- UESCA Ultrarunning Coach
- Running (marathon or shorter)
I was an athlete growing up playing soccer. As an adult, I began consistently running and racing events in 2010. After many years of competing in road events from 5K to the marathon, I discovered trail running and completed my first ultra in 2016. I was instantly hooked! My favorite distance to run is 50 miles and I completed the 2021 JFK 50 in 8:34:24.
Before I began my coaching career I was a pre-k teacher. My educational background and experience taught me the importance of individualization, flexibility, communication and data analysis which carries over to my coaching career.
My Training Methodology Consists of Four Main Areas of Emphases:
1. Consistency is King - Easy paced running volume, compounded over time, creates the aerobic and musculoskeletal strength needed to conquer any running distance. In addition to volume, running economy plays an important role in being a more efficient runner.
2. Be Gritty - High levels of mental toughness, technical running skills and adaptability are the biggest influences of race day performance in trail-based ultrarunning events. All of these aspects can be learned over time.
3. Prevent Injuries - Runners can’t log consistent miles when injured. Resting, repairing and refueling your mind and body is just as important as the physical stimulus of running.
4. Know Your Why - Motivation for training and racing must come from a deeper place. When times get tough, you’ll find motivation in your why.