J.R. Hughes

J.R. Hughes is a Road Runners of Club of America (RRCA) certified adult distance running coach located in Atlanta, GA. His interest in running began in December of 2003 when he was in his late 20’s, weighing close to 265 pounds and on the verge of being diagnosed with high blood pressure. At that time, he decided it was time to make a lifestyle change and totally commit to exercising regularly and eating right.

J.R.’s journey to losing weight and becoming healthy started slowly with walking. At the time, he worked for the Atlanta Braves and would walk on the outfield track or on the treadmill in the locker room after work. After a few weeks passed, he got bored with walking and something told him that he should give jogging a try. His first attempt wasn’t very successful, but he stayed with it and as time went on, J.R. was able to run a little further. With his run load increasing, J.R. started counting calories – making sure he was burning more than he was taking in and cutting his portion sizes. Within 6 months, the combination of running and eating right led J.R. to drop 80 pounds.

Losing weight gave J.R. a sense of confidence and he put even more time into his running. Five days a week were dedicated to running, going further, and getting faster. With the increased distance and speed, J.R. thought about signing up for a race and instead of choosing the traditional first race of a 5K or 10K, he went straight for a half-marathon! He trained himself for the 2005 Silver Comet Half Marathon in Georgia and finished in 1:54:16. Ever since then, he has been addicted to racing. He’s finished 10 full marathons, countless half marathons, 10K’s, and 5K’s and is now an aspiring tri-athlete.

J.R. is passionate about running and shares his enthusiasm and love for it by coaching others. It’s his goal to inspire, support, and encourage those who don’t think they can run a 5K, 10K, half or full marathon. J.R.’s coaching services include training plans, which are based on the runner’s current fitness level, run/walk programs, and 5K to marathon training programs.

J.R. is originally from Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, with a B.S. in Business Administration/Management and works as a territory sales manager for a major tobacco company. J.R. was recently featured as the “FridayFitspiration” on the Runladylike blog. http://www.runladylike.com/2013/05/03/friday-fitspiration-100-pounds-down-more-miles-to-run/

Contact Information

  • J.R. Hughes, RRCA Certified Adult Distance Running Coach
  • Email: runningcoachjr@gmail.com
  • Twitter: @runningcoachjr
  • Facebook: J.R. Hughes
  • 404-907-0823