For as long as I can remember, my ultimate goal in life was to create something that would inspire change. It look a long time for me to truly pinpoint what it would be. Running has been a passion of mine since middle school when I ran on the school team. I continued through high school and ran noncompetitive races since graduating. Running has always been my favorite form of exercise. Whenever I would finish a run, I felt so accomplished and nothing else came close to it.
In college, I decided to train for a marathon. My training was poor, as my nutrition plan was living off of dorm cafeteria food blocks, not properly tying in cross training, not getting enough sleep, and fighting through nagging technique based injuries. I managed to get to race day, got through the first half of the marathon fairly strong, but I hit that second lap and my stomach gave in. I was physically ill for the last 11 miles of the race. I struggled to keep going. My motivation and energy levels were shot. I finally got to the 3 mile marker on the boardwalk and my family cheered and ran with me to the finish line. I felt that I accomplished the impossible at that moment, but I was hungry to do better.
In 2013, I tried to restart my training for another marathon, but two weeks later, I herniated my L5S1 disc. It was a devastating blow mentally and physically. During my six month check in with my doctor, I was told I should never run again due to the strain it would have on my spine. It felt like a bomb went off next to me. I took some time off from running, however I desperately wanted to prove everyone wrong. I ran a few minor races, but truly picked up my running shoes in 2018 to train for a half marathon. I took to the internet and began researching ways to improve and train with a disc injury. Thanks to regular Physical Therapy visits for over a year, my pain began to ebb away. I was just focused on doing as much research on running, nutrition, cross-training, etc as I could to get to that finish line strong.
Going into half marathon race day, I had 4 goals: 1. Finish the race, 2. Don't stop running, 3. Maintain a max 10 minute mile pace, and 4. Break 2 hours. I succeeded in 3 of those 4 goals, and just missed breaking 2 hours by 7 teeny tiny minutes.
Upon finishing that race, my true love of running had reignited. I had forgotten how much I loved training in the snow, through muddy trails, exploring through neighboring towns, and the cross training that goes with it all. I just wanted to learn as much as I could to improve myself and while I was at it, help others to do the same. It was then when I finally realized that my true calling was to become a running coach and provide the information and out of the box training that I searched high and low for, back to my clients. This was when the dream to create Trailblazer Run Co. came to life.
WHAT IS TRAILBLAZER RUN CO.?
TRAILBLAZER: (n) a pioneer; innovator; a person who makes a new track through wild country
At Trailblazer Run Co. we are looking to help you reach your true potential as a runner, whether it is to PR a half marathon, or to run your very first 5K. We believe that every runner has their own trail to create in this world, and together we want to help you achieve that.
Trailblazer Run Co. is a running club with the motivation and drive to build a fun community of runners of all skill levels to crush their goals. In addition to the running club with group runs 3 days a week, we will also offer a full spectrum of services based out of the Out of the Box Athletics facility. Additionally, as a certified running coach, if you have specific goals you would like a personalized training plan for, we can work together to come up with the right plan for you.
What I hope to provide to you is:
-A fun and driven community of runners who are looking for the motivation to get out and crush their running goals
-An out of the box approach to running training from my 19 years of experience
-A home base facility to learn more about running through various seminars, classes, events, etc
Together, let’s work towards accomplishing your biggest running goals!
Become a Trailblazer, and leave your trail