OCR COACHING

OCR Mastery with Customized Coaching

Grit Coaching offers tailor-made training and guidance for OCR athletes of any level. Whether you’re eyeing your first Spartan race or aiming for a podium finish, our programs, crafted by OCR Superstar Faye Stenning and Olympian Jess O’Connell, are designed to be well-balanced with the science-informed training needed to prepare you for your key races.

Our coaching ensures you excel in OCR’s unique demands – endurance, strength, grip, and skill. With our online (remote) coaching approach, high-quality training is accessible no matter where you live!

Includes:

Each OCR coaching program at Grit Coaching is crafted to align with your unique goals, strengths, and gaps, leveraging a blend of running and strength training:

Training is facilitated through user-friendly apps: strength training with instructional videos and tracking features in our app, and run training via Final Surge, syncing with smartwatches and Strava for progress tracking. Coaches Faye and Jess provide comprehensive guidance, combining OCR expertise with scientific training principles, to enhance your performance and race strategy.

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

Coach

faye stenning

Bio

Faye Stenning stands out in the world of OCR, having joined the Spartan Pro Team in 2016 and quickly rising to prominence with a bronze medal at the Spartan World Championships. Her record of Spartan podium finishes over the past decade is unmatched, and with that comes a wealth of experience and knowledge of the sport that she loves sharing with the athletes she coaches. Faye’s enthusiasm extends beyond competition to a deep love for the OCR community, embodying a ‘work hard, play hard’ approach.

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

Coach

Jess O'Connell

Bio

Jess O’Connell, an accomplished 2016 Olympian in the 5000m and a multi-discipline national team member, excels in track, cross country, and road running. With a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology, Jess combines her academic knowledge with rich athletic experience, making her an exceptional guide for enhancing running performance – a core part of OCR!

how it works

Embarking on your personalized coaching journey with Grit Coaching is straightforward and simple. Here’s how we guide you towards your next personal best:

Number 1

Questionnaire & Book A Call

Fill out our questionnaire via Google Forms and provide background to information on your goals and training history. Then, you’ll be prompted to schedule your first meeting effortlessly using Calendly. 

Number 2

Initial Consultation call

We’ll use this initial phone or zoom call to get to know each other and ensure we’re a good fit. This initial consultation is your opportunity to discuss your goals, challenges, and preferences, laying the groundwork for a great coaching experience. This call is free – there is no obligation to sign up!

Number 3

customized plan

Based on the insights from your consultation and questionnaire, we craft a customized training plan that aligns with your individual goals, lifestyle, schedule, and current fitness, ensuring that every aspect of the plan is tailored just for you.

Number 4

ongoing support

Your journey doesn’t end with receiving your plan-we’re just getting started!. We provide options for ongoing support, feedback, and adjustments to your plan as needed, ensuring you stay on track, overcome challenges, and continuously progress.

Pricing Plans For OCR TRAINING

Run AND Strength

$195 USD / MONTH

$250 CAD / MONTH*

TIER I

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*Terms and Conditions apply
*CAD + GST per month

$250 USD / MONTH

$300 CAD / MONTH*

TIER II

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*Terms and Conditions apply
*CAD + gst per month

$300 USD / MONTH

$375 CAD / MONTH*

TIER III

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*Terms and Conditions apply
*CAD + GST per month

Pricing Plans FOR RUN ONLY

$115 USD / MONTH

$150 CAD / MONTH*

bronze - run only coaching

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*Terms and Conditions apply
*CAD + GST per month

$140 USD / MONTH

$180 cad/ MONTH

silver - run ONLY COACHING

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*Terms and Conditions apply
*CAD + GST per month

$170 USD / MONTH

$220 cad / MONTH

Gold - RUN ONLY COACHING

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*Terms and Conditions apply
*CAD + GST per month

Pricing Plans FOR STRENGTH ONLY

$130 USD / MONTH

$160 cad / MONTH

STRENGTH COACHING

What's included?

*Terms and Conditions apply
*CAD + GST per month

A woman actively participating in strength training exercises to build muscle and increase overall strength.

Not sure which plan is right for you?

We can chat about it on our initial consult call!

Since I began training with GRIT Coaching in 2019, not only have I seen huge gains in my strength and running performance, I’ve also learned so much. Faye and Jess bring an incredible amount of passion, expertise and genuine enthusiasm for their athletes to each program they craft. I’m looking forward to seeing how far I can excel in the sport of OCR with the support of these amazing coaches!

Emily Angell OCR Athlete

When I first reached out to Grit Coaching I was stuck in a cycle of injuries and frustration, about to give up on my athletic goals. Working with Jess and Faye I have been able to build up my mileage and strength sustainably, loving the process and gaining confidence along the way. With them in my corner I am reaching for new goals that I would never have thought possible previously!

Amelia Stuckey OCR Athlete & Runner

Grit Coaching has been instrumental in my transition from an open casual OCR athlete to racing in the competitive Age Group division. As a 46 year old physician with 4 children, my schedule is a limiting factor. Having Grit organize my workouts has been key to my success. After one year with Grit, I have cut 2 minutes off my 5k PR finally going sub-20 min. I've also cut 13 minutes off my half marathon PR!

Kevin Coyle OCR Athlete & Runner

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.