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Coach Details: Dr. Robin Lie

Dr. Robin Lie


Dr. Robin Lie
Walnut Creek, CA, United States

Personal Background
My running "career" started in middle school competing in the 400 meters and 4x100 relay. It continued in high school where I competed in cross country and track (800, 1600) and was introduced to more formal training concepts with heavy influence from Bill Dellinger's Oregon System. My extremely modest high school PRs limited my opportunities to run competitively in college. As result, I redirected my efforts to martial arts, bodybuilding and speed development/sprinting. After turning 30, various injuries in martial arts and weightlifting caused me to refocus my efforts to running and road racing in particular. My initial return to running was focused on improving my times and my age group placing. To facilitate this endeavor, I researched classic training systems by Gerschler, Stampfl/Bannister, Cerruty, Lydiard, Igloi, Coe, Wilson as well as more the modern systems of Jack Daniels, Hansen brothers and Joe Vigil. After a plateau in performance due to "father time" in my early 40's, my training objective shifted to maintaining a level of conditioning so that I can comfortably run my races and do something positive during the race such as encouraging my fellow runners and thanking the race volunteers. Consistent with this fun/positive focused philosophy, I have been running in costumes in most of my races in recent years such as a leprechaun, Christmas elf, Mexican luchador wrestler, Robin, Wolverine, Captain America, cowboy, and a foot. From 2010-2019, I was a sponsor and consultant for the Loma Linda Lopers Running Club, advising runners of all abilities from Boston qualifiers to walkers. Upon relocating to Walnut Creek, I have joined the Forward Motion Race Club. Consistent with my interest in running, since 2000 I have been a practicing podiatrist with a sub specialty in running injuries.

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