Kristina Opalecky – Scranton Running Coach

$70.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

Experienced obstacle course racer, trail runner, hybrid endurance/ strength athlete. Want to be ready for any and every event?

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Description

Scranton running coach Kristina Opalecky specializes in training both beginner and intermediate runners on the roads and trails, including OCR and Spartan events, with knowledge in strength training, mountain running and olympic lifting. Reach out to Kristina below to get started!

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate
TYPES: Road, Trail
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra
TRAINING PLATFORM: VDOT
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Hawley, PA
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: No, online coaching only

SPECIALTIES

  • Beginner-intermediate trail and mountain running
  • Obstacle course racing
  • Beginner-advanced strength training
  • Hybrid endurance/ strength programming
  • Injury prevention

PHILOSOPHY

My passion for strength training and exercise physiology allow me to develop well rounded programs to promote injury prevention and longevity in your athletic career. Tailoring programs to fit an athletes lifestyle and even just certain phases of life is so important to keep training and fitness fun and motivating to get out the door!

COACHING EXPERIENCE

I completed a personal training internship in college where we had 20 hours in the class room learning training theory and client communication skills as well as hands on labs. I coached individuals in person at my campus recreation center for 2 years as an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer. Since then I have coached a handful of individuals in road and trail running, obstacle course racing, strength training as a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer. I am currently a veterinary student and actually design fitness programs for working and sporting dogs too!

ABOUT ME

I am a veterinary student interested in all things working dog medicine and sports medicine. You can usually find both me and my dog either squatting or running up a mountain, that’s right she squats too! I have a very strong background in weight lifting and Crossfit which is what originally got me into fitness. I was on the rowing team in college which is what initially made me fall in love with endurance sports. I have placed top 3 in my age group in 15+ Spartan races from 5k to 50k. I have run a handful of road half marathons and marathons however my real love is the trails. Currently my favorite distance is the 50k! My ultimate goal is to be the most well- rounded hybrid athlete ready to take on anything life throws at me.

BIG INFLUENCES

My two idols are currently David and Megan Roche of SWAP. Their training principles are evidence based and I love their scientific approach to training theory. My strength training and Crossfit background also influence my coaching style. I believe that strength training is so powerful in its role in injury prevention and love that it is very easily adaptable to any kind of fitness or experience level.

RACING HISTORY

I have competed in 30+ spartan races from 5k-50k in distance including Spartan World Championships in Lake Tahoe, CA in 2019. I have run several road half marathons and marathons and trail races such as the Cayuga Trails 50K and Blues Cruise 50K.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • NASM-CPT

PRs

  • Half marathon: 2:01:36 (4/25/21) , Endless Mountains Half
  • Marathon: 4:51:12 (3/28/21), Two Rivers Marathon, ran the half marathon the day prior pacing my brother in his first!
  • 50K: 8:47:23 (6/4/22) Cayuga Trails 50K
  • Spartan Ultra: 11:09:55 (10/2/21), NJ Ultra, 11K ft of vert, 5th female overall

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

  • Placed top 3 in my age group in 15 Spartan races in 5k-ultra distances.

CONTACT KRISTINA

Finding a coach who is a great fit for you is really important. We encourage you to email your coach prior to signing up so you can connect, communicate, and ensure a good athlete/coach fit.

Give us a brief history of your running, and this can include what distances and/or races you’ve run, how long you’ve been running, any past or present injuries, if you’ve worked with a coach or a specific training program before, etc.
Any short term or long term goals?
Describe your ideal coach/athlete relationship.
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