Coaching

Phil Germakian (Endurance Coach)

If you are new to trail running, an experienced runner yearning to explore more trails and mountains, tackle your first marathon or ultramarathon, or simply want to get fit and healthy by spending more time outside moving your body, then you have come to the right place.  Phil is a life-long athlete, student of sport, and a competitive runner of over 10 years.  He ran his first 5k race in 2004, and has been hooked on the sport ever since, quickly moving up in distance and building his endurance through road races, triathlons, and the Mountain-Ultra-Trail racing scene.  Phil has finished over 70 races from 1 mile to 62 miles (100k) in distance over the years, with many top 10 results, multiple podium finishes, and even a few wins!  Also, his 12 years of experience as an educator teaching people of all ages, has given Phil the opportunity to develop a love for helping people achieve their goals.

Running along the Continental Divide Trail. (Photo Credit: Joshua Addison Photography)

Training Philosophy:

I believe in applying an individualized and adaptive approach to training, using a variety of methods to activate the body.  My goal is to keep the training both fun and interesting, so you stay healthy and motivated throughout the process, therefore keeping up that consistency needed to achieve lasting fitness.  Incorporating a variety of training stimuli, such as running on different surfaces, distances, speeds, elevations, grades, and in different footwear all help to stress your energy systems differently.  Following the simple formula of STRESS + REST = GROWTH, and learning how to listen to your body will go a long way in producing both a safe and positive training experience that results in you achieving your desired goals.

Guiding friends up Meeker Ridge. (Photo Credit: Joshua Addison Photography)

Here are my PR’s at some of the standard road and ultramarathon race distances.  Above all, I just plain love running, especially in the mountains, and focus my own training on self-improvement while always keeping it fun!

Personal Records: 

  • Mile – 4:58 Road
  • 5k – 17:48 Road
  • 10k – 37:54 Road
  • Half Marathon – 1:27:17 Road
  • Marathon – 2:58:25 Road
  • 50k – 5:34:26 Trail
  • 50 Mile – 10:18:40 Trail
  • 100k – 12:24:00 Trail

Certifications: 

  • USATF Level 1 Certified Running Coach
  • NOLS Wilderness Medicine & First Aid Certified
  • Colorado State Licensed Teacher: Elementary Education & Science Education
  • First Aid & CPR Certified

Athletics Experience: 

  • Over 10 years of competitive running experience (2007 – Present)
  • Director of Singletrack Explorers: Mountain Running Camp (2016 – Present)
  • Leader of Flatirons Running Company Group Trail Run (2016 – 2017)
  • Flatirons Running Company Race Team (2016 – 2017)
  • Achilles International Boulder: Running Guide (2014 – Present)
  • After-school Run Club Coach: Running River School (2015)
  • Boulder Running Company Shoe Fit Specialist (2013 – 2015)
  • Assistant High School Cross-Country & Wrestling Coach: The Dalton School (2012)
  • Founder & Director of the Lost Brook Trail Race (2010 – 2013)
  • Mountain Peak Fitness / Campmor Trail Running Team (2009-2013)
  • University of New Hampshire Varsity Wrestling Team & NCWA Nationals Qualifier (2002-2003)
  • Co-Captain of Pascack Valley High School Varsity Wrestling Team (2001-2002)

Leading an adventure run through Canyonlands National Park. (Photo Credit: Joshua Addison Photography)

If you are interested in my coaching services, simply fill out this athlete contact form, and you will hear back from me soon. 

Thank you and Happy Trails!

Coach Phil