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Kayla Girard

Coach Profile

  • Certified UESCA Running Coach
  • Certified UESCA Endurance Sports Nutrition Coach
Sport(s) Coached
  • Running (marathon or shorter)
Level of Specialization
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
Other Areas of Specialization
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Injury Prevention
  • Sports Nutrition
Coaching Experience

0-1 year

About Kayla

I have been coaching sports since I was 13 years old. I began teaching karate to all ages, including private lessons to prepare athletes for competitions. In college I joined the ballroom dance team and later became a professional ballroom dancer and teacher at a studio. I taught for several years and coached high-level students who danced with the male teachers. In 2018 I earned multiple certifications as a ski instructor and moved out to Colorado to teach skiing at Vail for two seasons. I have coached a friend to her first half marathon finish and I'm eager to work with more runners!

Coaching Philosophy

I believe a balance of progress and fun is very important, training needs a balance of recovery, and that strength training complements running very well! And I think running should be fun and give you a sense of accomplishment! I'm excited to coach beginner and intermediate runners to their first half and full marathon finishes or PRs! I want to keep runners strong and healthy with strength training and enough rest between training cycles.

As well as my UESCA Running Coach Certification, I have also completed the UESCA Endurance Sports Nutrition Certification and the UESCA Sports Psychology Certification.