My journey as a coach and professional runner began long ago when I tried to make it as one of the top runners on my college cross country team. At the time, I had no idea what ‘real’ training was or what it would take to be a successful runner. Over time, I experienced and learned different training philosophies and found what worked for me. I realized that what worked for my teammates didn’t always work for me. I fought through injury after injury during this time and had to deal with 4 separate surgeries in order to get healthy again. I also discovered that ‘over training’ really does exist.

After getting over these many humps, I realized what I needed to do to be successful. I sat down and set some pretty big goals for myself. I wanted to qualify for the Olympic Trials in the marathon. Next, I found the right coach for me and we worked together to create a custom training plan. It wasn’t long before I started to see my hard work pay off. I didn’t achieve every little goal that I set, but I managed to PR in every event and ultimately, I was able to achieve my top goal when I qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the marathon for the first time. Since then, I’ve continued to set and achieve some big goals. I’m now a member of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project which is a professional running group based in Michigan. I’ve qualified for my second Olympic Trials in the marathon and hope to keep being successful in the sport that I love.

Jon Mott running in the 2016 olympic trials

Through my success as a runner, I realized that I wanted to start sharing my knowledge and experiences with other runners in the hopes of making them successful. I began helping runners in my local community and I was excited to see results from runners of all levels from the 5k distance to the marathon. I’ve coached runners to their first Boston Qualifier and also coached ‘Couch to 5k’ runners just getting into the sport. Because of my experience as a runner, I understand the many challenges we face and I know how to get through them the proper way.

My greatest strength as a coach is that I take the time to learn everything about my athletes in order to understand how I can help them best achieve their personal goals. I have strong communication skills and I take the time to individualize everything from goal setting, race selection, nutrition, and training schedules. I want the experience for all my runners to be unforgettable! Running is my greatest passion and it will be a part of my life for as long as I’m alive. So, whatever goal you have as a runner, I want to help you accomplish that goal. I’ll be there every step of the way!