Caitlyn Germain Caitlyn@uprunning.co A dedicated runner with over 20 years of competitive experience sharing knowledge and experience in the online coaching space.
PHILOSOPHY and PERSONAL STATEMENT:
I believe that coaching, at any level, has so much to do with how to communicate that knowledge effectively and safely to the athlete. I have had the privilege of working with some of the best coaches who have taught and exposed me to various coaching methods from Jack Daniels, to Lydiard, to Billy Squires, Canova, and more. I have witnessed the rise of an athlete under a coach with low to moderate knowledge of the sport, and the fall of an athlete under an all knowing coach. This is because it is not about the knowledge alone, especially at the beginning level. It is about the chemistry, and trust between athlete and coach. Trust is, in my opinion, the most important bond between an athlete and coach. Even with perfect* training, without trust, you expose yourself to doubt during difficult workouts or during later stages of the race. Doubt is a toxin to your performance. There are no credentials for trustworthiness. *there is also no such thing as perfect training. I pride myself in being honest and firm but simultaneously supportive and understanding.
EXPERIENCE April 2020 - Present Up+Running Online Coach
Helped athletes navigate their goals during a pandemic.
Wrote individualized training plans for athletes in ages ranging from 20's to 50's
Wrote individualized strength training for each individual athlete
Guided multiple athletes through the postpartum phase as well as return to running post injury
Had athletes PR from the 5k to the marathon
September 2007 - August 2018 Sisu Project, USATF New England - Team Coordinator
Recruited new athletes
Managed team website
Registered team for races
Supported teammates of varying abilities in their goals
Organized goal summits, team retreats, group runs and workouts
September 2016 - January 2017Assumption College Cross Country - Volunteer Coach
Led team through prescribed workouts and easy runs
Held team to prescribed paces and guided them through stretching routines
Encouraged and motivated athletes and guided their mentality through the good and the bad workouts.
Reviewed course and race tactics for the NCAA Regional race where the team finished second place and qualified for the NCAA National Championship
September 2011- September 2013 USATF New England - Athlete Representative
Elected by my peers and competitors to serve as Athlete representative, a leadership position on the USATF New England board
Attended monthly meetings for the USATF New England Association
Voted on athlete(s) of the month, race schedule, and budget usage
Took feedback from athletes to the Board to improve overall experience in the sport for the Athletes
Learned important rules of competition that apply to all sanctioned competitions, and familiarized myself with navigating the national and local websites for any updates to rules of competition.
EDUCATION August 2002 - May 2006Assumption College, Worcester Ma - Visual Arts (‘06) June 2006 - May 2010 Assumption College, Worcester Ma - Special Education (‘10)
Mentored three younger siblings who went on to run at the Division 1 Collegiate level, all three winning conference awards.
Mentored inner city youth during championship season
Served as Captain for collegiate team and high school team which held a 72-0 record
Coached athletes in various summer camps across two decades.
1 Mile- 5:00.3
AWARDS High School:
3x XC Central Mass Champ
2x Indoor 1 Mile Champ
3x Outdoor 1 Mile Champ
12x T&G Allstar
NE-10 Rookie Athlete of the Year
NE-10 XC Runner UP
NE-10 1 Mile Champion
2X NCAA National Qualifier
2x USATF-NE Grand Prix Champ
USATF-NE 1 Mile Champ
USATF-NE Indoor 5k Champ
USATF-NE Outdoor 5k Champ
USATF 12k Road Champ
Third Female Philadelphia 8k (second American)
Hartford Marathon New Englands Finest
2012 SPM Hall of Fame Inductee
2016 Assumption College Hall of Fame Inductee
Special Education Teacher for 10 years with a specialty in behavior management
Owner of Caitlyn Clark Photography (Wedding and Portraits)
Mother of two girls, experienced in training while breastfeeding and while pregnant.