In 2009 I started running to lose weight. I have always lived in a larger body. When I started having back pain, a doctor told me I needed to lose over 100 pounds. Over that year I dropped 80 pounds. I also discovered a sport that I never imagined I could be a part of. 12 years later I’ve run over 100 races of all distances, including a marathon.
I’m training for Chicago 2022. And I still live in a larger body. A year ago I was told I should become a coach, so I took two certification courses and began focusing a business around clients in larger bodies who have never found a place for themselves in the running community. I’m building a community that can be that place for them. All bodies are runner’s bodies and those who want to run see that it is possible. This is what I’m building.
You got started because of back pain, but why running and not something else?
What is your favorite race distance and why?
What do you hope to get out of coaching? What do you instill in the athletes you coach?