I was not a born runner, certainly not a natural! I began running at the age of 35 when my daughter was 9 months old. I joined a beginner running program offered by the Annapolis Striders. That was 11 years ago. Running has changed my life, my career path and ignited my passion. Since my first 5K in 2001, I have run a marathon, countless half marathons, ten milers and plenty of 10K’s and 5k’s.
In 2006 I joined the board of directors of the Annapolis Striders, a 1500 member running club. Since 2009 I have served as the Vice President for Training and Education, as well as coached 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon training groups. I have been a certified running coach since 2008 and became a personal trainer in 2012. In 2008 I started Sports Prep Running Clinics, coaching middle and high school runners. Sports Prep has recently branched out to serve adult runners. I have found that plenty of parents want to be able to keep up with their kids.
My passion lies with the beginners and the runner who is pushing herself to a new limit. It is indescribable, the feeling of watching someone work so hard, gutting it out through tough runs and breathing in the satisfaction when that goal is reached.
My favorite part of coaching? Getting a runner to focus on what goes right instead of beating themselves up for what went wrong.
The question I get asked the most? What is the key to being a successful runner? Consistency. You just have to show up.