Next Level Training Program

Are you looking for your next Personal Best? Are you on the verge of obtaining a Boston Qualification?  Are you searching for more? More workouts, more personal attention, more ways to improve?  Are you ready to take your training to the next level?


The Next Level Training Program is for seasoned athletes in the Rockin’ ‘n’ Runnin’ Training Program looking to utilize the latest technology, advanced techniques, and the training concepts proven to take the next step towards achieving your goals.  This program is restricted to athletes who have run Sub 2 hours for a Half Marathon or Sub 4 hours for A Full Marathon and meet all experience and training requirements.  There will be a cap for participants in the program for the start of January.  Entry is not guaranteed!  Individuals are encouraged to apply early to guarantee a spot in the program.

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Mission Statement of the Next Level Program: 

The time for change is Now.  Today is the day to begin your journey of personal improvement in all aspects of your life.  No shortcuts, no quick solutions, no more self-imposed barriers.  Success takes time, dedication, and a relentless pursuit.  This program isn’t about getting to a specific time, distance, or pace – it’s about shaping the mind to focus on what you can control and performing every single task to the best of your ability.

Are you frustrated and are not seeing results?  What did you do today to better yourself tomorrow?  In order to succeed you must train the mind and body.  What are you going to do today to reach your goals, and how you are going to do it?  If you’re ready to commit we are here to support your journey and guide you through your training and racing.  Let’s get to the Next Level together!

Train the mind.  Train the body.  Race fast.   Repeat.

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Program Enrollee Requirements:

  1. Completed a Sub 2 hour Half OR Sub 4 Hour Full Marathon in the past 2 years
  2. Register for Rockin’ ‘n’ Runnin’ and complete the Next Level Program Application for Admission for Admission
  3. Willing to commit 15+ Hours per week to training
    • Including but not limited to strength training, cross training, strides, stretching, hip mobility, and recovery
  4. Active Participation in Program
    • Complete assignments on time, attend seminars (when possible).
  5.    Experience with performance training plans and specialty workouts (i.e. long runs, tempo runs, speed workouts, etc.).
  6.    Able to run 5-7 days per week
  7.    Able to start at 35 miles per week including a 8 mile long run by program launch
  8.    Willing to run up to 50 miles per week during heavy blocks of training
  9.    Have a GPS watch able to take multiple splits  (Up to 20)
  10.    Willingness to utilize the latest industry technology to improve performance
  11.    Have a great attitude!
  12.    Ready to Have FUN!

*If you are unsure whether you are eligible for this program or have questions on the application process, please contact Coach Matthew via phone or email

Contact: or (989) 565-0241


Coach Matthew Deja

Next Level Coach: Matthew Deja

Matthew joined the San Diego Track Club Coaching staff in January of 2016.  Matthew is the founder of the Next Level Program. He is a USATF Level 1 Certified Coach who has a multifaceted background with running as a Collegiate Athlete, Meet Official, Running Specialty Retailer, and Race Director.  A standout runner in college, Matthew holds 5 school records for the Scots.  In May 2012, Matthew started his post collegiate journey running for Playmakers Elite and continues to compete in events ranging from elite road miles to half marathons all throughout the US.

In addition to working as a Consultant in the healthcare sector, Matthew is the Director of the Next Level Training Program and Half Marathon Coach for the Rockin’ n’ Runnin’ program.  He has developed lifting, nutrition, and training programs tailored to athletes of all ages and abilities for events ranging from the 60-meter dash to Ultra marathons. Matthew has worked with a World Champion, Olympians, NCAA Champions, All Americans, State Champions, US trials qualifiers, and Ironman World championship qualifiers.

As a Coach, Matthew’s aspiration is to be fully engaged with his athletes to help them achieve their goals, defy their limits, develop their character, and overcome adversity.


Coach Paul Greer

RnR Training Program Director & SDTC Metro Division Coach: Paul Greer

Paul Greer is a Professor of Health and Exercise Science at San Diego City College and has a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and 33 years coaching experience. A sub-4 minute miler (3:59.79), he starred on the San Diego State University track team and holds the school record there at 1500 meters. Paul competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials and has a personal best time in the 1500 meters at 3:39.05. He is also the Director for the very successful Rockin’ ‘N’ Runnin’ full and half marathon training program.

Paul’s workouts cater to runners of all ages and abilities and he provides training schedules to his athletes on an individual basis.

Track workouts are geared toward popular local races such as the Carlsbad 5000, Rock N Roll San Diego and the AFC Half Marathon. Paul’s structured workouts ensure that runners train in groups of equal ability to maximize their athletic potential.