Background: I didn’t start running until I was in my 30s (feel free to read that story here.) I had never been “fast,” which was part of what attracted me to longer distances. While I had a couple of hundred-mile finishes under my belt, I struggled to train effectively enough to improve and stay injury-free.
Biggest running challenge: Harnessing my motivation and love for trail running to do productive workouts instead of endless hours of slow training runs.
Run on Dirt approach: My training plans immediately removed the term “junk miles” from my vocabulary. Each run has a specific purpose. We plan my race season together and systemically attack weaknesses in the off-season. For example, I recently spent a three-week block focused on increasing my turnover. Strength training and Nordic skate skiing also factor into my off-season plans. No matter the season or plan, the running is always fun, interesting, and sometimes down-right surprising!
Results: I never imagined that I would podium at an ultramarathon, let alone win one. My confidence and drive to focus in training and racing has truly taken off since working with Coach Peter. And this is what happened…
3rd place, 2015 Wasatch Front 100-miler
3rd place, 2015 Ultra Trail Guara Somontano 102km
1st place, 2016 Racing Gnome 5km snowshoe
3rd place, 2016 Silver State 50-miler
1st place, 2016 Northern Umpqua Trail 100km
3rd place, 2016 IMTUF 100-miler