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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TYPES: Road, Trail
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra
TRAINING PLATFORM: Final Surge
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text, unlimited phone
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Flagstaff, AZ
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I work with runners of all abilities and experience levels, from seasoned veterans to raw beginners. Aside from trail running and racing, I specialize in plant-based nutrition, natural running form and gait, a long-term approach to running sustainably and injury-free, and a holistic approach to movement and wellness. I’m excited to work with athletes who not only want to take their fitness goals and competitive endeavors to the next level, but are also interested in making deep, lasting lifestyle changes such as losing weight, optimizing their diet, and cultivating lifelong healthy and successful habits and practices. I personally focus on and specialize in running ultra-marathon distances, especially mountain/ultra/trail events, but love all forms of running.
My basic philosophy of running and training is that it should be fun, and that improvement will come from making fitness a cornerstone of your lifestyle. Consistency is key, and smart, prudent training over the long-term will yield the best results, which can be continually be built upon. All training is personally customized, but I use proven physiological concepts like periodization, targeted blocks, and mesocycles, along with strategic key workouts and rest days, to elicit the best response to training stimuli at the right times, and maximize the chances of a peak performance on race day. Proper recovery is emphasized as well as it is absolutely essential for all athletes.
I believe that in order to be a great runner, one must be a great all-around athlete. To me, this means paying attention to and training all aspects of movement, and treating the body as one whole integrated system. While running is fundamental and central to everything I do, I work with my athletes in a broad range of areas and skill sets, including appropriate movement patterns, range of motion and functional mobility, success mindset, gait analysis, footwear, nutrition, race strategy, recovery, injury prevention, goal setting, constructive habits, and more.
The social aspect of running to bring people together and, especially in these times, fortify mental health cannot be overlooked. I like to meet up with my runners whenever possible, if they are local in Arizona or just passing through the area.
I have been coaching with Team RunRun for two years and have worked with runners with a wide range of abilities and goals. Before that, I coached many friends and family members to pursue a more gentle and close-to-the-ground running style, eliminating or reducing chronic pain and helping people run again after being unable to for years. Video gait analysis is an invaluable tool I use with my runners. From 2015 through 2018, I coached myself to several marathon and ultra finishes, before deciding to ramp up my commitment to my competitive goals and began working with Keith Laverty, right here at Team RunRun.
I live in Flagstaff, AZ and have been in the sport of running since I was 14. I’m originally from the Pacific Northwest, but have lived in Oregon, Hawaii, Northern California, Indiana, and traveled extensively. I went to a small college prep high school in Washington and was fortunate to win the state meet twice as a team during my time there. At the University of Oregon, I ran on the intramural club team for a time, before drifting away from running towards other callings. In addition to coaching, I have a dog running side business and and like to be active and outdoors as much as possible. While living on permaculture farms in Hawaii and working as a free-climbing coconut harvester, I spent several years wearing no footwear other than sandals which completely rebuilt and strengthened my feet, and gained knowledge and experience I’ve taken back to shoes and used in my running ever since.
Since about 2015, I have returned to focused training and competitive racing, after a long post-collegiate hiatus. 2020 upended many plans and lives, mine included, but I used that time to rest, reflect, and ultimately find new meaning in my relationship to running. This year, having re-relocated back to Flagstaff and dove headfirst back into hard training, I look to take my running to another level of competition, racing the Lake Sonoma 50 in April, a premiere 50-mile trail ultra event in Northern California, and undertaking my first go-round at the 100 mile distance in Utah, a true high mountain ultra that will involve running all day and through the night at an average elevation over 9,000′. I love ultra and trail running, and like to volunteer at events, follow friends and races on social media, and read blogs and magazines to stay current on the latest in the sport. In my free time, I like to draw, paint, and ride my motorcycle.
