Kiwi Flyers- Michael Aish Run Coaching

My Background

My Name is Michael Aish and running has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. New Zealand born, I was brought up under the training philosophy of Arthur Lydiard. I went to college in Gunnison, Colorado and ran for Western Colorado University. While running at Western, it did not take long for me to fall in to the role of writing and leading the training for our team. It was under this collaboration with the school coach that our team excelled on a national level. During that time, I won 12 individual NCAA D2 titles and was a 16 time All American.

After graduation, I signed a contract with Nike and was fortunate to travel the world training and racing with some of the best athletes and coaches on the planet and was able to learn and benefit from many different training methodologies and training styles. Through my career as a professional athlete (2002- 2016), my travels around the globe racing and working with other highly respected coaches, I have developed my own training philosophy and integrate elements that work and bring results.


Coaching has always been a part of my running career. As I have evolved over the years, I have tested out ideas on myself before passing them along to other athletes. While I am proud to recognize that I have played a role in the running success of my former athletes, the element that I take the most pride in is that I have a solid record of keeping athletes healthy and passionate about the sport. I aim to provide athletes with the knowledge and experience that they can go on to use when our coaching relationship comes to an end.

Currently I live in Conifer, Colorado with my wife, two kids, and two dogs. I still love to run most days and and be out in the mountains as much as possible. However, these days I run without the emphasis on training and am more content to focus on fitness and mental wellbeing.

Leadville 100

“It’s not about the legs; it’s about the heart and the mind. – Eliud Kipchoge.”

Michael Aish in the Athens Olympics 2004

Career Highlights

  • Competed on the Track: Olympic Games (2000,2004), World Track and field Championships, World Indoor Track and field Championships, World Cross Country Championships.

  • Raced Nationally and Internationally in the Marathon: New York, London, Berlin, Fukuoka, Sydney, Christchurch.

  • Competed on the trail: Leadville 100 (five times), Western States 100, Tarawera Ultramarathon.