I know you… I am you. I am runner. For the longest time I ran in fear. Fear that I would not hit the time, fear I was not as good as I wanted to be or as good as my competitors. I have worked really hard to change this but I have learned so much through this journey. When we are able to take a step back from this mindset it seems ridiculous. But I get it! The biggest thing you can do is recognize it and let go. We are doing this for fun! Yes, we want to get the most out of ourselves but sometimes the best way to do that is to get out of our own way. Keep reading to learn how my experiences are going to help you become your best running self!
I have always loved running and I always will. I first fell in love with running as a young child when I would routinely beat the boys. From there I ran loops of my yard before school (my parents would not let me run out on the country roads). I went on to run on the high school and University of Windsor varsity cross country and track teams. When I graduated, I started to run longer distances and that is when I really hit my stride. I have now been competing at the marathon for almost 5 years and I absolutely love it. I have had a couple of break through races and it was all the things beyond running that helped to make the difference. So, I personally understand all of the elements that can have a positive or negative impact on performance. Now, this is different for everyone and that is why I believe that personalized coaching is critical for making significant gains.
I love running for so many reasons especially how it makes me feel when I am training. From a simple recovery run, when I feel at complete peace, to crushing intervals and feeling invincible.
But as much as I love running, I also love to help people. One of the great joys I get from my work as a chiropractor is helping people through injury; coaching is another way I can help people improve. I think running is such an amazing sport that can teach us so much if we allow it. I want to help guide and inspire people to get the most out of their running and reach their highest potential by taking in to account all aspects of a person.
I want to coach because I have learned so much from running at many different distances and levels. I want to share this knowledge in order to help others reach their goals. I look forward to continuing to learn from my own running and coaching. If you have some goals you are trying to achieve a personalized approach may be just what you need!
I completely understand that being a accomplished runner does not automatically make me a good coach. What makes me a good coach is my genuine desire to help people. I understand the highs and lows that come with training and competing. Running has broken my heart on many occasions but there has always been something to learn from the experience which has helped me come back better & stronger. I have also had to work very hard on the mental side of training, which has been as important as the mileage. Last but not least my experience as a chiropractor and working with runners at The Runner’s Academy gives me a unique understanding of the human body, injuries and optimal movement.
I have been fortunate to have had so many amazing coaches through my career. I have learned so much from each of them and I cannot wait to continue to put this into action with other athletes. I must also give a special shout out to my most recent coach, Megan Brown who has encouraged me to go for it with coaching and is helping to mentor me on this coaching journey. It is hard to put in to words how I feel about running and how passionate I am about coaching but let’s just say I cannot wait to get started on this journey and see where it leads!!!
Shoot me an email to get things started and/or inquire further: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out more info on my coaching website: https://torunningcoach.wixsite.com/website And as always stay tuned to my instagram @TORunningChiro for any updates.