Coaching Services: Training for Life

Working closely with people, assisting them in growing their businesses, community impact, and lives has been a consistent personal value, figuring prominently in my evolving 30-year career. Coaching is a culmination of my personal and professional relationships and education and allows me to serve my clients, assisting them on a path of self-discovery and positive transformation.

– Mary G. Connolly, TheCauseCoach

For Individuals


“Life is a Marathon” Training Program

Finishing a marathon is a worthy accomplishment, however the real benefits of running a marathon are what can be achieved during training and after you’ve found a place to hang your finishers medal. These benefits can have a profound effect on how you approach goal setting and what you’re able to accomplish for the rest of your life. TheCauseCoach wants you to reap the benefits too, so Mary has taken her certification as a running coach to a new level and added life coaching. “I train ordinary people to finish their first marathon as a means of kick-starting the journey to bigger goals.”

Contact Mary to discuss your goals and starting point so a customized training plan can be designed for you. Or schedule a 30-minute, free, no obligation call to discuss your goals today.

Athlete Coaching

Whether you are looking to get fitter, faster, or accomplish a life-altering long-distance goal, running is the sport and a dedicated, personal coach can make all the difference. Mary G. Connolly – The Cause Coach – has been a recreational competitive runner for over 20 years, completing 7 marathons, 40 half marathons, and more than 270 races in total. She became Certified by Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and Registered with USA Track & Field (USATF) as a Running Coach in 2016. She coaches runners of all ages, both individually and in groups.

As a trained Co-Active Coach, with a focus on being as well as doing, Mary brings a unique perspective to coaching runners. She coaches the whole athlete, who you are beyond running, and takes into account what is important to you about being a runner and accomplishing both running and life goals.

Life Coaching

Anyone in transition could benefit greatly from coaching. Change in family situation? Newly engaged, married, divorced or widowed? New parent or empty nester? Recent college graduate? New Job? Newly retired? Planning a move? Or perhaps feeling stuck?

Make the most of the inevitable changes in your life so you come out living your best life possible. We will pinpoint objectives, clarify values, and evoke a transformative journey.

Mary helped me focus, identify the real issues and come up with my own solutions. It’s as if you’re looking in the mirror with Mary standing by your side, encouraging you to change your stance: a little to the left, tilt a bit, turn completely around. I always feel a new energy when Mary and I finish our sessions.  – C., Client

Career Coaching

A career as a non-profit executive or fundraiser comes with a unique set of challenges from cultivating relationships with board members and funders, to managing volunteers and motivating staff with limited resources.

Drawing on over 20 years in the non-profit sector, TheCauseCoach specializes in career coaching for non-profit executives and fundraisers. Whether you are considering a change, are new in your position, or encountering challenges in your current role, coaching will benefit you.

Mary has helped me in dealing with issues from work to home. I have accomplished items that I have procrastinated for many years by facing the challenges that life throws at me in small manageable pieces. – W., Client

To get a better sense of what coaching is all about or to discuss incorporating training goals with life coaching, please schedule a 30-minute, free, no obligation call to discuss your goals today.

For Organizations


Business Leaders and Teams

“The real reason I ran, and why most of the runners I know got out there too, is because that’s the way we are. We’re training to reach a goal. And to achieve success, the work has to be done. We know there are no excuses, no short cuts. So we run when it snows. And when it rains and when it’s hot or cold or just right. And this is why runners usually make good employees. Runners do the work. Runners make sacrifices. They don’t make excuses. Runners have determination, focus, and discipline. And for the runners I know, that carries over to our professional lives as well.” – from the Cause Coach Blog

Please contact us for a “Running for Leaders” package quote for your business or corporate team or individual managers. Would include career/leadership/life coaching of individual team members, in-person weekly group run/training session (at a New York City Metro Area location) group or individual personalized training plans.

Charity Teams

The Cause Coach offers a limited number of pro-bono or discounted coaching hours each year for teams raising money for a charity through marathon or half-marathon participation. Please ask how your group can be eligible.

Running Clubs

Spring, summer or fall seasonal coaching for running clubs is available. A season is typically 8 to 10 weekly sessions, 60-75 minutes in duration. Interested clubs should request a proposal.

Motivational Speaker for your Club, Civic Group, School or Company

Mary G. Connolly is an accomplished public speaker and media spokesperson. She has facilitated trainings and workshops, presented at national conferences, has appeared on local and national broadcast television, and authors a weekly blog, TheCauseCoach. She is available to speak to your group, free-of-charge (with the exception of travel costs).

Topics include: “Reinventing Yourself At Any Age” and “Why You Should Run a Marathon

Contact TheCauseCoach to discuss your organization’s goals or to book a presentation.