Steve Gonser, PT DPT

Physical Therapist, Run Coach & 6X Boston Qualifier | Founder of RunSmart Online

I’m a Physical Therapist who has a passion for running and helping runners train smarter, run consistently, and prevent injury.  I’m also blessed with an amazing family that includes two beautiful children, a wonderful wife, and a crazy pup – Winston.

Like many, my running career didn’t start at a young age – it developed after a string of injuries that refocused my priorities.

The Start of my Running Career

Growing up in a small town outside Buffalo, NY, my athletic career revolved around either chasing or throwing a ball. Running was considered punishment for missing a block or dropping a catch.

During my college years, I scratched my competitive itch with rugby, but after a string of concussions, I hung up my cleats for running shoes.

Running began as a love-hate relationship but slowly evolved. In 2008, I ran my first marathon, the Buffalo Marathon. Completely underprepared, I dragged myself to the finish line in a little over four hours.

Lifetime Dedication

Convinced I could do better – and following the same training – I ran the Niagara Falls International Marathon that fall. The result? The exact same time and struggle, plus a bonus trip to the medical tent.

After graduating with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009, I dedicated myself to helping runners recover from injury faster and also train smarter, run consistently and prevent injury.

The Birth of RunSmart

After applying best practices and research to my own training, my marathons began to get faster, with a 2:51 at Grandma’s Marathon and six straight Boston Marathon qualifying runs.

The foundation of my method focused on training smarter – not harder. Word spread as runners started to get results using my training principles. As the coaching requests began to build, I looked for a solution to help as many runners as possible. With that, RunSmart was born.

My Mission

RunSmart is now a full-service app providing everything runners need to train smarter, run consistently and prevent injury – without the high monthly cost of a coach, trainer, or gym.

As the RunSmart Community grows, we continue to improve and expand services that help both new and experienced runners feel their best and keep running injury-free.

All the best,

Steve Gonser PT DPT

Founder of RunSmart Online

The Birth of RunSmart

After applying the best practices and research to my own training, I started found results that would eventually translate across all age-group runners.

My two four-hour marathons began to get faster, peaking at a 2:51 at Grandma’s Marathon and was highlighted with six-straight Boston Marathon qualifying runs.

The foundation of my training focused on training smarter – not harder.  Slowly, word spread and runners locally and a few from across the country started to get results using my training principles.  As the coaching requests began to build, I looked for a solution to help as many runners as possible.  With that, RunSmart was born.

My Mission

Convinced I could do better – and following the same training – I ran the Niagara Falls International Marathon that fall. The result? The exact same time and struggle, plus a bonus trip to the medical tent.

After graduating with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009, I dedicated myself to helping runners recover from injury faster and also train smarter, run consistently and prevent injury.

All the best,

Steve Gonser PT DPT

Founder of RunSmart Online

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