Can You Be Marathon Ready in 16 Weeks?

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Embarking on the journey of running a marathon is a monumental task that tests the limits of your endurance, strength, and mental fortitude. It’s not just about covering 26.2 miles; it’s about the weeks of preparation, the long runs, and the comprehensive marathon training plan that gets you to the finish line. But the burning […]

Mind Over Miles: Conquer Marathon Training With A Plan

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Introduction to Marathon Training The Importance of a Structured Approach When we embark on the journey to train for a first marathon, we’re not just running; we’re committing to a challenge that tests our limits and expands our understanding of what’s possible. A marathon training plan isn’t merely a schedule; it’s a blueprint for achieving […]

What Not to Do When Training for a Half Marathon?

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Training for a half marathon is a journey filled with excitement, challenges, and personal growth. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or this is your first race, the path to the finish line requires dedication, smart training, and a strategic approach. In the realm of half marathon training, it’s not just about what you do; it’s […]

Can I Train for a Half Marathon in 8 Weeks?

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Embarking on a half marathon journey brings with it a mix of excitement and challenge. The question on many beginners’ and seasoned runners’ minds is, “Can I train for a half marathon in just 8 weeks?” The simple answer is yes, with a well-structured half marathon training plan that incorporates long runs, strength training, cross […]

Beginner’s Guide to Half Marathon Training Plans

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Embarking on the journey to run a half marathon is an exciting challenge, especially for beginners. Half marathons have become a popular goal for runners of all levels because of their manageable yet demanding distance. In this guide, we’ll walk you through every step of preparing for your first half marathon. Understanding the Basics of […]

Dominate Half Marathons: 16-Week Blueprint to Success

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Embarking on the journey to dominate your next half marathon requires a blend of determination, discipline, and a solid half marathon training plan -16 weeks ought to do it! This blueprint guides you, step by step, towards crossing the finish line with confidence and strength. While Grit Coaching offers bespoke training plans specific to individual […]

Smart Strategies for How to Train For a Half Marathon

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Training for a half marathon is a journey that combines endurance, strength, and mental fortitude. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or new to the race scene, understanding how to train for a half marathon effectively is key to crossing the finish line. In this guide, we’ll explore comprehensive strategies that cater to all aspects of […]

8 Weeks to Your Best: Unleash Your Half Marathon Potential

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Introduction to Half Marathon Success Welcome to the journey of transforming your half marathon dreams into reality!. At Grit Coaching, we understand that embarking on an 8 week half marathon training plan is not just about lacing up your running shoes; it’s about embarking on a journey of personal growth and athletic achievement. We tailor […]


Coach Faye in 'GRIT' athletic attire confidently poses with crossed arms.

Faye’s journey in athletics is marked by dedication and impressive achievements. Throughout her high school and university years, she was deeply engaged in running, competing for the University of Calgary’s track and cross-country teams. Her standout moments include earning the “All Canadian” cross-country status and participating in the 2008 Olympic trials for the 5000m. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, Faye embarked on a career as a personal trainer, where her passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle became a source of inspiration for her diverse range of clients.

Transitioning from competitive running, Faye soon discovered her next athletic passion: obstacle course racing (OCR). Her strong foundation in running and strength training quickly propelled her to success in the OCR world. Faye’s talents were recognized in 2016 when she joined the Spartan Pro Team, and her athletic ability was furthered with a bronze medal at the Spartan World Championships.

Continuing to compete among the elite, Faye has consistently demonstrated her skill and tenacity in OCR. She has secured two 4th place finishes at both the Spartan North Americans and the Spartan World Championship. Her record of Spartan podium finishes over the past decade showcases her enduring excellence in the sport.

Beyond the thrill of competition, it’s the OCR community that deeply resonates with Faye. The opportunity to travel, share her passion for fitness and adventure, and connect with an array of positive, inspiring individuals fuels her year after year. Faye embodies the essence of the “work hard, play hard” ethos, living it to the fullest in both her professional and personal life.

Jess O'Connell

Coach Jess in 'GRIT' athletic attire confidently poses with crossed arms.

Though Jess spent much of her free time growing up competing in Irish dancing, once she hit the track, she never looked back! As a specialist in the 5000m, she boasts a personal best time of an impressive 15:06.66. Her accomplishments include competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 5000m and formerly holding the Canadian national records for the indoor 3000m and 2 mile races. Jess’s career is further highlighted by being a 15-time Canadian national team member across track and field, cross country, and road running, a four-time National Champion, a Pan Am Games silver medalist, an NCAA Division I All-American, and achieving a personal bests of 32:22 in the 10km (road race) and 4:30 in the mile.

Jess has always been “nerdy” about her training, which shows through in her impressive academic background. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Calgary. As a CSEP-CEP (Clinical Exercise Physiologist) with a High-Performance specialization, Jess holds the highest level of certification available in Canada. Jess also holds NCCP Performance Coach certification for endurance events. She applies her vast athletic experience and educational background to her role in Grit Coaching, and also serves as the distance track and cross country coach at the University of Calgary. 

Jess’s commitment to sport extends beyond her personal achievements, as she actively works to inspire and uplift the next generation of athletes. She has passionately volunteered for Fast and Female, an organization dedicated to empowering girls and young women to remain active and engaged in sports, and has served as the athlete representative on the board of Athletics Alberta, the provincial governing body for track and field. Jess believes that balance, health, and FUN are essential for longevity in sport, and she loves sharing her love of running with others.