I am a Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Certified Distance Running Coach based in the San Diego area. I am also a Licensed Sports Nutritionist, licensed by the National Association of Sports Nutrition, as well as a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer. I have coached individuals and groups, children and adults. In addition, I'm a certified Level I yoga instructor, specializing in vinyasa. I also hold a Masters in Public Health, specializing in health promotion and health behavior change.
Before moving to San Diego, I served as the Director of Marketing and Director of Training Programs at Fleet Feet Sports in Gaithersburg, Maryland. I also helped found, coach and serve on the Board of Directors of Girls on the Run of Montgomery County, Maryland. Girls on the Run is a non-profit educational program that uses running and training for a 5K as a means to educate and prepare elementary school girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. I've been featured on Competitor.com, Runner's World, Women's Running Magazine, Blue Ridge Outdoors, Spa Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Active.com and the Just Finish online running community, and I served as the local Washington, DC-area running expert known as the D.C. Running Examiner. I am now happy to be the San Diego Running Examiner.
Since I first started running in 8th grade, running has been a constant in my life. Over the years, I have competed in numerous races from 5K to marathon distance, including ultramarathons. I've also tried my hand at triathlon, competing in a few Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons. I love the atmosphere and energy at races, as well as the camaraderie found throughout the running community. While competing races is fantastic, helping others reach their goals and experience that feeling of amazement and accomplishment is just as rewarding. Typically, private coaching sessions include a detailed consultation to go over history, goals, expectations and past problems with training. I perform running form analyses, identifying potential areas of improvement. From the consultation, I design a detailed training plan to help the client reach their goals. Once a training plan is developed, we meet to complete one training run together a week (or however often the client would like). Private coaching sessions include speed work, running form drills, long runs (that can be completed within an hour) and more. Basically, private coaching sessions can include whatever workout that will best help the client reach their goals.
I feel privileged to be a part of a client's journey from beginning to end. I have worked with individuals of all abilities, from the beginning runner to the very experienced runner looking for a new challenge or to reach a new goal. I know that my years of coaching experience, personal running experience, and educational background can help you reach your goals and I will do my best to get you there!