About Me


Welcome to my website where I share a range of running, trail-running and ultra-marathon running stories, reports and advice.

I'm Daniel Rowland, a trail and ultra-marathon runner from South Africa, living in Switzerland, and running in races all over the world. I'm fascinated by training and progressing as an athlete. I work as a running coach and I work with HRV4Training as an ambassador and in support of their users.

I started my blog to share my adventures and races and also to have a place to capture information and lessons that I've learned along the way. Over time I started to realize that a lot of the background information and research I did to prepare for my training and races was interesting to other people too. That's why you can now find plenty of posts and pages on training, racing, gear and any other thoughts and ideas I have that I think can help me (and anyone who's also interested).

If you're interested in my races and experiences you can read about each race from the race report list on the sidebar or head to the archives.

If you're interested in learning about running from me and my research head over to the resources page.


Working with me as your coach


I work with a small team of athletes to help them prepare for their goal races. Most of the team focus on trail and ultramarathon events, however, there are also some triathletes and cyclists in the team and I am happy to provide advice and work with any endurance athletes. My approach is to provide focused, individualised, and specific training plans that meet the athletes' expectations and allow them to perform their best. Each athlete is unique and has different requirements for the type of training they need and prefer, in the tools and detail they like to explore, and in how the coaching relationship works best. It's important to me to be flexibile and find the right process and approach for each individual.

You can read more about my approach in this post: my coaching principles and framework.

You can read about my athletes' experiences with me here: coaching testimonials.

You can read about the lessons my athletes and I learned during 2021 here: 2021 Coaching season recap and lessons.

I have capacity to take on some new coaching clients. If you resonate with my approach and you're interested in being coached by me, please send me an inquiry through the contact page.