Toby Estler

After traveling extensively in Europe, Asia, Australia, Southern Africa, and North America over the course of ten years, Toby Estler moved to the United States from his native England in 1994, amidst virulent rumors of an expulsion personally demanded by then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He does all that he can to perpetuate those rumors.

Since landing in the United States, he has become a husband, father, author, poet, seminar leader, life coach, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. He holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and is a member of the Los Angeles Poets and Writers Collective. He also makes a truly remarkable leek and potato soup.

Blending well over a decade’s management and leadership experience in sales and marketing with the additional strengths and qualities developed through running (as well as some very particular skills learned at Her Majesty’s Pleasure in Britain’s Wormwood Scrubs Prison), Estler now offers inspirational life coaching to individuals and groups in both personal and business settings.

A foxhunt saboteur and demonstrator who served time in jail; a former 60-a-day smoker and drug user; a man whose choices almost broke apart his marriage—Toby Estler knows what real transformation is all about:  looking for, discovering, and learning from the opportunities in everything that life brings. 

His style is honest, entertaining, and uplifting. You'll will want to keep reading RUNNING HOME straight through to the finish line, before returning again and again to experience the inspiration of the moving meditations.

One of the millions of runners that head out each day in search of peace, meaning, and inspiration, he can currently be found running the forests, rivers, trails, and roads of the Pacific Northwest, where he lives with his wife, daughter, and Monty, his trusted running partner-a miniature black lab/whippet mix.


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Here's my pick of favorite runs at three different distances: Marathon, 50k and 100k. These are three for your bucket list. Send me yours!

San Francisco Marathon
My favorite of the big city marathons in California. Running over the Golden Gate bridge is a gorgeous experience, and the rest of the route is varied, with a couple of testing hills and some animal surprises!

Bulldog 50k
One of the toughest 50ks out there, run in the hills and canyons above the Malibu coast, this event starts with a deceptively cool, misty dawn start, only to evolve into a testing, hot, 90+ degree trail run with 8,000 feet of elevation change over the two-loop course. Gorgeous views of the California coast and surrounding villages nestled in the mountains.

Miwok 100k
You'll need to get into the lottery in December to have a shot at a place in this most popular event. The course is famous for being runable it's entire length (for some at least!). You'll get to run with some of ultra running's biggest names along some wonderfully deserted trails along the central california coast in the Marin Headlands. This is a great event for those considering a first 100k - the aid stations and event support are unpralelled and the goody bag is something Santa would be proud to give you. Still give it the respect it deserves, with approxiamtely 10,000ft of elevation change over the 62+ miles.


“Toby Estler’s revealing and engaging personal stories illustrate that the outer journey of life is a mirror reflection of the even greater, inner journey of the Soul. A captivating read, this book will inspire you to greater physical fitness and deeper spiritual growth.”

Iyanla Vanzant, Author
One Day My Soul Just Opened Up.

And yes . . . that is me on the cover! Since publication, I have dropped 25 pounds, started running ultras, shaved the beard, and grown a head of hair! That’s one powerful book!