running & life coach | writer | intrepid nomad

 I live my life with a simple curiosity to seek out and learn new things. Via my Kajura Coaching services and Life on the Run projects, my aim is to help others to find their own paths to personal fulfilment, and to then guide and support them along the way for as long as they need. Read full bio. 


Coaching Services

Hello and welcome! With over 25 years of experience working as a health, fitness and wellness professional, I help people to become more active and satisfied in their lives. Specifically, I focus on offering running and life coaching services, both online and in-person, as the main vehicles to achieve those aims.

For potential new clients, I always offer the first meeting, either by phone, Skype or in-person (if possible), without cost or obligation. To find out more about the coaching services I provide, and how I can help you to meet your personal goals, just click below on the type of coaching service that you're interested in.

Kajura online and in person running coaching services by Jyri Manninen
crossroads and choices | Kajura life coaching services by Jyri Manninen

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. - African Proverb



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includes complimentary copy of my ebook

Life on the Run


Who is Jyri Manninen?

I'm an Australian-Finn born in 1966 in Suomenlinna, Finland. My family headed to Australia in 1972 when I was just a 6 year old and that's where I then spent my entire childhood, teens and early adult years. I left Australia to travel the world in 1990, working in many countries as a health and sports professional.


I was originally trained as a physiotherapist at the University of Queensland in Australia. Later, I graduated with a masters degree in health and sports science from the University of Central Finland in Jyväskylä, as well as completing additional post-graduate studies in exercise physiology and sports coaching at Oregon State University in the USA. I've held a number of key professional roles, such as being the programme coordinator and senior lecturer in an undergraduate level health and sports degree program in New Zealand, as well as the director of education for one of Finland’s premier personal fitness trainer education companies.

Currently, my main professional focus is on providing coaching services, via my business Kajura, to people of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds in not just running and other endurance focused sports and activities (as an Athletics Australia accredited level 3 running coach) , but also in general life related matters, such as personal, work-related and relationship challenges (as a qualified life coach) - all with the ultimate aim of helping my clients achieve optimal balance, success and greater happiness. 

As an active recreational athlete, I've completed over 50 triathlons, marathons and ultra-running events, including the 2012 edition of the Marathon Des Sables race in the Moroccan Sahara.



I've already published a range of e-books and guides to help people improve their running and general physical activity levels, as well as their lives in general, and over time I'll continue to add more material to the following Life on the Run collection.

Life on the Run running coaching ebook by Jyri Manninen


Life on the Run will show you how to run with greater purpose and poise, as you learn to re-explore your world with a smile on your face.

Over 175 pages of essential theory, practical sessions, challenges and  5K training programs - everything new runners need to get moving the  right way. All in a beautifully crafted e-book.*

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* includes an additional 60 question review quiz

Life on the Run free running hints and suggestions ebook by Jyri Manninen


If you’re thinking of getting into running, or if you’ve already started out, but you’re still in the initial "Help, I don’t really know what I'm doing!" stage, then this document is for you.

This is a completely free resource created by the Life on the Run team to help and support new and beginner runners. It provides a collated list of hints and suggestions from other runners, both experienced and beginner alike, as well as coaches and personal trainers.


The 149 page WiseGuys Get Unplugged! self-development e-guide has been created to increase your levels of awareness, wisdom and, ultimately, your satisfaction with your life. To achieve these outcomes, you’ll be guided through a seven (7) step self-coaching program, which involves an examination of a range of key personal life attitudes and behaviours. 

Are you ready to get unplugged, to wake up and really start to live?

Information is cheap, meaning is expensive. - George Dyson


Latest Project

Through my Life on the Run (and Ride) travel adventures, my aim is to inspire people to explore the world around them and, in so doing, to discover their sources of happiness. From these journeys I create video documentaries, as well as writing in-depth blog posts about my experiences out on the road or trail.

Over space of 3 days, starting on the 25th October, 2019, I walked the complete Camino Finisterre, from Santiago de Compostela to Muxía, and then on to the final destination of Fisterra, a journey totally 123km.

The Camino Finisterre, or pilgrimage to the end of the world, is unique in that it is the only one that starts in Santiago de Compostela, and it takes pilgrims to the final ‘end of the world’ zero km camino marker (Note: In actuality, there are two such markers, one at Faro de Muxía, and the other at Faro de Fisterra).


Thank you, and I hope you enjoy this video, and that it inspires you to take on a similar journey.

The best place to get the latest updates with how things are progressing is via the public Life on the Run Facebook page. You can also choose to support the project, which includes the creation of comprehensive travel video documentaries, by making a donation. Even a one-off small donation would be greatly appreciated - and I even offer a range of cool rewards for all supporters! 


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All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why. - James Thurber

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