Coach Sandi Nypaver

Co-founder & Director of Coaching Development

Coaches all levels, distances from 5k to 100+ miles, and all surfaces.

Coach Sandi is one of the co-founders of Higher Running and has been able to fully pursue her passion for coaching all levels of runners since the start of 2014. Sand is a USATF and Lydiard Certified Coach, NASM NCCA Certified Personal Trainer, a L2 Certified Gait Analyst and elite runner. Always learning, Sandi has taken Jay Dicharry’s (sports physiologist and biomechanics expert) Running Rewired course for both sports clinicians and coaches. She’s also a graduate of Cornell’s Plant Based Nutrition Certificate program and has had a passion for health, fitness, and helping others reach their goals for her entire life. You’ll often find her reading the latest research about health and running, as well as the books from all of the legendary running coaches. Sandi also believes in having a holistic approach to running, having witnessed herself the performance-enhancing effects of good nutrition, lifestyle, and a positive mindset. To better help people develop a high-performance mindset she completed the Finding Your Best course by world-renown performance psychologist Michael Gervais and NFL coach Pete Carrol. She has won or been on the podium of races ranging from a 5k road race to 100-mile trail races.

More services included with coaching:

-Movement Assessment & Run Gait Analysis

-A list of strength exercises to focus on and when to do them (based off of movement assessment and gait analysis)

-Mindset Training

-If desired, guidance on plant-based eating for athletes

Price for Coaching:

One Year Commitment: $300 per month.

Month to Month (with a 3 month commitment): $350 per month. 


*It is important that our work remains accessible to as many as possible; that is why each coach offers a sliding scale for those who cannot afford the full price. Please contact your desired coach directly to inquire about sliding scale options.

Here’s a video to see what working with me is like: 

Notable Running Accomplishments:

  • Course Record at The Rut 50k
  • 2nd at the USATF Trail Marathon Championship
  • Member of the 2018 World Mountain Championships Long Distance team
  • 2019 Winner of Moab Red Hot 55k
  • Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim in 7:33:05
  • Won her first two 100 miler races, Mohican 100 and Grindstone 100

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Follow Sandi’s Adventures: 

Instagram: @sandinypaver

YouTube:Running Wild


Burnout is Complicated (Trail Runner Magazine)

Training and Racing at Altitide (Trail Sisters)

Top Mistakes Trail Runners Make In Training (Trail Runner Magazine)

4 Tips for Dealing with Injuries

Joining the Topo Athletic Team

Grand Canyon:

Sandi Nypaver has the Power to Control Her Own Happiness:

Contributor to Trail Sisters:

Women’s Equality In Trail and Ultra Running – Video Podcast

Ultimate Direction- How to Train for a Mountain Ultra:

Strava- Coach Sage and I wrote a series of 4 blog posts concerning training for trail races:

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