summer Sanders. In 2015, John started his own coaching and running-related consulting firm, J. R. Honerkamp, LLC.
John was kind enough to come over to my apartment, and we recorded at my rickety kitchen table (which, in hindsight, was not the best location for acoustics…so my apologies for the sound issues). I loved hearing about his upbringing in a large family and being introduced to the NYC running scene at such a young age, and how his enthusiasm for running and later on, coaching, has continued for years to come. Even though he often paces celebrities, he clearly loves sharing his knowledge of and passion for the sport with absolutely everyone. Our discussion skewed a bit more towards running/coaching than nutrition, but I think you’ll enjoy John’s entertaining stories and words of running wisdom, especially my listeners who are currently in marathon training mode. A great listen as you get ready for NYC or any other race this season!
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John's Website: https://runkamp.comFollow John on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter John featured recently in Runner's World and The Wall Street Journal Announcements:
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