Runner One - Personal Running Coach, Tim Neckar

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"Welcome to runnerOne, your stride-for-stride personal running coach, Tim Neckar."

Thanks for clicking here and seeing what my coaching program and I are all about. Please feel free to contact me at anytime with any questions you may have about the information covered on the website or about running in general.

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About Tim

First of all, let me show you my credentials.

  • I live, train, and coach in Houston, Texas
  • Running experience of years
  • Coaching experience of years
  • 1st Marathon at age 14
  • 2018 winner of the Lhotse 100
  • 2015 winner of the Rouge-Orleans 126.2 mile Ultra race
  • 2011 and 2012 winner of the 75 mile Tuscobia Winter Ultra
  • 2008 Winner of the Mother Road 100 Miler
  • 2003 Winner of the Palo Duro Canyon 50 miler
  • 2 Time Finisher of the Death Valley Badwater 135 Mile Footrace
  • Finisher of the Hardrock 100 Mile Endurance Run
  • Finisher of the Swiss Jura Marathon Stage Race (7 days - average 30 miles a day)
  • Finisher of the 2002 and 2003 Marathon de Sables
  • Finisher of the Susitna 100, "The Race Across Frozen Alaska"
  • Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon Finisher
  • 7 times completed the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim (R2R2R) run
  • 5 Time Boston Marathon Finisher
  • Completion of over 100 Ultra marathons
  • 100 mile PR of 16:53
  • 50 mile PR of 6:40
  • 50K (31.1 miles) PR of 3:33
  • Marathon PR of 2:49
  • 10K PR of 33:44
  • 5K PR of 16:05


One-On-One Personal Training

I train clients at Memorial Park and Rice Univerisity.

I am the only running coach in the Houston area that runs/workouts with each of my clients. I am there side-by-side, stride for stride.

After our initial conversation, I will fax or email you a runner questionnaire so you can fill out and bring to our first meeting.

At the meeting, we will discuss from the questionnaire all the aspects of running, nutrition, weight training, cross-training, and general health and fitness.

We will also talk about your training schedule for the month and how to fit your running schedule with your work and home schedule.

We will then plan a day each week so that we can work out together.

This workout is usually your hardest workout of the week. It could be speed, track, hills, or a trail workout.

After our meeting, you will be faxed or emailed your monthly schedule within 24 hours (usually that day).

I also phone or email you at least twice a week to keep tabs on you and to see how you are doing.

Email/Telephone Training

Once upon our initial conversation, I will fax or email you a runner questionnaire so you can fill out and send back to me.

Once I receive back the questionnaire, I will phone you and we will discuss from the questionnaire all the aspects of running, nutrition, weight training, cross-training, and general health and fitness.

We will also talk about your training schedule for the month and how to fit your running schedule with your work and home schedule.

After our phone conversation, you will be faxed or emailed your monthly schedule within 24 hours (usually that day).

I will contact you once a week by phone and at least once a week by email. You can email me an unlimited number of comments or questions.


I believe that running should be serious fun. If you're looking for a personal running coach, you are indeed serious about your running. You have decided to make running more of a priority in your life, and you want to do it the correct way with guidance. If you are just starting out from "ground zero", running your first 5K, improving your 5K, 10K times, training for triathlons or duathlons, I can help you. If you are training for your first marathon, improving your marathon time, trying to qualify for Boston, or moving up to ultra-distances, I can help you.

I will take your running seriously and in the meantime also make it fun. I have two priorities to helping runners achieve their goals.

1) Variety in weekly workouts for goal-setting and motivation.

2) I want my clients to stay injury free. I will not ask you to do anything you can't do, but I will challenge and push you to be your best.

Running is not the "All" solution to good fitness and health.Strength training, cross-training, proper nutrition/diet, flexibility, mental fitness, and rest play important roles in achieving your running goals. These should all be integrated into your lifestyle. Of course, having a good running coach will help too!


I am a 42 year old, part-time teacher and stay-at-home Mom. I have exercised off and on throughout my adult life. I met Tim when I joined his child and parent running class. My son and I worked hard, but really enjoyed the hour long class together. My son has seasonal asthma and has become healthier and stronger since we began this great class. The class is definitely a workout, and Tim is a true teacher to the kids and parents.

Next, I began one-on-one training with Tim. It has been seven months since we started the private lessons, and he has yet to do the same workout with me. Wow, talk about never getting bored with a lesson! I am a stronger, more confident runner because of Tim's great advice and step by step instructions. I appreciate that Tim is always encouraging me to challenge myself, and with his help I have successfully completed a 5K run, a Sprint Triathlon and a Half Marathon. I always know that my weekly workouts with Tim will test me physically and help prepare me mentally for my next race. Tim is professional and I am glad to call him my "Coach" and friend.

