I am a 50 year old passionate, competitive runner, coach, wife, friend and mother of 4 beautiful children, plus dog. I sort of 'fell' into running in 2009 when a friend of mine persuaded me to run my first 5K. That race changed my life in a way that I could never have imagined.
My passion for running and desire to share my knowledge and experiences with others, led to my RRCA and USATF Running Coach certification in 2012, and the emergence of my coaching business. Further expanded in 2015 with my ACE Personal Trainer certification.
Over the past 8 years I have gone on to complete 17 marathons (6 Boston). I am currently training for my 18th and to PR. I have division wins with distances ranging from 5K to half marathon. In my first 3 years of running I went from a 4:24 marathon to a 3:24 and a 33 min 5K to 19:54
In February of 2017 I finally achieved a long term goal that I set myself back in 2010, of running the 6 Abbot World Marathon Majors - Boston, NYC, Chicago, Berlin, London and Tokyo. It took 7 years of planning to execute. I was also fortunate enough to be able to share my WMM experience when RRCA online magazine asked me to write a feature article. My first published and paid article - now that was exciting!
As I age as a runner, coach and fitness trainer, I constantly continue to strive for improved form, running economy, faster races, new challenges. Be it through research/reading, practice, experience, experimentation with new training methods, and this knowledge I like to pass along to my runners. I believe that it is my duty as a coach, and as a runner to stay current and open minded to new ideas and methods.
I go by the motto, "A good runner is a smart runner". To me it's not always about the fastest running times, but about being strong, healthy and performing at your best at any given time. It’s impossible for our bodies to perform at it’s peak all the time, but it is possible to always make improvements in other areas like, strength, balance, form, running economy for those times when we are once again capable of maximum effort and performance.
Longevity is what running should be all about. To be able to pursue our passion throughout our entire lives. Running is a part of who I am, not what I do, so without running I would lose a part of myself, that's why it's important to be a smart runner.
How fortunate am I that I get to live my passion, teach my passion, and make great friends along the way. Through running I have found a passion, a business, others who love to share my passion, the opportunity to travel the world, share what I love in writing. Who knows what else running has in store for me in the future. I can’t wait to find out!