Physi-Kult is an all ages running group that I founded in 2000. Its name, a play on the phrase “physical culture”, is meant to affirm an approach to running, and to sport in general, that strikes a balance between the two dominant contemporary approaches: the safe, non-competitive “physical fitness” approach, whose basic goal is the pursuit of “good health”; and, the hyper-competitive, science-dominated “high performance” approach, in which victory “by any means necessary” is the overriding goal. I founded Physi-Kult based on my belief in the culture-creating potential of a balanced approach to competitive sport. Competitive sport, and distance running in particular, when pursued in balance and harmony with other important aspects of our lives is, like other forms of culture, capable of encouraging both individual self-actualization and the formation of deep and inclusive social bonds among participants. An approach to running as a form of “physical culture” means affirming its potential to be both exciting and humanizing.

My aim in founding Physi-Kult as a local all-ages running group, and now as a web-based coaching service, has been to share with the broader running community my own passion for life-long, competitive distance running, and to offer some of the expertise I have gained from a life spent in balanced pursuit of maximum personal performance. My experience as both coach and athlete has convinced me that serious, lifelong running can be life-enhancing for anyone, and much more so when the pitfalls of repeated injury and stagnation are avoided. Running is most fulfilling when pursued seriously, and for life; but, this is not possible if the bases for long term consistency are not established. As someone who has run at or very near the peak of his abilities continuously from childhood to middle age, I believe I have discovered, through both research and personal experience, many of the bases for successful, long-term participation in the sport. For more information on me, including a little more on my approach to running, see the “Bio” pages. For ongoing and extended commentaries on running and coaching, see my latest offerings in the "Blog" section. If you think you might be interested in my coaching services, see the details under the “Programs” tab.

Steve Boyd