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In June 2012 Coach Hammond moved to Hoboken, New Jersey with his wife and began working at Jackrabbit, a running speciality store in New York City. For three years Coach Hammond worked as a Senior Floor Manager and Form Clinic Instructor at Jackrabbit.
In 2013 Coach Hammond pushed his endurance limits, and began specializing in Ultra Marathons. In his first year as an ultra runner Coach Hammond qualified for the elite start at the North Face Endurance Challenge 50 mile championships. Since then he has improved his 50 mile time by over 20 minutes and is set to return to the championships in 2015.
Coach Hammond was also the Sports Psychology Consultant and Assistant Cross Country and Track & Field Coach at Stevens Institute of Technology from 2012 to 2013. While at the university Coach Hammond used his knowledge in Sport Psychology to help the athletes improve their performance. In the cross country season of Fall 2013, Stevens Institute finished 13th overall as a team at the NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional Meet (best in school history). During their 2014 Indoor Track season, Stevens Institute Men/Women finished 3rd in their respective Indoor Championships.
Coach Hammond cofounded Educated Running in NYC with the intention of helping runners reach their full potential, and learn about their sport. In the fall of 2015 Coach Hammond moved to San Jose, California to expand his business to the West Coast. There, he hopes to replicate his East Coast accomplishments by coaching, educating, and building up the confidence of more runners.
Coach Patrick Hammond earned his Masters Degree in Sports and Performance Psychology from the University of the Rockies. He is a USA Track and Field Level 1 certified coach.
As a runner in college he competed at Western Kentucky University, where he helped his team win a Division IA Cross Country Sun Belt Conference Championship. After graduation Coach Hammond went on to compete in triathlons. He was also the Assistant Coach at a high school track and cross country team in Kentucky for two years. During his stay there, he helped both the women’s and men’s cross country teams finish 1st and 2nd place, respectively, at their Regional Meets (the highest for both in school history) and 4th and 12th place at the state level.
An athlete can only handle so much before he or she stops adapting and begins to breakdown. One might think that the harder one trains the better they will become, but there is a limit to this method. When this idea is taken too far, overtraining may occur and the consequences can be dire for an athlete [...]
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the mental and physical challenges of ultra running. When faced with such challenges it’s important to focus your mind on a simple task, and to take one step at a time. Remind yourself why you chose to run and commit to the fight [...]
Three years ago I was riding on the F train to Prospect Park with my new friend Jose Miranda. We were on our way to run a 10 mile relay together. On the subway Jose explained that he was not done improving as a runner. He then proceeded to asked me if I wanted to coach him [...]
In the seven months leading up to the North Face Endurance Challenge 50 mile race I accomplished three unexpected milestones. At the beginning of the year, I had no idea I would run my first marathon, 50K, and 50 miler. After a very hard fought 2nd place finish at the Endurance Challenge 50k in Wisconsin, I qualified for the 50 mile elite start with a time of 3:53:03. From then on I focused on training for the 50 mile race [...]
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