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Runner’s High Club was invaluable last year as I completed the unusual and unexpected challenge of finishing the Virtual Chevron Houston Marathon. This year, I am super excited to be able to support the club by coaching the 4:30 pace group as we return to a normal season.
Although I’m one of the newest coaches in the Club, I officially started coaching in 2008 at an all-female running club with a goal to finish a 5k charity fun run. As I ran my group across that finish line, I had the most incredible sense of pride and admiration for everyone who had followed the training plan, and I knew I wanted to continue helping other runners. Since then, I’ve coached and supported mainly half and full marathon distances at various paces, but my passion is still for middle of the pack runners.
As for my own running, I started as a teenager to control asthma. Although it still causes some problems to this day, it is far more manageable thanks to running. It took me nearly 10 years to enter a race for fear of not being good enough, but when I did, it a fantastic and unforgettable experience; I couldn’t wait to sign up for another! I have genuinely lost count of how many races I’ve completed since then, but the atmosphere on race day is still as energizing to me now as it was back then.
It’s hard work training for a marathon but with the camaraderie and support of like-minded people it can also be fun and rewarding. I believe in being consistent with training, resting when required and supplementing with runner-specific strength training. And of course, some determination and encouragement for others in the group will always go a long way! I look forward to seeing you at the group!
Happy Running 😊