About Me & Contact Info

Performance Running LLC is run coaching services company owned and operated by me, Mark Acher, Managing Coach.

I'm a long time runner having competed in events ranging in distance from 5K to 100 miles. I typically log 40 miles a week in the winters and as much as 100 miles a week during the summers. I have experience battling and overcoming some of the typical physical injuries and chronic conditions most adult, distance runners will undoubtedly face over the course of their running careers. I enjoy the challenge that each run presents; be it a formal event, a specified training run, a group run or simply a couple of hours to myself.

Participating in formal running events or races is fun. But, nothing gives me more pleasure than helping others reach their goals, be they accomplished runners or runners at heart that are just starting out. With this in mind, I have pursued this passion formally by becoming a coach. Below are my credentials:

- Certified Distance Running Coach - Road Runners Club of America (RRCA)  http://www.rrca.org/forms/Directory/searchIndividual_DirectoryAddresses_state=18&Individual_DirectoryAddresses_state_exists=1&action=Search

- Level 1 Coach - USA Track & Field (USATF)                                                                   http://www.usatf.org/Resources-for---/Coaches/Coaches-Registry/Coaches-Registry.aspx

- Certified Interscholastic Coach (CIC) - National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) (with a focus on Track & Field Fundamentals and Coaching Sports at the Middle School level)  http://www.nfhslearn.com/CoachSearch.aspx

I comply with each entities Coach's Code of Conduct/Ethics.
Road Runners Club of America  USA Track & Field  National Federation of High School Associations

These credentials establish that I have a solid understanding of run coaching history, basic runner physiology, psychology & nutrition, the needs of runners at different performance levels, run training programs and running form. I have a further, specific understanding of the effects of running and running programs on Middle School-aged youth.

I very much enjoy the intramural aspect of running at the Middle School level wherein all ability levels are encouraged to participate and achievement is measured against each runner's own standards in addition to the utmost amount of fun they can have. I see this situation as something that can be emulated by adult runners, again of all ability levels. And, I plan to work to make that a reality.

Further, another way I have decided to support running and runners in our community is by maintaining membership in our local RRCA-affiliated running club, the Wabash River Runners Club;  where I currently serve as Volunteer Coordinator for the Circular Logic Marathon.

Contact Info:
Mark Acher
Managing Coach/Owner
Performance Running LLC
PO Box 2712
West Lafayette IN  47996-2712


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