Roy Stevenson – Running and Exercise Science Background

Hi – my name is Roy Stevenson. You might be wondering what qualifies me to dispense such an extensive volume of running advice, so here’s a little bit about me.

I’ve been running since the age of 13 years at high school in Auckland, New Zealand. I was coached by world-renowned Arthur Lydiard, who eventually handed me over to Barry Magee when Lydiard started spreading his training system around the world. Magee was a first generation Lydiard runner, winning the bronze medal in the 1960 Rome Olympic Games Marathon among many world-class achievements. He continues to coach generations of elite New Zealand runners. So my early coaches were awesome, to say the least.

I wasn’t born with excessive talent in distance running, but I’ve had my successes, some quite notable: first place in the Auckland Junior 3,000 meter Steeplechase championship, first in the New Zealand Universities Steeplechase championships, placing in the top three in over one dozen Auckland junior grade championships on the track, road and cross-country, and placing in the top twenty in New Zealand Junior championships on the track, road and cross-country. My first marathon at age 19, in 2:42:28, was at the time an unofficial New Zealand junior record. In the U.S. I’ve run the Boston Marathon.

I moved to the U.S. in 1980 to attend graduate school where I studied exercise physiology. This explains all the research based content as it has been my life for many years. I like to take the research and give it a practical spin so that runners of all levels can learn about how different techniques, strategies and programs can improve their running and racing performance.

I’ve coached hundreds of runners of all levels and abilities in the Seattle area, plus the odd high school and community college team. In the 1980’s I hosted a popular series of “Distance Running Workshops” in the Seattle and Puget Sound area, which featured in Runner’s World. Over 3,500 runners attended these classes, learning about how to increase their endurance using the Lydiard training system, how to train for and run their first marathon, and many other running topics.

My education includes a M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University, and over 20 years teaching exercise science at Lake Washington Technical College, Highline Community College, The University of Puget Sound, and Seattle University.

I’m also a prolific and popular writer for running and triathlon magazines around the world. My articles have appeared in Runner’s World, Trail Runner, Running Fitness, Athletes Only, American Track & Field, Fast Forward, Athletics Weekly, Ultra Running, Running Research News, Endurance, Northwest Runner, New England Exchange Zone, Missouri Runner & Triathlete, California Track & Running News, Irish Runner, MyRace, Canadian Running, Marathon & Beyond, Colorado Runner & Triathlete, and RunMinnesota, to name a few.