I’m Mario Fraioli, the founding coach at Ekiden and writer of the morning shakeout email newsletter. Over the course of my 12-year coaching career, I’ve helped runners to personal bests, Boston Marathon qualifying times, national championship wins, Olympic Trials appearances, international podiums, world championship teams, national records, and even the Olympic Games. I served as senior editor of Competitor magazine from 2010-2016 and authored The Official Rock ‘n’ Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training in 2013. I’ve been running for more than half of my 34 years, most of it at a pretty good pace. I grew up in Massachusetts, spent a few years in San Diego, and currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my wife Christine, our four bikes and dozens of pairs of running shoes.