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Anna Willard Grenier

Running Coach

Anna Willard Grenier

Running Coach


CONTACT ANNA for current class offerings, coaching and pricing: [email protected]


Running by nature is a solitary pursuit; countless miles logged, successes rarely celebrated and failures weathered alone. It feeds my soul to bring together a community of runners to support one another, to hold each other accountable, and ultimately build long-lasting, rich relationships. I come alive when teaching athletes: correcting running form, pushing them to try something they have never done before, and creating a plan of attack to achieve their goals. I bring boundless energy to sharing my accumulated knowledge of two decades in the sport. I believe it is important to make running and going to the gym like adult recess time!


What inspired me athletically is to dream up a seemingly unreachable goal and making it a reality. Giving myself the permission to imagine greatness and take risks was the most gratifying part of being a professional runner. With a willingness to work hard, it’s amazing what the human body is capable of achieving! Training for elite competitions was my singular pursuit for 2007-2017; now understanding movement and guiding athletes in realizing their goals is what drives me. There is always more to learn and room for improvement!


  • Current Boston College Women’s Track and Cross Country Head Coach.
  • Former Assistant Head Coach at Boston College Men’s Track & Field
  • Successfully coached multiple athletes to PR’s in the 800m, Mile, 3k, 5k, 10k, Half-Marathon, and Marathon.
  • Co-Creator of Free Speed Seminar—a running and rowing half-day seminar
  • Running coach for the 2016 Crossfit Games Training Grounds—Worked with CrossFit Regionals winners to prep for the 2016 CrossFit Games
  • Coached by some of the top Track & Field coaches in the world (Terrence Mahon, Dan Pfaff, and Rana Reider)
  • ACU-Mobility Ambassador
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer


  • Five-time US National Champion: 2008 (Steeplechase), 2009 (Indoor 1500m), 2010 (Indoor 800m, Outdoor 1500m, Road Mile)
  • World Ranked by T&FN: #2 (800m, 2009), #6 (1500m, 2009), #8 (800m, 2010)
  • 2009 World Athletics Final Champion (800m)
  • 2009 World Champs finalist (1500m, 6th place)
  • 2008 Olympic finalist (3k Steeplechase, 10th place)
  • 2008 Olympic Trials Champion – 3k Steeplechase (9:27.59 – former American record)
  • 2007 NCAA 3k Steeplechase Champion- University of Michigan (9:38.08 – former NCAA record)


  • 800m – 1:58.80
  • 1000m (indoor) – 2:38.76
  • 1500m – 3:59.38 (#6 USA all-time)
  • Mile (road) – 4:24.9
  • 3000m – 8:58.07
  • 3k Steeplechase – 9:22.76 (#5 USA all-time)
  • 5000m – 15:53.36