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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TYPES: Road, Trail
DISTANCES: Marathon, Ultra
TRAINING PLATFORM: Google Docs
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 48 hours
LOCATION: Bend, OR
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.
Beginner to advanced runners.
Marathon to 100 mile distance as well as fixed time events.
Trail and road.
Strength training for runners.
Ketogenic diet for ultrarunners.
While there is a certain degree of art to coaching I like to maintain a strong scientific basis to what I do. I’m also an advocate of strength training, appropriate recovery and good nutrition as vital components of a good training schedule to ensure injury prevention and longevity in endurance running. I believe that having a coach should not be regarded as extravagant or reserved only for elite runners. But rather by investing in the knowledgeable guidance of a coach you are investing in a long, healthy and enjoyable running pastime and racing career.
I’ve been casually coaching friends for a number of years but most recently I’ve been a coach with the La Conner High School track team since 2015.
I grew up in Ireland taking part in track from the age of 6. My main events were short sprints and jumps and I won numerous county, provincial and national titles throughout my teenage years. Unfortunately, after two abdominal surgeries I ended up drifting away from running during medical school. However, I did meet my husband Dave who’s from Pittsburgh! After graduation we moved to Tucson for residency training and in 2011 relocated to Washington where we now call La Conner home! It was here that I was first introduced to trail running and quickly fell in love with the ultrarunning community. We’ve two kids aged 11 and 13 who also enjoy trail running and have finished 25k races themselves. When not working at our medical clinic in Anacortes we enjoy working on our hobby farm and taking care of our dogs, cat, goats and chickens! We also enjoy skiing, hiking, camping, and music festivals and dream of retiring early to the San Juan Mountains of Colorado!
Coaching philosophies of:
I began distance running in 2013 taking part in two road half marathons. Since then my fascination with ultra distance events quickly escalated and I’ve finished over forty five ultras including twenty 100 mile or farther distance events and over twenty five half to full marathon distance events. In 2018 I won two major 100 mile races, Bighorn and Wicklow Way in Ireland. 2019 was another year of long ultras with a third place in Old Cascadia 100 and second place finishes at Desert Solstice 100 and 24 hour races. My proudest accomplishments have been the opportunities to be a part of the Irish national team at both the World Trail Championships in Spain in 2018 and the World 24 hour Championships in Belfast in 2017 and again in France in 2019. I’m excited to continue adding to this list of running adventures in the future.
USATF Level 1 Coaching Certification
USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sport Performance Coach
IOC Sports Medicine Diploma
Marathon: 3:28, Skagit Flats (training race)
50k: 4:28, Lake Young Nuts
100m: 17:28, LHotse 24 hour
24hr: 133.03miles, LHotse 24 hour
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Coach to three La Conner HS athletes who finished top three in State in sprints and jumps events in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. One female athlete won State long jump four years in a row.
One of four team coaches for the La Conner HS girls track team who were third overall at State in 2017.
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