I started running ultras in 2014 after winning a free entry to a local stage race. I was sorely under prepared with only 2 road marathons under my belt and zero knowledge of pacing and nutrition for long distance trail runs. I was instantly inspired by the trail community and had another woman who took me under her wing and let me run with her so that I made it to the finish safely after I was dehydrated and struggling. I made so many friends and learned so much that day that it motivated me to find more groups and races to participate in. I have made some of my best friends in the trail running community. As a coach I hope to empower other athletes in achieving their goals and accomplishing what they may feel is impossible.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worth cause; who at the best knows the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.
In addition to being a running coach, I am a Licensed Master’s level Social Worker. I have a background in mental and behavioral health. I put mindset and goal setting first when it comes to designing a program. If someone is mentally prepared and has the confidence in themselves to accomplish a goal they will be more successful than solely focusing on fitness alone. I additionally have a corrective exercise specialization working with individuals who have been injured or may have a disability.