Lydiard and Daniels are pretty foundational to how I think about aerobic training for runners. Dr. Mark Cucuzella, Daniel Lieberman, Danny Dreyer (Chi Running), Barefoot Ted, Christopher McDougall, and Abebe Bikila, among others, have all shown me what’s humanly possible and influenced my passion for running close to the ground like nature intended. For road marathon training, I’ve drawn from the writings and philosphies of Mark Hadley, Renato Canova, and Pete Pfitzinger. As a someone who loves to race, I enjoy following and learning from those at the top of the sport as well, like the Coconino Cowboys from Flagstaff, Sage Canaday (plant-based shoutout), and many more. My social media feeds are full of the movers and shakers in their respective scenes. Additionally I read as many articles and Ultrarunner magazine issues as I can get my hands on to further my learning.
My UltraSignup results page can be found here, with most of my race results from recent years, although it doesn’t include a handful of road races:
I have raced distances from the 1600m and 3200m on the track, all the up to 100k, but my current passion is trail ultramarathons, especially the 50k and 50 mile distances. Almost every race holds a special place in my memories, but some notable races were:
2019 Smith Rock Ascent 50k (Terrebonne, OR) – This race felt like a big breakout for me, where I finally ran a fast 50k time that I felt truly represented my fitness and I could be proud of. I had moved to Flagstaff, AZ a few months prior and put in tons of hard work with the goal of breaking through to another level of competitiveness in my running, and I was overjoyed to come away with a a PR and 2nd place on a gorgeous day in an amazing locale, at a top-notch event with wonderful people. On top of all that it was a wonderful trip and I got to spend time and stay with two good friends.
2016 Big Island International Marathon (Hilo, HI) – After only about 5 months of my run-every-day experiment, I found myself on the starting line right next to one of my biggest inspirations, “The Fruitarian” Michael Arnstein. We hit it off from the start and ended up running the whole race together, talking the whole time. He needed an easy tune up race for Boston, and I needed an experienced marathoner to encourage me and give tips on nutrition. That day is still one of my favorites.
2016 EWEB Run to Stay Warm Half Marathon (Eugene, OR) – This was my first race “back” after deciding to become a competitive runner again. I had put in all-time high mileage and some good workouts, using “Faster Road Racing” by Pete Pfitzinger. I went to college and lived in Eugene for 5 years, so I knew the course like the back of my hand and there are lots of memories associated with that place. Everything went well that day and the race was perfectly executed. The rain stopped just in time, I ran a huge PR, a minute or two under my goal, and placed 5th in a talented field.
2017 White River 50 Mile (Crystal Mountain, WA) – Aside from a few 50ks under my belt, this was my first “real” mountain ultra – summer heat, grueling steep climbs, mostly singletrack, and fifty big ones for the first time. At the time I was running solely in Luna Sandals, and got a kick out of people’s reactions. Placing 8th with a time not too far off 8 hours was a big surprise, and welcome one! It was also my first trail race since moving back to Washington from Hawai’i for good, so there was an emotional homecoming element as well.
2018 Capital City Marathon (Olympia, WA) – After a rare disappointing showing the previous year, it was such a rewarding feeling to crush it with a huge PR and 2nd place finish. It was a weaker field than usual, but I was overjoyed to have redeemed myself with a strong performance, in my hometown to boot. The public crowd support at this race is exceptional, it’s like the whole city comes out and cheers you on from the sidewalks.
Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition, Completed September 2013, T. Colin Campbell Foundation and eCornell
5k: 16:42 – Linfield Invitational, 3/17/06
10k: 38:12 – (en route) EWEB Run to Stay Warm Half Marathon, 11/20/16
Half marathon: 1:20:31 – EWEB Run to Stay Warm Half Marathon, 11/20/16
25k: 1:53:58 – Deception Pass 25k, 12/9/18
30k: 1:49:31 – Millersylvania 30k, 6/15/19 (CR)
Marathon: 2:53 – Capital City Marathon, 5/19/18
50k: 3:53:28 – Smith Rock Ascent 50k, 5/18/19
50 mile: 6:41 – Mt. Hood 50M, 7/13/19
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