Kathy Bowlin


"The first time I hired Tim was in 2002. I had decided to challenge myself by running a Half-Marathon. It was for me a way to accomplish myself and achieve a goal that would not be an instant gratification but more a longer term commitment if I wanted to succeed. So I started to crazy...without any kind of knowledge on how to train and even less knowledge on how to run.

You can imagine that it took me no time to hurt myself. Then I thought my little personal challenge was over. At that point I had nothing to lose but asking for help. Someone had talked to me about Tim Neckar, so I gave him a call.

I can say that Tim started from scratch with me, telling me things like "don't run too early too fast, keep your back straight, tighten you abs, move your arms parallel to your body, don't raise your shoulders, relax you're too tight, breath, your legs should be pushing your body not pulling it" and I can go like that on and on and on. Tim also helped me a lot with any kind of running pain or injury by teaching me how to stretch better and how to run better. But more than anything else having him to run with me at my pace was the key to keep me motivated.

To me it makes all the difference. Every week there will be that guy who's going to run with me and bring all his knowledge and experience to teach me and push myself beyond my limits. In 2002, with Tim's help I manage to run two Half-Marathons - it was great. In 2009 after a few years of other activities and a lot of inactivity I decided I needed to be back on track and run again. There was absolutely no doubt in my mind that Tim Neckar was going to be my Running Coach again.

Thanks to you Tim, I'm ready to run another Half-Marathon and it's because of you ... and also because of me a little. Because I have to say this one last thing. If you are ready to hire Tim as a personal coach be also ready to work hard. and I can promise you that you will reach your goals."

Lise DeGrace


"First a little about me as I am now - I've participated in 5K's, 10K's, and a half marathon, and currently have 3 more half marathon's scheduled in the next 7 months.

I've been working with Tim off and on over the last 8-9 years. When I first met Tim, I was totally out of shape. I couldn't run at all, I just knew I WANTED to run. I experienced back pain (due to my weight), struggled with asthma when running in the evening heat, etc. Not your typical poster child for running!

Tim developed a plan that took into account my lack of conditioning, as well as my lifestyle (I was a single parent and didn't have a lot of free time). He started me out on run/walk and introduced me to the wonders of a Timex Ironman interval watch - all these years later, I still use that watch! He also sent me to a running store to get fitted for the proper shoes.

I am the type that needs personal, hands on attention and accountability to someone other than my-self. I love the fact that Tim didn't just give me a schedule - he actually went out there and ran with me - at my (slow!) speed. He was always encouraging, but would call me out on my excuses for missing workouts! Tim also would send me an email a couple of times a week, checking in on me to see how the workouts were going, and would inquire about my eating as well.

Due to my schedule, at times in the past I've had to stop working with Tim (and have stopped running), sometimes for a year or two at a time, but I always end up going back to him when I need a jump start, or when my goals change. He's very flexible and will work with you on your specific needs, for as long or as short of a time as you need him. He really cares about you succeeding, even when you aren't actively training with him. You never feel like it is just a job for him.

Currently, I've been thinking about trail running, or training for a Tri. I will definitely be seeking out his help again as I reach for these new goals."



"I became a client of Tim's in January, 2009 so that he could train me for a 13 day endurance run at the end of the year. Before I hired Tim, I was struggling to complete my marathons. In four months, Tim shaved an hour off of my marathon time. His training was the factor that enabled me to finish the Leadville Trail Marathon. Because of Tim's techniques, I'm strong enough to run 20 plus miles every weekend. Now I'm running ultra-marathons thanks to Tim's coaching.

When Tim talks about making training fun, he's serious. I look forward to the first of each month when I get my schedule to see what new elements Tim has introduced and what variety Tim has included. With Tim, you quickly learn that running is kind of like Baskin comes in many different "flavors."

Tim is approachable, always willing to share his expertise and he's honest. He won't tell you what you want to hear but he'll tell you what you need to hear. Because of this, when Tim tells you that you've done well, you can trust that you truly have.

Also, when you hire Tim, you become a part of the Runner One family. I was immediately accepted into the group and by the group. Not only do you get an elite runner as a coach when you hire Tim, you also get the benefit of a friend who celebrates your success even more than he celebrates his own.

Not only have I met new friends through Tim, I've gained a new friend for life in Tim."


2008 Chevron Houston Marathon

2007 Badwater
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2008 Arazona Ironman

2011 Tuscoba Winter 75 mile Ultra

2005 Boston Marathon

2004 Canadian Death Race

2004 Alaska
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2002 Marathon de Sables
Hell in the Sahara

2010 Chevron Houston Marathon

Click to see pictures and read about Tim's 100 mile run in Colorado the summer of '99.

T.N'T. Trail Runs

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Contact Tim

Phone: 713.724.2611


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