Our Training philosophy

We offer individualized and flexible coaching programs for athletes of all abilities. Every athlete that we work with has a program that has been tailored to their individual ability and lifestyle. Our programs are holistic and prioritize happiness, health, consistency and longevity over short term fitness gains. We aim to create an environment where athletes are continually being challenged to get the most out of themselves while remaining sustainable and fun.

Our coaching philosophy is based on sound and proven training principles, recognizing that each individual is unique and will respond differently to training and lifestyle stresses. Having said that, we firmly believe that athletes of all abilities can benefit from building a solid aerobic base, improved athleticism and a good appreciation of rest and recovery. Once this foundation has been set, the body is more likely to be able to absorb and improve from bouts of higher intensity training and racing as well as less likely to get injured or sick. This does not mean that athletes are running slowly for a large part of the year, but it does mean that the faster paced work is done in such a way as to minimize the negative impacts of such work on the body.

Crucially we will provide a supportive framework, honest feedback mechanism and individualized programing to ensure that you get the most out of your athletic potential and most importantly have fun and grow as a person while doing so.

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I’m Julia. What has running taught me to appreciate? The mountains. Sunrises. An empty road. Community. My body. The process. To name a few.
But most importantly, inner strength.
At the ripe old age of 29, when it felt like the world was closing in around me, I decided to ‘just’ go for a run. I ran around my then neighbourhood, Hout Bay, every day for months. I was given a 2 Oceans Half marathon entry the night before the race & I steamed in at 2:20 fist pumping the air whilst simultaneously doing a mid-air ankle bop (You know the one). Running for me was about conquering fears & enjoying the inexplainable high that one feels post run.As a long time surfer, I have an innate respect for the ocean. I did not have this respect for the mountains, until entering Silvermine. Finishing with a feeling of a knife cutting into my knee, my journey with my long last friend ITB commenced. The last 6 years have been a struggle. I continued to run, with greater respect for the mountains, but I had no peace. A peace where body & mind can rest easily accepting the present state, whether it is feeling pain or pleasure. On a road, in the silence of mountains, or simply just doing Daily Movement. The Run Project has enlightened me to this. And with that peace, a quiet confidence in who I am has reawakened. More importantly, the coaches have illuminated the intricate workings of my body, for which I have a deeper respect. I FINALLY feel I am healing and have never felt this strong! I have come to a raw realisation that I am my worst enemy. I thought comparing myself to other runners is challenging, especially with social media. It’s  not nearly as damaging as the competition I’ve had to beat myself. I’ve had to take a step back & under the kind, careful, dedicated supervision of my coach, I have become conscious that it’s an intricate process. The body & mind connection goes far beyond the endorphin rush we experience. Training is step-wise & all about listening to your body – that’s where the endurance lies. Listening. Accepting. Trying new things. With grace rather than scrutiny. This attitude that has transformed my running.
“Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.”
I’m Julia. What has running taught me to appreciate? The mountains. Sunrises. An empty road. Community. My body. The process. To name a few. But most importantly, inner strength. At the ripe old age of 29, when it felt like the world was closing in around me, I decided to ‘just’ go for a run. I ran around my then neighbourhood, Hout Bay, every day for months. I was given a 2 Oceans Half marathon entry the night before the race & I steamed in at 2:20 fist pumping the air whilst simultaneously doing a mid-air ankle bop (You know the one). Running for me was about conquering fears & enjoying the inexplainable high that one feels post run.As a long time surfer, I have an innate respect for the ocean. I did not have this respect for the mountains, until entering Silvermine. Finishing with a feeling of a knife cutting into my knee, my journey with my long last friend ITB commenced. The last 6 years have been a struggle. I continued to run, with greater respect for the mountains, but I had no peace. A peace where body & mind can rest easily accepting the present state, whether it is feeling pain or pleasure. On a road, in the silence of mountains, or simply just doing Daily Movement. The Run Project has enlightened me to this. And with that peace, a quiet confidence in who I am has reawakened. More importantly, the coaches have illuminated the intricate workings of my body, for which I have a deeper respect. I FINALLY feel I am healing and have never felt this strong! I have come to a raw realisation that I am my worst enemy. I thought comparing myself to other runners is challenging, especially with social media. It’s not nearly as damaging as the competition I’ve had to beat myself. I’ve had to take a step back & under the kind, careful, dedicated supervision of my coach, I have become conscious that it’s an intricate process. The body & mind connection goes far beyond the endorphin rush we experience. Training is step-wise & all about listening to your body – that’s where the endurance lies. Listening. Accepting. Trying new things. With grace rather than scrutiny. This attitude that has transformed my running. “Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.”
Introducing John!
I joined the RunProject after hammering my body into the ground for too long & being injured on & off throughout 2017 & just believing that this was all part of running long distances on the mountain. Had I known then, what I know now, I could have saved myself a lot of frustration, medical bills & actually arriving at a race start line both physically & mentally healthy.
At the RunProject you have 2 incredible people, namely Monty and Meg who live & breathe all things running & understand what it takes to train, work, race & have a social life all at the same time.
My experience with the RunProject so far has been one of immense learning. Like anything in life in order to improve and get better, you have to put in the work & build consistency, but you need to do this in a smart & sustainable manner & this is where the RunProject magic comes in.
I’ve learned (and am still learning) to value the process of incremental improvements daily, weekly and monthly and to not just focus on running specific times at races. With this shift in mindset, I’m actually running better than I have ever before, running more frequently, enjoying my running more & race results are now simply a by-product of being consistent in my training, eating and sleeping. If someone had told me a little over a year ago that my primary focus should be on the process of training & letting races be a celebration of that training, I would have smiled politely & then in my head said to myself “this person doesn’t know what they are talking about” – When I look back at this approach, I am so happy that I was so wrong & so grateful that TRP has helped me find another happier and a healthier way to engage in an activity that is innate in all of us human beings. 
Joining the RunProject has given me a fresh perspective on not only running but also on life & I genuinely believe that through my continued engagements with Monty and Meg that I am becoming a more fulfilled & content human both on and off the mountain. I cannot thank them enough for what they have done for me & their continued guidance and support.
Introducing John! I joined the RunProject after hammering my body into the ground for too long & being injured on & off throughout 2017 & just believing that this was all part of running long distances on the mountain. Had I known then, what I know now, I could have saved myself a lot of frustration, medical bills & actually arriving at a race start line both physically & mentally healthy. At the RunProject you have 2 incredible people, namely Monty and Meg who live & breathe all things running & understand what it takes to train, work, race & have a social life all at the same time. My experience with the RunProject so far has been one of immense learning. Like anything in life in order to improve and get better, you have to put in the work & build consistency, but you need to do this in a smart & sustainable manner & this is where the RunProject magic comes in. I’ve learned (and am still learning) to value the process of incremental improvements daily, weekly and monthly and to not just focus on running specific times at races. With this shift in mindset, I’m actually running better than I have ever before, running more frequently, enjoying my running more & race results are now simply a by-product of being consistent in my training, eating and sleeping. If someone had told me a little over a year ago that my primary focus should be on the process of training & letting races be a celebration of that training, I would have smiled politely & then in my head said to myself “this person doesn’t know what they are talking about” – When I look back at this approach, I am so happy that I was so wrong & so grateful that TRP has helped me find another happier and a healthier way to engage in an activity that is innate in all of us human beings.  Joining the RunProject has given me a fresh perspective on not only running but also on life & I genuinely believe that through my continued engagements with Monty and Meg that I am becoming a more fulfilled & content human both on and off the mountain. I cannot thank them enough for what they have done for me & their continued guidance and support.