Get to Know Your Running Clubs - My Coach Larry Run Club
In this edition of Get to Know Your Running Clubs we chatted with assistant coach Anna-Louise about the My Coach Larry Run Club.
Want to learn more about them? Read on!
Hi Anna-Louise, can you give us a brief introduction to the philosophy of the My Coach Larry Run Club?
Coach Larry's goal in life is to run around in circles and drink beer.
Exemplary! Tell us more!
We train all people, all year, for all races. Everybody is given different mileage each week depending where they're at in their training cycle. This more personalized approach really helps people get the most out of their training compared to run groups where everyone does the same workout each week.
Can you tell us a bit about Coach Larry's history in the sport and with the club?
Larry has been coaching runners since college (when he realized he could do a better job than his school track coaches). He continued coaching individual runners and organizing local races in Central California until moving to Los Angeles. In 2011, Coach Larry was contracted by the Beverly Hills Hotel to train their employees for the 2012 LA Marathon. He had so much fun that he quit his day job working at a running store to become a coach full time. With help from his wife, assistant coach Anna-Louise, he started the My Coach Larry Run Club. The first year was hard, sometimes with only one person showing up to practice (thanks Kristine). But through perseverance and great word of mouth we started getting bigger and better.
Can you tell us a bit about your club members - what level of runners do you cater to?
My Coach Larry Running Club is full of fun people that like to run smart. We have runners of all shapes and sizes, and at all levels of experience, from people training for their first race to people qualifying for Boston. Whether you want a new PR or a new drinking buddy, you can find it with us.
When and where does the club get together to run?
Sunday morning long runs in Griffith Park, Tuesday Track Night workouts in Burbank, Wednesday Night Pub Runs in Burbank.
Are your group runs mostly casual or more structured workouts?
Mix of casual runs and structured workouts.
Any cost to be a member/join?
Run club membership is $35 per month, track club membership is $70 per month. Virtual and in person one-on-one training is also available.
Any cool routes/ favorite areas to run in your city that you would like to recommend to other runners? Why do you like those?
When training for downhill races we go to Azusa and run down San Gabriel Canyon Rd, a beautiful course with a great decline. The Fleet Feet Sports Burbank Wednesday night pub run course along Chandler Blvd is flat and easy, plus cheap beers at Tony's Darts Away after the run.
Hooray for cheap beers! Do you have any favorite local races? Outside of anything that you're affiliated with of course :)
The Burbank Turkey Trot - such a well run local race with a great atmosphere and proceeds go to the local YMCA. LA Marathon is of course a big race for us- we set up a cheer tent at mile 22 and help all runners with fuel, first aid, mats and foam rollers, and otter pops when its hot.
Any final word for our readers about the My Coach Larry Run Club?
We love team trips! Each year we have a mini team trip to Vegas for Revel Mt Charleston- some people run, some people cheer, everyone has fun. And on alternating years we have a camping trip to the redwoods for the Humboldt Half Marathon, or a fancy trip to Utah for the Revel Cottonwood Half Marathon where we always have a hot tub. In 2017 we even had a team trip to Germany for the Berlin Marathon. Everyone always says Anna-Louise is amazing at organizing the team trips with super fun itineraries.
Looking for runs in and around Los Angeles? The RunGuides Los Angeles race calendar can help you find upcoming runs and running races in the area - www.runguides.com/los-angeles/runs
Steve Lafler loves to run (and also likes cheap red wine). He covers California and the southwest for RunGuides.