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Tailored Coaching for Every Athlete's Journey

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RUN COACHING

Our run coaching service provides personalized training plans, expert guidance, and ongoing support tailored to your running goals, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned marathoner.

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OCR COACHING

With our specialized OCR coaching, you’ll receive comprehensive training that combines endurance, strength, and technique, preparing you to tackle any obstacle course race with confidence.

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HYROX | DEKA FIT coaching

Our coaching for Hyrox, Deka Fit, and other hybrid events focuses on building your endurance, strength, and versatility, equipping you with the skills needed to excel in these demanding athletic competitions.

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CROSS TRAINING |
RETURN TO RUN

Tailored to athletes recovering from injuries, our post-injury support program emphasizes safe, effective training strategies to help you regain strength and performance while minimizing the risk of re-injury.

Flexible Plans to Fit Your Goals

RUN COACHING

Whether you’re training for your first ever 5k, hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon, or tackle a trail race, we can help you be the best runner you can be! 

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STRENGTH COACHING

Elevate your athletic prowess with a bespoke strength training program tailored by OCR luminary and kinesiologist, Faye Stenning.

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RUN & STRENGTH

This coaching plan is specifically designed for athletes targeting obstacle course races, Hyrox & Deka Fit events, or is looking to complement their run training with a tailored strength program. 

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Cross-Training

Our cross training and return-to-run plans provide structured training support and coaching guidance to help athletes come back better. A structured cross training plan allows a runner to maintain (or build!) fitness through alternate activities when they can’t run. 

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Unlock Your Potential with Our Expert Coaching

Step up your game with Grit Coaching, where we specialize in taking runners and OCR athletes to the next level of competition. Our focused, expert coaching is designed to sharpen your skills, enhance your performance, and prepare you rigorously for your next race or obstacle course challenge. Join us to transform your competitive aspirations into remarkable achievements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Grit Coaching specializes in run coaching and obstacle course racing (OCR) coaching. Our programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of each athlete, whether they are preparing for a road or trail race, an OCR or hybrid event, or looking to improve their overall running, strength, and athletic performance.

Each training plan is customized based on the athlete's goals, fitness level, schedule, and any past injuries. We take into account your personal circumstances and preferences to create a plan that is both challenging and achievable.

Not at all! We welcome athletes of all fitness levels. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced competitor, we tailor our coaching to your current level and help you progress from there.

Remote coaching allows you to train wherever you are, with guidance from our coaches via online communication tools. Plans are delivered and monitored digitally, and we maintain regular contact to adjust your training as needed and provide ongoing support.

Getting started is easy! Simply fill out our initial coaching questionnaire, and we’ll hop on a call to learn more about your training history and aspirations. From there, we’ll create your first training plan.

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FAYE STENNING

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.