About Me

Hi I'm Stephanie a mom, a personal trainer, a coach and an avid runner. I wasn't born a runner back in 2009 I woke up and decided I wanted to be a runner. When I was growing up my mom had decided in her forties that she was going to be a runner. I saw her go from walking to running, to finishing a half marathon. It wasn't until years later when I asked her about when she learned to run that I learned when she progressing through run/walk intervals that she timed her runs early in the morning so people wouldn't see her. I always and still see her as a strong runner.   

When I woke up that morning I didn't know where to start? Should I just go outside and run? Running appears to be a simple accessible sport but when you're first starting out there's so much you don't know. I thought back to my mom's journey, she had joined a running clinic at a running store. I nervously signed up for a Learn to Run Program. I had an idea about what to expect, but I still  remember showing up to my first session, my heart was racing, my palms were sweating and I had no clue what to expect. The store was busy, there were several clinics going on. I remember sitting on a wooden bench listening to our coach talk to us about the learn to run program. Over the next twelve weeks I followed the training plan and did the work.  My graduation was a Santa Shuffle 5km run. I went to the race with both of my parents. How awesome is that my parents ran my graduation run with me. I crossed that finish line threw my hands in the air, I had done it. I was a runner.

I knew I could stop there, I knew I had to keep running.  At the same time I had taken up strength training and was working on lifting weights. I remember as my body was adapting to both running and strength training I'd wake up with delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and think to myself why am I doing this? As I kept with it my body did adapt to my training and my body changed. My personal trainer suggested I consider becoming a personal trainer. I wasn't sure at first if I wanted to be a personal trainer but as I kept training I felt a calling to become certified so I could give back and help others become stronger, fitter and faster.

As my running journey progressed and I ran further distances I started to see the link between strength training. My strength training gave me the muscular endurance that not only made me a stronger runner, it helped increase my speed and made me a more efficient runner. My body had the strength to maintain my running posture as I run further and further. The more I saw how strength training help my running I knew I had to share this information. I know runners are resistant to strength training but I'm on a mission to show runners that adding strength training into their routine makes them stronger, faster, and more efficient as a runner.

My journey has brought me to this point, I help runners train for their goal race. I work with athletes virtually and provide one on one coaching and individualized running and strength training plans. I work with my athletes to meet them where they are and build them up. Do you want some help and support with your training? Do you have a goal you want to crush? Send me and e-mail I'd love to chat to see how I can help you.


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